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Special Collections: Guide to the Bill Geagan Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department
August 2004

Introduction and Summary Information

Collection Title: Bill Geagan Papers.
Dates of the Collection: 1953-1974 (inclusive); 1950’s (bulk).
Provenance: Unknown.
Collection Number: MS 197.
Box Numbers: 1 (formerly Box 1662).
Size and Arrangement: The collection consists of one document box + one accordion folder of material (0.4 cubic feet).
Conservation Note: The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Photographs have been housed in polypropylene sleeves and remain with the relevant documents.
Preferred Citation: Bill Geagan 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.

Biography

The collection contains personal papers of Bill Geagan, an author, columnist, illustrator and naturalist from Bangor, Maine.

William H. Geagan was born in 1903 in Bangor, the son of William and Anne Geagan. Even as a youngster he drew and wrote about nature and the outdoors. After graduation from Bangor High School, he spent two years at his cabin in the woods writing articles and short stories about the outdoors and submitting them to national publications. This led to a long career in outdoor and sports writing involving hundreds of nature articles, a nationally syndicated outdoor column, and positions on the sports staff at the Bangor Daily Commercial and the Bangor Daily News. He was also the author of three books: Nature I Loved, The Good Trail, and Seed on the Wind, all published by Coward-McCann in the 1950’s.

Bill Geagan died in 1974.

Scope and Content Note

This small collection of Bill Geagan’s personal papers includes correspondence and contracts with his publisher, Coward-McCann; drawings and illustrations, especially for his Christmas cards; and manuscripts and drafts of various articles and essays written by him.

Also included are photographs and obituaries, an unidentified printing plate, and two wristwatches.

Box List

Box 1

Folder

1                      Obituaries, 1974

2                      Photographs of Bill Geagan

3                      Correspondence, 1953, 1967

4                      Correspondence, contracts, etc., with publisher, 1950’s

5                      Original drawings, illustrations

6                      Manuscripts

7                      Drafts of “Tomorrow and tomorrow”

8                      One printing plate, unidentified (stored in accordion folder)

9                      Two wristwatches (stored in accordion folder)

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 spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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