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Marshall Dodge Collection

Identifier: MF089

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of an interview with Rob Golding and Earl Bonness who give humorous stories and anecdotes of Downeast (Maine) about local people and events.


  • 1965


Conditions Governing Access

For digitized items free from access restrictions, we are working to upload this material (pdfs, mp3s, jpgs) for public access, but it is an ongoing project. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, contact Special Collections (

Conditions Governing Use

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. Copyright retained by interviewer and interviewees.


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Language of Materials



NA0523 Rob Golding and Earl Bonness, interviewed by Marshall Dodge, 1965, Perry, Maine. Accession includes a rough typed transcript of the tapes prepared by Joyce Benson in 1969; also a rough handwritten contents listing. Golding and Bonness give humorous stories and anecdotes of Downeast about local people and events, and these anecdotes reflect the quintessential Downeast character and type of humor later made famous by Marshall Dodge in his stories of “Bert and I” and may suggest the origins of the types of characters and humor Dodge used in his “Bert and I” records. Text: 186 pp. partial transcript with brief catalog. Recordings: mfc_na0523_t0275_01 - mfc_na0523_t0277_02 310 minutes (5 hours) mfc_na0523_audio001 2 minute clip. Also included: a clip from mfc_na0523_c2615_01 (32.5 min. in) since this copy is clearer. Golding telling a humorous story about a storm, a man, his worried wife, telephones (a new technology), and lightening. From NEA grant application sample clips. Recording: mfc_na0523_audio001 2 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.


Guide to the Marshall Dodge Collection
In Progress
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