Guide to the Damon M. Stetson papers, 1932-1986 | MC072

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Stetson, Damon M., 1915-
Title
Damon M. Stetson papers
ID
MC072
Date
1932-1986
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Comprised of correspondence and clippings related to Damon Stetson's life as a Bates student from 1932-1936. Also includes articles he wrote during his long career with the New York Times.

Preferred Citation

Damon M. Stetson papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

Damon Stetson was born August 1, 1915, in Hanover, Massachusetts. He graduated from Hanover High School in 1932 and matriculated at Bates College that fall. While at Bates, he was a three-sport athlete earning letters in cross-country, ice hockey and track. He wrote for The Bates Student, was a member of the Spofford Club and authored an honors thesis in English on Charles Dickens as a social reformer. He graduated magna cum laude in 1936 and earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1937.

For several years, Stetson worked for the Newark Evening News in Newark, New Jersey, but when the United States entered World War II, he enlisted in the Navy. In 1945, he saw action in the Pacific as a naval intelligence officer in the 47th Air Group aboard the USS Bataan.

Following the war, he returned to the Newark Evening News and in 1950 moved to The New York Times. By then he had married Shirley Parker, and they had two children, a daughter and son. For over thirty years, Stetson worked as a reporter for The Times, spending the years 1955 through 1962 working out of its Detroit office. He reported mainly on labor issues. He retired from The New York Times in 1984 and now resides with his wife in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Throughout the years he has maintained close ties to Bates College and served for a period of time as a member of its Board of Trustees. He is the second of three Bates graduates in his family: his mother, Marion Mitchell Stetson, graduated in 1905, and his grandson, Erik Remsen, in 2001.

Scope and Content Note

The Damon Stetson Collection is composed of three series of materials relating to Damon Stetson. Among the documents is one series of correspondence made up of letters from Stetson's parents to him while he was attending Bates College.

The rest of the college related material contains newspaper clippings that are in some way related to Stetson. Many deal with sports such as cross-country, ice hockey or track. Stetson's senior thesis is also included as is the speech he gave at graduation in 1936.

The majority of post graduation materials are articles that Stetson wrote during his long career with The New York Times, as well as documents pertaining to his service in the Navy, several articles he wrote for the Newark Evening News, and reviews of his book Starting Over, published in 1971.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Gift of Damon Stetson, 2001, in conjunction with a Short Term project by his grandson, Bates student Erik Remsen. Accession No.: 053-01-01.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--History
  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--Students
  • New York Times Company

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States--Newspapers

Personal Name(s)

  • Stetson, Damon M., 1915---Archives

Subject(s)

  • Journalism--United States

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Collection Inventory

 MC072/01 Pre-Bates and Bates materials 1932-1936   31.0 documents

Scope and Content Note

Mostly newspaper clippings and a few items dealing with Damon Stetson's graduation from Hanover High School in 1932. Many clippings from his four years at Bates focused on sporting events. Several photographs are included, as are Stetson's senior honor thesis and graduation speech.

Organization and Arrangement

Chronological.

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 MC072/02 Bates correspondence 1933-1936   31.0 letters

Scope and Content Note

Letters written by Marion Mitchell Stetson and Bernard L. Stetson to their son Damon, while he was at Bates College. Most of the letters were written in the first part of 1933, during the second semester of Stetson's first year. A few letters were written in the spring of 1936, his last semester at Bates. Several letters from other correspondents to Stetson are included, as well as one letter he wrote to his parents in February 1936.

Organization and Arrangement

Chronological.

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 MC072/03 Post-Bates materials 1936-1986   64.0 documents

Scope and Content Note

Contains one paper by Stetson that looks back at his time spent at Bates, written while at Columbia University in 1937; other materials relating to his years in the Navy during World War II, including a book on his unit, Air Group 47, which he helped write; several articles he wrote for the Newark Evening News and numerous articles he wrote for The New York Times, mostly on labor topics in the United States; several photographs; and Bates materials in which Stetson was featured.

Organization and Arrangement

Chronological.

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