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Benjamin Bubar Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 0077

Scope and Contents

Personal papers of Benjamin Bubar including a small amount of information about the Bubar family, publicity about Bubar's work as an evangelist, copies of his sermons and other writings on religion, and memorabilia and publicity about his political campaigns and service in the Maine legislature. Also includes typescripts of two unpublished manuscripts written by Bubar as well as examples of songs, music and verse that he wrote.

Dates

  • 1923-1960

Creator

Access Restrictions

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

Benjamin C. Bubar, the son of Luther Benjamin and Eliza Noble Bubar, was born in Blaine, Maine in 1878. He was educated at the Ricker Classical Institute and was a graduate of the MacFadden Physical Culture College. Bubar taught in the public schools and studied law before becoming ordained as a Baptist minister. He traveled as an evangelist in many states and in Canada as well as preaching in his hometown.



Bubar was active in politics, joining the Bull Moose Party in 1912. He was a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1935, 1949 and 1951. He was also a candidate for governor in 1936, running as a supporter of the Townsend Plan, a proposal that guaranteed a monthly pension to every retired citizen age 60 or older. Bubar also supported more conservative causes such as prohibition and was the author of the first anti-evolution bill presented to the legislature.



He was the author of several books and pamphlets including Every Man A Home, The Devil Let Loose in Maine and Health – Wealth – Beauty – Length of Days as well as numerous religious tracts, songs and poems.



Benjamin Bubar married Mary Heal, the daughter of John and Hannah Bedell Heal of Danforth, Maine, in 1915 and they had six children. Mary Bubar died in 1945.

Extent

1 box

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Personal papers of Benjamin Bubar including a small amount of information about the Bubar family, publicity about Bubar's work as an evangelist, copies of his sermons and other writings on religion, and memorabilia and publicity about his political campaigns and service in the Maine legislature.

Arrangement



The Personal/Family section contains a small amount of information about the Bubar family as well as photographs of Benjamin Bubar and one letter from 1960.



The Religion section contains publicity for his work as an evangelist and preacher, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about that work and copies of his sermons and other writings on religion.



The Politics section has memorabilia and publicity from his political campaigns, correspondence and writings on politics, and numerous clippings documenting his political career.



The Writings section has two typescripts of unpublished manuscripts by Bubar as well as examples of songs, music and verse that he wrote.



The Miscellaneous section contains a few notes by Bubar, two topographical quadrangles, and posters for the 1940 political campaign of Benjamin Bubar, Jr.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bubar family in 1969.

Title
Guide to the Benjamin Bubar Papers
Status
Box And Folder List Available
Date
2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for uncoded script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States
207-581-1686