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Alice Coffin, interviewed by Harriet Tilley


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The collection consists of a series of interviews conducted from 1974 to 1980 by students for a course (IDL 105, Women in Maine: An Autobiographical Approach) taught by Maryann Hartman in the department of Speech and Communications at the University of Maine. Students asked a variety of informants for their opinions about the present and future roles of women in Maine. Each informant discussed this in the context of their own lives and experiences, therefore the individual interviews cover a wide range of topics.


  • Creation: 1974-1980

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From the Collection: 58 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


0880 Alice Coffin, interviewed by Harriet Tilley, October 29, 1974, Bangor, Maine. Coffin discusses her life in northern Maine; her father’s canoe-making; working at Passadumkeag Kindling Wood Factory circa 1900; Passadumkeag in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the Grange as a social center; traditional medicine; doctors and home visits; celebration of various holidays; when she heard President McKinley was assassinated; the Great Depression as easier for those who had farms; magazines she read; smoking ham; how to sulfur apples to preserve them; gender divide for chores; and views on issues facing women in the 1970s. Text: 33 pp. transcript. Recording: T 0849 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