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Postcards from Fannie Hardy Eckstorm to Miss Minnie G. Reed

Identifier: SpC MS 1858-sc

Content Description

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)


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No restriction on access.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

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 ; accessed 9/27/2023)


1 folder (6 photograph postcards)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Pauleena MacDougall, November 14, 2018, to the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department, University of Maine, Orono, Maine.

Related Materials

Researchers may also wish to consult SpC MS 0158, Fannie Hardy Eckstorm Papers, also located in Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

Guide to the Postcards from Fannie Hardy Eckstorm to Miss Minnie G. Reed
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Peter Altmann
September 2023
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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