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Margaret Chase Smith papers

Repository: Margaret Chase Smith Library. Northwood University

Collection Description (CRHP): About 250 references to civil rights exist in this collection but much is in text format as the collection is divided into Scrapbooks, Statements & Speeches, Washington and You columns, Books, as well as the civil rights file. The collection does have three audio cassette tapes of interviews with Senator Smith in which she discusses civil rights and one videotape created by the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University. One audio interview in 1964 by Mark Evans in Opinion in the Capitol has been digitized in MP3 and Wave formats. Oral history transcripts exist in the collection but none that deal specifically with civil rights. These are the audio tapes and videotape that deal specifically with civil rights: Audio tape Sm 62 pa--Floyd Nute interview, June 29, 1963; Audio Tape Sm 62 e--Mark Evans interview, August 10, 1964; Audio Tape B 986 b---Buxton, Maine, Bonny Eagle Junior High School interview, 1988; Video Tape R 923 n---Rutgers University, Eagleton Institute; Center for the American Woman and Politics, 1984.

Collection Description (Extant): The collection is arranged into ten categories: articles, audio, books, cartoons, Front Office Notes, photographs, reference, scrapbooks, Statements and Speeches, and Washington and You. The bulk of the collection, approximately 300,000 documents, is contained in more than 90 fireproof file cabinets.

These unique primary sources include correspondence between Senator Smith and leading government officials, as well as constituent correspondence and government reports. Another important resource is the over 500 bound scrapbooks that thoroughly document her career as recorded in newspaper accounts and periodical literature. The scrapbooks also contain the newspaper column, Washington and You, written by Senator Smith between 1941 and 1954 and syndicated nationally from 1949 to 1954.

Other highlights of the collection are 43 bound volumes of Senator Smith's speeches, press releases, and general statements; over 2400 historical photographs of state, national, and world leaders; and over 400 audio and video recordings of interviews, debates, and speeches. Information about the collection is available through an extensive searchable database.

Collection URL: http://www.mcslibrary.org/program/library/libcoll.htm External Link

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: circa 2400 photographs; circa 400 audio and video recordings; 43 volumes of speeches, press releases, and general statements; circa 500 bound scrapbooks; manuscripts; oral history transcripts

Language: English

Interviewees: Margaret Chase Smith

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights

Subjects:

Civil rights movements--Maine
Communism
Maine--Politics and government
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
United States--Politics and government
United States. Congress. House
United States. Congress. Senate
Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Genres:

Interviews
Manuscripts
Photographs
Sound recordings
Speeches
Transcripts
Videorecordings

 

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