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Quipus/Erica Risberg

Identifier: MF177

Scope and Contents

Interviews about the Quipus society, 1912-1938.


  • 2001-2002

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5 items

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NA3002 Barbara Brookings, interviewed by Erica Risberg, December 21, 2001. Brookings discusses her family history; her own and her mother’s involvment with the Quipus society; origin of the group’s name; Bangor Dental Clinic; formal wear collection; annual theatrical productions; content of the plays; her Junior League membership; and active versus past service membership in the Quipus society.

Text: 25 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na3002_c2043_01 28 minutes

NA3003 Pauline C. Carlisle, interviewed by Erica Risberg, November 27, 2001. Carlisle talks about her family history; mother’s activities; her mother’s and her own involvement with the Quipus society; piano lessons; changes in children’s entertainment, 1930s vs. 1990s; high school during the Great Depression; stock brokers; Bangor waterfront and the lumbering industry; and camps in Surry and Sorrento, Maine.

Text: 55 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na3003_c2044_01 44 minutes

NA3004 Susan Warren, interviewed by Erica Risberg, January 11, 2002. Warren discusses listening to the radio in the 1940s; V-J Day (end of World War II) in Bangor; family history; street dances in Bangor, Maine, in the 1950s; drive-in movies; her volunteer work; her mother’s and her own involvement with the Quipus society; fund-raising activities; scholarship; children’s theater group; Junior League; and relations between the Shakespeare Club and the Quipus society.

Text: 78 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na3004_c2045_01, mfc_na3004_c2045_02 39 minutes

NA3005 Charles F. Bragg II, interviewed by Erica Risberg, November 5, 2001. Bragg talks about his family history; the family home in Bangor, plumbing and electricity; his mother’s daily activities; Shakespeare Club; early radio in the 1920s and 1930s; public vs. private school in the 1920s; Great Depression in Bangor; career in the family business, N. H. Bragg & Sons paper company; feelings about Franklin Delano Roosevelt; and social activities in Bangor.

Text: 42 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na3005_c2046_01, mfc_na3005_c2046_02 54 minutes

NA3006 Donated by Erica Risberg. Text and illustrations from an exhibit titled “Bangor’s Volunteer Community: The Ladies of Quipus, 1912-1938.” The exhibit discusses social life, economic change, and volunteer groups in Bangor, Maine. It was prepared for, but never displayed by, the Bangor Museum and Center for History. Illustrations include newspaper clippings of Quipus activities.

Text: 22 pp. of exhibit text and newspaper clippings

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 Quipus/Erica Risberg Collection
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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