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Special Collections: Guide to the Ralph "Bud" Leavitt Papers


Summary Information:

Collection Title: Ralph "Bud" Leavitt Papers
Date of Collection: 1976 - 1994
Box Numbers: 2024 - 2027
Quantity: 4 ft.

Administrative Information:

Provenance: Gift of the estate of Ralph "Bud" Leavitt, June 1995 (through Mrs. Lisa Tozier).
Access Restrictions: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval
Preferred Citation: Ralph "Bud" Leavitt Papers, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine
Copyright: Contact department for copyright information

For Additional Information:
Special Collections Department
University of Maine
5729 Fogler Library
Orono, Maine 04469-5729
(207) 581 1686

Biographical Information:

Ralph "Bud" Leavitt was born in Old Town, Maine, in 1917. He began writing for the "Bangor Daily Commercial" in 1934 when he was only 17. From 1942 to 1946, during World War II, he served as a civilian employee for the Army Air Corps. In 1946, he joined the "Bangor Daily News" as a general sportswriter. Two years later, he began his well known outdoor column which he continued to write until Nov. 30, 1994 even after he had retired as Executive Sports Editor and Outdoor Editor for the Bangor Daily news in the fall of 1988. His television career began in 1953, when the "Bud Leavitt Show", an outdoor sports program, first aired on a local station. The show ended in 1973, but in 1978 he returned with "Woods and Waters" on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. In 1979, "Woods and Waters" became a national PBS program. He also appeared on the network television program "American Sportsman" and authored the book "Twelve Months in Maine." In the 1980's and early 90's he made a series of television commercials for Nissen Baking Co. with his close friend, former Boston Red Sox great, Ted Williams. He died December 20, 1994.

Contents:

The Leavitt papers contain research materials used in the columns that he wrote for the "Bangor Daily News" concerning hunting, fishing, and other outdoor sports. Included are correspondence, articles, news releases, clippings, and photographs.

Organization of Collection: Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Finding Aid: 

Box 2024
Box 2024 f1 Obituary December 21 1994 BDN
Box 2024 f2 Addresses
Box 2024 f3 Alaska
Box 2024 f4 Allagash
Box 2024 f5 Archery
Box 2024 f6 Articles, Miscellaneous (1 of 2)
Box 2024 f6a Articles, Miscellaneous (2 of 2)
Box 2024 f7 Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE)
Box 2024 f8 Atlantic Salmon ( 1 of 3)
Box 2024 f8a Atlantic Salmon (2 of 3)
Box 2024 f8b Atlantic Salmon (3 of 3)
Box 2024 f9 Banks, Beals, Banter
Box 2024 f10 Baseball
Box 2024 f11 Basin Mills Dam
Box 2024 f12 Bass
Box 2024 f13 Baxter Park
Box 2024 f14 Beaver
Box 2024 f15 Birds (Non-game)
Box 2024 f16 Book Material
Box 2024 f17 Black Bears
Box 2024 f18 Bluefish, Mackerels, Shad
Box 2024 f19 California
Box 2024 f20 Camping
Box 2024 f21 Canoeing, Kayaking
Box 2024 f22 Caribou
Box 2024 f23 Christmas Island
Box 2024 f24 Columns appearing in the Bangor Daily News
Box 2024 f25 Column Material
Box 2025
Box 2025 f1 Conservation
Box 2025 f2 Correspondence
Box 2025 f3 Cougar
Box 2025 f4 Coyotes
Box 2025 f5 Curling
Box 2025 f6 Deer (1 of 2)
Box 2025 f6a Deer (2 of 2)
Box 2025 f7 Dogs
Box 2025 f8 Eagles
Box 2025 f9 Fishes
Box 2025 f10 Fishing Clients
Box 2025 f11 Fishing, Miscellaneous (1 of 3)
Box 2025 f11a Fishing, Miscellaneous (2 of 3)
Box 2025 f11b Fishing, Miscellaneous (3 of 3)
Box 2025 f12 Fly Fishing, Fly Tying
Box 2025 f13 Fishing Records
Box 2025 f14 Frontier
Box 2025 f15 Golf (1 of 3)
Box 2025 f15a Golf (2 of 3)
Box 2025 f15b Golf (3 of 3)
Box 2025 f16 Griffin Arthur
Box 2025 f17 Guns Firearms Legislation etc.
Box 2025 f18 Holidays
Box 2025 f19 Horseshoes
Box 2025 f20 Hunting Education
Box 2025 f21 Hunting Ethics
Box 2025 f22 Hunter Orange
Box 2025 f23 Ice Fishing
Box 2025 f24 Journalism
Box 2025 f25 Kineo
Box 2025 f26 Letters (From Friends and Fans)
Box 2026
Box 2026 f1 Letters of Condolence
Box 2026 f2 Loons
Box 2026 f3 MacDonald, Osprey
Box 2026 f4 Maine
Box 2026 f5 Memorabilia, Fishing, Waterfowl, Golf
Box 2026 f6 Miramichi Salmon Association Dinner (1982)
Box 2026 f7 Miscellaneous
Box 2026 f8 Moose (1 of 3)
Box 2026 f8a Moose (2 of 3)
Box 2026 f8b Moose (3 of 3)
Box 2026 f9 Moosehead
Box 2026 f10 Mosquitoes, Black Flies
Box 2026 f11 New Zealand
Box 2026 f12 Obituaries
Box 2026 f13 Outdoors, Photos (1 of 3)
Box 2026 f13a Outdoors, Photos (2 of 3)
Box 2026 f13b Outdoors, Photos (3 of 3)
Box 2026 f14 Periodicals (1 of 2)
Box 2026 f14a Periodicals (2 of 2)
Box 2026 f15 Pheasants
Box 2026 f16 Publications (1 of 2)
Box 2026 f16a Publications (2 of 2)
Box 2026 f17 Quail
Box 2026 f18 Quebec
Box 2026 f19 Raccoons
Box 2026 f20 Records
Box 2026 f21 Jim Repine's sample manuscript
Box 2026 f22 Rivers- wild, scenic
Box 2026 f23 Rod Making
Box 2026 f24 Safari Club 1982
Box 2026 f25 Salmon Conclave 1987
Box 2026 f26 Salmon Farming
Box 2026 f27 Salmon (Landlocked)
Box 2026 f28 Sharks
Box 2026 f29 Skiing (Cross-Country)
Box 2026 f30 Smelt Fishing
Box 2026 f31 Snoring
Box 2027
Box 2027 f1 Snowmobiles
Box 2027 f2 Snowshoes
Box 2027 f3 Sporting Camps
Box 2027 f4 Sportsman's Shows
Box 2027 f5 Television Planning (1 of 3)
Box 2027 f5a Television Planning (2 of 3)
Box 2027 f5b Television Planning (3 of 3)
Box 2027 f6 Trapping
Box 2027 f7 Trout (1 of 2)
Box 2027 f7a Trout (2 of 2)
Box 2027 f8 Tuna
Box 2027 f9 Turkeys
Box 2027 f10 Veazie Salmon Club Dinner 1983
Box 2027 f11 Wardens
Box 2027 f12 Waterfowl
Box 2027 f13 Watson's Croker Sack
Box 2027 f14 Weather
Box 2027 f15 Westcott, George
Box 2027 f16 Williams, Ted
Box 2027 f17 Wolf
Box 2027 f18 Wood Carving
Box 2027 f19 Woodcock

 

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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