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Special Collections: Guide to the John W. Hakola Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department
August 2004

Introduction and Summary Information

Collection Title: John W. Hakola Papers.
Dates of the Collection: 1956-1981 (inclusive); 1967-1977 (bulk).
Provenance: The Hakola papers were deposited in the Special Collections Department by Professor Hakola.
Collection Number: MS 216.
Box Numbers: 1-2 (formerly Boxes 1392-1393, 2338-2339).
Size and Arrangement: The collection consists of two archival record cartons (3 cubic feet).
Conservation Note: The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes.
Preferred Citation: John W. Hakola 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.

The collection contains papers of John W. Hakola, professor of history at the University of Maine at Orono from 1959 to 1981.
John Hakola was born in 1928 in Sand Coulee, Montana. He received his B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Montana and his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University. He joined the faculty of the University of Maine in 1959, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in American and European economic history, the history of the West and the history of Maine. He was a participant in the University’s honors program and an advisor to the student senate, as well as serving on various committees within the History Department. Ill health led to his retirement in 1981.
Hakola was the author of Legacy of a Lifetime: the Story of Baxter State Park, published in 1981. An avid hiker and rock climber, he edited various editions of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Maine Mountain Guide. He was also on the editorial board of the Maine Historical Society Quarterly.
John W. Hakola died in 1995.

Scope and Content Note
This small collection contains papers gathered by Professor Hakola in his work in the History Department at the University of Maine. It also contains material reflecting his interest in the environment and natural resources of Maine.
The collection opens with files from the History Department, 1956-1977. Included are minutes of meetings from departmental committees on which Hakola served, departmental memos, reports, correspondence, etc. Of particular interest are files from 1957 and 1958 when the department was establishing its Ph.D. program.
The collection also contains photocopies of various scrapbooks of Percival P. Baxter, governor of Maine, 1921-1925, and donor of the land for Baxter State Park; these were presumably used by Hakola in his book about the park. The clippings also document Baxter’s interest in waterpower.
The collection ends with a group of newsletters from environmental, conservation and recreation organizations.
A separation record listing publications removed from the collection can be found at the end of this finding aid.
Box List
Box 1
1-12 History Dept., 1956-1977
13-14 Draft: Work relief in Maine: the administration and programs of the WPA [Ph.D. thesis, U. Maine, 1977, Lawrence Lashbrook]
15 Hy 4, Spring, 1981 ([photocopies of pamphlets about water power)
15a Scrapbooks in Baxter Collection, Maine State Library
16-21 Baxter scrapbooks no. 1-11 (photocopies of originals)
Box 2
1-16 Baxter scrapbooks no. 12-28 (photocopies of originals)
17 Baxter speeches (printed pamphlets)
18 Appalachian Mountain Club: newsletters, etc., 1969-1976
19-21 Appalachian Mountain Club Maine chapter: newsletters, correspondence, etc., 1969-1981
22-23 Lexington Group in Transportation History: newsletters, etc., 1967-1981
24-27 Maine Indian Newsletter, 1967-1969, 1971-1972
28 Natural Resources Council of Maine: mailings, etc., 1968-1975

Separation Record for John W. Hakola Papers
These publications have been removed from the collection:
Natural Resources Council of Maine. Conservation bulletin, Nov., Dec., 1968.
Natural Resources Council of Maine. Maine environmental bulletin, 1969-Oct., 1971
Natural Resources Council of Maine. Maine environment, Nov., 1971-1981

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 or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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