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Special Collections: Guide to the Roger F. Duncan Papers

Collection title: Roger F. Duncan Papers
Collection number: MS 149
Dates of collection: 1975-1992
Size of collection: 2 boxes
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage building. One week's notice required for retrieval


Roger F. Duncan is the author of many books about sailing and maritime history including Coastal Maine: A Maritime History, A Cruising Guide to the New England Coast, Dorothy Elizabeth: Building a Traditional Wooden Schooner, Ashore and Afloat and The Reluctant Patriot. He was born in 1916 and earned his B.A. degree in English from Harvard College in 1938. He is a former teacher and headmaster and lives in East Boothbay, Maine.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, page proofs, lecture notes and other materials for Duncan's books Coastal Maine: A Maritime History and various editions of his A Cruising Guide to the New England Coast.

Contents of Boxes

Box 1


1          Coastal Maine—Correspondence from Roger Duncan

2          Coastal Maine—Correspondence to Roger Duncan

3-4       Coastal Maine—Stages & Material—Preliminary work

5-9       Coastal Maine—Manuscript

10        Coastal Maine—Uncorrected proof

11-14   Coastal Maine page proofs

15        Coastal Maine—Media publicity

16        Coastal Maine—Miscellaneous items

17        History lecture and reading notes

18-19   The Practical Sailor: Feb. 1975—June 1979    

Box 2


1-11    Cruising Guide to the New England Coast: manuscript 1972?

12-13  Cruising Guide to the New England Coast: manuscript 1982-1984?

14-24  Cruising Guide to the New England Coast: manuscript 1987?

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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