Rachel A. Snell, Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Maine
Welcome to the first post in a new series highlighting the research materials available at the University of Maine. This semester Khronikos will be highlighting some of the collections held in Fogler Library’s Special Collections. Established in 1970, the Special Collections Department is a repository for Maine related material, including manuscript collections, newspapers, books, pamphlets, state documents, and other forms of printed material covering Maine’s cities, towns, counties, people, and institutions. Material pertaining to broader subject matters, such as marine history, may also be located in Special Collections.
The Mildred “Brown” and William Schrumpf Collection encompass 57 boxes of material related to Brownie and her husband’s professional and personal lives. Most notably, the collection includes typed sheets of Brownie’s Bangor Daily News column from 1951-1989 with her editorial notes in pencil and an extensive collection of community cookbooks published in Maine and Canada during Brownie’s long lifetime. The collection is literally overflowing with recipes: handwritten recipes from Brownie’s various recipe notebooks, recipes sent to Brownie from her readers, recipe collected from family, friends, and colleagues, and recipes booklets representing a wide range of products. It appears Brownie was meticulous about recording the source of recipes and when she used a particular recipe for her column. The collection also includes Brownie’s correspondence, appointment books, travel diaries, teaching materials, menus, speeches, photographs, and other memorabilia. Read More.