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Penobscot Bay Islands Interviews

Identifier: MF048

Scope and Contents

A series of interviews with residents of the Penobscot Bay Islands. Interviewees discuss local history; economic aspects of island life; food supplies; summer people; fishing; farming; sail, steam, and motor boats; health care; and schools. Specific islands discussed include: Hog Island, Pond Island, Western Island, Pickering’s Island; Eagle Island, Opechee Island, Bear Island, and Butter Island.


  • Creation: 1975

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7 items

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NA0990 Clara Orcutt, interviewed by John Bannon, summer 1975, at her home in Stonington, Maine. Orcutt (b. 1884) discusses life on Hog Island, Pond Islands, and Western Island in the late 19th and early twentieth centuries: farming; raising sheep and cattle; seine and weir fishing; boat building; summer people who visited; entertainment; schooling. Text: 17 pp. transcript/index. Recording: mfc_na0990_t0990_01, mfc_na0990_t0990_02, mfc_na0990_t0991_01, mfc_na0990_t0991_02, mfc_na0990_t0992_01,mfc_na0990_t0992_02, mfc_na0990_t0993_01 3 1/2 hours.

NA0991 Captain Erland Quinn, interviewed by John Bannon, summer 1975, Camden, Maine. Captain Quinn talks about Eagle Island. Text: 10 pp. catalog. Recording: mfc_na0991_t0994_01, mfc_na0991_t0994_02, mfc_na0991_t0995_01, mfc_na0991_t0995_02, mfc_na0991_t0996_01, mfc_na0991_t0997_01, mfc_na0991_t0997_02 1 1/2 hours.

NA0992 Lem Robbins, interviewed by John Bannon, summer 1975, Ellsworth, Maine. Robbins talks about Opechee Island; buildings; work; transportation; history. Text: 4 pp. brief catalog. Recording: mfc_na0992_t0998_01, mfc_na0992_t0998_02 1 1/2 hours.

NA0993 Wolcott Hardie, interviewed by Bannon, John, summer 1975, Deer Isle, Maine. Hardie talks about Bear Island. Text: 4 pp. brief catalog. Recording: mfc_na0993_t0999_01, mfc_na0993_t0999_02 1 hour 4 minutes.

NA0994 Vida Sylvester, interviewed by John Bannon, summer 1975, Deer Isle, Maine. Sylvester talks about Eagle Island. Text: 4 pp. brief catalog. Recording: mfc_na0994_t1000_01, mfc_na0994_t1000_02, mfc_na0994_t1001_01, mfc_na0994_t1001_02 1 hour 54 minutes.

NA0995 Abby Weed, interviewed by Lisa Schneider, summer 1975, Little Deer Isle, Maine. Weed talks about local history of Butter Island, Bear Island, Eagle Island. Text: 5 pp. brief catalog. Recording: mfc_na0995_t1002_01, mfc_na0995_t1002_02, mfc_na0995_t1003_01, mfc_na0995_t1004_01 1 hour 43 minutes.

NA0996 Laura Brown, interviewed by Lisa Schneider, summer 1975, Stonington, Maine. Brown talks about Eagle Island. Text: 8 pp. brief catalog. Recording: mfc_na0996_t1005_01, mfc_na0996_t1006_01, mfc_na0996_t1007_01, mfc_na0996_t1008_01 1 hour 51 minutes.

Existence and Location of Originals

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.

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