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Collections - MF 081 Lynn Franklin Collection

Number of Interviews: 73
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1972-1983
Time period covered:
Principal interviewers: Lynn Franklin
Finding Aides: brief indexes
Access Restrictions: none

Description: A collection 73 separate accessions containing interviews with Mainers on a wide range of topics relating to life and work in the state of Maine, conducted 1972-1983 by Lynn Franklin, a journalist who specialized in cultural stories, occupational lore, life histories, and human interest stories. Of special interest are Franklin’s interviews relating to lobstering, woods work and lumbering, guides and canoe building, boats and boat building, and rural education. Franklin published a book in 1976, entitled Profiles of Maine, based on some of his interviews deposited in the Northeast Archives.

900 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1972. Maine: Beal’s Island. 11 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. Interview with Harold Gower, master boatbuilder, about boat building. T869 – T870

901 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1972. Maine: Beals Island. 6 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Ossie Beal, president of Maine Lobsterman’s Association. T871

902 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: Frenchboro, Long Island. 6 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Clifton Lunt about life on the island, lobstering, carrying mail, working on steamboats, World War I. T872

903 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1973. Maine: Portland. 9 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Myles O’Reilly, Portland pilot boat captain, about his experience as pilot. T873

904 Franklin, Lynn. Summer 1974. Maine: Cushing. 6 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Mildred Young about her experiences as a rural school teacher. T874

905 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: Chesuncook. 8 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Bert McBernie about the Chesuncook Hotel of which he is proprietor. T875

906 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: St. John River. 10 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Roger Jondreau about work as woods foreman at Bill Pinkham’s camp. T876

907 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: St. John River. 11 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Clyde Taggett about hauling logs from Bill Pinkham’s camp.T877

908 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: St. John River. 10 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Earl Pelletier about woods work at Bill Pinkham’s camp. T878

909 Franklin, Lynn. Summer 1974. Maine: Portland. 6 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with George Bress about the deli business after forty years as a deli owner. T879

910 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: York Harbor. 16 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. with cat. Interview with Dr. Willard H. Bunker about his life as a physician. T880 – T881

911 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: Livermore Falls. 12 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Morris Wing, woodsman, about experiences as camp clerk, teamster, peeler, driver, etc. T882 – T883

912 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1972. Maine: New Harbor. 13 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Edgar Drisco about lobster fishing. T884

913 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1973. Maine: Jackman. 18 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. with cat. Interview with Samuel Wilson about his life as woodsman, trapper, guide, and gold prospector. T885 – T886

914 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1973. Maine: Jackman. 18 pp. Tape: 1 1/4 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Eddie Hagan about woods work. T887 – T888

915 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Round Pond. 21 pp. Tape: 2 1/4 hrs. with cats. Interviews with Paul Nichols, Friendship Sloop builder, about sloops and life experiences. T889 – T891

916 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: Bucksport. 29 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. with cat. Interview with Captain Frank Delano about fishing on the Grand Banks, coal carrying, World War II shipping. T892 – T893

917 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1973. Maine: Old Town. 12 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. with cat. Interview with Nick Ranco and wife Delia Ranco about Indian life and canoe building. T894 – T895

918 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1973. Maine: Jackman. 7 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Armand Pomerleau about store-keeping. T896

919 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1973. Maine: Stockholm. 10 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. Interview with Clarence Sands about experiences as woodsman and guide. T897 – T899

920 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1973. Maine: Beals Island. 19 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. with cat. Interview with Farrell Lenfesty about life as a lobsterman and preacher. Was one of the founders of the Maine Lobsterman’s Assn. and the Jonesport – Beals Co-op. T900 – T902

921 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1972. Maine: Spruce Head. 38 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. with cat. Interview with Herbert Elwell, lobster buyer, about pound management, lobster fishing, weather signs and superstitions. T903 – T905

922 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1971. Maine: Kittery. 12 pp. Tape: 1 hr. with cat. Interview with Lyman “Gus” Alley about lobster fishing. T906 – T907

923 Franklin, Lynn. Summer 1973. Maine: Jackman. 25 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Octave Peave about hunting, trapping, and woods work. T908 – T911

924 Franklin, Lynn. Summer 1973. Maine: Ellsworth. 15 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. with cat. Interview with Bob Sparks about his attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon. T912 – T913

925 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Swans Island. 4 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Clyde Torrey, local character; plays accordion and sings. T914

926 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1973. Maine: Gorham. 7 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Malcolm Durgin about gunsmithing. T915

927 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1973. Maine: Stockholm. 12 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Mr. & Mrs. Fred Dahlgren about the Swedish settlements of Stockholm and New Sweden, Maine. T916 – T917

928 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1973. Maine: Milo. 13 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Myron Smart about experiences as a Maine guide. T918 – T919

929 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: Eastport. 11 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Sara Aker about her life and the efforts of Pittston Oil Company to acquire her land. T920 – T921

930 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: Ashland. 12 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with George Pete Sawyer about his life as a forest manager. T922 – T923

931 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1972. Maine: Parnell. 6 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Royal Lowell, grandson of master boat builder Will Frost, about building lobster boats. T924

932 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1972. N. H.: Newington. 5 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Richard Bruno about fiberglass lobster boats and his boat building firm, Bruno & Stillman Co. T925

933 Franklin, Lynn. Summer 1972. Maine: Jonesport. 14 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Freddy Lenfesty, winner of the July 4th, 1972 World Champion Lobster Boat Race, about boat building. T926 – T927

934 Franklin, Lynn. Summer 1972. Maine: Beals Island. 8 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Guy Carver, Jr., skipper of boat built by Freddy Lenfesty and winner of the 1972 World Champion Lobster Boat Race. T928

935 Franklin, Lynn. Summer 1973. Maine: Jackman. 15 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Austin Hall about his experiences as a woodsman. T929 – T930

936 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: St. Francis. 13 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Lucien Jandreau about being a skidder operator and woods worker at Bill Pinkham’s camp. T931 – T932

937 Franklin, Lynn. Maine: North Gorham. 7 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Donnie Hopkins about being an auto mechanic and going into business for himself. T933

938 Franklin, Lynn. Maine: Stonington. 5 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Mrs. Abby Gove about life on Eagle Island at the turn of the century. T934

939 Franklin, Lynn. Maine: Stonington. 8 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. with cat. Interview with Wilbert Gove about life as a lobster fisherman, weir tender, trawlerman, growing up on coast. T935

940 Franklin, Lynn. 1972. Maine: Stonington. 6 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Andrew Gove, son of Wilbert Gove, about life as a lobster fisherman. T936

941 Franklin, Lynn. Maine: Matinicus Island. 4 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Keith Ames about life as a lobster fisherman. T937

942 Franklin, Lynn. Maine: Orono, UM. 5 pp. Tape: 1/4 hr. with cat. Interview with Dr. Vincent Hartgen, Head of the Art Dept. at UM, about establishment of Maine Artists Gallery at Carnegie Hall, UM. T938

943 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1972. Maine: Stonington. 17 pp. Tape: 1 1/4 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Gooden Grant, age 96, about his life as a lobster fisherman and life on Isle Au Haut. T939 – T940

944 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Camden. 11 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Walter Howe about his life as a farmer, from the late 1800’s to the present. T941 – T942

945 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Boothbay Harbor. 9 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Scott Doherty about dealing with summer people and the impact of tourism. T943

946 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Boothbay Harbor. 10 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Leighton Davis, chief of police, about his job and the impact of tourism. T944

947 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Augusta. 21 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with E. W. Thurlow, president of Central Maine Power Company, about power companies and power. T945 – T946

948 Franklin, Lynn. spring 1974. Maine: Jonesport. 11 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Avery Kelley about his experiences on lobster smacks and as a fisherman. T947

949 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: East Boothbay. 6 pp. Tape: 1/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Frank Williams about the real estate business and the influx of out-of-staters. T948

950 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Boothbay Harbor. 5 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Mrs. Parker H. Vincent about the gift shop she runs in Boothbay Harbor. T948

951 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Belfast. 12 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Eva Peters about her life and work experiences in Belfast. T949

952 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Boothbay Harbor. 15 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Jim Thomas, fisheries research scientist, concerning changes in fisheries conservation on the Maine Coast. T950

953 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1973. Maine: Cape Split. 24 pp. Tape: 2 1/4 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Suzy Thompson about her life living on the Maine Coast. T951 – T953

954 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: South Portland. 10 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Ted Smith and Frank Simpson, salesmen at the Donnelly Sign Co., about billboards and the economic development of Maine. T953

955 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Brunswick. 6 pp. Tape: 1/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Betty Mooz, Bowdoin College chemistry researcher, about moving to Maine and buying a house. T954

956 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Belfast. 4 pp. Tape: 1/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Dwayne Herrick, manager of Maplewood Poultry, about the poultry company. T954

957 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Searsport. 7 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Jim Verrill, gift shop owner, about the possible construction of an atomic power plant on Sears Island. T954

958 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Wells. 10 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Richard Lund and Ronald Carter, police chiefs of Old Orchard Beach and Wells, about the impact of tourism on the Town of Wells. T955

959 Franklin, Lynn. Maine: Lincolnville Beach. 7 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Kenneth Weed about his experience as a lobster fisherman. T956

960 Franklin, Lynn. Maine: Portland. 5 pp. Tape: 1/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with John Alfiero, employee of the Harbor Fish Market, about the operation of a fish market and marketing lobsters. T956

961 Franklin, Lynn. Maine: Portland. 7 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Lloyd Cushing, lobster fisherman, and Nathan Brackett, president of the Orr and Jennings Co. machine shop, about plans for the development of a lobster trap hauler/lander system. T957

962 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: Jay. 6 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Phil Walters, bush pilot for International Paper Company, about experiences as a pilot. T958

963 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1973. Maine: East Boothbay. 12 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Paul Luke, boat builder, about aluminum racing yachts. T959

964 Franklin, Lynn. Maine: Hinckley. 10 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Ray Towne about beekeeping. T960

965 Franklin, Lynn. Maine: Brunswick. 18 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Vital Quellette about his life as a woodsman and lumber contractor. T961 – T962

966 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1972. Maine: Abbott Village. 10 pp. Tape: 1 1/4 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Berenice Abbott about her experiences as a professional photographer. T963 – T964

967 Franklin, Lynn. 1973. Maine: Bremen, Long Island. 11 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Theodore McLain, boat builder, about life on Bremen, Long Island, lobster boat building and lobster fishing. T965

968 Franklin, Lynn. Fall 1974. Maine: Saco. 13 pp. Tape: 1 1/4 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Dr. Lyman Page about the development of energy resources in Maine and the development of the Maine Coast. T966 – T967

1172 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1977. Maine: Aroostook County. 75 pp. Tape: 3 hrs. w/ trans. Interview with John Rossignol about his life, experiences in World War II, work ethic, over a 60 year period. T1232 – T1234

1527 Franklin, Lynn. January 1976. Maine: Fayette. 13 pp. No Tape. Partial trans. Interview with Nettie Mitchell about her childhood, education, teaching experiences, family history.

1537 Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1981. Maine: Moscow. 3 pp. Tape: 1 hr. No cat, or trans. Interview with Lester Blodgett about his life working in the woods. T1632 – T1633 / C1780

1636 Franklin, Lynn. Winter 1983. Maine: Orono. 40 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Edward D. Ives about his early life; education; college teaching experiences; interest in folklore and folksongs; work as Director of Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History and President of Northeast Folklore Society. T1742


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