Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 427


Richard Brewster “Dick” Anderson was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on December 12, 1934. He moved to Maine in 1953 to attend the University of Maine at Orono. Anderson studied wildlife conservation in college and spent time during the summer working for the Fish and Wildlife Department in Sanford, Maine. Anderson helped found the State Biologists Association, an environmental organization based in Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family and educational background; growing up in Brockton, Massachusetts; State Biologists Association; Maine Fish and Wildlife Department; Edmund Muskie’s early environmental influence; environmental issues in Maine in the 1970s; party for Muskie in 1976; relationship with the National Audubon Society; impressions of George Mitchell; views on the Dickey-Lincoln project; sugar beet experiment and Freddy Vahlsing; end of the State Biologists Association; and working for Barton, Gingold and Anderson.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.