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Jo Ann Nivison, interviewed by Connie Allen


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


1131 Jo Ann Nivison, interviewed by Connie Allen, November 6 – 11, 1977, Winslow, Maine. Nivison discusses her mother’s struggle to raise seven children alone in the 1930s and 40s; potato picking in northern Maine; her responsibilities as the only daughter; buying a TV in 1956; the Christmas Fair to benefit St. John’s school in the 1970s; Victory in Japan Day; the significance of the atomic bomb; WWII air raids and blackouts as exciting to a child; Kennedy’s assassination; her views on women’s liberation and Vietnam draft dodgers. Text: 29 pp. transcript, incomplete, plus 5 pp. catalog. Recording: T 1193 – T 1194 1 ¼ hours. mfc_na1131_t1193_01, mfc_na1131_t1194_01.

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