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Christine Blackmer, interviewed by Valerie Felt McClead


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Material collected for ANT 325 (Oral History and Folklore: Fieldwork), fall 1985. Class materials collected pertaining to Halloween traditions in Maine. Eight-two individual accessions including tapes and transcripts and note cards containing citations of Halloween references in late 19th and early 20th century Maine newspapers. Interviewee ages range from 8 to 88 years old. Topics discussed include costumes; trick or treating; school and parties; Halloween treats; Finnish Easter; pranks; pumpkins/jack o' lanterns; Miscellaneous manuscript materials generated by the Halloween Project include letter describing Halloween in Scotland, interview questions, newspaper clippings and various items having to do with Halloween.


  • Creation: 1985

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From the Collection: 82 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


1851 Christine Blackmer, interviewed by Valerie Felt McClead for ANT 325, fall 1985, Lucerne Village, Maine. 29 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Blackmer, age 74, talks about celebrating Halloween as a child in Massachusetts and how her children observed Halloween in Maine. Text: 26 pp. detailed catalog. Recording: C 0215 1 hour.

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