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Special Collections: Guide to the Benjamin C. Bubar Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
October 2010

Collection title: Benjamin C. Bubar Papers
Collection number: MS 77
Provenance: Gift of Bubar family in 1969
Dates of collection: 1923-1960 (inclusive)
Size of collection: 1 record carton
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility; one week's notice required for retrieval.

Biography

Benjamin C. Bubar, the son of Luther Benjamin and Eliza Noble Bubar, was born in Blaine, Maine in 1878. He was educated at the Ricker Classical Institute and was a graduate of the MacFadden Physical Culture College. Bubar taught in the public schools and studied law before becoming ordained as a Baptist minister. He traveled as an evangelist in many states and in Canada as well as preaching in his hometown.

Bubar was active in politics, joining the Bull Moose Party in 1912. He was a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1935, 1949 and 1951. He was also a candidate for governor in 1936, running as a supporter of the Townsend Plan, a proposal that guaranteed a monthly pension to every retired citizen age 60 or older. Bubar also supported more conservative causes such as prohibition and was the author of the first anti-evolution bill presented to the legislature.

He was the author of several books and pamphlets including Every Man A Home, The Devil Let Loose in Maine and Health – Wealth – Beauty – Length of Days as well as numerous religious tracts, songs and poems.

Benjamin Bubar married Mary Heal, the daughter of John and Hannah Bedell Heal of Danforth, Maine, in 1915 and they had six children. Mary Bubar died in 1945.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the personal papers of Benjamin C. Bubar and is arranged in the following categories: Personal/Family, Religion, Politics, Writings and Miscellaneous.

The Personal/Family section contains a small amount of information about the Bubar family as well as photographs of Benjamin Bubar and one letter from 1960.

The Religion section contains publicity for his work as an evangelist and preacher, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about that work and copies of his sermons and other writings on religion.

The Politics section has memorabilia and publicity from his political campaigns, correspondence and writings on politics, and numerous clippings documenting his political career.

The Writings section has two typescripts of unpublished manuscripts by Bubar as well as examples of songs, music and verse that he wrote.

The Miscellaneous section contains a few notes by Bubar, two topographical quadrangles, and posters for the 1940 political campaign of Benjamin Bubar, Jr.

Box List

Box 1

Folder

Personal/family

1 Bubar family information

2 Photographs of Bubar

3 Correspondence, 1960, re raising flag on Mars Hill Mountain

Religion

4 Revival meetings: publicity, etc., 1914-1950s

5 Posters for revival meetings

6 Scrapbook re revival meetings, religion, etc., 1920s

7 Bubar sermons

8 The Spotlight, 1923; Benj. Bubar, editor and publisher

9 Copies of religious magazines, 1926, 1934, undated

Politics

10 Bubar campaign for governor, 1936

11 Legislative campaign memorabilia

12 Campaign for state senate, 1952

13 Political correspondence, 1949, 1951-1952, undated

14 Bubar writings on Maine politics and government

15-17 Clippings re Bubar political career, 1938-1950s

18 Pamphlet: Mock session of the 90th Legislature, state of Maine, April 14th, 1941

Writings

19 Songs, music, verse by Bubar

20 Typescript: God can do anything by Benj. C. Bubar, Sr.

21-22 Typescript drafts: King potato: a serial story by Hon. Benj. C. Bubar, Sr.

23 Health – wealth – beauty – length of days by Rev. Benj. C. Bubar, Sr., drugless physician, undated

Miscellaneous

24 Publicity item: New England Health Resort, Benj. C. Bubar & Sons, Danforth, Maine

25 Miscellaneous notes

26 U.S. Geological Survey topographical quadrangles: Allagash, ME, 1945; St. Francis, ME, 1933

27 Campaign posters for Benj. C. Bubar, Jr., 1940

 

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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