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Lewis Kershner, interviewed by Nancy Chellis


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


1003 Lewis Kershner interviewed by Nancy Chellis, November 3, 1975, in Orono, Maine. Kershner talks about historical events of the 1960s and 70s; Nixon and the Watergate scandal; joining the ROTC and prolonging his college career to avoid being sent to Vietnam; opinion of draft dodgers; positive view of women’s liberation as long as it is not militant; Kennedy’s assassination and how it differed from Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination; reaction to the Kent State and Jackson State shootings in 1970; stigma associated with not going to college; and the early 1970s as a period of stagnation for the University of Maine. Transcript: 28 pp. Recording: T 1015 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