Finding Aid for the Edmund S. Muskie papers, Series III. Early public service, 1946-1954 | MC105.03

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Muskie, Edmund S., 1914-1996
Title
Edmund S. Muskie papers, Series III. Early public service
ID
MC105.03
Date [inclusive]
1946-1954
Extent
9.0 Linear feet 19 manuscript boxes
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult archives staff.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edmund S. Muskie papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Series Overview

*Note: This is a finding aid for part of the Edmund S. Muskie Papers. An overview of the entire collection is available here.*

Between his discharge from the Navy in 1946 and his election as governor of Maine in 1953, Muskie was active in several areas of public service. Most notably, he served as a member of the State Legislature for two and a half terms and directed the Maine district of the U.S. Office of Price Stabilization (OPS) from 1951-1952.

During this same period, Muskie was also active with a number of public service and political organizations. For example, he was a national leader of AMVETS, an organization of World War II veterans, and was very active in the Democratic Party.

The series contains correspondence, notes, publications, and financial records relating to the abovementioned organizations, as well numerous others, including the College Club of Bates, Sisters Hospital in Waterville, Waterville USO Committee, Waterville Lions Club, Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Waterville Board of Zoning Adjustment.

Series Arrangement

The series is arranged alphabetically by organization name.

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

Collection is open for research unless a file is marked [R] for "restricted". Please note that many Muskie materials are stored in a separate building; contacting us before your visit will enable us to have the boxes onsite when you arrive.

Copyright Notice

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.

Acquisitions Information

The Edmund S. Muskie Papers were deposited at Bates College in June 1980, when Muskie was named U.S. secretary of state. In 1985, several of Muskie's friends and former staff members, with assistance from the College, raised sufficient funds to support the renovation of the former women's gymnasium into the Edmund S. Muskie Archives building, which was dedicated in September of that year. Muskie's papers were formally donated to Bates College on April 23, 1986. Intellectual property rights in the unpublished writings of Edmund S. Muskie were given to the College in an addendum to the deed of gift signed December 8, 1989. The right to dispose of items from the collection was granted to the College by the Muskie heirs in 2007.

In 1994 and in 1996, Bates College received two shipments of records documenting Muskie's life since leaving public office which were maintained in his Washington, D.C. law office. A third accretion was received from the estate of Jane G. Muskie in 2005 and accessioned in 2006. Relatively small groups of files donated at various times by former Muskie staffers and others have also been integrated into the collection. Accession No.: 001-80-01, 001-86-01.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, 2010

Encoded by Michelle Belden, 2013

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Collection Inventory

Speeches 

Box

Broadcast over WLAM-Lewiston by ESM for Democratic National Committee regarding Auburn P.M. Ship Nov. 3, 1952 

1

Gov. Percival P. Baxter speeches on “Water Power” 1923, 1927 

1

Maine legislature/Int. by-laws—Waterville, Me. 

1

Memorial Day—Belgrade, Me. May 30, 1947 

1

Misc. early speech drafts and political correspondence, circa 1952-1959 

1

Radio Speech by ESM as Democratic Candidate for Mayor of Waterville Nov. 27, 1947 (2 folders) 

1

Remarks at Brook St. School—Waterville, Me. Sept. 5, 1950 

1

Speech at C.F. Hathaway Co.—Waterville, Me. Jan. 10, 1950 

1

Speech at Grove St. School—Waterville, Me. Aug. 25, 1950 

1

Speech by ESM as Representative at Democratic State Conference—Bangor, Me. Nov. 29, 1947 

1

Speech for radio station WTVL-Waterville Sept. 7, 1952 

1

Speech on “A Free Press” 1952 

1

Speech over radio WTVL-Waterville, Me. Nov. 30, 1947 

1

Speech to Portland Sunday Telegram (Pete Dambourg’s Column) Nov. 13, 1952 

1

Speeches for radio station WTVL-Waterville, 7/11/1946 

1

Speeches for radio station WTVL-Waterville, Aug. 29, 1946 

1

Speeches for radio station WTVL-Waterville, Sept. 6, 1946 

1

Waterville, Me. Nov. 28, 1948 

1

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Organizations 

Democratic National Committee 1948-1954 

Post Office Appointments 1952-1953 

Box

Auxiliary Rural Carriers   

2

Bangor Post Office   

2

Belfast Post Office   

2

Cape Cottage Post Office 

2

Cumberland Center Post Office 

2

Dover-Foxcroft Post Office   

2

Eastcourt Station (Aroostook County) Post Office   

2

Fairfield Post Office   

2

Freeport Post Office   

2

Gardiner Post Office   

2

General File   

2

Gilead Post Office   

2

Gorham Post Office 

2

Merepoint (Cumberland County) 4th Class Postmaster   

2

New Limerick Post Office 

2

North Edgecomb Post Office   

2

North Whitefield Post Office   

2

Pemaquid Harbor Post Office   

2

Pembroke Post Office   

2

Richmond Corner Post Office 

2

Rules 

2

Rural Carriers 

2

Sedgwick Post Office   

2

Sinclair Post Office   

2

South Berwick Post Office   

2

Springvale Post Office 

2

Stockton Springs Post Office   

3

Tenants Harbor Post Office   

3

Wells Post Office 

3

West Southport Post Office 

3

West Sullivan Post Office   

3

Westfield 3rd Class Postmaster   

3

Weston Post Office   

3

York Beach Post Office 

3

1952 National Campaign 

Box

1952 National Campaign (3 folders) 

3

Maine Fund for Stevenson and Sparkman (3 folders) 

4

Paid Bills   

3

Stevenson Speeches (3 folders) 

4

Stevenson - Sparkman Campaign Material (2 folders) 

3

Truman Speeches   

4

Campaign Issues 1952 (3 folders) 

5

1952 Campaign (4 folders) 

6

Other materials 

Box

 General Correspondence 1952–1954 (6 folders) 

7

1952 Maine State Election Campaign (2 folders) 

5

1952 Maine State National Committee 

5

Correspondence and Clippings 1950-1954 

8

Democrat File 1946-1951 (3 folders) 

6

Democratic City Committee 1950-1952 

6

Democratic Conference 1948-1949 

8

Democratic Conference Committee (9/26/53), Augusta House 

8

Democratic Conference Committee Special Account - Bank Statements and Deposit Slips 1953 

9

Democratic National Committee Material 1953 

8

Democratic National Committee Special Account - Bank Statements, Checkbooks, Deposit Slips 1952-1953 

9

DNC Issues 1954 

8

Research Notebook 1953 

6

Political Miscellany 1949-1953 

8

Political Correspondence 1950-1953 

8

Paid Bills 1952 

5

Maine Employment Security Commission 

3

General 1952-1953 (2 folders) 

7

Federal Hoof and Mouth Disease Laboratory   

3

Maine State Legislature 1946-1953 

Box

93rd Legislature 1947 (4 folders) 

11

94th Legislature 1949-1950 (2 folders) 

11

95th Legislature Correspondence File 1950 

11

Biographical Sketches of the Members of the Senate and House of Representatives of Maine 1947 

12

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Second Annual Report, 1946-1947 

12

Legislative Dance Fund 1953 

12

Let's Get All the Facts about Quoddy 1952 

12

Maine Good Roads Association – Report of Committee for Preliminary Study of Feasibility of Extending Maine Turnpike to Bangor, February 1, 1950 

12

New England's Power Problem: A Conference on the Economic Development of the New England States ... March 31, 1949 

12

Official List, Legislature of the State of Maine: 93rd, 94th, 95th, 96th 1946-1952 

11

Report of Legislative Research Committee ... Regarding Unified Law of State's Pension System, November 1946 

11

Supplemental Report, October 18, 1950 

12

Office of Price Stabilization 

Box

"The Daily Log," "OPS Town Crier" 1951-1952 (2 folders) 

14

Applicant Correspondence (ESM) 1951 (2 folders) 

13

Area Offices (Persons Interested) 1951 

13

Daily Notes 1951 

14

Director's Staff Memorandum 1951 

14

District Management Bulletins 1951-1952 

13

District Management Orders 1951-1952 

13

General Correspondence 1951-1952 (2 folders) 

15

Location of Maine District Office 1951 

14

Miscellaneous 1951-1952 (3 folders) 

16

Muskie Travel Orders and Vouchers 1951-1952 

15

Narrative Report – District Office 1951-1952 

14

Office of Price Stabilization, Office of Enforcement, Manual for Special Agents 1951 

13

OPA [Office of Price Administration] 1946-1948 (2 folders) 

13

OPS [Office of Price Stabilization] Matters 1951-1952 

14

OPS Correspondence 1952 

14

Personal Correspondence 1951-1952 

15

Personal Papers (Payroll Slips etc.) 1951-1952 

15

Potatoes 1952 

14

Resignation Letters 1952 

16

Speaking Engagements 1951-1952 

15

Speech Material 1952 

15

Unusual Incidents in Letters 1951 

15

Wage Stabilization Board 1951 

15

Sisters Hospital 

Citizens Fund 

Box

Account Book 1953-1954 

18

Contributions 1953-1954 (3 folders) 

17

List of Donors [1954] 

17

Lists 1954 

18

Miscellaneous 1953-1954 (4 folders) 

18

Publicity 1953 

18

Receipts Folder 1953-1954 (5 folders) 

17
Box

Junior Advisory Board 1950-1952 

17

Veterans Organizations 

AMVETS 1947-1954 

Box

Publications   

19

NEC (National Executive Council) (3 folders) 

19

Literature (2 folders) 

19

Post Correspondence (2 folders) 

20

AMVETS 1950-1952 

20

AMVETS Material 

20

AMVETS Official Post Service Officer's Handbook [n.d.] 

21

Other Veterans Organizations 

Box

American Legion 1948 

18

Veterans List [n.d.] 

21

Veterans Council of Waterville 1947 

21

Waterville Organizations 

Box

Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce – Bylaws [n.d.] 

21

Waterville Chamber of Commerce 

21

Waterville Lawyers Club 1948 

21

Waterville Lions Club 1948-1951 

21

Waterville Sewerage District [n.d.] 

21

Waterville USO Committee – Deposit Slips and Checkbook 1946-1947 

18

Waterville - Winslow Chamber of Commerce 1953-1954   

21

Other Organizations 

Box

Boy Scouts of America 1950-1951 

1

Citizens' Committee for the Hoover Report 1950-1951 

10

Hoover Committee 1949-1951 

10

Interclub Service Council 1950 

10

Public Health Nursing 1947 

17

Spotlight and Current Affairs 1950-1951 

17

Thayer Hospital 1947 

18

USO Drive 1946 

18

YMCA Correspondence File 1947 

21

Zoning Board (Board of Zoning Adjustment) - Correspondence and Notes to Applicants for Permits, 1948-1950 

21

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