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Memoir, by J. Wilbur Day


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This is an arbitrary collection of accessions created in June 2014 containing interviews that focus on hunting, trapping, poaching, and recreational fishing. There are 123 series in NAFOH that relate to the topic, but 18 belong solely to this collection.


  • Creation: 1959-2008

Conditions Governing Access

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From the Collection: 18 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


0532 J. Wilbur Day (1864-1924), donated by Alice Bacon, 1962, Wesley, Maine. Photocopy of a handwritten memoir (approx. 538 pages) of Wilbur Day, a hunter, guide, and poacher from Wesley, Maine. Also, a typescript (139 pp.) prepared from the photocopied memoir. The memoir was first obtained from its owners, Alice and John Bacon, by Jane Kazutow Pampalone and again later by Edward D. “Sandy” Ives. The original (presumed to have been written down by Wilbur Day’s sister, Susie Day, from dictation by Wilbur Day) was returned to the owners. The Day memoirs were eventually edited for publication by Edward D. Ives and appeared with an introduction as “Wilbur Day: Hunter, Guide, and Poacher” comprising Northeast Folklore Volume 26 (1985). Day mostly wrote about poaching; game laws; murder of game wardens; an arson case; hunting dogs; and many other aspects of woods life. Accession includes song “The Shacker Boys of Wesley” and three photographs relating to Day. Text: 715 pp. manuscript. Photos: P 6204 - P 6206.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

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