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UMaine 150th Anniversary Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MF194

Scope and Contents

Interviews conducted for UMaine’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Dates

  • 2015

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

For digitized items free from access restrictions, we are working to upload this material (pdfs, mp3s, jpgs) for public access, but it is an ongoing project. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, contact Special Collections (um.library.spc@maine.edu).

Conditions Governing Use

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. Some known restrictions on material.

Extent

11 items

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

na3987 Agnes Ann Walsh, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, July 14, 2015. Walsh, Class of 1941, talks about her undergraduate experience at UMaine; participating in intramural sports; living on campus; how UMaine has changed over the years; her extracurricular activities; UMaine’s impact on the state; her naming preferences for the University; and her participation in alumni organizations. Text: 6 pp. transcript; 1 pp. release form in CF file.

na3988 Russell S. Bodwell, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, June 18, 2015, in his home in Dirigo Pines, Orono, Maine. Bodwell, Class of 1944, talks about his undergraduate experience at UMaine; his Air Force service in World War II; the beginnings of his career in engineering; meeting his late wife at UMaine; his experiences as conductor and trumpet player in various University bands; how UMaine has changed over the years; his role in the establishment of the Collins Center for the Arts; his passion for sports and the arts at UMaine; the future of UMaine; his service on the President’s Development Council; volunteering with his wife; and his trip to Scotland. Text: 8 pp. transcript; 5 pp. supplemental material in CF file. Recording: mfc_na3988_audio001 30 minutes.

na3989 Donald Grant, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, July 8, 2015. Grant, Class of 1956, talks about his undergraduate experience at UMaine; the beginnings of his career in education; his participation in the American Legion Boys State; how UMaine has changed over the years; working while in school; UMaine’s impact on the state; his experiences with faculty as an undergraduate; the future of UMaine; and the relatively low cost of education at UMaine. Text: 4 pp. transcript; 1 pp. release form in CF file. Recording: mfc_na3989_audio001 16 minutes.

na3990 Dione Hutchinson, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, July 9, 2015. Hutchinson, Class of 1954 talks about her undergraduate experience at UMaine; the beginnings of her career in education; UMaine’s impact on the community and state; staying involved with the University; being married to the University President; the future of UMaine; and her grandson being a fifth-generation Black Bear. Text: 4 pp. transcript. Recording: mfc_na3990_audio001 16 minutes.

na3991 Karen Boucias, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, July 15, 2015, in her home in Orono, Maine. Boucias talks about her undergraduate experience at UMaine; transitioning from librarian to administrator at UMaine; working with international students; her retirement; her role in getting the Office of International Programs firmly established; UMaine’s impact on the state; staying involved with the University; UMaine’s status as a land-grant university; the future of UMaine; and how UMaine has changed over the years. Text: 7 pp. transcript; 1 pp. release form in CF file. Recording: mfc_na3991_audio001 33 minutes.

na3992 Renee Minsky and Leonard Minsky, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, July 20, 2015, in their home in Bangor, Maine. Renee and Leonard talk about their undergraduate experiences at UMaine; his service in World War II; his extracurricular activities; her acclimatization to life in Bangor; their continued involvement with various community organizations, as well as the University; UMaine’s impact on the state; the importance of a liberal arts education; the future of UMaine; and how UMaine has changed over the years. Text: 4 pp. transcript; 1 pp. release form in CF file. Recording: mfc_na3992_audio001 21 minutes.

na3993 Tom Savage and Sally Savage, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, July 29, 2015, in their home in Searsport, Maine. Tom and Sally talk about their undergraduate experiences at UMaine; how UMaine has changed over the years; their extracurricular activities; his early career as an auditor and transition into law; finishing her degree years later; UMaine’s impact on the community and state; the University’s positive reputation; growing up around the University; the future of UMaine; the increased role of women at UMaine; and supporting the University’s athletic program. Text: 7 pp. transcript; 1 pp. release form in CF file. Recording: mfc_na3993_audio001 25 minutes.

na3994 George Jacobson, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, July 15, 2015, in his office at UMaine, Orono, Maine. Jacobson talks about Growth of research at the University of Maine as a faculty member and his work to increase research funding to the university. Recording: mfc_na3994_audio001 70 minutes.

na4031 Anne Collins, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall in her home in Northport, Maine. Collins, Class of 1961, talks about her undergraduate experience at UMaine; her extracurricular activities; the beginnings of her career in education; working while pregnant; meeting her husband at UMaine; moving around the world with her husband’s job; her husband being an Iranian hostage in 1979; returning to Maine; staying involved with the University; UMaine’s impact on the state; the future of UMaine; how UMaine has changed over the years; her and her husband’s philanthropy to the University; her work with the alumni association: and the importance of supporting public education. Text: 8 pp. transcript; 1 pp. release form in supplemental folder.

na4032 Bernard Lown, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall via internet, September 01, 2015. Lown talks about his undergraduate experience at UMaine; coming to the United States from Lithuania as a teenager; his undergraduate research on fruit flies; his experiences with anti-Semitism; the beginnings of his career in medicine; his thoughts on honors-style education; founding Physicians for Social Responsibility, an anti-nuclear proliferation organization; his activism against the Vietnam War; the problem of global overpopulation; race relations in the United States; the importance of student activism; and his relationship with Maine state senator Emily Cain. Text: 6 pp. transcript; 1 pp. release form in supplemental folder. Recording: mfc_na4032_audio001 44 minutes.

na4033 Richard N. Smith and Deborah Blount Smith, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, August 12, 2015. Richard and Deborah talk about their undergraduate experiences at UMaine; the beginnings of his career in forestry; his early mentors in the field; the importance of a liberal arts education; how the forestry industry has changed over the years; his decision to go to UMaine; UMaine’s impact on the community; the nature of carbon markets; the importance of diversity in the university environment; race relations in the United States; meeting each other at UMaine; her acclimatization to life in Maine; the future of UMaine; the importance of alumni support; and the burden of debt on more recent college students. Text: 9 pp. transcript; 1 pp. release form and 2 pp. bio for R. Smith in supplemental folder. Recording: mfc_na4033_audio001 59 minutes.

Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.

Collection Note

As UMaine celebrated thier 150th anniversary, they reflected on the impact of thier institution on the culture, economy and education of Maine and its people. The 150th Implementation Committee asked Pauleena MacDougall, then Director of UMaine’s Folklife Center to conduct in-person recorded audio interviews with a few of UMaine's most prominent alumni and friends. These historical recordings will be archived at NAFOH. Advancement Partners nominated a list of people who were be invited to participate and answer the following questions: What role has your UMaine education played in your success? What is the economic or cultural impact of the institution on your business or community? What does it mean to you to be a UMaine graduate or friend? With which program(s) do you most affiliate? What does it mean to the state that we have a 150 year old land, sea grant institution? Please share a UMaine memory of a person or place that is meaningful to you? Keeping in mind that this being recorded for posterity, what would you like someone to know about UMaine fifty years from now? What are the most significant changes you’ve seen? (taken from project proposal).

Creator

Title
Guide to UMaine 150th Anniversary Collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Katrina Wynn
Date
2017
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Language of description note
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

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