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Foxfire Bicentennial Project

Identifier: MF019

Scope and Contents

A nationwide project coordinated by E. Wigginton, founder of Foxfire, of interviews with the elderly about their lives and their hopes and fears for the future of the nation.


  • Creation: 1975 and 1982


Conditions Governing Use

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Conditions Governing Use

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. Known restrictions on material NA1642.


4 items

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NA1052 Mary Turner, interviewed by Florence Ireland, Mary Ann Shopshire, and Melody Richardson, summer 1975, West Peru, Maine. Turner, age 72, talks about her life and experiences as a self-sufficient farm wife. Recording: mfc_na1052_t1058_01, mfc_na1052_t1058_02, mfc_na1052_t1059_01, mfc_na1052_t1059_02, mfc_na1052_t1060_01 175 minutes.

NA1053 Mr. Wilder Kimball, Mrs. Grace Kimball, and Evaline Kimball (WK’s sister), interviewed by Florence Ireland and William Gates, summer 1975, Rumford Point, Maine. The Kimballs (all in their 70s) talk about farming; oxen; hunting and trapping: 4-H and granges as social events; Mary Turner and Florence Baker talk of the struggle to survive during difficult times along with motivation for developing self-reliance and work ethic; the schedule of work load; sheer size of the farmland. Text: 2 pp. catalog, 2 pp. biography of the Kimballs. Recordings: mfc_na1053_t1061_01, mfc_na1053_t1061_0, mfc_na1053_t1062_012 103 minutes. Photographs: P00969 - P00976, P00980 - P00982.

NA1054 Florence Baker, interviewed by Colleen Colby, summer 1975, Fryegurg, Maine. Baker, 90, talks about early life; work; farming; making maple syrup; being raised by her grandparents; marriage from 1894 until 1911; being involved in a variety of groups seeking to help the community’s disadvantaged citizens. Also present: Florence Ireland and son Adam. Text: 3 pp. catalog, 2 pp. biography of Baker. Recording: mfc_na1054_t1063_01 54 minutes.

NA1642 Mary "Grammie" Turner, interviewed by Florence Ireland, spring 1982, West Peru, Maine. 4 pp. Tape: Video, 1/2 hr. No cat. Made for showing on Channel 10 (WCBB) in 1976. RESTRICTED. Recordings: V 0043 (Beta) 30 min.

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.

Genre / Form


Guide to the Foxfire Bicentennial Project
Digital Objects Available
Amanda Marden
April 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