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Northeast Town History Papers Collection

Identifier: MF062

Scope and Contents

A collection of 100 student papers done as coursework for anthropology classes at the University of Maine at Orono between ca. 1976-1978. Each paper treats a specific town or community and deals with the history and lore concerning that place. Most towns are in Maine but a few are in New Hampshire and Newfoundland. Some papers contain maps, photos, and other supplementary items.


  • 1976-1978

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2 boxes (digital)

Language of Materials



Papers are arranged alphabetically by state and town, in numbered acid-free folders in two archival document cases. A checklist of the town names is available in printed or electronic form. Folder No.001 contains a copy of the checklist. See below for town names and student last names.

Maine: Argyle, Bangor, Belfast, Bemis, Boothbay, Bowdoinham, Brewer, Bridgton, Bucksport, Calais, Camden, Cape Elizabeth; Cape Neddick, Castine, Cumberland, Dexter, Dixmont, Dover-Foxcroft, Eastport, Falmouth, Forest City, Fort Kent, Frankfort, Franklin, Greenville, Hall Quarry, Hampden, Harrison, Hermon, Holden, Howland, Isle Au Haut, Islesboro, Jonesboro, Kenduskeag, Lakewood, Mapleton, Mars Hill, Milbridge, Milford, Millinocket, Milo, Newcastle, New Sweden, Northeast, Norway, Old Town, Orland, Orrington, Orrs and Bailey, Passadumkeag, Peru, Pittston, Poland, Port Clyde, Presque Isle, Prospect, Rockport, Rumford, Saco, Sanford, Searsport, Sebec, Sidney, Standish, Stockton, Sumner, Surry, Swan’s Island, Thomaston, Thorndike, Topsfield, Turner, Van Buren, Veazie, Vinalhaven, Waldoboro, Waterford, Waterville, Wiscasset, Wytopitlock, York. New Hampshire: Newcastle Newfoundland: Cat Harbour, Small Point, St. John’s


"Argyle, Maine"/Hueras, Laurence/79-03-01/8 "Bangor and the Jewish Immigrants"/Tomasik, Randolph R./n.d./15 "A Brief Look at Belfast, Maine"/Pierce, Sharon T./78-02-23/10 "The City of Belfast, Maine"/Brown, Joanne/78-02-23/11 "Town Paper: Bemis, Maine"/Brann, Cathy/76-02-26/9 "Boothbay Harbor"/Travis, Vicki/78-02-23/7 "Bowdoinham: Then and Now"/Hinkley, Allison/76-02-26/9 "The History of Brewer"/Gilgan, Peter P./76-02-03/10 "Bridgton, Past and Prestent"/MacLeod, Deirdre R./78-02-23/11 "Bucksport"/Sterling, Richard/76-02-25/8 "The Decline of a Town"/Shinnick, John n.s./n.d./11 "Bucksport, Maine"/McCobb, Donna/78-02-23/8 "Calais, Maine"/Esposito, Louis J./76-02-26/8 "Sketch of Camden, Maine"/Stancioff, Paul/76-02-26/10 "Camden, Maine"/Wight, Nancy/78-02-23/8 "Cape Elizabeth, Maine"/Steinen, Karen/78-02-23/11 "Cape Neddick, Maine"/Clark, Holly R./78-02-23/13 "Castine, Maine"/Spear, Nancy/n.d./9 "The Town of Cumberland"/Tuttle, Christine N./76-02-26/8 "Town Paper on Dexter"/Clukey, Robert/n.d./13 "Dexter"/Covel, Melinda/n.d./5 "Dixmont"/Willis, A. Richard/n.d./11 "Dover-Foxcroft"/Cameron, Marilyn M./n.d./15 "Dover-Foxcroft, Maine"/Grant, Emma Jane/n.d./14 "Eastport"/Correll, Joe D./78-04-13/7 "Falmouth"/Tierney, Thomas/78-02-23/5 "Forest City, an International Community"/Brooks, Joan/n.d./9 "Fort Kent, Maine"/Roy, Rob/78-02-23/6 "A Glimpse at the Town of Frankfort"/Moore, Andrea/76-02-26/10 "Town of Franklin"/Spearing, Jeanette/76-02-23/7 "Greenville, Maine"/Roberts, Roxanne/n.d./9 "Hall Quarry: The Little Town That Isn’t There"/O’Neill, Susan/78-03-01/10 "Hampden, Maine"/Ryan, Hope-Lindsay/78-03-02/21 "Harrison, Maine"/Saxby, Ed/78-02-24/12 "A Maine Town: Hermon"/Brown, Bruce B., Jr./76-02-26/10 "Holden, Maine"/Lynch, James K./n.d./9 "The Town of Howland"/Thurlow, William D./78-03-01/12 "Isle Au Haut, Maine"/Nickolls, Steven/76-02-26/10 "Islesboro"/Coombs, Sheila/n.d./7 "A Study of Jonesboro"/Maker, Kimberly/76-02-26/10 "Kenduskeag, Maine"/Kazmierczak, Stephen/76-02-26/8 "Lakewood"/Corson, Debra/76-02-26/9 "Town of Mapleton"/Desmond, Jed C./76-02-26/11 "Mars Hill"/Silakowski, Mike/76-02-23/7 "Milbridge"/Whitehead, Donita J./78-03-01/10 "Town Paper Milford"/Edwards, Melanie/78-02-23/8 "Town Study - Milford"/Taylor, Kathleen McKay/n.p./12 "Millicket "The Magic City"/Burch, Dennis/76-02-26/7 "Milo: Not to Worry, We’ll Survive"/Eames, Karen A./76-02-26/12 "Newcastle"/Sherman, Peter/78-02-23/7 "New Sweden, Maine"/Dalrymple, Deke/76-02-26/11 "Northeast Harbor, Maine"/Rechholtz, Deborah/76-02-26/9 "Town Paper- Norway Maine"/Partridge, Brian S./76-02-26/11 "Norway, Maine"/Wilkinson, Peter L./76-02-26 "Old Town, Maine"/Adams, Jeanne C./76-02-26/9 "Orland, Maine"/Kreidel, Lauren/78-02-23/10 "Orrington"/Dolley, Tim /n.d./9 "Twin Islands (Orrs and Bailey)"/Skillings, Constance/78-02-23/8 "A Short Look at Passadumkeag, ME"/Kennedy, Jonathon/76-02-27/11 "Town Paper - Peru"/Richard, Peg/76-02-26/8 "Pittston, Maine"/Essency, David/76-02-26/10 "Town Paper: Poland, ME"/Kolnos, Ritchie/78-02-23/12 "Port Clyde, Maine"/Zwoll, Jackie van/78-02-23/11 "Presque Isle: A Town Paper"/Gartley, George/76-03-02/17 "Prospect"/Jenkins, Peter/n.s./n.d./4 "The Town of Rockport"/Rector, Timothy J./n.d./9 "Rumford"/Bulger, Richard/76-02-26/11 "Rumford"/Carusi, Cynthia J./78-03-02/8 "The One and Only Saco, Maine"/Underwood, Chris/78-02-23/11 "Sanford"/Owen, Connie/76-02-26/19 "Searsport, Maine"/Garrett, Janice n.s./76-02-25/7 "Sebec"/Whedon, Katherine A./76-02-26/17 "Sidney, Maine: A Brief History"/Young, Willis/n.d./8 "Town Report: Standish"/Wright, Sandra R./n.d./12 "Stockton Springs"/Light, Michele/76-02-26/8 "A Brief Description of the town of Sumner, Maine; Past and Present"/Coburn, Cori/78-02-23/9 "Surry A Town Paper"/Milam, Anna Mary/78-02-23/13 "Swan’s Island: Then and Now"/Turner, Kim/n.d./10 "Thomaston Town Paper"/Wallace, Peg n.s./76-01-26/11 "Thondike A Town Paper"/Wilcox, Alan R./78-03-02/11 "Town Paper Topsfield, Maine"/Bean, Ronald E./76-02-26/13 "Turner"/Leadbetter, Fred Jr./76-02-26/8 "Town Paper (Van Buren, Me.)"/Morrow, Gail/n.d./11 "Van Buren"/Wood, Jonathan/78-02-21/6 "Veazie, Maine, Town Paper"/Stuart, Brian/78-02-22/8 "Vinalhave, Maine"/Peterson, Terri/78-02-23/10 "Waldoboro, Maine: Then and Now"/Cooper, Edward A./78-02-23/7 "Town Paper Town of Waterford"/Ramsay, Kathy/76-02-26/8 "A Short Report on the City"/Williams, Susan/78-02-20/8 "Town Paper"/Richards, Allan/n.d./3 "The Early Beginnings of Waterville"/Paduan, Bonnie L./n.d./9 "Wiscasset, Maine"/Chaney, Michael/78-02-23/13 "Town Paper"/Rollins, Rhonda/78-02-23/5 "York, Maine"/Moy, Rebecca/76-02-26/11 "Town Paper York, Maine"/Miller, Karen/n.d./8 "New Castle, New Hampshire"/Beard, Jack/n.d./14 "Cat Harbour, Newfoundland A Town Study"/Williams, Douglas/78-02-27/9 "Round About Small Point, Newfoundland" /Reynolds, Alan G./76-02-26/12 "St. John’s, Newfoundland"/Sparkman, Gregory/76-02-26/8

Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047

Guide to the Northeast Town History Papers Collection
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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