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Alta Mitchell, interviewed by Sarah Jane Adamski


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.


  • 1974-1980

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From the Collection: 58 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


0886 Alta Mitchell, interviewed by Sarah Jane Adamski for IDL 105, October 27, 1974, Sanford, Maine. 24 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. and trans. Mitchell talks about her life and travels during the first half of the twentieth century; her thoughts on early twentieth-century US presidents; why she worked to repeal Prohibition; working for women’s suffrage; her views on Nixon and the Watergate scandal; meeting Truman and his propensity for cursing; welfare work in Germany after WWII; teaching in Taipei circa 1954; and the importance of voting. Also included: field journal (RESTRICTED). Text: 24 pp. transcript; brief catalog. Recording: T 0856.

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