General Manuscript Collection
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Aroostook County, Maine, August 1942. Photo by John Collier. From the Farm Security Administration Photographs.
Herbert C. Adams Papers
Herbert Adams is a native of rural Oxford County. He served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1989 to 1996, where he was a member of the Utilities and Energy Committee. He returned to the House in 2003, representing the Parkside and Bayside neighborhoods of Portland, which include the most densely populated and ethnically diverse square mile in Maine. Adams also served on the Portland School Committee, representing the West End, from 1997 to 2004. A co-founder of the Parkside Neighborhood Association, created to combat inner city issues such as crime and substandard housing, Adams was chosen by Newsweek Magazine in 1990 as “One of Fifty Americans Who Made a Difference.” He was recipient of the EPA Outstanding Service Award for his work on clean air and clean water issues in the Casco Bay region. In 2005 he received the Maine People’s Alliance “Against the Tide” award for his defense of voting rights and social justice issues. As a writer, Rep. Adams' work can be seen on various PBS, A&E and History Channel shows about Maine and American history. He is author or contributor to many books, including the award-winning "Bold Vision: the History of the Portland Park System" (2000). He also serves as an adjunct lecturer in Maine Government and Civics at the University of Southern Maine. The Papers contain personal and professional papers, including material on the decommissioned Maine Yankee nuclear power plant and the Greater Portland Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee. 3.5 ft.
Hayden Anderson Papers GEN MS 22 View Finding Aid
Hayden L. Anderson was a prominent Maine educator and Maine historian. He graduated from Gorham Normal School in 1925, and subsequently earned degrees from Boston University and Bates College, as well as doing graduate work at Harvard University. He served as principal and superintendent in schools in central and northern Maine, and as Dean of Instruction at Farmington State College. He also worked in the State Department of Education and served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine. He was a student of local history, editing the bicentennial history of Litchfield, Litchfield Yesteryears, and writing a book on the history of early Maine canals, Canals and Inland Waterways of Maine, published by the Maine Historical Society, Portland, Maine, in 1982. The Papers contain revisions/notes for his book, "Canals & Inland Waterways of Maine"; research material on canals in Maine and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (the C&O); lantern slides, photos, maps, notes of canals, locks, mills, aqueducts, and shipbuilding in Maine. 1921-1978, undated 3 ft.
Miriam Andrews Papers GEN MS 17 View Finding Aid
Miriam Andrews was a Gorham Normal School music teacher from 1922 to 1960. She had attended the New England Conservatory of Music and Julliard School of Music in New York. She continued her education at Columbia University’s Teachers College where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees. During her teaching tenure at Gorham Normal School, she directed plays, organized concerts and operettas, and in 1925 compiled a music book for the school called Songs of Gorham Normal School. The Papers consist of an audiocassette recording and transcript of a 1974 interview with her, an undated photograph, and a copy of the 1928 revision of her song book. 1974 0.25 ft.
Francis L. Bailey Papers GEN MS 15 View Finding Aid
Francis L Bailey was President of Gorham State Teacher's College from 1940 to 1960. The Papers consist of Certificates presented to him: Appointment as Reemployment Committeeman, Cumberland County Local Board No. 4, Maine, 1945 Je 13; Certificate of Appreciation for uncompensated Service in the Selective Service System, undated. 1945 & undated 1 ft.
Batchelder-Haley Letters GEN MS 2 View Finding Aid
Abigail E. Batchelder and Cora M. (Giles) Haley, graduates in the Second Class of 1899 of Gorham Normal School, lived and taught in Japan at the turn of the 20th century. The collection consists of letters to their former landlady and mentor, describing the people, landscape, and society there. 1906-1908, 1915-1916, 1918 0.25 ft.
Birney Family Papers View video of family reunion
The four Birney “Girls”, Lois, Elvira, Margaret and Martha, from New Gloucester, Maine, were born in the early 20th century and lived through some very challenging times including the death of their father at a young age and later loss of their home. The Papers particularly documents the lives of Martha and Elvira Birney, two unmarried sisters who lived together on a farm in Oxford, Maine (at the time of purchase the property was part of South Paris, Maine). They were always surrounded by family and friends and kept diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, mementoes, and records that tell a bit about the story of their lives. 1898-2013, undated 8.5 ft.
Luther I. Bonney Papers GEN MS 12 View Finding Aid
Luther I. Bonney was born in Turner, Maine in 1884. After graduating from Bates College in 1906, Bonney was involved in education for the rest of his life. He was a Professor of Mathematics at Middlebury College, Vermont from 1907-1927, and Dean of Portland Junior College, one of USM’s progenitor schools, from 1933 until 1958. The Papers consist of histories he wrote, poetry, WWII letters from former students, honorary degrees, and a taped 1974 interview of Bonney. 1933-1974 0.5 ft.
Lorraine Grace Libby Bowdoin Papers
Lorraine G. Libby grew up in Portland, and graduated from Portland High School in 1955. She studied Junior High education at Gorham State Teachers College, graduating in 1959. At GSTC, she was active in Commuter's Club, SEAM (Student Education Associan of Maine), and the Outing Club. The Papers contain materials from Gorham State Teachers College for prospective students, a program from Recognition Day at GSTC, May 1957, and educational materials for student teachers, ca. 1955-57. 1955-1957 0.5 ft.
Kenneth T. H. Brooks Papers GEN MS 13 View Finding Aid
Kenneth T. H. Brooks received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and master's and doctoral degrees from Boston University. He served as President of Gorham State Teacher’s College from 1960-65, then continued as President of Gorham State College from 1965-1968 and Gorham State College of the University of Maine, 1968-70. He stepped down when Gorham merged with the University of Maine at Portland. He wrote See the Green and White Advancing: A History of Gorham Normal School, Teachers College, and State College 1878-1970, which was published in 1995. Kenneth Brooks died December 4, 1995. This small miscellaneous group of papers focuses on Brooks in his role as head of the Gorham teaching institution from 1960-1970. The chronological file contains honors he received from other academic institutions as well as several of his grade school and high school papers. 1921-1971 0.25 ft.
Leo Brooks Photographs GEN MS 11 View Finding Aid
Leo Brooks was an artist who was also a linotype operator at the New York Times. He worked in a variety of media, including jewelry and painting. He worked for the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, making a photographic record of life in the city during the Great Depression. The collection consists of reproductions of photographs taken in New York, in 1932 and 1933. Possibly acquired by the University Art Gallery for an exhibition. 1932-1933 4.5 ft.
Thomas Carper Papers GEN MS 31 View Finding Aid
This collection contains poems, writing logs and published works of poet Thomas Carper. Originally from Cornish, Maine, Carper is a Professor Emeritus who taught poetry and creative writing at USM from 1967 to 1997 and currently divides his time between Maine and France. The Papers include multiple drafts showing revisions of the poem along with the final version. 1982-2007 2 ft.
Frank M. Coffin Papers
Frank Coffin was born in Lewiston, Maine in 1919 and died in 2009. He attended Bates College, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. His impressive career included serving as U.S. Representative to DAC (Development Assistance Committee) in Paris and Deputy Administrator of the Agency for International Development as well as in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1957-1961. He was a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Coffin is also the author of four books. The papers contain a range of materials including speeches, correspondence, drafts of his books, and news clippings. 1943-2009 124 ft.
Kenneth M. Curtis Collection
Kenneth M. Curtis served as Governor of Maine from 1967 to 1974. He subsequently served as U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and President of Maine Maritime Academy. The bulk of the Collection consists of papers related to his tenure as Governor, including campaign advertisements, speeches, state records, news releases, and photographs. There are also copies of the book written about his governorship, The Curtis years, edited by former aide Allen G. Pease, and his biography, Kenneth Curtis of Maine : profile of a governor, by Kermit Lipez, also a Curtis aide. 1949-2004 32.5 ft.
Early 20th-century German Print Collection GEN MS 27 View Finding Aid
Printed materials acquired by the donor's father while serving in West Germany during the Cold War. The Collection contains 37 items, books and ephemeral material. Materials deal with German history from the beginning of World War I to the end of World War II. Dates span 1914 to 1983, with the bulk evenly spread between the periods of 1915-1923 and 1934-1942. The collection includes propaganda, war humor, poems, songs, and a film promotional leaflet; stories from German prisoners of war during WWI; and materials related to revolution (following World War I). The two issues of Stern magazine were published in 1983 but present articles on Adolf Hitler's diaries, which were soon afterward exposed as a hoax. 1914-1983 1.5 ft.
Ilene Elowitch Papers
Ilene Frances Elowitch (d.1999) was a part-time instructor of Communications at USM from 1980 to1984. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Elmira College and her Masters Degree at the University of Maine at Orono in Speech Communication. The Papers consists of poems and journals written by Elowitch. 3 ft.
Walker Evans Photographs GEN MS 5 View Finding Aid
Walker Evans was a self-taught photographer who pointed a new direction in American documentary photography in the 1930s. In the mid-1930s, he worked for President Roosevelt’s New Deal Resettlement (later Farm Security) Administration, taking photographs intended to alert America’s increasingly urban society to the plight of the rural poor during the Great Depression. The collection consists of reproductions from the Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information Photograph Collection, used in a 1978 exhibition at the University Art Gallery. 4.5 ft.
Farm Security Administration Photographs GEN MS 7 View Finding Aid
Reproductions from the Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information Photograph Collection, used in a 1974 exhibition at the University Art Gallery. The photographs are by Jack Delano, John Collier, Edwin Locke, Carl Mydans, Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Wolcott, Russell Lee, Edwin Rosskam, Fenno Jacobs, Walker Evans, Herbert Mayer, Gordon Parks, and Walter Payton. Places represented include: in Maine, Aroostook County, Ashland, Bath, Boothbay, Caribou, Fort Kent, Fryeburg, Houlton, Lille, New Sweden, Presque Isle, Rockland, Saint David, Soldier Pond, and Van Buren; in Vermont, Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, Bridgewater, Castleton, Essex Junction, Hardwick, Lowell, Manchester, Morrisville, Orange County, Proctor, Rutland, Springfield, Tinmouth, Tunbridge, Windsor County, and Woodstock; in New Hampshire, Amaskeag, Franconia, Manchester, and Shelburne; in Connecticut, Berlin, Canterbury, Colchester, Hartford, Meriden, New Britain, Norwich, Southington, Suffield, Taftville, and Windsor Locks; in Massachusetts, Concord, Lowell, New Bedford, Northampton, Plymouth, Provincetown, Quincy, and Truro; and in Rhode Island, Johnstown and Newport. The images include those of farmhouses, farming activities, farm families, woodsmen, and logging activities, as well as streetscapes, landscapes, portraits of individuals, and scenes from special events, such as a Memorial Day parade, an American Legion convention, the Vermont State Fair, and a barrel-rolling contest in Presque Isle, Maine. The dates of the original photographs are 1936-37 and 1939-43. 12.5 ft.
Fitts Family Collection GEN MS 19 View Finding Aid
Bertha Rice Fitts was born in 1870, in Waterford, Maine. After graduating from Gorham Normal School in 1894, she became Master’s Assistant and eighth-grade teacher in Westbrook, Maine, before accepting a similar position at a grammar school in Quincy, MA. While in Quincy, she boarded with Mrs. Calvin Fitts, and in 1899 married her son, Arthur Fitts. She was involved in the Southern Branch of the Gorham Alumni Association for many years. The Collection consists of primarily late 19th c. commercial photographs of teachers and students of Gorham Normal School, plus photos of Gorham Normal School buildings, Bertha Fitts and her family, and a GNS Alumni Massachusetts Branch announcement for 1945. 1882-1945 0.25 ft.
Gorham Academy, Records of
The Archives contains materials documenting the history of Gorham Academy, one of the University of Southern Maine’s predecessor institutions. 1803-1937 0.25 ft.
William H. Grady Transcripts GEN MS 3 View Finding Aid
Typescripts or carbon copies of notes and writings about early Irish settlement in Maine. 1.75 ft.
Eleanor Humes Haney Papers GEN MS 18 View Finding Aid
Eleanor Humes Haney was a feminist theologian and community activist in Maine from 1979 until her death in 1999. The Papers cover issues related to her work, including feminism, anti-racism, LGBT issues, and the environment. 1979-1999 2 ft.
Harriet Putnam Henry Papers GEN MS 29 View Finding Aid
Harriet Putnam Henry became Maine’s first woman judge in 1973. Her expertise was in marine law and coastal management. She also has an extensive civil service record, including advocacy for women judges and work with child abuse and child welfare. She was active with the Maine Humanities Council, where the Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book was named in her honor. The Papers consist of publications and writings of Henry and others. ca. 1941-1995 0.75 ft.
T. A. Huston & Co. Chocolate Box GEN MS 24 View Finding Aid
In the early 1920s, T. A. Huston & Co. of Auburn built a 7-story bakery building in Portland, which became the Glickman Library of USM in the early 1990s. This is the original packaging of "Clover Leaf Chocolate Peppermints," produced by T. A. Huston & Co. 0.25 ft.
T. A. Huston & Co. Salesman's Catalog GEN MS 25 View Finding Aid
In the early 1920s, T. A. Huston & Co. of Auburn built a 7-story bakery building in Portland, which became the Glickman Library of USM in the early 1990s. This is a 3-ring binder containing a color facsimile of a salesman's catalog, ca. 1912, of T. A. Huston & Co. ca. 1912 0.25 ft.
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Scott F. Hutchinson Papers
Scott F. Hutchinson was born in Gardiner, Maine, but grew up all over New England because of his father's job with New England Telephone Company. He attended Northeastern University and served in the Army during the Korean War. After the war he went into banking in Maine. Hutchinson met Kenneth Curtis, at the time Maine's Secretary of State, in the mid-1960s, at an event at which he was representing his employer. A friendship developed between the two men, and soon after, Curtis asked Hutchinson to be treasurer for his gubernatorial campaign. Hutchinson subsequently acted as treasurer for other Democratic candidates, most notably Edmund Muskie and George Mitchell. The Papers contain financial records and correspondence of Kenneth M. Curtis' campaigns, and a styrofoam panama-style hat saying "Curtis was here." 1968-1974 2 ft.
Edwin Kulawiec Collection
Edwin Kulawiec was an associate professor of educational leadership at USM from 1988 to 1994. He was well known as a translator and scholar of the Jewish-Polish educator, Janus Korczak. The Collection contains papers and books both written and collected by Prof. Kulawiec on the subject of Janusz Korczak and his theory of education. 7.5 ft.
William W. Layton Collection GEN MS 4 View Finding Aid
William W. Layton is an amateur American historian and collector of historical artifacts in Virginia who donated these items in honor of the creation of the Gerald E. Talbot Collection. The Collection consists of 10 original manuscripts, an original lithograph, 2 facsimiles and 14 transcripts and/or photocopies of the manuscripts, regarding Mainers over a period of years in the 19th century, with an emphasis on William Pitt Fessenden and the US Civil War. 1800s 2 ft.
Shep Lee Oral History Collection
Shepard Lee grew up in Lewiston, the fourth child of Russian immigrant parents named Lifshitz. He graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College, with a year off in the middle of college to serve in the Navy in WWII. After graduation, Lee returned to Lewiston to join his father in his automobile business. In addition to his business success (he eventually owned 10 dealerships and 4 used car lots), Shep Lee was active in local and national civic and political affairs. He served on the Auburn School Committee, was a founder of the Lewiston Auburn chapter of the NAACP, was active in the Maine Democratic Party and the ACLU, and managed Frank Coffin’s Congressional campaign in 1956. His service to the state includes, among many others, the Finance Authority of Maine and the Board of Visitors of the University of Maine School of Law. Lee has been honored with numerous civic and business leadership awards over the years. The Collection contains one spiral bound volume of transcripts of interviews with and about Lee, 2 CDs of transcripts, and 24 mini digital video cassettes. 0.5 ft.
Maine State Nurses Association Archives
The Archives consists of records of the Association from 1914 to the 1990's. It includes meeting minutes, correspondence, scrapbooks, committee reports, newsletters, pamphlets, periodicals, and bound books. 1914-1990's 26 ft.
Waldeck Mainville Papers
Waldeck Mainville joined the Mathematics faculty of the University of Maine in Portland in 1965, and retired from USM in 2005. The Papers contain professional papers, looseleaf binders and VHS tapes documenting Mainville's career. 14 ft.
McLellan Family Photographs
Framed photograph of "the old Hugh McLellan House" [Gorham], undated. In back of frame, under glass, is a photograph of a woman, identified as possibly the wife of the elder Hugh McLellan, undated. 0.25 ft.
John Mitchell Papers
John Mitchell was a Professor in the Department of Industrial Education & Technology at Gorham State Teacher’s College/Univ. of Maine at Portland-Gorham from 1947 until 1977. The Papers consist of his professional and teaching papers. 1947-1977 7 ft.
Katharine E. O’Brien Papers GEN MS 1 View Finding Aid
Katharine E. O’Brien (d. 1998) was raised in Portland, Maine. She taught mathematics for more than 30 years at Deering High School in Portland, of which she was an alumna, and was a published poet. The Papers includes typescripts of her poems, correspondence, photographs, and miscellany. 1947-1998 1 ft.
Jane and Robert Pickett Papers GEN MS 20 View Finding Aid
Robert Stanley Pickett and Jane Niles Pickett attended Gorham State Teacher's College from 1949 to 1953. The Papers contain materials concerning academic, athletic and student social activities at Gorham State Teacher's College in the early 1950s, including a scrapbook and newspaper clippings. 1949-1953 0.5 ft.
Joseph Porter Papers GEN MS 16 View Finding Aid
Joseph Porter was a ship captain of Freeport, Maine. The Papers primarily document the travels of his ship, the Eliza Ann, in the years 1809-1812, although they span the years 1810-1924. They contain 55 original documents, and other materials, including correspondence, accounts, cargo lists, crew lists, receipt for wages, port forms, a Bill of Health and a Roll of Equipage. Also included are documentation on Porter's ship America in 1815, and the building of a corvett (vessel of war) in 1816. 1810-1924 0.25 ft.
Portland University Archives
The Archives contains materials documenting the history of Portland University, one of the University of Southern Maine’s predecessor institutions. 1921-1960 3.25 ft.
Georgia Shaw Prescott Papers
Georgia I. Robertson, also known as Georgia I. Shaw Prescott Robertson, was a University of Maine-Gorham alumna who published poetry under the name Georgia Shaw Prescott. The Papers include her poetry and prose, correspondence dating from the 1960s and 1970s, artwork by Ruth Churchill Scott, illustrator of Ms. Prescott's book of poetry, correspondence mainly dealing with getting her book published, and music lyrics she wrote under the name Georgia Shaw Prescott Robertson in the 1980s. 1960s-1980s 2 ft.
Edith Meserve Rice Papers GEN MS 21 View Finding Aid
Edith Meserve Rice was a student at Gorham Normal School 1942-1946, and was active in the Alumni Association from the 1970s through the 1990s. The Papers include photographs and other material documenting Rice's life as a student at Gorham Normal School in the early 1940s, as well as alumni news, songs of Gorham Normal School and the State of Maine, and information about Gorham State Teachers College and the University of Southern Maine. 1940s-2002 0.5 ft.
Walter E. Russell Papers GEN MS 8 View Finding Aid
Dr. Walter E. Russell, born Fayette, Maine, August 6, 1869, died 1948, preacher and educator, was Principal of Gorham Normal School from 1906 to 1940. He graduated from Maine Wesleyan Seminary and attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He taught in New Britain, Connecticut for a year before coming to Gorham. Noting a lack of qualified high school and lower school teachers in Maine, he put emphasis during the 1930’s on building up a source of qualified teachers for the state. The Papers span the period 1874-1945, the bulk of them 1870s-1880s, consisting of writings on education and allied topics as well as his sermons. There are a small number of printed items and a photograph of the1928 School Summer Session. Russell often used printed material as scrap paper,
so forms usually found in the office of an education administrator of the time occur in these Papers. 1874-1945 2 ft.
September 11th Collection GEN MS 14 View Finding Aid
The newspapers were acquired by the Library by subscription and gathered into this collection by the Head of Special Collections following the events of September 11th. The Collection consists of hard copies of Maine newspapers to document how the events were covered in Maine, and a remembrance ribbon, presumably produced during USM’s 2002 Remembrance events. 2001-2002 3 ft.
Ben Shahn Photographs GEN MS 6 View Finding Aid
Ben Shahn was an artist who used photographs primarily as a starting point for paintings. He was employed in the New Deal Resettlement (later Farm Security) Administration as an artist, but also assisted with the photographic projects. The collection consists of reproductions from the Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information Photograph Collection, used in a 1976 exhibition at the University Art Gallery. 4.5 ft.
Henry A. Shute Research Materials
Collected by Scott and Barbara Winn Adams, these materials accompanied a large number of the author's books when the Edith C. Rice Collection of Children's Literature was bequeathed to USM. 2 letters from Shute to Scott Adams (Susanna's father?), 1 letter from the editor of the newspaper Exeter News-Letter to Scott Adams, handwritten bibliographic notes, page from a bookseller's catalog offering 2 Shute 1st editions, 3 published memoirs of Shute with accompanying correspondence, a clipping of a brief obituary in the New York Times the day after his death, and a photocopy of a photograph and article on the author on the front page of the Exeter News-Letter, accompanied by 2 remembrances. 1938-1944, undated 0.1 ft.
Harriet Sweetser Letters GEN MS 10 View Finding Aid
Harriet Sweester attended Gorham Normal School in the 1890s. She became a teacher and the first Administrator of Home Economics for the Maine State Department of Education. The collection contains letters Sweetser wrote home describing her daily life as a student. 1890s 0.5 ft.
Thurston/Corthell Collection GEN MS 30 View Finding Aid
W.J. Corthell was the first principal of the Western State Normal School in Gorham, founded in 1878. The other collector may have been Marjorie Thurston, class of 1907. The Memorabilia consists of artifacts and photographs found in Special Collections. 1870s-1907 1 ft.
Sally G. Vamvakias Papers GEN MS 9 View Finding Aid
Sally G. Vamvakias served on the University of Maine System Board of Trustees in the 1990s, including a stint as Chair of the Board. The Papers consist of drafts or edited typescripts of speeches, remarks, and legislative testimony Vamvakias gave during her 10-year tenure as a Trustee. 1990s 0.25 ft.
Robert Walkling Papers
Robert Walkling joined the Physics faculty of the University of Maine in Portland in 1969, and retired as Associate Professor Emeritus from USM in 2006. The Papers contain USM newsletters, faculty notices, Honors publications, and a variety of other materials related to the University. 1960s-1990s 7.5 ft.
Esther Wood Papers GEN MS 23 View Finding Aid
Esther Wood taught Social Sciences and History at Gorham Normal School from 1930 to 1972. She regularly wrote columns for the Christian Science Monitor and received many awards, including “Woman of the Year” from the Blue Hill Chamber of Commerce and a Doctorate of Humane Letters honoris causa from Colby College. In 1973, the University named a dormitory building on the Gorham campus in her honor. The Papers consist of her lecture notes on the history of New England from the 16th century through the colonial period and the Revolutionary War to the founding of the State of Maine in 1820. undated 0.5 ft.