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Special Collections: Guide to the Mervin Roberts Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
September 2010

Collection title: Mervin Roberts Papers
Collection number: MS 1622
Dates of collection: 1984-2002 (inclusive)
Size of collection: 2 record cartons
Provenance: Gift of Mervin Roberts in 2006.
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.


Mervin F. Roberts, a resident of Old Lyme, Connecticut, was born in New York City in 1922. He received a B.S. degree from Alfred University in 1947. He has served as a consultant on various aquaculture projects in Maine, including with Nordic Enterprises Incorporated, Greenwich, Connecticut, a company interested in raising salmon in pens off Maine’s coast. Roberts also served as a consultant to Northeast Utilities on the behavior of fish near power plants, was chair of the Connecticut Governor’s Council on Marine Resources from 1969 to 1972, chair of the Connecticut Shellfish Commission and president of the Connecticut Association of Conservation Commissions and Wetland Agencies. He is the author or co-author of over 30 publications on tidemarsh life, fish, reptiles and birds.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains Roberts’ files on various aspects of aquaculture as well as on projects to which he was a consultant. The folders are arranged alphabetically by their headings as Roberts maintained them.

Box List

Box 1


1 Acadia Aquaculture, Inc., Swanson application, 2002

2-3 Aquaculture: articles, clippings, etc., 1984-1999

4-6 Aquaculture: reports, publications, 1980s

7 Bald eagle breeding area on Little Hardwood Island (Jonesport): memo, 1988

Bartlett Island

8 Application, 1999 [Atlantic Salmon of Maine LLC for site off Bartlett Island, Mt. Desert Island]

9 Application: Bartlett Narrows, 1999

10 Easements, Bartlett Island, Mt. Desert, Maine, 1999

11 Bartlett issues, 1999 and 2002

12 Bartlett Island, Blue Hill Bay: maps, names, 1999 and 2002

13 Beals & Cates

14 Billings

15 Blue Hill Bay, Acadia, Bartlett Island, Dr. Richard Rockefeller, 3/2002

16 Clearwater, Shelbourne, Nova Scotia, 1989

17 Cobscook Bay Aquaculture Committee, 1980?

18 Cutler, 1987-1989

19 Farms, 1988

20 Fenton, Chapman, Fenton, Smith & Kane, Bar Harbor

21 Fish lice

22 Hatcheries

23 Marine Research Associates (M.R.A.)/U.S.A.

Box 2

1 Names

2-6 Nordic Enterprises, Inc.

7-8 Nordic Enterprises: directors, 1986-1988

9 Nordic Enterprises: stock

10 Ocean Products, Inc.

11 Perry, Maine, Spring 2002, St. Croix River, Lewis & Loring sites, salmon farm lease

12 Lewis & Loring, Perry, finding, 2002

13-14 St. Croix River, Perry, Maine, Lewis & Loring, 2002

15 Photographs of fishing and fishermen: Grand Manon, Beals, Campobello, Deer Island, etc., 1987-1988

16 Salmon farming: a lecture at USCGA, New London by M.F. Roberts, Oct. 1992

17 Salmon farms: photographs, 1989

18 Somes Sound, Mt. Desert, 11/2000


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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