Postcards from Fannie Hardy Eckstorm to Miss Minnie G. Reed
The collection consists of six postcards with black & white photographs on the front. The scenes are primarily of lakes and rivers, and one of a cabin. They most likely from the Passadumkeag, Maine, area. There are several people canoeing in one photograph, on what is probably the Passadumkeag Stream, which is referenced on the margin of another photo. The postcards were mostly mailed from Orono, Maine, to Miss Minnie G. Reed of Springfield, Maine, in October 1905 by Fannie Hardy Eckstorm.
- Creation: (1905)
- Eckstorm, Fannie Hardy, 1865-1946 (Person)
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Fannie Hardy was born in 1865, in Brewer, Maine. Her father, Manly Hardy, was a fur trader, and Eckstorm took numerous trips into the northern Maine woods with him. In these trips she first heard the folk tales and folk songs of the lumbermen, hunters, and Indians of the region. Eckstorm’s interest in ballads was nurtured at Smith College. After graduation in 1888 she returned to Brewer, and wrote about the Maine woods and the game laws for publications such as Forest and Stream Magazine. After the death of her husband in 1899, Eckstorm resumed researching and writing about Maine’s flora, fauna, and people. Eckstorm’s interest in the Maine folklore and folklife grew out of her childhood expeditions with her father. Eckstorm began collaborating with Professor Mary Winslow Smyth of Elmira College in New York in 1925. Smyth combed the coastal areas while Eckstorm gathered woods songs. Although she continued to be interested in folk music until the end of her life, in the 1930s Eckstorm’s attention began to shift toward the language, history, and traditions of Maine’s Indians. Fannie Hardy Eckstorm died in 1946. (excerpted from https://umaine.edu/folklife/women-folklorists/fannie-hardy-eckstorm/ ; accessed 9/27/2023)
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Gift of Pauleena MacDougall, November 14, 2018, to the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department, University of Maine, Orono, Maine.
- Guide to the Postcards from Fannie Hardy Eckstorm to Miss Minnie G. Reed
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- September 2023
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