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Allen H. Salisbury and Florence D. Salisbury, interviewed by Joyce Butler


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The “Wildfire Loose” Collection consists of a series of 37 interviews conducted by Joyce Butler in preparation for her book of the same title about the fires in Maine in October 1947. Donated in 1979.


  • Creation: 1976-1980


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From the Collection: 37 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


1244 Allen H. Salisbury and Florence D. Salisbury, interviewed by Joyce Butler, April 19, 1977, Hull’s Cove, Mt. Desert Island, Maine. The Salisburys discuss the burning of Bar Harbor’s Jackson Lab during the fire of 1947; their duties at Jackson Lab; belief that Hull’s Cove was in danger, not Bar Harbor; crown fire and ground fire; Mrs. Salisbury leaving the island with their daughter; complete loss of records and mice from the lab; returning the day after the fire; cleaning up after the fire; receiving household items from various sources; looters; how Bar Harbor changed to a tourist town after the fire; and a man who burned to death trying to rescue his cat.

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