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Robert Chute papers/Small Pond records

Identifier: MC014

Scope and Content Note

The collection is composed of typescripts of drafts for The Small Pond, a literary magazine published by the Cider Press which Chute operated. Also includes correspondence with contributors and typescripts of their work; copies of Plowshare, a peace newsletter edited by Chute and his wife Virginia; typescripts for Lucky Shots by Chute; and two binders of Chute's photo collages. Also includes issues of The Small Pond Magazine of Literature, which continued The Small Pond, but was not published or edited by Robert Chute.

Many of Chute's published volumes of poetry can be found in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives Bates Authors collection.


  • 1964 - 1997
  • Majority of material found within 1964 - 1969


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Historical Note

Robert M. Chute was born February 13, 1926 in Naples, Maine. His father ran a summer hotel in Naples. After graduating from high school, Chute attended the University of Maine at Orono, majoring in Zoology. He later attended the John Hopkin's School of Hygiene and Public Health. He taught in California, Vermont, and Pennsylvania before coming to Bates College, taking the position of head of the Biology department in 1962. He retired in 1992.

Chute was an accomplished poet, and along with his wife Virginia, was been a strong activist for peace. He published in both areas, often through the Cider Press, which he operated. Chute died in 2021 at the age of 95.


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Language of Materials



The collection is composed of typescript drafts of the literary magazine The Small Pond, published by Cider Press, a small press operated by Bates Professor of Biology Robert Chute and his wife Virginia. Also includes copies of his newsletter and some photo collages.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.

Acquisition and Custody Information

No provenance information available. Accession No.: xx-040.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Elaine Ardia, finding aid created by Kat Stefko, circa 2010.

Finding aid revised by Pat Webber, 2023.

Guide to the Robert Chute papers/Small Pond records, 1964-1997
Edited Full Draft
Kat Stefko
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Description is in: English
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Repository Details

Part of the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library Repository

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