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Gerald Nelson oral history with Robert O. Pearson Edit

Summary

Identifier
MCC-00029

Dates

  • 1944-1946 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 1991-03 (Other)

Extents

  • .15 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    2 audio cassettes

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Notes

  • Biographical Information

    Robert O. Pearson was born 14 January 1925 in New Sweden. On 21 July 1944, he enlisted in the United States Army at the Portland, Maine office and, after basic training, was attached to Company A 290th Infantry Regiment as a light machine gunner. He served in this capacity in France, the Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe, earning the Rank of Corporal. Mr. Pearson was discharged from Fort Devons, Massachusetts on 22 May 1946. He died 22 September 1997 in Caribou, Maine.Note written by Lisa Ornstein, per Maurice Lizotte of Caribou VA office; information from Pearson's case file.
  • Scope and Contents

    The two audiocassettes which constitute this collection contain approximately 80 minutes of interview with World War II veteran Robert O. Pearson of New Sweden, Maine. The tape was created by Gerald Nelson as a class assignment for a History course which he completed in Fall 1987 entitled History 353: History of Maine.

    Tape 1 of 2(A80):
    Side A: 40-minute (approximate) interview with Robert O. Pearson of New Sweden, Maine. Mr. Pearson reminisces about his Army experiences during his term of military services from 1944-1946. The minimal audibility of this recording made it impossible to determine the precise contents of the interview within the time allowed for producing this finding aid.
    Side B: Blank

    Tape 2 of 2:
    Side A: 40-minutes (approximate) interview with Robert O. Person of New Sweden, Maine, presumably a continuation from Tape 1(A80). Mr. Pearson reminisces about his Army experiences during his term of military services from 1944-1946. The minimal audibility of this recording made it impossible to determine the precise contents of the interview within the time allowed for producing this finding aid.
    Side B: Blank
  • Language of Materials

    Collection materials are in English.
  • Technical Access Requirements

    An audiocassette player is required to access this collection.
  • Other Descriptive Information

    The audibility of these recordings is poor to nil: the voices of the interviewer and interviewee are barely discernable above constant white noise, suggesting that the original recording gain was set too low. The researcher who wishes to make use of these recordings should be prepared to audition the tape repeatedly in order to determine what is being said, and to ecpect that some parts of the conversation will simply be in audible. http://www.umfk.edu/archives/findingaids/mcc29.pdf
  • Restrictions

    No restrictions on access.
  • Copyright

    Copyright has been assigned to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes
  • Preferred Citation

    Gerald Nelson oral history with Robert O. Pearson, MCC-00029, Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes, University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • Source of Acquisition

    Material was acquired from Roger Paradis
  • Custodial History

    Gerald Nelson created these sound recordings as an assignment for a University of Maine at Fort Kent semester 1987 course entitled History 353: History of Maine. The recordings were initially submitted to Professor Paradis in Fall 1987, who brought them to the Archives in March 1991. Creator signed Deed of Gift on April 15, 1992.

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