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Faculty Records (University Of Maine). Olmstead (Kathryn J.) Journalism Papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0011-051

Content Description

The record group contains mostly textual material created and curated by Kathryn J. Olmstead during her tenure as a professor of journalism and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine and career as a journalist. Includes clippings of articles by the journalists Brooks Hamilton, Doug Kneeland, and David Lamb. There is also correspondence with Lamb and details of his induction into the Maine Press Association's Hall of Fame (2005).

There are also clippings regarding the Maine potato industry and labor movements, Apollo 11 (1969), Challenger (1986), William Haggerty departure's from Bath Iron Works (1994), and the Gulf War. There are also student responses to the Gulf War and articles authored by Professor Olmstead on the Gulf War.

Also, includes material regarding Bulgarian poets Violeta Simeonova Jeleva and Roumyana Tsaneva and their work at the American University in Bulgaria and University of Maine. Copy of the University of Maine student newspaper The Maine Campus regarding the paper's suspension (1954) and administrative material regarding the operations of The Maine Campus (1985-2001).


  • Creation: 1954-2005

Conditions Governing Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval. Personal identifiable and sensitive information will be redacted before release.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on literary rights available in the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

Biographical / Historical

Kathyrn J. Olmstead served 25 years on the journalism faculty of the University of Maine (1984-2003), the last six as associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2003-2009). A native of Battle Creek, Michigan, she earned a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a master of arts in English and education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She published Echoes magazine, a quarterly journal of rural culture based in Caribou, Maine, from 1988 to 2017, and wrote a biweekly column for the Bangor Daily News. Before joining the UMaine faculty she served as district representative for US Senator Bill Cohen, was a correspondent for the Bangor Daily News, editor of the Aroostook Republican weekly newspaper in Caribou, and a free-lance agricultural journalist for regional and national newspapers in Vermont and Kansas. She taught English at Wauwatosa East High School in Wisconsin and English and journalism at Concord High School in New Hampshire before moving to Maine in 1974. Professor Olmstead is also a member of the University of Maine System Board of Visitors and represents the University of Maine System on the board of Maine Public Broadcasting, and the executive committee of the McGillicuddy Humanities Center.

In 2018, Olmstead was elected to the Maine Press Associations' Hall of Fame.

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Physically the material is arranged by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifted to Special Collections by Kathryn Olmstead on September 11, 2019.


Accruals from Professor Olmstead are not anticipated.

Related Materials

The record group Maine Center for Student Journalism (University Of Maine) Records UA RG 0007.017 are from the files of Professor Olmstead and relate to her work as the director of the Center.

Separated Materials

Copies of University of Maine Honors Convocation programs (2002, 2003 & 2006) and Commencement programs (1991-2008) were merged with existing collections of such items, with duplicate copies disposed of.


"Board of Visitors", University of Maine, (accessed October 2020).

Condition Description

Good condition.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt, October 2020, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and the creation of this finding aid. Material was rehoused into appropriate archival containers and the boxes and folders numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace.

University Of Maine. Olmstead (Kathryn J.) Journalism Papers
Matthew Revitt
October 26, 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