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Rum Running/ Bootlegging Collection

Identifier: MF009

Scope and Contents

William Cavallini, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, May 16, 1997, in Harwich, Massachusetts. Cavallini discusses his experiences rum-running on the coast of Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia during Prohibition; operating the radio on rum-running boats beginning 1930; packaging of liquor; unloading at night; locations where liquor was unloaded; recollections of Meteghan, Nova Scotia; boat specifications; pay; killing of rumrunners; pastimes when not running rum; names of rum-running boats; evading the Coast Guard; changes to rum-running after Prohibition ended; operating radios on shore; hiding liquor; and individuals involved in the rum-running business. Images RESTRICTED until 2075. Text: 59 pp. transcript, plus 41 pp. memoir. Recording: C 1562 - C 1564. Photos: P08094 - P08145.


  • Creation: May 16, 1997


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Conditions Governing Use

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52 image files (digital)

2 text files (digital)

5 audio files (digital)

1 box

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Originals

The originals of the digital files are located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047

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.

Guide to the Rum Running/ Bootlegging Collection
Digital Objects Available
Amanda Marden
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for uncoded script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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