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Faculty Records. Professor Trafford (David White) Papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0011-030

Scope and Contents

The records mainly contain textual information created and curated by David White Trafford who was a history professor at the University of Maine, but also contains some maps used in his teaching.

The record series Administrative & Committee Records contains correspondence, memorandums, and meeting material from the various University of Maine wide, College of Arts & Sciences, and History Department committees that Professor Trafford was a member of. Also, includes correspondence on a range of subjects and miscellaneous University administrative information on employment, departmental reviews, and annual reports.

The record series Student Group Records contains various correspondence, memorandums, reports, and meeting material regarding various University of Maine student groups that Trafford was involved in overseeing and acting as an advisor for on campus, including Greek Letter Societies and the ROTC.

The record series Biographical Information contains miscellaneous biographical information on Professor Trafford including: copy of certificate for his Commission in the U.S. Army Reserve, details of the organization of the University of Maine’s 1939 Class Reunion, copy of his Curriculum Vitae, and his nomination for the American Association for State and Local History National Award.

The record series Teaching Materials contains copies of Professor Trafford’s lecture notes, examination papers for History Department courses, and general course materials including syllabi, course outlines, proposals, requirements, handbooks, and schedules.

The record series Research & Publications contains reference material on various publications and copies of papers by Professor Trafford.

The record series Conference Records contains promotional and organizational material for various conferences that Trafford was involved with including the New England History Department Chairs, Sesquicentennial Colloquium, and British Studies Conference.

The record series New England Association of Schools and Colleges Records contains reports from the evaluation of specific academic institutions by a visiting committee that Trafford was a member of.


  • Creation: 1928-1979
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1965-1979


Restrictions on Access

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

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

David White Trafford was born in Blaine, Maine, in 1916 and died in Florida in 1993. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1939 with an A.B. Degree, Summa Cum Laude, in history. He received both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Indiana University in 1940 and 1947. In 1947, he joined the University of Maine faculty teaching history and was appointed chair of the University of Maine Study Abroad Program in 1965. He retired in 1979. He was affiliated with the Institute of American Studies Abroad, serving as an honorary fellow of the Institute, vice president for admissions and, during the early 1980s, as director of the Institute-Affiliated British Studies Centre in Kent, England.


6 boxes

1 folio folder

Language of Materials



The papers of a history professor. Includes primarily lecture notes and exams and University of Maine committee materials.


The Records Group is broken down intellectually into the following record series: 1. Administrative & Committee Records, 2. Student Group Records, 3. Biographical Information, 4. Teaching Materials, 5. Research & Publications, Conference Records, and 6. New England Association of Schools and Colleges Records. The record series Teaching Materials is broken down further into the subseries 1. Lecture Notes, 2. Examination Papers, and 3. General Course Materials.

Physically the records are arranged by subject. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.

Box numbers have changed:

  1. Old Box #318 (New Box #1)
  2. Old Box #319 (New Box #2)
  3. Old Box #320 (New Box #3)
  4. Old Box #321 (New Box #4)
  5. Old Box #322 (New Box #5)
  6. Old Box #323-28 (New Box #6)


Records considered to not be of archival value were disposed of by the processing archivist, including: student grades, student papers, employment information of History Department staff, faculty, and student workers, reference material, book orders, and duplicate copies of items. Also, material duplicated in other record groups, particularly Graduate Board meeting minutes.


Accruals from Professor Trafford are not anticipated.


The processing of this collection was made possible by "Putting History to Work," grant-funded student internship program via the University of Maine System and intern Zeb Mimbs.

Processing Information

Processed by Putting History to Work intern Zeb Mimbs and Matthew Revitt, June-August 2019 and February 2020, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and intellectual arrangement into series and the creation of this finding aid. Material was rehoused into appropriate archival folders and the boxes and folders numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace. The disposal of material deemed to not be of archival value meant the contents of the boxes could be consolidated into 6 boxes from the original 10 boxes.

University Of Maine. Professor Trafford (David White) Papers
Matthew Revitt
February 24, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library University Archives Repository

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