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Betty Brown, interviewed by Rebekah Rawding


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


1005 Betty Brown, interviewed by Rebekah Rawding, November 1, 1975, Paris Hill, Maine. Brown discusses the events and ideas of the mid-twentieth century; her childhood, including chores and religion; long-standing desire to be a nurse; her thoughts on marriage and the ideal man; rise of society’s ecological consciousness; growing popularity of health food; Nixon and the Watergate scandal; apathy towards government; music of her childhood and teenage years; “Hair” and men with long hair; draft dodgers and the Vietnam War; women’s liberation and equality, and how those can fit within traditional Christian values. Text: 39 pp. transcript plus 5 pp. catalog. Recording: T 1017 1 ½ hours.

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