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Skinner Settlement Project

Identifier: MF056

Scope and Contents

A series of interviews about farm life in Maine at the turn of the twentieth century, conducted by students in Oral History and Folklore: Fieldwork in the fall of 1974. The interviewees discuss life at the Skinner Settlement in East Corinth, Maine; including house layouts, furnishings; farm buildings; machinery; clothing; and social customs.


  • Creation: 1974

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6 items

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NA0840 Grace Clark, interviewed by Ilka List, Jolene Walker, Alison Bishop, Celeste Beaulieu, and Galen Beaulieu for AY 125, October and December 1974, East Corinth, Maine. Clark talks about farm life at the turn of the century. Also included: pamphlet about the Skinner Settlement. Text: 77 pp. brief catalog and partial transcript. Recording: mfc_na0840_t0764_01, mfc_na0840_t0764_02, mfc_na0840_t0765_01, mfc_na0840_t0765_02, mfc_na0840_t0766_01, mfc_na0840_t0766_02, mfc_na0840_t0767_01, mfc_na0840_t0768_01, mfc_na0840_t0769_01, mfc_na0840_t0770_01, mfc_na0840_t0770_02, mfc_na0840_t0771_01 7 hours.

NA0841 Leon Bussell, interviewed by Ford Reiche for AY 125, October 9, 1974, Orono, Maine. Ilka List is the depositor and was not present at the interview. Bussell talks about life on a farm at the turn of the century. Text: 26 pp. of brief catalog and partial transcript. Recording: mfc_na0841_t0772_01, mfc_na0841_t0773_01, mfc_na0841_t0774_01, mfc_na0841_t0774_02 3 hours.

NA0843 Bertha Campell, interviewed by Celeste Beaulieu, Jolene Walker, and Alison Bishop for AY 125, October 11, 1974. Campbell talks about life at the turn of the 20th century in Corinth, Maine: house layouts; home furnishings; bedrooms; kitchen; bath taking; laundry procedures; window dressings; entertaining; Skinner Settlement; Social Hall; the store. Also included: two diagrams: 1 of the property layout and one of the house. Text: 18 pp. catalog with diagrams; 30 pp. transcript. Recording: mfc_na0843_t0775_01, mfc_na0843_t0775_02, mfc_na0843_t0776_01, mfc_na0843_t0777_01 4 hours.

NA0844 Frank Harriman, interviewed by Ford Reiche for AY 125, Greenbush, Maine. Sandy Ives is also present at the interview. Harriman talks about being a farmer and woodsman. Text: 3 pp. catalog. Recording: mfc_na0844_t0778_01 1 hour.

NA0845 Frank Hunnewell, interviewed by Ford Reiche for AY 125, November 17, 1974,Greenbush, Maine. Hunnewell talks about his farm and especially the buildings and machinery. Also included: two pamphlets about the Skinner Settlement; an invitation to a benefit supper for the Skinner Settlement Association. Recording: 2 pp. catalog. Recording: mfc_na0845_t0779_01 1/2 hour.

NA0846 Bertha Price, interviewed by Jolene Walker, Alison Bishop, Edward D. “Sandy” Ives, and Celeste Beaulieu for AY 125, October and December 1974, Argyle, Maine. Price talks about growing up on a farm at the turn of the 20th century; social customs; clothing; various aspects of farm life; outside of house; layout of rooms; furnishings; activities done in some rooms. Text: 19 pp. index; 29 pp. transcript. Recording: mfc_na0846_t0780_01, mfc_na0846_t0780_02, mfc_na0846_t0781_01, mfc_na0846_t0781_02, mfc_na0846_t0782_01 3 hours.

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.

Guide to the Skinner Settlement Project
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Amanda Marden
March 2018
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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