Collections - MF 057 David Smith: History of the University of Maine Project
MF 057 History of the University of Maine Oral History Project/ David Smith
Number of accessions: 6
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1971 and 1984
Time period covered: 20th century
Principal interviewers: David Smith and Shirley Anderson Tardiff
Finding aides: transcript
Access restrictions: NA 0586, 0589, 0590, 0595
Description: A series of interviews conducted by Shirley Tardiff for David C. Smith, a professor of history at the University of Maine, in 1971, about the history of the University of Maine in Orono. See Smith’s book, The First Century: A History of the University of Maine, 1865-1965.
0586 Mrs. and Mr. William Schrumpf, interviewed by Shirley Anderson Tardiff, winter 1971, Orono, Maine. Mrs. Schrumpf talks about being the assistant State 4-H Club leader that UMaine; a Home Economics graduate of UMaine in 1925; instructor in Home Economics in Food Preservation and in Forestry, cooking for me in Forestry course; assistant to the Alumni Director at UMaine; campus in the 1920s; working; social life of the students. Mr. Schrumpf talks about coming to UMaine in 1908; campus then; money; attitude toward education and professors; hazing; being a chapter advisor; graduate school; the Depression; rules for female students; Bangor fire of 1910; tuition; Dr. Edith Patch, the first women that worked the experiment station; how things changed; social life of the students. Text: 45 pp. transcript. Recording: T 0329 1 1/2 hours.
0589 Florence Dinsmore, interviewed by Shirley Anderson Tardiff, March 16, 1971, Orono, Maine. Dinsmore talks about being a secretary at UMaine starting in June of 1923 as a mimeograph clerk in Winslow Hall for the Cooperative Extension Service; then working with Dean Leon S. Merrill, who was the Dean of the College of Agriculture; then working as a secretary to President Boardman in Alumni Hall in the President’s office until she retired in 1969; the different UMaine presidents and acting presidents; the campus and area during that time; different faculty members (Professor Patty Huddleston); the great breeding experiment; changes. Text: 18 pp. transcript. Recording: T 0333 1 hour.
0590 Myrtle McPheters Scribner, interviewed by Shirley Anderson Tardiff, March 25, 1971, Orono, Maine. Also present were Mr. Irwin Douglas and Mrs. Scribner’s sister, Mrs. Helen McPheters Parks. Scribner talks about being Dean Stevens’s secretary from 1914 to 1917; campus then. Text: 17 pp. transcript. Recording: T 0333 1 hour.
0595 James “Guy” Gannett, interviewed by Shirley Anderson Tardiff, April 5, 1971, at his home, Orono, Maine. Gannett talks about coming UMaine in 1904; getting his degree in Electrical Engineering; being employed by UMaine from 1908 until 1960 as commercial secretary (purchasing agent) then as the Registrar after Mrs. Elizabeth Ballentine died then resident secretary of the UMaine Pulp and Paper Foundation (1953-1960); campus and the area during the years. Text: 15 pp. transcript. Recording: T 0334 1 hour.
0859 Professor Weston Evans, interviewed by Shirley Anderson Tardiff, March 1, 1971, UMaine, Orono, Maine. Evans, retired Dean of the College of Technology, talks about student and faculty experiences at UM. Text: 10 pp. index with selected transcription. Recording: T 0815 – T 0816 2 hours.
1782 Leon P. Brooks, interviewed by Mrs. Clarke Berdan, spring 1984, Arcadia, California. 7 pp. ms. Brooks talks about his experiences with the University of Maine’s (live) black bear mascot in 1923. Text: 7 pp. paper. Photo: P 5985.