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Special Collections: Guide to the Maine Outing Club Records

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves

Collection title:
Maine Outing Club Records
Collection number: MS 336
Dates of collection: 1920-2005
Size of collection: 5 boxes
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval


The Maine Outing Club at the University of Maine was formed in 1923 to promote year-round outdoor activities for the students at the university, all of whom are eligible for membership. Encompassing interests from conservation to skiing, the club meets weekly and organizes frequent hikes and other trips for its members. Club members are active in maintaining a section of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. The club also owns a rustic cabin built in 1958 near the Sugarloaf Ski Resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains records of activities of the Maine Outing Club at the University of Maine. The records were received in several donations from the club, the most recent group arriving in 2008.

The collection contains administrative records of the club including copies of the constitution; minutes of meetings of the executive council, the Pack and Pine; minutes of general club meetings, 1933-1980; and correspondence, 1947-1960s. These are followed by subject files of the club, labeled as they were received and arranged alphabetically.

Box 3 contains cabin logs, 1965-2003, maintained at the club’s cabin and containing comments of guests and day-hikers in the area. The box also contains cabin logs from Bald Mountain Brook Lean-to, Joe’s Hole Lean-to and Moxie Bald Mountain Lean-to, all located along the section of the Appalachian Trail maintained by the club.

Box 4 contains photograph albums and memorabilia from club activities. Box 5 contains scrapbooks compiled by club members.

Contents of Boxes

Box 1


1 Constitution, [1964], undated

2 Minutes, Pack and Pine, 1951-1959

3-6 Minutes of meetings, 1933-1980

7 Membership, attendance, minutes, 1958-1960

8-9 Correspondence, 1947-1960s

10 Burnham, John. Forty-five years of the Maine Outing Club, 1921-1966

11 Chaperones, 1960s

12 Intercollegiate Outing Club Bulletins, 1947-1957

13 Intercollegiate Outing Club Assoc. Newsletter, 1958-1960s

14-15 Maine Outing Club History

16 Maine Alumnus, July 1966 (with article about MOC)

17 Membership packet, Fall 2004

18 Membership packet, Spring 2005

Box 2

1 MOC Talk, earlier issues

2 MOC Talk, 1993-1994

3 Miscellaneous material

4-6 Miscellaneous material regarding other outing clubs, 1950s-1960s

7 Photographs, 1940s-1960s: Winter Carnival, skating cabin, etc.

7a Photograph: Methodist Church Fellowship, 1920-1922, beginning of MOC

8 Publications, 1945-1971

9 Report of the accident which took the life of MOC member Dave Walton and a personal item concerning Dave Walton, Appalachia, Dec. 1962

10 Rules governing use of MOC Sugarloaf ski cabin, 1967

11 Song sheet

12 Woodsmen’s Weekend materials, 1950s

Box 3

Cabin books, 1965-2003

Bald Mountain Brook Lean-to, 1998-1999, 2003

Joe’s Hole Lean-to, 1989-1993

Moxie Bald Lean-to, 1988-1994, 2004-2005

Box 4

Photograph albums, 1990s, and memorabilia

Box 5



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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