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Elizabeth Thomas Soule Chapman, interviewed by Lucia P. Smith


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

A series of 51 interviews about the history of Portland, Maine with index and partial and full transcripts. The Victoria Society, fall 1992. Interviews concerning life in Portland during the 1930s to the 1940s, most interviewees are 75 years old or older.


  • 1984-1988
  • 1992


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From the Collection: 36 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


NA3128 Elizabeth Thomas Soule Chapman, interviewed by Lucia P. Smith, October 2, 1984, Foreside, Maine. Chapman, born April 16, 1914, talks about the house; her parents William and Mary Thomas; live-in help; Cyril Durante was butler; pony stable on Chadwick Street; two attics; two cellars; chauffeur; governess Annie Mundy from England; plant room; small garden with fountain; pony carts; took ponies to Waynflete; decorating the house with real greens for Christmas; Miss Chrisfield and Lowell; Mademoiselle Naples; Leland; Stamford; sliding at the promenade; sports; being at Smith during Lindbergh kidnapping; homemade clothes; Mannahan’s in Boston; Irish seamstresses; shoes in Thayer MacNeil; food; Dinsmore’s Market; homemade food; food elevator; mother’s sewing; pedal sewing machines; first radio; Mima Fassett; dolls; Waynflete; father’s influence; strict upbringing. Text: information sheet; 3 pp. index, 5 pp. transcript. Recording: C 0989, C 0990 45 minutes.

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