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John Chapman, interviewed by Tona Smith


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


1090 John Chapman, interviewed by Tona Smith, November 10 and December 8, 1976, in Hampden, Maine. Chapman tells of his childhood in Bangor and WWII on the home front; childhood games in the 1930s; sliding in Bangor during the winter; importance of the Lindbergh kidnapping; listening to the radio; Victory in Japan night; employment of prisoners of war and the merits of German POWs as workers; changes WWII brought to life and the community; Brady Gang gunned down in Bangor in the 1930s; stories he was told by a river driver; rationing during WWII; demand for hotel rooms during WWII; and bombing of Hiroshima as the greatest lifesaver of the war. Text: 31 pp. incomplete transcript, plus 11 pp. catalog. Recording: T 1111 1 ½ hours. mfc_na1090_t1111_01, mfc_na1090_t1111_02

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