Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
Introduction and Summary Information
Collection title: Myrtle Doane Papers.
Provenance: Gift of Myrtle Doane, 1968-1977.
Collection number: MS 142.
Dates of collection: 1951-1977 (inclusive); 1962-1972 (bulk).
Size of collection: 2 record cartons.
Conservation note: Materials transferred to acid-free boxes and file folders.
Preferred citation: Myrtle Doane Papers, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine.
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.
Myrtle Caroline Doane, a poet, newspaper columnist and teacher, was born in 1914 in Lynn, Massachusetts. After graduating from Lynn English High School in 1932 she opened a nursery school and worked as a sales clerk and in a garment factory and a laundry in Lynn. She married Alfred M. Doane in 1938. They later moved to Brownfield, Maine, where Doane worked as a substitute teacher and a columnist for The Reporter, a newspaper in North Conway, New Hampshire. She was the author of several volumes of poetry as well as having numerous poems published in poetry anthologies, newspapers and magazines. She received a bachelor of general studies degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Continuing Studies in 1976. Myrtle Doane died September 2, 1997.
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains personal papers of Myrtle Doane and consists primarily of copies of her poems and other items that she wrote. Also included are notebooks of her column, “Brownfield News,” written between 1973 and 1977 for The Reporter, a newspaper in North Conway, New Hampshire. A few subject files of material gathered by Doane are also found in the collection.
1-3 Correspondence, 1962-1976
4 Resume, etc.
Writings of Myrtle Doane
5 Adventures of Freddy, the pug dog from Maine, 1972
6-10 “Brownfield News,” 1973-1977, from The Reporter, North Conway, N.H.
11 Ethel M. Johnson: correspondence, 1969-1972; articles by Doane
12-15 Flamingo, 1970: publication of the Florida State Poetry Society
16 Flavors and savors from Down East, 1973
17 Letters to the editor by Doane
18 Luck-Duck, the North Conway, New Hampshire duck, 1971
19-20 Lyrical echoes of freedom: correspondence, etc.
21 Margaret Burr Todd: profile written by Doane
22 Ornithology articles by Doane
23 Patriotic poems by Doane [scrapbook]
24 Sounds of Maine, rev. ed. 1973
25 Think ecology with haiku, 1972
Anthologies containing poems by Doane
26 Bluebook of American poetry: best poems of 1961
27 Fragments of faith: a treasury of religious poetry, 1963 [p. 118]
28 The golden ours: an anthology of previously unpublished poems, 1972 [“Haiku” by Doane]
29 Hearts’ secrets: best new love poems, 1962 [p. 149]
1 Melody of the muse: best of contemporary poetry, 1964 [p. 213]
2 Modern American muse: best of contemporary poetry, 1961; Moon age poets, 1970 [p. 96]
3 Poetry parade, 1969 [p. 157]
4 Rhyme time for the very young, 1964 [p. 148]
5 Treasures of Parnassus: best poems of 1962, 1963 [p. 38]
6 Versatility in verse, 1965 [pp. 136, 137]
7-8 Pamphlets containing poems by Doane
9 All about newspapers: elementary school teaching unit
10 Brownfield annual report, FY 1973
11 Campfire Girls
12 Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge awards, 1961-1970
13 Fryeburg: Fifth grade reporter, Sadie Adams School
14 Jakeman, Adelbert M.
15 Maine Writers' Conference, 1974, 1976: Chapbook No. 16 & 18
16 Miscellaneous magazines
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