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Aroostook Oral History Project

Identifier: MF004
Aroostook Oral History Project, 1971-1972, which resulted in a collection of 119 cassettes (now digitized), totaling 73 hours, with interviews of more than 150 people covering a wide range of topics; i.e., early county history, early farming and machinery, the Aroostook War, railroading, lumbering, potato farming, maple sugar making, folksongs, folklore, folk medicine, politics, town meetings, cross-border migration, smuggling, Indians, sporting camps, schools and schooling, tall tales, superstitions, and many other aspects of the county's cultural heritage. Tapes in French (20) and Swedish (2) have not been abstracted and have only brief descriptions of contents; a general index for the collection by subject and town is available in house. This collection was put into public domain by the Cary Library (Houlton, Maine).


  • 1971-1972

Language of Materials

English, Swedish, and French

Conditions Governing Access

Kept at Fogler Library’s offsite storage facility. One week’s notice required for retrieval. For digitalized items, and much of NAFOH is digitized, we are working to upload those digital objects (pdfs, mp3s, jpgs) for public access, but it is an ongoing project. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, you can also request a research copy of a digital object by contacting the Special Collections Department ( or

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copyright available in the repository


126 items

Biographical / Historical

Project conducted under the auspices of the Cary Library in Houlton, Maine.

Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047

Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.
Guide to the Aroostook Oral History Project
Sarah Marden
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States