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Students/Alumni Records (University of Maine). Cobb (Sumner Chase) Scrapbook

Identifier: UA RG 0010 -031

Content Description

University of Maine scrapbook of University of Maine alumni, Somner C. Cobb who graduated in 1917. The scrapbook contains play programs, newspaper clippings, personal and professional photographs, Phi Kappa Sigma memorabilia, report cards, and photographs and materials on the UMaine cross country, track and field, and football teams. The materials in this scrapbook date from 1913-1917. In particular, there are photographs and play programs from the Maine Masque Theatre, with photographs of the cast in Lelio and Isabella (1914). Cobb's nephew (Richard Cobb) who donated the scrapbook thinks the man in one of the photographs of theater productions is Sumner -- the one where there are two copies of the photo, the man wearing glasses pointing to a newspaper article. There are also photos of state track and field meets between the University of Maine, Bowdoin, Colby, and Bates colleges, postcard photographs of various buildings on the UMaine campus, and programs for the Eastern Maine Musical Festival and ‘Deutscher Verein’ Club.


  • Creation: 1913-1917


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Somner "Sum" C. Cobb was a member of the University of Maine Class of 1917. Hailing from Deering High School in Portland, Maine, Cobb majored in Mathematics while also serving as the president of the Mathematics club. Upon graduation, he also rose to the rank of corporal, along with his roles in Maine Masque as a council member and club president. During his senior year he gained entry into the academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi. While a student at the university, Cobb was most active in the Maine Masque Theatre. After graduating Sumner taught theater at a private secondary school and at the University of Utah where they coordinated productions that toured to cities in the Northwest. Sumner's twin brother, Herbert Gray Cobb, was in the class of 1918, but his degree was awarded posthumously. He died in WW1 in France. There was a third brother in the class of 1919, William Bangs Cobb. All three of those brothers were in the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Special Collections by Cobb's nephew Richard B. Cobb on September 8,2014 as accession #2014-0908.

Related Materials

There is material regarding Phi Kappa Sigma in the University of Maine Greek Letter Societies Records (SpC MS 0559), Maine Masque Theatre in the Maine Masque Theatern Records (UA RG 0009.016), and the Class of 1917 in the University of Maine Class Memorabilia and Photograph Collection (SpC MS 1454).

Separated Materials

Cobb's nephew Richard donated materials related to his uncle to organziations Cobb had connections with during his career in the western region of the U.S.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt and Tom Pinette, June 2022, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

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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