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Guy E. Swan, interviewed by Edward D. “Sandy” Ives


Scope and Contents

From the Record Group:

Material collected by Maine Folklife Center (MFC) and Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History (NAFOH) founder Edward D. “Sandy” Ives or about him (for the latter, also see NA1636, NA2290, NA2301, NA2312, NA2390, NA2539).

This record group includes Ives’s other interviews, folklore collections, and miscellaneous accessions include several that focus on moose poacher George Magoon (George Magood and the Down East Game War: History, Folklore, and the Law. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988), and Wilbur Day (Wilbur Day (1864-1924), Hunter Guide, and Poacher: An Autobiography. Northeast Folklore 26 (1986). Others are recordings of various performances; interviews on woodswork; Veazie history; and songmakers; and material reflecting Ives’s research interests and his student’s projects. These accessions are numbered consistently with the rest of the MFC’s collections.


  • Creation: 1971 - 1999


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From the Record Group: 70 items

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English


0987 Guy E. Swan, interviewed by Edward D. “Sandy” Ives, November 1, 1974, in kitchen of sister-in-law’s home in Bryant Pond, Maine. Swan, age 99, talks about the Grand Trunk railroad wreck of January 18, 1901 in Bethel, Maine: wreck of train near to Bryant Pond on Long; song about the wreck; wreck's consequences for his job; doing different jobs after being on the railroad; towing of logs in spring; describing pictures about his job in New Hampshire; different roads for going into the woods; using saltwater swale hay for hauling logs; problems involved in driving Lombards; boss Arthur Parker; comparing Lombards and steamers for hauling logs. Also present: Swan’s sister-in-law Verna Swan. Recording is in English. Text: 4 pp. catalog & 21 transcription. Recording: mfc_na0987_t0987_01. [T 0987]. 42 minutes. Photographs: P 00568 - P 00579.

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