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Beth Harpaz Collection

Identifier: MF205

Scope and Contents

Research materials from a family research project Harpaz did in the early 2000s. The project resulted in the publication of the book “Finding Annie Farrell: A Family Memoir” (2004), by Journalist Harpaz, then (2002) of Brooklyn New York. Part of the focus is on musical Farrell brothers, Augusta-area radio performers.


  • 1948-2003


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Conditions Governing Use

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


Harpaz was a journalist. From her LinkedIN profile 6.14.2018: “I'm the Associated Press travel editor, a licensed New York City tour guide, a Big Apple Greeter volunteer and author of three books*. In addition to editing and writing travel features for AP, I host the @AP_Travel Twitter feed and AP's GET OUTTA HERE! podcast. I'm an alum of Columbia Journalism School, Cornell and Hunter College High School. Before joining AP, I worked for several newspapers.” *The Girls in the Van, Finding Annie Farrell: A Family Memoir, and 13 Is the New 18.


2 boxes (half sized)

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Box 1: 1) Two notebooks in plastics envelope: a) Brown labeled Record: 1948 diary written in pencil by unnamed author b) Black and white Metropolitan (falling apart): 1949 penciled diary - same handwriting 2) Folder labeled Ruth Clark : handwritten notes presumably by BH from July 2002 Interview with Ruth Clark. 3) Folder labeled Family Trees: e-mails, handwritten notes and genealogies from the internet 4) Folder labeled Book Research Bibliography: excerpts from books and printouts from online library catalogue. 5) Folder labeled Maine State Archives and Tim Farrell. 6) Folder labeled William Farrell: includes photocopied correspondence with Achsah Reynolds. 7) Brown binder labeled “Mom’s Stuff”: This is material from Anne Farrell Jackendorff. 8) Black and white notebook labeled FAF#1: handwritten notes by BH (2001). 9) Black and white notebook labeled FAF#2: handwritten notes by BH (2002). 10) Eight cassette tapes - Most labeled at least briefly. (See box 2 for transcripts)

Box 2: 1) Info on book Finding Annie Farrell by Beth Harpaz (BH). 2) Genealogy 1 - research notes, photocopies, printouts, and family history from BH. 3) Genealogy 2 - more family history. 4) Genealogy 3 - more family history. 5) Letters from Annie Farrell Jackendorff to Ruth Clark and Gladys Reynolds, 1966+. 6) Newspaper clippings from Annie Jackedorff to Ruth Clark, 1977 (letters and clippings). 7) Letters between Annie Farrell Jackendorff and Achsah Reynolds (aunt): original correspondence, plus printout of Achsah’s Obituary (2003). 8) E-mail correspondence: Pamela Dean, Beth Harpaz. 9) Leona Bentivengo - Correspondence: (an aunt). 10) Lewiston - Research: photocopies. 11) “Peanut”: two letters from another aunt. 12) Nancy di Crooeto to BH, Nadeen: e-mails from Aunt Nancy. 13) Achsah Transcript: transcript of interview, no identifying information. 14) Margaret Chase Smith Correspondence: Letters between Smith and Annie Jackendorff, plus email from Smith biographer Janann Sherman. 15) Annie Farrell - notes and research: misc. Research material. 16) Census data: photocopies and notes. 17) Farrells: various record requests, notes, and print outs. 18) Maine: notes, clippings, printouts. 19) Mechanic Falls Fine: notes, printouts on 1973 Fine that left Farrell family homeless. 20) Nadeen transcript (spelled Nodine in transcript): transcript of interview with aunt - no identifying information. 21) Nancy di Crooe transcript: transcript of interview with aunt - no identifying information. 22) Leona Transcript: transcript of interview with aunt - no identifying information. 23) “Peanut” transcript: information on aunt from unidentified interview.

Related Materials

Harpaz, Beth. 2004. Finding Annie Farrell: A Family Memoir.

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.

  • Folklore Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Memoirs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
  • Oral histories Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Guide to Beth Harpaz Collection
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Katrina Wynn
June 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