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David Ingraham Collection

Identifier: MF125

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of multiple interviews about writing songs in Maine about Maine, by songwriter David Ingraham. Ingraham was a local songwriter and singer from Ellsworth, Maine. Seven of these accessions consist of recordings of Ingraham talking about his songwriting and singing songs he composed about the local people and incidents that happened. The other five accessions include interviews with other songwriters and singers about the process of writing songs; interviews with local people about the incidents Ingraham described in his songs, and about traditional songs and how they related to local history in Ellsworth and Chesterville, Maine.


  • 1970s-1980s


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12 items

Language of Materials



NA0686 David Ingraham, April 20, 1972, Bangor, UMaine, Orono, Maine. Ingraham discusses his song-making and sings a number of songs for FO 108 class. Also included: three songs recorded at his home April 17, 1972.

Text: 1 page write-up Recording: mfc_na0686_t0396_01, mfc_na0686_t0396_02 97 minutes

NA0695 David Ingraham (artist and donor), June 1972, Veazie and Ellsworth, Maine. Ingraham singing his own songs about life in Ellsworth.

Text: 1 pp. brief catalog Recording: mfc_na0695_t0409_01, mfc_na0695_t0410_01 2 hours

NA1148 Philip Morse, interviewed by David Ingraham, January 1, 1978. Maine: Chesterville. Morse tells stories of Chesterville people and events; singing songs from the early 1900s. Also present: Mrs. Blanche Morse, Philip’s wife.

Text: 12 pp. catalog Recording: mfc_na1148_t1211_01, mfc_na1148_t1211_02 88 minutes

NA1173 Leonard "Bucky" Maddocks, interviewed by David Ingraham, spring 1978, Ellsworth, Maine. Maddocks talks about the Openshaw song written by David Ingraham and the incident which prompted the writing of the song.

Text: brief catalog Recording: mfc_na1173_t1235_01 1 hour

NA1174 David Ingraham, spring 1978, Orono, Maine (NAFOH). Ingraham sings 10 of his original songs, including "The 200 Mile Limit," "The Blackfly Song," "Billy Hagen," "Angels with Long Flowing Hair," "Baxter Park Fire," "The Woodcutter’s Union," "The Mighty St. John," "One More Winter in Maine," "I’ll Be Thankful When Summer is Over," and "I Had Him Almost Persuaded."

Text: partial transcript Recording: mfc_na1174_t1236_01 1 hour

NA1190 David Ingraham, spring 1978, Orono, Maine (NAFOH). Ingraham sings 14 of his original songs, including "Officer Patterson," "Little Tree," "Can of Worms," "The Hairpiece that Belonged to Mayor Brountas," "Robert Newall," "Barbara’s Gone," "Chester Greenwood," "Jimmy Carter Came To Town," "Union River," "Son, Don’t You Ever Get Married," "The Shadow of Katahdin," "Back in Maine Again," "Don’t Come To Bangor," and "Almost Persuaded." Sheet music for some songs.

Text: transcript, sheet music Recording: mfc_na1190_t1250_01, mfc_na1190_t1250_020 39 minutes

NA1277 David Ingraham, 1978, Ellsworth, Maine. Original songs written by Ingraham, including "I’ve Got to Leave Old Durham Town," "In the Garden," "The Church Steeple," "The Little Shack Out Back," and "Dr. Ganong." Copy of Bangor Daily News clipping, May 5, 1978.

Text: partial catalog Recording: mfc_na1277_t1339_01, mfc_na1277_t1339_02

NA1302 Lori Bray and David Ingraham, interviewed by David Ingraham, spring 1978, Brewer, Maine. Bray sings an original song she wrote, "What If Jesus Came Today;"; Ingraham sings a song about the moose and the campus cop.

Text: brief catalog Recording: mfc_na1302_t1405_01 11 minutes

NA1303 Larry Snowden, interviewed by David Ingraham, spring 1978, Deer Isle, Maine. Snowden talks about songs he, his father, and his brother wrote; Larry sings and plays the guitar.

Text: brief catalog Recording: mfc_na1303_t1406_01 21 minutes

NA1304 Dave Mallett, interviewed by David Ingraham, spring 1979, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Mallett talks about his songs, why he writes them, and what he thinks he achieves in his songs.

Text: catalog Recording: mfc_na1304_t1407_01 38 minutes

NA1305 Philip Morse, interviewed by David Ingraham, January 26, 1978, Chesterville, Maine. Morse sings songs and plays the banjo. Also present: Mrs. Blanche Morse, Philip’s wife.

Text: 2 pp. brief catalog Recording: mfc_na1305_t1408_01 24 minutes

NA1344 David Ingraham, June 2, 1980, NAFOH, Orono, Maine. Ingraham sings original songs he has written: "The Moose Song," "Schooner John Leavitt," "Lot," "The Little Old Red Schoolhouse on the Hill," and "The Merry Old Minstrel of Maine."

Text: brief catalog Recording: mfc_na1344_t1470_01 20 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 David Ingraham Collection
In Progress
Thomas Libby
May 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