Edmund S. Muskie papers, series XVII: Sound Recordings


Edmund S. Muskie papers, series XVII: Sound Recordings


This series consists of three subseries organized by format - cassette tapes, open-reel tapes and phonograph records. The contents are similar in that they consist of recordings of Muskie's speeches and other public remarks, including question-and-answer sessions, press conferences, radio and television interviews and news broadcasts, campaign spots for broadcast over radio or television, and congressional hearings. Almost all were made by Muskie's Senate or campaign staff for later reference. The recordings also contain a large number of audio press releases, called "beepers", prepared by Muskie's senate staff.

Most of the open-reel tapes were recorded in the 1960s, but that subseries also includes a wire recording of a 1954 Democratic program and a contemporaneous Republican television program, which includes remarks by Vice President Richard M. Nixon. Starting in 1968, the staff increasingly relied on cassette tapes. The cassette tapes include a recording from 1958 (originally recorded on an open-reel tape player, but donated to the archives on a cassette tape) in which Muskie shared an Old Orchard Beach stage with Louis Armstrong and Bette Davis. The cassette tapes also include brief journal entries from Muskie and several members of his staff.




Bates College Muskie Archives


Bates College Muskie Archives


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.



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ESM remarks at mayor's home on 1968 election campaign. Audio quality: good. Length: 10 min. 21 sec.

ESM on unemployment and labor concerns, inflation, cost of living, "working people in Maine." Audio quality: good. Length: 42 min. 3 sec.

ESM on “Consumer Assembly." Audio quality: excellent. Length: 28 min. 57 sec.

ESM speaks before women's group on federal spending, priorities, anti-ballistic missiles, education, school lunch. Audio quality: good. Length: 24 min. 21 sec.

Part of ESM press conference with Japanese officials, United States-Pacific Rim relations, arms race, anti-ballistic missile development, U.S-Soviet relations, pollution. Audio quality: good. Length: 5 min. 2 sec.

ESM on urban problems with question and answer session, antiballistic missiles. Audio quality: excellent. Length: 58 min. 53 sec.

ESM on education, at Cleveland High School. Audio quality: poor. Length: 8 min. 58 sec.

ESM on 1972 campaign plans, activities since 1968 election. Audio quality: poor. Length: 35 min. 58 sec.

SC9 -- ESM on 1972 campaign, campus disorders, and space race. At Wayne State University. Audio quality: good. Length: 9 min. 59 sec.

SC10 -- ESM on 1968, protests, dissent in democratic society, church and university, freedom, discrimination. At…

At George Washington University. ESM discusses environment, racial issues, other senators. (Tape appears to have been recorded on prior to present recording. Questions and answers at end are from original recording.) Audio quality: Speech -…

ESM on American fishing fleets, Arab countries, Vietnamese conflict and draft. Audio quality: fair. Length: 7 min. 4 sec.

ESM on Cooper-Church Amendment, McGovern-Hatfield Amendment, pollution, jobs, environment, withdrawal from Vietnam, prisoners of war, population control, prisons. Audio quality: Muskie - good; others - poor. Length: 46 min. 34 sec.

ESM questions and answers on water pollution. Audio quality:poor. Length: 11 min. 50 sec.

ESM on environment, protection of air and water, at Grove City College. Audio quality: Poor to fair. Length: 44 min. 1 sec.

ESM speaks about vocational education programs at teachers’ conference at Gardiner Regional High School. Introduction: Jane Muskie. Audio quality: Good. Length: 15 min. 56 sec.

Interview for later broadcast on Radio Station WABK as part of 1970 Senate campaign. ESM on oil refineries in Maine, role as national candidate, record of achievement, shoe and textile industry, destroyer DD-963 deal with Bath Iron Works, sugar beet…

ESM on Vietnam and U.S. troop involvement. Audio quality: Good. Length: 19 min. 4 sec.

ESM at Bates College moratorium rally criticizing Vietnam war effort. Introduction: Bates President Thomas Hedley Reynolds. Audio quality: Poor. Length: 1 hr. 10 min. 43 sec.

ESM on multiple independently-targeted reentry vehicle, arms negotiations. Audio quality: Poor. Length: 18 min. 45 sec.

ESM on his personal schedule, campaign plans, inflation, Vietnam, environment, national mood, rejections of Supreme Court nominees Haynsworth and Carswell. Audio quality: Fair. Length: 32 min. 18 sec.

ESM on arms control and pending Helsinki talks. Audio quality: Poor. Length: 9 min. 28 sec.

ESM on his trip abroad, anti-ballistic missiles, U.S. policy in Middle East and U.S.-Soviet relations. Audio quality: Good. Length: 52 min. 27 sec.

(For WNET-TV) ESM on trip to Soviet Union, views on foreign policy, Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, Middle East conflict, Vietnam, domestic problems, congressional reform, six day war, unemployment, race relations. Introduction: Elisabeth Drew.…

ESM on trip to Soviet Union, meeting with Kosygin, environment, Vietnam, Middle East, Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, Berlin talks. Audio quality: Fair Length: 13 min. 28 sec.

ESM on environment, Machiasport refinery, Humphrey-Muskie administration, Vietnam, Kennedy-Johnson administration, inflation, welfare. Audio quality: Good. Length: 23 min. 23 sec.
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