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Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen Collection

Identifier: MF145

Scope and Contents

This collection had a donation added in summer of 2006, the addition focuses on country music in Maine. The focus was expended to music in Maine generally as well as storytelling (especially about Herbert F. Jackson) and jokes when other interviews were added by McKeen. Fifteen accessions comprise the collection, which include Hal Lone Pine radio shows and oral interviews. These materials were gathered and donated by Jeff “Smokey” McKeen. The interviews were conducted by McKeen with country musicians and listeners in the 1990s to early 2000s.


  • 1985-2005

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. Known restrictions on NA1940, NA1941, NA3302, NA3303, NA3296, NA3297, NA3298.


44 items

Language of Materials



Though most of MF145 is digitized, there is some physical material. There are 15 reel to reel tapes that were deposited by Smokey and are the master audio for a Maine Arts Commission project, short radio programs that aired on Maine Public Radio’s “Maine Things Considered” during Maine Cultural Heritage week over the course of 3 years (5 per year). The topics include quilting, auctioneering, Millie Dunham, Don Roy, lumberjack singer, Wright Brothers Orchestra, and more. He conducted interviews- which are largely deposited with us (here and possibly in MF039 too)- in order to produce these pieces. He has given verbal permission for them to be used. It is possible they were digitized, there is a note that says “all digitized and put on 1a6 desktop in a folder named ‘Mystery Box’” and may not be on the digital mess external harddrive.

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 Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen Collection
Digital Objects Available
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