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South Bristol Oral History Project

 Collection
Identifier: MF139

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 10 interviews for an exhibit called “Down on the Island, Up on the Main: A Recollected History of South Bristol, Maine,” which was assembled by Ellen Vincent, as well as newspaper and newsletter articles, exhibit text, plans for the exhibit, and exhibit text. The main purpose of the exhibit was to display the heritage of coastal South Bristol, Maine.

Dates

  • 1997

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

11 items

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

NA3013 Afton “Junior” Ferrin, Jr., interviewed by Ellen Vincent, December 18, 1997, at his home in South Bristol, Maine. Ferrin talks about life in South Bristol, Maine; lobstering; changes in lobster traps; bait; fishing for mackeral, herring; choosing a fishing spot; sport vs. commercial fishing; striped bass; changes in fishing methods; mending nets; fishing boats and crew; transition from water transport to automobiles; products delivered by steamboat; products available in local grocery stores; economic and social changes; trawl lines for cod and pollack; gill nets; sculling vs. rowing; weather problems; boatbuilders; raising and shearing sheep; marketing urchins, clams; digging clams to survive the Great Depression.

Text: 27 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na3013_c2053_01&02, mfc_na3013_c2054_01&02 52 minutes

NA3014 Nellie McFarland Frey, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, November 4, 1997, at her home in South Bristol, Maine. Frey discusses life in South Bristol, Maine; the post office; school; family history; social and recreational activities; Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star; holidays, esp. Christmas; clothing and sewing; Ladies’ Aid Society; food and cooking; gardening; canning; homebrew beer and wine; rum running; Great Depression; raising chickens; toys; milk delivery; and iceboxes.

Text: 22 pp. partial transcript Recording: mfc_na3014_c2055_01&02, mfc_na3014_c2056_01&02, mfc_na3014_c2057_01 133 minutes

NA3015 Margaret Farrin House, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, October 31, 1997, at her home in South Bristol, Maine.

Recording: mfc_na3015_c2058_01 4 minutes

NA3016 Nellie McFarland Frey and Margaret Farrin House, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, November 17, 1997, at Frey’s home in South Bristol, Maine.

Recording: mfc_na3016_c2059_01&02, mfc_na3016_c2060_01 82 minutes

NA3017 William Arthur Kelsey, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, December 12, 1997, at his home in South Bristol, Maine. Kelsey identifies and discusses photographs and postcards not included in the accession; in the process he also talks about: changes in the town and its buildings over time; marketing fish; fishing boats; fishing nets and their maintenance; finding and buying old postcards and other memorabilia; Fourth of July; Christmas Cove; winter storms; Kelsey family history; and boat launchings in South Bristol.

Text: 151 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na3017_c2061_01&02, mfc_na3017_c2062_01&02,mfc_na3017_c2063_01, mfc_na3017_c2064_01&02 212 minutes

NA3018 Frank Y. “Pete” McFarland, Jr., interviewed by Ellen Vincent, December 12, 1997, at his home in Christmas Cove, Maine. His wife, Adele Rice McFarland, was also present. McFarland talks about working in a shipyard and as a boatbuilder; designing boats; caulking, methods and materials; boat launchings; stepping the mast; rigging; scalloping; scallop draggers; and the history of South Bristol and Christmas Cove.

Text: 31 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na3018_c2065_01&02, mfc_na3018_c2066_01&02, mfc_na3018_c2067_01 139 minutes

NA3019 Mervin Rice, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, October 24, 1997, at his home in South Bristol, Maine. Rice discusses newspaper clippings and photographs not included in accession; other topics include a chicken farmer; lobster bait; dousing; school; transport of goods and mail before automobiles; clamming; and the Damariscotta Fair.

Text: 15 pp. partial transcript Recording: mfc_na3019_c2068_01&02, mfc_na3019_c2069_01&02, mfc_na3019_c2070_01 131 minutes

NA3020 J. Douglas Thompson, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, November 19, 1997, at his home in Belfast, Maine. Thompson discusses photographs and newspaper articles not included in accession; other topics include: history and inhabitants of Damariscotta, South Bristol, and Christmas Cove, Maine; changes in daily life during the 20th century; economic activities; changing buildings; and other aspects of local geography.

Text: 24 pp. partial transcript Recording: mfc_na3020_c2071_01, mfc_na3020_c2072_01&02, mfc_na3020_c2073_01&02 133 minutes

NA3021 Catherine Jordon Walker, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, October 23, November 3, and November 18, 1997, at her home in Christmas Cove, Maine. Partial transcript of interview on October 23, 1997. Walker discusses old fashioned grocery stores; cookie varieties; going to school in a one-room schoolhouse; holidays; gardens; doctor’s visits; home remedies; childbirth at home; summer visitors; local libraries; and childhood reading.

Text: 11 pp. partial transcript of the Oct. 23, 1997 interview Recording: mfc_na3021_c2074_01 - mfc_na3021_c2078_01 234 minutes

NA3022 Robert Kendall Woodward, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, November 11 and November 20, 1997, at his home in Walpole, Maine. Woodward talks about ice cutting and marketing; family history; transportation; school; changes in daily life during the 20th century; town meeting; his career as a personal secretary; mother’s cooking and dairying; farm tasks; neighboring; keeping goats; holidays; husking bees and other social activities.

Text: 13 pp. partial transcript Recording: mfc_na3022_c2079_01&02, mfc_na3022_c2080_01&02, mfc_na3022_c2081_01&02 152 minutes

NA3023 Assembled by Ellen Vincent, information on the exhibit “Down on the Island, Up on the Main: A Recollected History of South Bristol, Maine,” including newspaper and newsletter articles, exhibit text, plans for the exhibit.

Text: 39 pp. exhibit text, newsletter and newspaper articles.

Existence and Location of Originals

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

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.
Title
Guide to South Bristol Oral History Project
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

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