Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department
Introduction and Summary Information
Collection Title: Robert O. Elliot Papers.
Dates of the Collection: 1926-1975 (inclusive); 1960-1975 (bulk).
Provenance: Gift of Robert Elliot in November 1975.
Collection Number: MS 164.
Box Numbers: 1-5 (formerly Boxes 604-608).
Size and Arrangement: The collection consists of four archival record cartons and one document box of material (5.0 cubic feet).
Conservation Note: The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Documents have been surface cleaned as needed and metal fasteners removed.
Preferred Citation: Robert O. Elliot Papers, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine.
Restrictions on Access and Use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.
The collection contains the papers of Robert O.E. Elliot, an outsdoorsman, journalist, writer, and photographer who spent much of his life in Maine.
Bob Elliot was born in 1902 in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and spent his youth in Woolwich, Maine, and Hampton, New Hampshire. A prolific writer, he started free-lance writing in high school and after graduating from Hampton Academy in 1920, studied journalism at Boston University. He married Annie Colwell in 1925, and they moved back to Hampton, where Elliot wrote for several newspapers, including the Hampton Union, the Boston Herald Traveler, and the Portsmouth Herald. He also wrote news releases for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
In 1946, he moved to Augusta, Maine, to work as Director of Recreational Promotion for the Maine Development Commission. He worked at several Maine state agencies during his career, retiring in 1971 as Director for Travel and Tourism for the Maine Department of Economic Development. He served for seven years as a director of Discover America Travel Organizations and as vice-chairman of a national committee on tourism to national parks. He also served on the New England Council Vacation Travel Committee and in many other travel and tourism related capacities.
During his working life he also wrote many articles for outdoor and sports publications, as well as taking photographs for his own articles and those of other writers. He had over 100 articles published in national publications such as Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, and Sports Afield. He also published several books, including The Eastern Brook Trout, All About Trout, Bass Fishing in New England, and The Making of an Angler. He was a contributing editor to Field and Stream for several years and also contributed to various hunting and fishing encyclopedias.
After his retirement, Elliot continued to promote tourism for the New England Camping and Travel Association and as a public relations consultant for the New England Heritage Trail Foundation. He was a lifetime member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association and received the “Silver Trout” award from Trout Unlimited.
Robert Elliot died on July 28, 2002 at his home in Kennebunk, Maine.
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains correspondence, drafts of articles, and copies of published articles that document Robert Elliot’s long career as a writer and photographer.
The collection is divided into three series:
I. General administrative files;
II. Writing drafts; and
III. Published articles.
Series I contains primarily Elliot’s files of ideas for articles, copies of articles being submitted to various publications, and correspondence with editors at those publications. It also contains numerous letters to and from his literary agent, Lurton Blassingame, in New York. Also included are files of background research material gathered by Elliot for his articles and books. Several files contain information about his work with the New England Heritage Trail Foundation in the early 1970’s.
Series II contains drafts of Elliot’s writings, primarily for his books, Bass Fishing in New England and The Making of an Angler, as well as drafts of columns he wrote for the Boston Sunday Herald.
Series III contains copies of Elliot’s published articles, both those he wrote and those for which he took photographs. The articles document his long career from the 1920’s through the 1970’s. Written for national, regional and state publications, they are about hunting, fishing, boating, camping, snowmobiling, and travel in the New England region.
Series I: General administrative files
1 Acadia article: correspondence, drafts, 1971
2 All About Brook Trout: brochures, etc.
3-4 Articles, correspondence, etc., with comments by Elliot, 1940’s-1970’s
5 Articles, correspondence, 1945
6 Articles, correspondence, 1949, 1951
7 Articles, correspondence, 1954, 1960
8 Articles, correspondence, 1956
9 Articles, correspondence, 1963-1964
10-11 Articles, correspondence, 1966-1967
12 Articles, correspondence, 1967
13 Articles, correspondence, 1967-1969
14 Articles, correspondence: Sierra Club and others, 1970
15-16 Articles, correspondence, 1970-1972
17 Articles, correspondence, 1970, 1973
18 Articles (mostly hunting), correspondence, 1971
19 Articles, correspondence, 1971-1973
20-21 Articles, correspondence, 1973-1974
23 Camping: brochures, articles, etc., 1960’s
24 Flyfisher: article draft and correspondence, 1972
25 Island camping in Maine: background research for article, 1970
26 New England Heritage Trail: budget, promotional information, etc., 1972
27 New England Heritage Trail Foundation: correspondence, 1971-1972
28-29 New England Heritage Trail Foundation: press releases, etc., 1970’s
30 Outward Bound: brochures, drafts of articles, etc., 1967-1968
31 Passionate Piscator: draft and correspondence, 1971
1 Point Sebago: article draft and correspondence, 1970
2 Recreational maps
3 Seven Islands Land Co.
4 Snowmobiling: articles, etc., 1970-1971
5 Speech at annual meeting, Natural Resources Council of Maine, 1965
Series II: Writing drafts
Box 2 cont.
6 Away: drafts and correspondence, 1971
7 Bass Fishing in New England: draft
8-14 Boston Sunday Herald: drafts of articles, 1966-1972
15-16 Camping Journal: drafts of articles, 1965-1970
17-18 Eastern Brook Trout: drafts and correspondence, 1949
19 Field and Stream: drafts of articles, correspondence, etc., 1970-1972
20-21 Making of an Angler: first edited Xerox copy + correspondence, etc.
22-23 Making of an Angler: Final draft?
24 Making of an Angler
1 Making of an Angler: draft and reviews
4-5 Outdoor Life regional: drafts of articles, 1970-1974
6 Squaretails: drafts, correspondence, etc., 1963
7 Worcester Telegram, 1971
Series III: Published articles
1 American Lumberman, 1930, 1937
2 Argosy, 1951
3 Armed Forces Digest, 1945?
4 Aviation Yearbook
5 Away, 1971
6 Boating Journal, 1967
7-18 Boston Sunday Herald and Herald Traveler, 1966-1972
19-20 Camping Journal, 1967-1971
21 Cavalier, 1953
22 Complete Book of Fishing
23 Down East, 1971
24 Field and Stream, 1931-1972
25 Fish and Game, 1942
26 Fishing and Hunting, 1970-1971
27 Fishing Gazette, 1930
Series III: Published articles cont.
Box 4 cont.
28 Fishing World, 1975
29 Fishing Yearbook
30 Fly Fisherman, 1971
31 Flyfisher, 1970, 1973
32 Flying, 1948
33 Fur-Fish-Game, 1937-1962
1 Game Breeder, 1931
2 Guns & Ammo, 1968
3 Guns and Hunting, 1959-1960
4 Hunting & Fishing, 1948, 1951
5 Hunting Annual
6 Hunting Guide, 1971
7 Hunting Illustrated, 1971
8 Impact, 1953
9 In the Maine Woods
10 Inside Northern Maine
11 Maine Fish and Game, 1970
12-13 Maine Sportsman, 1970-1972
14 Maine Trucking News, 1967
15 Massachusetts Out-of-Doors, 1973-1974
16-17 Massachusetts Outdoorsman, 1972-1973
18-19 Mechanix Illustrated, 1952-1954
20 Metropolitan Camper, 1970
21 Miscellaneous articles, 1926-1970’s
22 Mobile Life, 1969-1970
23 National Police Gazette
24 New England Sportsman, 1974
25-26 New Hampshire Sportsman, 1972-1974
27-28 Northeast Outdoors, 1968-1969
29 Northeastern Snowmobiling, 1970-1971
30-31 Outdoor Life, 1938-1970
32 Outdoors, 1939-1969
33 Outdoorsman, 1948
34 Saga, 1952-1953
35 Salt Water Sportsman, 1966
36 Skyways, 1947
37 Sports Afield, 1952-1972
Series III: Published articles cont.
Box 5 cont.
38 Sports Illustrated, 1956
39 Sportsman’s Digest, 1930
41 Travel, 1975
42 United Fly Tyers Roundtable, 1970
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