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Collections - MF 058 “Suthin” Project

Number of Interviews: 12
Dates When Interviews Were Conducted: 1976
Time Period Covered: early-to-mid twentieth century
Principal Interviewers: Joan Brooks, Dona Brotz, Stephen Ballew, and Edward D. Ives
Finding Aides: brief indexes
Access Restriction: none

Description: A series of interviews conducted for AY 125 at the University of Maine in the fall of 1976 about a pulpwood operation at Little Musquash Lake run by Grover Morrison. These interviews were the basis of “Suthin’”: It’s the Opposite of Nothin’: An Oral History of Grover Morrison’s Wood’s Operation at Little Musquash Lake, 1945-1947″ (Northeast Folklore XVIII: 1977). Collection includes the text of the poem, “Suthin’”; other poems; information about daily work in the woods and with the portable sawmill; life in the woods camp; and notes, letters, sketches, and journals from the class’s field trip to Little Musquash Lake.

1048 Dickey, Herbert. Maine: Lincoln. 8 pp. “Suthin”, a long poem about a pulpwood operation in Washington County.

1071 Brooks, Joan. (AY 125) Fall 1976. Maine: Lincoln. 51 pp. Tape: 8 hrs. w/ brief cats. Series of interviews with Grover Morrison about poem “Suthin” and related woods operation at Little Musquash Lake, 1945-46; photos, P928 – P935, P2340 – P2343. Also poem “Mattagammon,” and information on that woods operation. T1083 – T1088

1072 Brotz, Dona. (AY 125) Fall 1976. Maine: Old Town. 88 pp. Tape: 6 hrs. w/ brief cats. Series of interviews with James P. McKinnon about poem he wrote, “Suthin,” and related woods operation at Little Musquash Lake; photos, P879, P928 – P935. Also other writings by McKinnon and drawings of a portable saw mill. T1089 – T1092

1073 Ballew, Stephen. (AY 125) Fall 1976. Maine: Princeton. 18 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. Interview with Earl Gould and Harold Williams about woods operation at Little Musquash Lake and poem, “Suthin”; map and photos, P928 – P935 / T1093 – T1094

1074 Ives, Edward D. (AY 125) Fall 1976. Maine: Passadumkeag. 14 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. Interview with Leo Merrill about woods operation at Little Musquash Lake and poem, “Suthin”; photos, P928 – P935 / T1095

1075 Brotz, Dona. (AY 125) Fall 1976. Maine: Brewer. 8 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Goldie Averill, wife of Tinker Averill, who was cook at woods operation at Little Musquash Lake; discusses work and the poem, Suthin”; diagram and photos, P928 – P935 / T1096

1078 Brooks, Joan. (AY 125) Fall 1976. Maine: Danforth. 10 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Don Parker, teamster, about woods operation at Little Musquash Lake; being champion potato picker in 1931 and 1932; photos, P928 – P935 / T1101

1079 Brotz, Dona. (AY 125) Fall 1976. Maine: Lee. 10 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Ivan Daigle about woods operation at Little Musquash Lake and poem, “Suthin”; diagram and photos, P928 – P935 / T1102

1080 Ballew, Stephen. (AY 125) Fall 1976. Maine: Princeton. 7 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Lawrence Sawtelle about woods operation at Little Musquash Lake. P928 – P935 / T1103

1081 Ballew, Stephen. (AY 125) Fall 1976. Maine: Prince-ton. 7 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with George “Junior” Monk about woods operation at Little Musquash Lake. P928 – P935 / T1104

1082 Ballew, Stephen. (AY 125) Fall 1976. Maine: Baring. 10 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Orvill Moore about woods operation at Little Musquash Lake; diagram and photos, P928 – P935 / T1105

1529 AY 125 Class. 1976. (AY 125) Fall 1976. Maine: Little Musquash Lake, T37 MD. 22 pp. ms. Notes, letters, sketches and journals from field trip to Little Musquash Lake.


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