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Collections - MF 068 Women in Maine Project

Number of Interviews: 56
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1974-1980
Time period covered: twentieth century
Principal interviewers: various
Finding Aides: transcripts and indexes
Access Restrictions: none

Description: The collection consists of a series of fifty-six interviews conducted from 1974 to 1980 by students for a course (IDL 105) taught by Mary Ann Hartmen in the department of Speech and Communications at the University of Maine. Students asked a variety of informants for their opinions about the present and future roles of women in Maine. Each informant discussed this in the context of their own lives and experiences, therefore the individual interviews cover a wide range of topics. See individual accessions listed below for more details.

870 Adamski, Sarah Jane. (IDL 105) Spring 1975. Maine: York. 25 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Florence Dean Woodward about college rules and regulations at Gorham Normal School before affiliation with Univ. of Maine; early voting experiences; League of Women Voters; WWI volunteer work. Women in Maine Project. T838

871 Adamski, Sarah Jane. (IDL 105) Spring 1975. Maine: Brunswick. 16 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Dr. Williard Bunker about his experiences as a physician in Calais, Maine beginning in 1910; surgery performed in homes; medical honors received. Women in Maine Project. T839

872 Foster, Lee. (IDL 105) Spring 1975. Maine: Brunswick. 28 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Catherine Smith about her career as a writer for Movie magazine from 1914 to 1920 and as secretary to General Chamberlain. Women in Maine Project. T840

873 Foster, Lee. (IDL 105) Spring 1975. Maine: Brunswick. 32 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Brice Booker about Brunswick in the early 1900’s, especially doctors, merchants, entertainment, schools, etc. Women in Maine Project. T841

874 Rawcliffe, Tami. (IDL 105) Fall 1974. Maine: Bangor. 38 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Elizabeth Savage about her role in the Woman’s Movement and the League of Women Voters from 1910 to the present. Women in Maine Project. T842

875 Rawcliffe, Tami. (IDL 105) Fall 1974. Maine: Hampden Highlands. 17 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Harry Putnam about the changing role of women in our society. Women in Maine Project. T843

876 Kinney, Pamela. (IDL 105) Spring 1975. Maine: Orono. 26 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Myrtle S. Carter about her life, her husband who was chief of staff to five Maine governors, and the role of women. Women in Maine Project. T844

877 Kinney, Pamela. (IDL 105) Spring 1975. Maine: Dover—Foxcroft. 30 Pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. trans. Interview with Fred Pratt about his childhood, life on the farm, war experiences, humorous stories, poems. Women in Maine Project. T845

878 Tilley, Harriet. (IDL 105) Spring 1975. Maine: Presque Isle. 45 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Augusta Christie about life in general, experiences as a member of the Maine State Legislature, WCTU and DAR. Women in Maine Project. T846 – T847

879 Tilley, Harriet. (IDL 105) Spring 1975. Maine: Bangor. 33 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Robert Ewer, railroad man, labor lobbyist, and state legislator. Women in Maine Project. T848

880 Tilley, Harriet. (IDL 105) Fall 1974. Maine: Bangor. 39 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Alice Coffin, age 87, about experiences as a farm wife in rural Maine. Women in Maine Project. T849

881 Tilley, Harriet. (IDL 105) Fall 1974. Maine: Bangor.25 PP. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Millard Palmer about his early life on a farm, success as a businessman, opinions on women in politics, etc. Women in Maine Project. T850

882 McLaughlin, Beverly. (IDL 105) Fall 1974. Maine: Milford. 33 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Frances Pelletier about life in the 1920’s, women’s role. Women in Maine Project. T851 – T852

883 McLaughlin, Beverly. (IDL 105) Fall 1974. Maine: Milford. 32 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Raynold Rollins about life in the early 1900’s, electric cars between Bangor and Old Town, boarding houses, clerking in the woods, Old Town Canoe Company, torchlight parades, Indians, circuses, entertainment, women’s role, changing times. Women in Maine Project. T853

884 Beach, Ellen. (IDL 105) Fall 1974. Maine: Dover—Foxcroft. 29 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Ninetta Runnals about life in the late 1800’s, education, experiences as Dean of Women at Colby College, family traditions, women’s vote, prohibition, social life, etc. Women in Maine Project. T854

885 Beach, Ellen. (IDL 105) Fall 1974. Maine: Waterville. 20 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Ernest Marriner about experiences working with Miss Ninetta Runnals, the Great Depression, Colby College, World War II. Women in Maine Project. T855

886 Adamski, Sarah Jane. (IDL 105) Fall 1974. Maine: Sanford. 32 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Alta Mitchell recorded by Sarah Jane Adamski at [Sanford, Maine?] October 24 and 27, 1974. Topics include Alta Mitchell’s traveling, teaching, and political experiences; opinions on women’s vote, college, and politics in Maine. Women in Maine Project. T856

887 Adamski, Sarah Jane. (IDL 105) Fall 1974. Maine: York. 27 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Dr. Frederick Martin recorded by Sarah Jane Adamski at [Sanford, Maine?] November 29, 1974 about his career as a chemist with the Goodrich Company. Dr. Martin discusses blimp balloons, gas masks, rubber rafts, and footwear. Women in Maine Project. T857

888 Sisson, Kerry. (IDL 105) Fall 1974. Maine: Orono. 30 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Thelma Cowin about her career as a nurse; discusses W. W. I., prohibition, the Depression, women’s place in politics, society, and family. Women in Maine Project. T858

1003 Chellis, Nancy. (IDL 105) Fall 1975. Maine: Orono. 37 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Lewis Kershner about historical events during his childhood, family history, education. Women in Maine Project. T1015

1005 Rawding, Rebekah. (IDL 105) Fall 1975. Maine: Paris. 46 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Betty Brown about her life, historical and political events. Women in Maine Project. T1017

1006 Stewart, Susan. (IDL 105) Fall 1975. Maine: Augusta. 39 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Cathy Murray about her childhood, current events, views of the future. Women in Maine Project. T1018

1007 Card, Victoria. (IDL 105) Fall 1975. Maine: Pownal. 28 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Daniel Bell about remembrances of Kent State and Jackson State shootings, 1968 Democratic Convention, Vietnam War. Women in Maine Project. T1019

1009 Bickford, Meris. (IDL 105) Fall 1975. Maine: Orono. 43 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Earl Allen, studio crew chief at Maine Public Broadcasting, about his childhood, views on armed forces, women’s liberation movement, etc. Women in Maine Project. T1020

1010 Shippee, Deborah. (IDL 105) Fall 1975. Maine: Orono. 35 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Nancy McInnis about her early life in Milo, Maine; views on current events and issues. Women in Maine Project. T1021

1012 Treat, Sara. (IDL 105) Fall 1975. Maine: Orono. 29 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Stephen McGowan about family, early life, education, military service, job, views on political events, women’s liberation. Women in Maine Project. T1022 – T1023

1013 Byrnes, Michele. (IDL 105) Fall 1975. Maine: Bangor Community College. 38 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Terry-Ann Lunt Aucoin, director of the Maine Human Rights Commission, about her life and education, politics, Kennedy’s assassination, Kent State, Vietnam War, Nixon and Watergate, ERA, women in the job market. Women in Maine Project. T1024

1015 Simpson, Susan. (IDL 105) Fall 1975. Maine: Kenduskeag. 39 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Suzanne Thompson about family and childhood, events between 1949 and 1975, views on current issues. Women in Maine Project. T1026 – T1027

1017 Luchetti, Carol. (IDL 105) Fall 1975. Maine: Sangerville. 38 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Alan Bray about early life, being an anti-war activist and a product of the 1960’s, views on current issues. Women in Maine Project. T1028

1018 Reuter, Marilyn. (IDL 105) Spring 1975. Maine: West Brooksville. 63 pp. Tape: 1 1/4 hrs. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Interview with David Elwin, 75, about his life; events during his lifetime. Women in Maine Project. T1029

1019 Reuter, Marilyn. (IDL 105) Spring 1975. Maine: Sedgwick. 39 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Madella Mae Nevells about her life; events during her lifetime. Women in Maine Project. T1030

1021 George, Colleen. (IDL 105) Fall 1974. Maine: Orono. 8 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Walter Smith about his life, learning farming from his father, views on current events. Women in Maine Project. T1032

1087 Comerford, Sheila. (IDL 105) Fall 1976. Maine: Orono. 25 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Lois Desroisiers about growing up in Maine during the Depression, W. W. II, being an only child, women’s liberation, violence on campus, crime in Bangor today. Women in Maine Project. T1108

1088 Berg, Cheryl. (IDL 105) Fall 1976. Maine: Bangor. 32 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Max Gass about his childhood on a Maine farm, historical events affecting his life, present philosophies and ideals. Women in Maine Project. T1109

1089 Amsden, Rebecca. (IDL 105) Fall 1976. Maine: Bangor. 30 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Ernest Melvin about his life, views on growing up in Maine, historical events, W. W. II experiences. Women in Maine Project. T1110

1090 Smith, Tona. (IDL 105) Fall 1976. Maine: Hampden. 45 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. with brief cat. & partial trans. Interview with John Chapman about early life, historical events, W. W. II, ideals, life at the Bangor House, Brady Gang shooting in Bangor. Women in Maine Project. T1111

1091 Mills, Ann. (IDL 105) Fall 1976. Maine: Orono. 48 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Interview with Sylvia McEldowacy about her life, world events, the Great Depression, radio programs, Hindenburg, the nature of prejudice. Women in Maine Project. T1112

1092 Gray, Donna. (IDL 105) Fall 1976. Maine: Orono (UMO). 22 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Interview with Margaret Hatch about historical events, early life, Lindberg kidnapping, Hindenburg crash, FDR, Great Depression, W.W. II, McCarthy hearings, women’s liberation. Women in Maine Project. T1113 – T1114

1093 Miller, Sarah Jane. (IDL 105) Fall 1976. Maine: S. Brewer. 55 pp. Tape: 1 1/4 hrs. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Interview with Rev. Arthur C. Woodward about early life, military connections during W.W. II, major events, personal philosophies. Women in Maine Project. T1115

1094 DeRose, Susan. (IDL 105) Fall 1976. Maine: Orono. 44 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Interview with Clifford Chandler about early life, occupations, W. W. II, Beal family of Jonesport, personal philosophies. Women in Maine Project. T1116 – T1117

1095 Bechtel, Jane. (IDL 105) Fall 1976. Maine: Brewer. 32 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Mary Elizabeth Wood about early life, historical events, W.W. II, personal philosophies. Women in Maine Project. T1118

1096 Gregor, Grace. (IDL 105) Fall 1976. Maine: Orono. 35 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Interview with Jean Horne about early life, historical events, personal philosophies. Women in Maine Project. T1119 – T1120

1097 True, Linda. (IDL 105) Fall 1976. Maine: Orono. 38 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Interview with Ruth Ann (Hall) True about early life, being in the Navy, W. W. II, marriage, philosophies, women’s liberation. Women in Maine Project. T1121 – T1123

1098 Fitts, Emily. (IDL 105) Fall 1976. Maine: S. Port-land. 45 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ cat. & partial trans. Interview with Elmer M. Campbell about early life, historical events, women’s liberation, modern life style, family history. Women in Maine Project. T1124

1130 Merriam, Ann. (IDL 105) Fall 1977. Maine: Camden. 52 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Mrs. Arthur Andrews about growing up in Cutler, Maine, attending Washington Academy in Machias, her marriage, historical events. Women in Maine Project. T1191 – T1192

1131 Allen, Connie (IDL 105) Fall 1977. Maine: Winslow. 39 pp. Tape: 1 1/4 hrs. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Interview with Joan Niveson about her childhood, jobs, family, activities, interests, outlook on life. Women in Maine Project. T1193 – T1194

1136 McCallum, Maryellen. (IDL 105) Fall 1977. Maine: Orono. 25 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Russell Christensen, senior lawyer at Student Legal Services, about his childhood, growing up in Maine, socialism. Women in Maine Project. T1198

1141 Osgood, Debra. (IDL 105) Fall 1977. Maine: Old Town. 48 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Interview with William Randall about growing up in Maine in family of 22 children; work as a baker at UMO. Women in Maine Project. T1204

1195 Flagg, Marietta. (IDL 105) Fall 1977. Maine: New-port. 28 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Dr. Joyce White about growing up in rural Maine, her educational experiences, views on the field of psychology and her role in psychology. Women in Maine Project. T1254

1259 Rose, Melody. (IDL 105) Spring 1979. Maine: Orono. 27 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Paul Belyea about growing up in Maine. Women in Maine Project. T1335

1260 Clark, Judy. (IDL 105) Spring 1979. Maine: Old Town. 30 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with David Smith about growing up in Maine. Women in Maine Project. T1336

1261 Kane, Maureen. (IDL 105) Spring 1979. Maine: Bangor. 32 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Carolyn Folsom about growing up in Maine. Women in Maine Project. T1337

1262 Woodbury, Nancy. (IDL 105) Spring 1979. Maine: Bangor. 24 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Catherine Larkin about growing up in Maine. Women in Maine Project. T1338

1318 Anderson, Peggy. (IDL 105) Spring 1980. Maine: Orono. 30 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Mae Rossignol, 45, about her childhood, education, work as a bookkeeper in Old Town, marriage, family. Women in Maine Project. T1439

1319 Walfield, Rhonda. (IDL 105) Spring 1980. Maine: Bath. 35 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Robert Bourget, 55, about his childhood, education, family, working at Bath Iron Works, World War II, politics, McCarthy, A-Bomb. Women in Maine Project. T1440

1322 Webber, Pamela. (IDL 105) Spring 1980. Maine: Wells. 29 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Ansel Stevens about his childhood, education, Navy, World War II, work as fireman in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, marriage, family, recreation, views on women’s rights. Women in Maine Project. T1441

1323 Poulin, Mary. (IDL 105) Spring 1980. Maine: Orono. 31 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Prof. David Smith about his remembrances of events from 1950 to 1960 and current events. Women in Maine Project. T1442

1324 Peterson, Terri. (IDL 105) Spring 1980. Maine: Orono. 35 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Virginia Wolfe about her childhood, education, marriage, family, health issues. Women in Maine Project. T1443

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