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Raymond Henry Fogler Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0179


Raymond Henry Fogler was a businessman and alumnus of the University of Maine. The University's library was named in his honor in 1962, becoming the largest library in Maine and serving as a foundation for intellectual pursuits at the university. Included in the collection are letters, correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia, spanning from his early life in South Hope, Maine, through his education, business career, and naval career, as well as personal photographs and mementos.


  • 1893-1993


Restrictions on Access

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

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher.

Biographical Note

Raymond H. Fogler was born in Hope, Maine and educated at the University of Maine, receiving a bachelor's degree in biology in 1915. He received a master's degree from Princeton University and then returned to Maine to become executive secretary of the Agriculture Extension Service. He later moved to New York City and began a career in business. He worked at W. T. Grant and Montgomery Ward, ultimately serving as president of each of those companies. While running Montgomery Ward, he was instrumental in choosing the Robert May's story of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer as it first appeared in a 1939 booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward, the department store

In 1953, President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower nominated Fogler as Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Fogler held this position from June 22, 1953 (the date of his Senate confirmation), to January 12, 1957 (effectively for Eisenhower's entire 1st term). Fogler was the last Assistant Secretary of the Navy, as the post was abolished in 1954.

In addition to his work in business and his time in government, Fogler remained active with his alma mater, the University of Maine, serving on its Board of Directors from 1955 to 1962. In 1962, the University of Maine's main library was renamed the Raymond H. Fogler Library in Fogler's honor.

Fogler died in 1996 at the age of 103 (; accessed 5/16/2019).


7.0 linear feet (7 boxes)

6 boxes (oversize boxes)

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Guide to the Raymond Henry Fogler Papers
Box And Folder List Available
Gabriela Nicole Reyes Jusino
May 2019
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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