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Airline Road & Airline Community Project

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Identifier: MF001
Scope and Contents The collection consists of six interviews done by Joan Brooks and Jack Beard focused on the history of the Airline Road (Rt. 9 from Bangor to Calais, ME) and the Airline community ca. 1900.
Dates: 1976

American Thread Company/Russell Carey

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Identifier: MF055
Scope and Contents A collection of fourteen series deposited by University of Maine graduate student, Russell Carey between March, 1992 and November, 1993. The collection features videotaped and or audio interviews with workers at the American Thread Company’s wooden spool mill in Milo, Maine, and contributed to research for Carey’s Master’s thesis entitled 3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). The collective oral history of the mill’s workers documents conditions, issues,...
Dates: 1992-1993

ANT 325 Halloween Holiday Traditions Collection

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Identifier: MF022
Scope and Contents Material collected for ANT 325 (Oral History and Folklore: Fieldwork), fall 1985. Class materials collected pertaining to Halloween traditions in Maine. Eight-two individual accessions including tapes and transcripts and note cards containing citations of Halloween references in late 19th and early 20th century Maine newspapers. Interviewee ages range from 8 to 88 years old. Topics discussed include costumes; trick or treating; school and parties; Halloween treats; Finnish Easter; pranks;...
Dates: 1985

ANT 326 and 431 Folklore, the Environment, and Public Policy Collection

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Identifier: MF165
Scope and Contents This collection contains student papers from ANT 326 and 431 Folklore, the Environment, and Public Policy Collection. Topics of some of the papers include traditional medicine, basket making, environmental sustainability, energy resources, etc.
Dates: 2010-2011; 2018

Argyle Boom Collection

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Identifier: MF003
Scope and Contents The Argyle Boom Collection consists of approximately seventy-five hours of tape recorded interviews (now digitized). The interviews deal with Argyle Boom, which was one of several locations at which logs that had been cut upriver and floated or “driven” down the Penobscot River were sorted before being sent on to the lumber mills in Old Town, Orono, Veazie, Bangor, and Brewer, Maine, from approximately 1900 to 1930. The material includes interviews with people who had worked on the boom and...
Dates: 1973-1975

Aroostook Oral History Project

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Identifier: MF004
Scope and Contents Aroostook Oral History Project, 1971-1972, which resulted in a collection of 119 cassettes (now digitized), totaling 73 hours, with interviews of more than 150 people covering a wide range of topics; i.e., early county history, early farming and machinery, the Aroostook War, railroading, lumbering, potato farming, maple sugar making, folksongs, folklore, folk medicine, politics, town meetings, cross-border migration, smuggling, Indians, sporting camps, schools and schooling, tall tales,...
Dates: 1971-1972

Class and gender roles in company towns in Maine and Kentucky/Betty Parker Duff

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Identifier: MF170
Scope and Contents This collection consists of a series of interviews conducted by Betty Duff in connection with her PhD dissertation for the history department at the University of Maine. They were recorded in Millinocket, Maine and Benham, Kentucky, and focused on life in a company-owned or dominated towns.
Dates: 1999-2002

Borders and Borderlands

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Identifier: MF197
Scope and Contents Interviews of inhabitants of the Maine-New Brunswick borderlands. The interviews were conducted by members of the NEH Summer Teacher Institute, Borders and Borderlands: the Acadian Experience in Maine. The recordings are housed here with NAFOH and the Acadian Archives.
Dates: August 2014

Bowdoin College Folklore Papers

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Identifier: MF006
Scope and Contents Students from Bowdoin college investigated topics and wrote papers related to the folklore and folklife of Maine communities, including beliefs of fishermen, cookery, farm life, Prohibition and rum-running, mill work, Bath Iron Works, lobstering, quilting, folk medicine, ghosts,lighthouse keeping, boat building, lumbering, ship building, carpentry, hunting, and storytelling.
Dates: 1980

Canada Road Survey

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Identifier: MF007
Scope and Contents Series of interviews by historian Barry Rodrigue on immigration into Maine from Quebec along the route known as the Canada Road, which includes Route 201. The Canada Road ran from the Quebec border through Dennistown, Jackman, Moose River, West Forks, The Forks, and Caratunk, to Moscow and Bingham, Maine. 2373 Rodrigue, Barry H. July 1995.
Dates: 1994-1998

Cowing's Tavern Collection

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Identifier: MF010
Scope and Contents The collection consists of three interviews about the history of Cowing’s Tavern in Lisbon Falls, Maine.
Dates: 1968-1993

Curran Family Homestead Project

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Identifier: MF015
Scope and Contents The collection focuses on the Curran Family Homestead, a living history museum in Orrington, Maine. Interview topics include: memories of Alfred, Eddie, and Catherine Curran; dairy farming in East Orrington during the first half of the twentieth century; MA Crook and Sons Hillside Dairy; relationship between the Kimball family and the Currans; swimming in the Fields Pond in the summer; tobogganing on the Curran property in the winter; a genealogy of the Curran family; growing up in Orrington...
Dates: 1996

David Ingraham Collection

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Identifier: MF125
Scope and Contents This collection consists of multiple interviews about writing songs in Maine about Maine, by songwriter David Ingraham. Ingraham was a local songwriter and singer from Ellsworth, Maine. Seven of these accessions consist of recordings of Ingraham talking about his songwriting and singing songs he composed about the local people and incidents that happened. The other five accessions include interviews with other songwriters and singers about the process of writing songs; interviews with local...
Dates: 1970s-1980s

Deering Lumber Company Project

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Identifier: MF016
Scope and Contents Collection consists of fourteen interviews with employees of the Deering Lumber Company.
Dates: 1980-1989

Dell Turner/John T. Meader Collection

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Identifier: MF131
Scope and Contents A series of interviews conducted by John T. Meader with and about his grandfather, Dell Turner. Topics covered in the interviews include Dell's life, woods cooking, lumber camps, farming, and fishing stories.
Dates: 1980-1982

Dinsmore Family Collection

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Identifier: MF072
Scope and Contents A collection of Dinsmore / Rich family genealogy materials including over three hundred photos pertaining to outdoor life, women, and family gatherings.
Dates: 1997-1998

Discovery Research Collection

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Identifier: MF161
Scope and Contents The collection is comprised of 6 archive boxes full of notes, recordings, photos, videos, CD ROMs and computer databases, collected between 1995 and 2007. Some of these materials are unlabeled and will require some research to identify the contents.

700 photos, some digital but most are not
200 slides, not scanned
75 hours of cassette tapes
25 hours of minidisc tape


Dates: Majority of material found within 1995-2007

Don Mitchell/Roger Mitchell Collection

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Identifier: MF118
Scope and Contents Series of interviews about Don Mitchell's life and work as a woodsman and farmer formed the basis of Northeast Folklore XIX: "I'm a Man That Works."
Dates: 1976

Dowsing and Dowsers Collection

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Identifier: MF095
Scope and Contents A series of interviews and supplemental manuscript material on dowsing or water witching, most conducted as part of a class project in Edward D. “Sandy” Ives’ Oral History and Folklore: Fieldwork (AY 125) course at the University of Maine in 1984. Other accessions were added to the series because of their focus on dowsing. Dowsers discuss techniques and materials; uses of dowsing in archaeology learning to dowse; beliefs about dowsing; dowsing as a way of healing; locating ley lines; and tell...
Dates: 1984

Eastern Fine Pulp and Paper Company

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Identifier: MF155
Scope and Contents Pauleena MacDougall, then Associate Director of the Maine Folklife Center, and Amy Stevens, then graduate student in history, conducted a series of oral history interviews and collecting photographs and documents relating to the history and culture of Eastern Fine Paper in Brewer, Maine. The mill closed in January, 2003 after operating as a paper and/or lumber mill for more than a century.
Dates: December 2004-August 2007

Eastport History/Hugh French Collection

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Identifier: MF046
Scope and Contents This collection includes twenty-eight interviews with thirteen Eastport residents, plus manuscript material collected as part of French’s research. In addition to the general history of Eastport, major topics discussed include the sardine industry and community holiday celebrations.
Dates: 1979-1980

Edward O. Schriver Collection of University of Maine Photos

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Identifier: MF103
Scope and Contents Photos of UMaine campus activities and events.
Dates: 1940s-1950s; 1915

Emigration from the Maritimes/John Myers Collection

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Identifier: MF129
Scope and Contents Interviews about immigration from the Maritime Provinces to Maine.
Dates: 1978

Fisheries/Ted Ames Collection

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Identifier: MF160
Scope and Contents Recordings by Ted Ames that have to do with fisheries. Part one a series of interviews by Ames about the fishing grounds in the Gulf of Maine and Penobscot Bay fisheries. Part two is recordings from the Localized Fishery Stocks conference attended and recorded by Ted Ames about the implications of localized fish stocks on October 31 and November 1, 1997.
Dates: 1995-1997

Florence Ireland Collection

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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

F.O.L.K. (Focus On Local Knowledge) Collection

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Identifier: MF017
Scope and Contents Produced by Don DePoy, 1994-1996, Sydney and Crawford, Maine. Footage features music groups taped at the Breakneck Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Crawford, Maine (1994) and the Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival in Sydney, Maine (1995). Artists include Evergreen, the Stevens Family, Sassygrass, Bluegrass Supply Company, the Gibson Brothers, the Sandy River Ramblers, Smokey Greene, Eddie Poirier and the Bluegrass Four, Simon St. Pierre, Kenny Baker and Josh Graves, the Lewis Family, Shady...
Dates: 1994-1996

Folksong Student Papers

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Identifier: MF018
Scope and Contents This collection contains a series of student projects on folksongs in America.
Dates: 1960s-2001

Frances Robinson Mitchell Collection

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Identifier: MF099
Scope and Contents Items donated by Frances Robinson Mitchell, including an essay for her children about her grandfather, her time in the Marine Corps in WWII, and woods work.
Dates: 1996 - 1998

Frank Spizuoco Dexter Town History Collection

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Identifier: MF097
Scope and Contents Interviews conducted by Frank Spizuoco from 1963 to 1970 of two residents of Dexter, Maine. Albert “Bert” Call, a retired Dexter photographer, talks about local history and about his working life before and after moving to Dexter, Maine in 1886, and Erma Bentley, a long-time resident of Dexter, records her memories about early Dexter residents and town history.
Dates: 1963-1970

Frye Mountain Interviews/Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen

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Identifier: MF117
Scope and Contents Interviews done by Jeff “Smokey” McKeen concerning the farming community of Frye Mountain in Waldo County and its acquisition by the federal government in the 1930s. Interviews cover the problems like having to selling land to the government, bad roads for automobiles, and other issues.
Dates: 1991