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Madella “Mae” Nevells, interviewed by Marilyn Reuter


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


1019 Madella “Mae” Nevells interviewed by Marilyn Reuter, April 13, 1975, Sedgwick, Maine. Nevells discusses her life in during the late nineteenth to mid twentieth centuries; dances; medicine shows; sliding in the winter; how she came to have the telephone office in her home 1928-1954; changes in the telephone office over time; minimal changes during WWII other than blackouts; her wedding and wedding dress; and Fourth of July and Christmas celebrations when she was a child. Text: 27 pp. transcript, plus 7 pp. catalog. Recording: 1 hour T 1030.

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