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MF 119 “Us and Them” Summer Estates Collection

Number of accessions: 21
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1980 – 1983
Time period covered: 20th century
Principal interviewers: Pamela Dean
Finding aides: indexes
Access restrictions: none
Description: This collection was created in 1980-84 by Pamela Dean in the course of doing research for her masters thesis in history at the University of Maine, 1984, entitled “Us and Them: An Oral History of Life on the Summer Estates in Coastal Hancock County, Maine.” The period covered by the interviews is approximately 1880-1980. The major focus is on the relations between the summer people who owned estates in Northeast Harbor and Blue Hill, Maine, and the native Mainers who worked for them on the estates. Dean’s grandparents and aunts and uncles had worked for summer people in various capacities and her interest in the topic began with interviews with her aunt, Ethel Anthony, conducted for Sandy Ives’ fieldwork course in the fall of 1980. See also Collection 043 Northeast Harbor Library, which includes several interviews with summer people copied from the holdings of the Northeast Harbor Library.

 

1456 Ethel Anthony, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 125, October 15, October 24, November 3, December 8, 1980, at her home, Bar Harbor, Maine. Also present: Franklin Anthony, her husband. Anthony (1908-1982), daughter of Netty Evelyn Cousens and Bertie Guy Lunt, talks about family background; brother’s death from diphtheria; her childhood on farms in Somesville and Ellsworth, Maine; education; life on Bartlett’s Island, off Mount Desert Island; work experience as teacher on Bartlett’s Island, as maid for summer people in Washington, D.C., and as lab assistant for Dr. Elizabeth Russell at Jackson Lab, in Bar Harbor; fire of 1947 on Mount Desert Island; role of music in her life; marriages. Text: 101 pp. detailed catalog , 27 pp. paper. Recordings: T 1559 – T 1561 5 hours. Photos: P 5013 – P 5016, P 5018 – P 5023, P 5027 – P 5028.

1548 Ethel Anthony, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 198, fall 1981, Bar Harbor, Maine. 12 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Anthony talks about her father who worked as caretaker for wealthy summer people on Bartlett’s Island, Maine. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1650 1 hour.

1549 Frank Anthony, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 198, fall 1981, Bar Harbor, Maine. 23 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ cat. Anthony talks about working for wealthy summer people at Great Head on Mount Desert Island from 1910 to 1940. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1651 2 hours.

1561 Robert Pyle, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Northeast Harbor, Maine. 27 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Pyle talks about his experiences with members of the Northeast Harbor summer community. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1662 1 hour.

1562 Brad Emerson, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982 Blue Hill, Maine. 36 pp. Tape: 1 1/4 hrs. w/ cats. Emerson talks about his ancestors; history of the Blue Hill summer community; his experiences working as a gardener on the estate of Alida Camp in East Blue Hill. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1663 & T 1835 1 1/4 hours.

1563 Frederick Salisbury, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Bar Harbor, Maine. 66 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ cat. Salisbury talks about his experiences working as a caretaker and superintendent for the Saterlees at Great Head, for Mabel Ingalls, the Saterlees daughter, and Mrs. Gerrish Milliken, Northeast Harbor. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1664 2 hours.

1564 Roy Salisbury and Marion Salisbury, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Northeast Harbor, Maine. 34 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. The Salisburys talk about their experiences with the summer community at Northeast Harbor. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1665 1 hour.

1707 Louise Libby, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Northeast Harbor, Maine. 29 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Libby discusses summers as a child on Islesford, Little Cranberry Island, Maine; relations between the summer people and the natives; two stories about Nelson Rockefeller and the natives. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1829 1 hour.

1710 Frank Peabody, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Northeast Harbor, Maine. 32 pp. Tape: 1 1/3 hrs. w/ cat. Peabody, a long time summer resident of Northeast Harbor, talks about how his family came to the area; importance of boats in his youth; growing agreement between the summer and native communities on further development of the town. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1831 1 1/3 hours.

1711 Schofield Andrews, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Northeast Harbor, Maine. 26 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Andrews, a summer person from Northeast Harbor, talks about his relations with the natives and the changes in those relationships. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1832 3/4 hour.

1712 William Parr, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Blue Hill, Maine. 57 pp. Tape: 1 3/4 hrs. w/ cat. Parr, cook/butler for Mrs. Alida Camp, talks about how he came to Maine; how he came to work for Mrs. Camp; his attitude toward his job; his duties; his ministerial work with the Jehovah Witnesses. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1833 1 3/4 hours.

1713 Haline Jones, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Northeast Harbor, Maine. 23 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Jones talks about her experience working for summer people in Northeast Harbor, including Lydia Lyman, Mr. Bullit, and Miss Kimball at the Kimball Shop. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1834 1 hour.

1714 Adelaide Cousens, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Somesville, Maine. 18 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Cousens talks about her experiences working for summer people as a chamber maid working for the Potter Palmers and the Ludingtons in the 1930s and 1940s. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1836 1 hour.

1715 Jeff Torrey, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Blue Hill, Maine. 36 pp. Tape: 1 1/4 hrs. w/ cat. Torrey talks about his experiences working as caretaker for Mrs. Alida Camp at her estate Blueberry Hill; his father’s work there before his; his relations with Mrs. Camp and her family; general summer people/native relations. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1837 1 1/4 hours.

1716 Carl Hardy, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Northeast Harbor, Maine. 5 pp. Notes on unrecorded interview with Hardy at the Gerrish Milliken, Jr. estate about his work for the Millikens as caretaker; the relation of the summer community to the year-round community in Northeast Harbor.

1717 Frank Anthony, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Bar Harbor, Maine. 7 pp. Notes on unrecorded interviews with Anthony about his work for the Saterlees at their estate on Great Head, Mount Desert Island; his relationship with the family.

1718 Helen Thompson and Polly McIlhenny, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, August 1983, Northeast Harbor, Maine. 7 pp. Notes on unrecorded interview with Thompson and her daughter McIlhenny about their experiences as long time summer residents of Northeast Harbor; their relations with the natives. Text: 5 pp. notes on an unrecorded interview.

1719 Lydia Lyman, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Northeast Harbor, Maine. 7 pp. Notes on unrecorded interview with Lyman about her experiences as a long time summer resident; daily summer activities as a child; her relations with both summer and native communities as a year-rounder. Text: notes on an unrecorded interview. Recording: none.

1720 Robert Lindsay Smallidge, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Northeast Harbor, Maine. 5 pp. Notes on unrecorded interview with Smallidge about the history of Northeast Harbor and contributions of the summer people to the community.

1721 Mabel Ingalls, interviewed by Pamela Dean for AY 199, spring 1982, Northeast Harbor, Maine. 6 pp. Notes of unrecorded telephone conversation with Ingalls, summer resident of Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor, about her experience as a long time summer resident of the area; her youth on her parent’s estate at Great Head.

1771 Alida Camp, interviewed by Pamela Dean, June 2, 1982, Camp’s home in Blueberry Hill, East Blue Hille, Maine. Camp talks about her relations with native Mainers and others in her employ at her year-round estate in Blue Hill, Maine. Text: 37 pp. Recording: T 1870.


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