Author: dbutterfield

Five people in front of a tent at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine

MOFGA Oral History Collection Available Online

It’s now possible to access online the transcripts, audio files and photographs for this collection of more than 50 interviews conducted from 2000 to 2004 with people associated with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. There are also several photographs and video footage of the […]

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Items about Rudy Vallée on display in the UMaine Franco American Centre.

Rudy Vallée materials support Franco American Centre event

Special Collections recently had an exhibit at the Franco-American Centre on campus honoring Rudy Vallée, who popularized the Maine Stein Song. Hubert Prior Vallée grew up in Westbrook, Maine and attended the University of Maine as a member of the Class of 1925, before enjoying an illustrious career in show business. The Centre’s “rassemblement” or […]

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Floyd Gibbons listening at a radio terminal in Mali in 1923.

Gibbons featured at Century of Broadcasting Conference

As noted in UMaine News, Michael Socolow, associate professor at the Department of Communications and Journalism, presented on April 29 at the 2023 Radio Preservation Task Force conference in Washington, D.C.  He spent several days in Special Collections accessing the Floyd Gibbons Papers while preparing for the talk. Socolow, who was a member of the […]

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Students gathered around tables in Special Collections reviewing materials.

All Maine Women Visit

Each year Fogler Library’s Special Collections Department hosts numerous class and student group researchers. Our most recent visit was from the All Maine Women honors society who make an annual trip to us to look at records from their group’s 100 years of history. The online All Maine Women records finding aid provides detailed information […]

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Documents, steins, and album covers related to the career of singer Rudy Vallee

Stein Song Display Includes 1930s Video

Happy finals week! For those looking for some extra Black Bear spirit to get them through finals week we recommend visiting a Special Collections exhibit on the Stein Song on the first floor of Fogler on the Center Hallway on Level 1. The exhibit features a video of students singing the Stein Song from circa […]

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Four members of Beryl Warner Williams' family visiting Special Collections

Beryl Warner Williams Family Visit

Ahead of the rededication of Beryl Warner Williams Hall, Special Collections was honored to welcome members of Beryl’s family to look at records we have on her time at UMaine as an undergraduate (Class of 1935), graduate (1940), and from when she received an honorary degree in 1972. Our colleagues at Bangor Public Library also […]

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Arthur Hauck speaking while another man closes a time capsule to place in the library cornerstone

Welcome Maine National History Day Competitors

Fogler Library Special Collections is excited to be a stop the Scavenger Hunt for the Maine National History Day competition, an event for students in grades 6-12 co-organized by the Margaret Chase Smith Library and the University of Maine Department of History. For the first time in four years, the state contest will be meeting […]

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Festival participants displaying clothing of Peru. China, Sweden, Hungary, and Pakistan at the Folk and Traditional Arts Stage at the American Folk Festival in Bangor in 2005.

Immigrants and Identity Collection Now Available Online

The Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History collection MF162, Immigrants and Identity, is now available online. In 2005, the Maine Folklife Center and the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine studied and presented ways that immigrants in central and eastern Maine connected themselves with their ethnicity. These fifteen interviews were conducted from February […]

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Boxes of Ken Olson Papers on shelves in Special Collections

Special Collections Receives the W. Kent Olson Conservation Papers

The University of Maine has announced that conservationist and author Ken Olson has donated his professional papers to Fogler Library’s Special Collections Department, complementing materials held at the state’s largest library relating to the environment, resource conservation and policy in Maine and elsewhere. W. Kent Olson retired in 2006 from a three-decade conservation career that […]

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York Manufacturing Company Strike Papers Now Available

In 1841, nearly 500 female factory workers walked out of Saco’s York Manufacturing Company and paraded up Main Street, chanting and singing. They gathered in a local church, formed a committee, and sent the factory owner a document articulating their complaints about wages, housing, and paternalistic rules. After a few days of fruitless negotiations with the […]

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