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Maria Holt Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 1781

Content Description

Correspondence, publications, flyers, notes and other materials documenting the efforts to close the Maine Yankee nuclear power plant dating from the 1960s to the 2000s. Includes daily records of radioactive emissions from the plant.


  • 1962-2016


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. No known restrictions.

Historical Note

Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant was a nuclear power plant built at an 820-acre site on Bailey Peninsula of Wiscasset, Maine, in the United States. It ran from 1972 until 1996, when safety and other problems at the plant became too expensive to fix. It was finally decommissioned and dismantled between 1997 and 2005, though some of the plant's nuclear waste is still stored on site, pending final disposal (; accessed 9/28/2018).

Biographical Note

Born and raised in Farmington, Maria Glen Holt studied nursing at Cornell University in New York. She worked many years as a public health nurse. Maria married Dr. Alfred Holt and the couple moved to Bath when Dr. Holt transferred his practice there. Maria served two terms as a State Representative and ultimately became an environmental activist, fighting against construction of Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Wiscasset, Maine. In 2017, Maria co-authored the book, The Death of Maine Yankee: Antinuclear Activists' Adventures, 1969-1996, with Elisabeth King.


2.0 linear feet (3 boxes)

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Guide to the Maria Holt Papers
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Staff of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department
June 2019
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

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