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Florence Ireland Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MF126

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of ten interviews conducted by Florence Ireland on a variety of topics including family history, farming, folksongs, woods work, International Workers of the World (IWW or Wobblies), and the H. P. Clearwater Medicine Co.

Dates

  • 1970-1973

Creator

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 (um.library.spc@maine.edu).

Conditions Governing Use

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. No known restrictions on material.

Extent

10 items

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

NA0627 Adam Owsianik, interviewed by Florence Ireland, August 17, 1970, Meriden, Connecticut. Owsianik, the donor’s Polish grandfather, tells stories and sings short songs he composed. Also includes 247 pp. of typed notebooks in Polish which include proverbs, toasts, cures, riddles, and his autobiography.

Text: 25 pp. transcript, 247 pp. typed notebooks (Polish) Recording: mfc_na0627_t0347_01, mfc_na0627_t0347_02 1 hour

NA0706 Harold Stuart, interviewed by Florence Ireland July 15, 1972, Machias, Maine. Stuart talks about working in the woods around 1900 - 1910 in the Ellsworth and Machias area.

Text: 20 pp. transcript Recording: T0432 (not digitized)

NA0707 William Hudson, interviewed by Florence Ireland, July 15, 1972, Machias, Maine. Hudson talks about the lumber industry in Maine during the early twentieth century; organization of labor, housing and regulations/restrictions of laborers; who (race, nationality, gender, etc.) was employed in the industry; and personal experiences of Hudson while employed in Maine.

Text: 20 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na0707_na0708_na0709_t0433_01, mfc_na0707_na0708_na0709_t0433_02

NA0738 Grover Swett, interviewed by Florence Ireland, August 21, 1970, Bangor, Maine. Swett talks about the early Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and woods work in Maine.

Text: 17 pp. transcript with brief catalog Recording: mfc_na0738_na0739_t0555_01 55 minutes

NA0739 Bill Fuller, interviewed by Florence Ireland, November 24, 1970, Stillwater, Maine. Fuller singing original songs, also reciting original poetry, and playing original compositions on accordion.

Text: 3 pp. brief catalog Recording: mfc_na0738_na0739_t0555_01 55 minutes

NA0740 Maisy Mitchel, interviewed by Florence Ireland, July 23, 1971, Newcastle, New Brunswick. Paper deals with Mitchell singing Arabic and French folksongs.

Text: 5 pp. brief catalog Recording: mfc_na0740_na0741_t0556_01 9 minutes Arabic and French

NA0741 Peter Shepheard, interviewed by Florence Ireland, December 20, 1970, St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick. Shepheard, collector and singer, singing and playing guitar and accordion.

Text: 3 pp. brief catalog Recording: mfc_na0740_na0741_t0556_01 21 minutes

NA0744 Wilmot MacDonald, Frank Estey and Ray Estey, interviewed by Florence Ireland, July 23, 1971, Glenwood and Sevogle, New Brunswick. MacDonald and the Esteys talk about their lives; the Esteys sing.

Text: 3 pp. brief catalog Recording: mfc_na0744_t0563_01, mfc_na0744_t0563_02 2 hours

NA0755 Eulalie McKeaggan, interviewed by Florence Ireland, March 15, 1973, Ellsworth, Maine. McKeaggan talks about the H. P. Clearwater Medicine Co.

Text: 18 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na0755_t0597_01 1/2 hour Photos: P00432

NA0756 Carroll Stephens, interviewed by Florence Ireland and Robert Ireland, March 27, 1973, Hallowell, Maine. Stephens talks about the H. P. Clearwater Medicine Co.

Text: 26 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na0756_t0598_01 1 hour

Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047 https://lccn.loc.gov/2013655211

Related Materials

See also NAFOH collection MF019 Foxfire Bicentennial Project Collection and MF076 Maine and the Maritimes Folklore Collection (which has for interviews conducted by Ireland).

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.

Creator

Title
Guide to Florence Ireland Collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Thomas Libby
Date
May 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

Contact:
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