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Faculty Records (University of Maine). Professor Hitchner (E. Reeve) Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0011-037

Scope and Contents

The records mainly contain textual information created by and about E. Reeve Hitchner during his tenure as Professor of Bacteriology (1922-1959), Head of the Department of Bacteriology (1932-1958), and overseeing the Pullorum-Typhoid Testing Service at the University of Maine until his retirement in 1958. There are also photographs of Hitchner and Hitchner Hall and a signed photograph from U.S Congressman Clifford G. McIntire.

Include biographic information regarding Hitchner, copies of his thesis, papers, and notebooks, various correspondence on a range of subjects, details regarding the Orono Town budget (1965 & 1967), class notes, research cards, and reports related to Hitchner’s research particularly on water and air pollution, but also: wood rot, pickles, Pullorum Disease, mining in Maine, tannery, and the State of Maine’s Water Improvement Commission which sought to address the issue of water pollution and which Hitchner was appointed a member of in 1965.


  • Creation: 1915-1969


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

Elmer Reeve Hitchner was born on March 24, 1891 in Woodstown, New Jersey. Hitchner joined the faculty of the University of Maine in 1922 following his earlier graduation from Pennsylvania State College with a Master of Science degree in bacteriology. In 1931, he was awarded the Ph.D. degree by the University of Wisconsin. Following his original appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Maine, he assumed increasing responsibility, including for the Pullorum-Typoid Testing Service, until in 1933 he was appointed Head of the Department of Bacteriology and Professor of Bacteriology. He remained in this responsibility until his retirement in 1959. At the time of his retirement the academic building housing bacteriology, biochemistry and poultry science was named Hitchner Hall in recognition of his leadership, scholarliness and contributions to Maine and its people. He died in 1972.


2 boxes

10 boxes (Card size boxes)

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Physically the boxes are arranged by subject. File names and dates were added and material was separated and divided into multiple sub-folders where necessary. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.

Box numbers have changed:

  1. Old Box #670 (New Box #1)
  2. Old Box #671 (New Box #2)
  3. Old Box #673a (New Box #3a)
  4. Old Box #673b (New Box #3b)
  5. Old Box #672a (New Box #3c)
  6. Old Box #672 (New Box #3d)
  7. Old Box #673 (New Box #3e)
  8. Old Box #675 (New Box #3f-j)

Related Materials

The record group Animal And Veterinary Sciences Records, UA RG 0006.007.005 includes records related to Hitchner's work. There are also records related to the Animal And Veterinary Sciences in the Cooperative Extension Service Records, UA RG 0006.008, Maine Agricultural & Forest Experiment Station Records, UA RG 0006.007.004, College Of Agriculture Records, UA RG 0006.007.017, College Of Life Sciences And Agriculture, UA RG 0006.007.018, and the University of Maine Honors Theses Collection, SpC MS 1740.


Formerly SpC MS 0560.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt and student worker Julia Haberstick, August 2018, 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 still needs to be rehoused into appropriate archival folders and the boxes and folders numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace.

University Of Maine. Professor Hitchner (E. Reeve) Records
Matthew Revitt
September 4, 2018
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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