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Edmund S. Muskie papers, Series III. Early public service

Identifier: MC105.03

Series Overview

Between his discharge from the Navy in 1946 and his election as governor of Maine in 1953, Muskie was active in several areas of public service. Most notably, he served as a member of the State Legislature for two and a half terms and directed the Maine district of the U.S. Office of Price Stabilization (OPS) from 1951-1952.

During this same period, Muskie was also active with a number of public service and political organizations. For example, he was a national leader of AMVETS, an organization of World War II veterans, and was very active in the Democratic Party.

The series contains correspondence, notes, publications, and financial records relating to the abovementioned organizations, as well numerous others, including the College Club of Bates, Sisters Hospital in Waterville, Waterville USO Committee, Waterville Lions Club, Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Waterville Board of Zoning Adjustment.


  • 1946-1954


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research unless a file is marked [R] for "restricted". Please note that many Muskie materials are stored in a separate building; contacting us before your visit will enable us to have the boxes onsite when you arrive.

Copyright Notice

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.


9 Linear Feet (19 manuscript boxes)

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Series Arrangement

The series is arranged alphabetically by organization name.


For current information on the location of these materials, please consult archives staff.

Acquisitions Information

The Edmund S. Muskie Papers were deposited at Bates College in June 1980, when Muskie was named U.S. secretary of state. In 1985, several of Muskie's friends and former staff members, with assistance from the College, raised sufficient funds to support the renovation of the former women's gymnasium into the Edmund S. Muskie Archives building, which was dedicated in September of that year. Muskie's papers were formally donated to Bates College on April 23, 1986. Intellectual property rights in the unpublished writings of Edmund S. Muskie were given to the College in an addendum to the deed of gift signed December 8, 1989. The right to dispose of items from the collection was granted to the College by the Muskie heirs in 2007.

In 1994 and in 1996, Bates College received two shipments of records documenting Muskie's life since leaving public office which were maintained in his Washington, D.C. law office. A third accretion was received from the estate of Jane G. Muskie in 2005 and accessioned in 2006. Relatively small groups of files donated at various times by former Muskie staffers and others have also been integrated into the collection. Accession No.: 001-80-01, 001-86-01.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, 2010

Encoded by Michelle Belden, 2013
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Repository Details

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

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