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Special Collections: Guide to the Maude MacKenzie Papers

Arranged and described by Avery Olmstead; edited by Brenda Howitson Steeves
2007

Collection title: Maude MacKenzie Papers
Collection number: MS 1428
Dates of collection:
 1888-2001
Size of collection: 3 boxes
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval

Biography

Maude (Yeaton) MacKenzie was born in Farmington, Maine on January 22, 1905 and passed away on June 18, 2001. She was a 1923 graduate of Farmington High School and a 1924 graduate of the Maine School of Commerce in Auburn. In 1932, she married Bert A. MacKenzie. Together, they resided in Orono, Maine where Bert was Postmaster at the Orono Post Office and Maude was a newspaper columnist.

During her 96 years, Ms. Mackenzie spent a great deal of her time championing the cause of women’s rights and the women’s movement. She was actively involved with several women’s clubs and spearheaded many projects that encouraged women to stay abreast of politics, literature, and other subjects that helped make a difference to the world at large. Ms. Mackenzie was an active member of the Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Orono Woman’s Club, the Farmington Literary Club, the Bangor Norumbega Club, and the Maine Women Republicans Club, among others. She took a leadership position in many of these organizations, such as being President of the Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs and Parliamentarian of the Orono Woman’s Club. Ms. MacKenzie traveled throughout the United States and many foreign countries to attend various conferences through her service club commitments.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the personal papers of Maude Yeaton MacKenzie and includes correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks and memorabilia. The bulk of the material covers the early 1940’s through the late 1990’s. The collection was received by the library in an unorganized state so an arrangement scheme was imposed by the processing archivist.

The collection begins with information about Maude MacKenzie’s mother’s family, the Wings. This is followed by a collection of family deeds, as well as information about the town of Farmington, Maine, where Ms. MacKenzie grew up. The bulk of the collection focuses on the various clubs to which she belonged. Of particular interest are the folders on the General/Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs, of which she was a past president and active member throughout her life. There is also a scrapbook of her club commitments and additional photos of her travels on club business. In addition, there are newspaper clippings and information regarding the Norumbega Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Orono Woman’s Club and other organizations of which Ms. MacKenzie was also an active member. There are folders on Maude MacKenzie herself, her sister and her husband, as well as many other interesting pieces of her history.

Contents of Boxes

Box 1

f1 Wing Family Information (Maude’s Mother’s Family) 1904-1997
f2 Wayne, Maine Information (Maude’s Mother’s Hometown) 1997-1998
f3 Lowell, MacKenzie, Pearson, and Yeaton Deeds 1888-1973
f4 Miscellaneous town of Farmington information, 1965-1991
f5 Information on Mary Stewart (Women’s Club Movement Pioneer) and Club Collect
f6 General/Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs Information 1940-1992
f7 Epsilon Sigma Omicron (MFWC Education Organization Spearheaded by Maude) 1944-1955
f8 Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs Pictures 1939-1945
f9 Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs Pictures 1954-1959
f10 Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs Pictures 1960-1969
f11 Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs Pictures 1970-1976
f12 Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs Pictures 1980-1996
f13 Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs Directories 1993-1997
f14 Norumbega Club Information 1947-1994
f15 Daughters of American Revolution Organization Information 1976-1994
f16 St. Pete (FL) Women’s Club Information 1929-1997
f17 Order of the Eastern Star Information 1983-1998
f18 Orono Woman’s Club Financial Records and Programs 1991-2000
f19 Bangor Garden Club Programs 1993-1996
f20 Miscellaneous Club Newsletters 1996-1999
f21 Church of the Universal Fellowship Information (Maude’s Church) 1965-1997
f22 Maude’s Family Photos 1862-late 1990’s
f23 Maude MacKenzie’s Personal Information 1918-2001
f24 Sadie Yeaton Pearson Information (Maude’s sister) 1905-1987

Box 2

f1 Bert A. MacKenzie’s (Maude’s husband) Information 1934-1970’s
f2 Maude’s Home in Orono (269 Main St.): Pictures and Newspaper Articles
1956-1993
f3 Miscellaneous Pictures (most of them not dated)
f4 Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings 1956-1998
f5 Maude’s 95th Birthday Cards
f6 Three Scrapbooks:

    A. Maude’s Clubs and Organizations
    B. Town of Farmington
    C. Bert A. MacKenzie

f7 Clippings from Scrapbooks
f8 Maude’s Personal Guestbook 1932-1992
f9 Monthly Planners 1992-1999
f10 Maude’s Address Book
f11 Miscellaneous Information
f12 Oversized materials: Photographs, Diplomas, etc.

 

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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