Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 319


Norman Paul Gauvreau was born in Burlington, Vermont on August 4, 1948. He grew up in Lewiston in a Franco-American community. He attended the University of Maine in Orono and was active in the political protests and activist struggles of the times, including the Vietnam War. He worked for the Community Action Agency in Augusta, and then attended the University of Maine School of Law, graduating in 1975. He had been practicing law for the last twenty-six years at the time of this interview. Gauvreau ran for the state legislature in 1982, and has served in both the Maine House and Senate.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Lewiston political history; environmental protection work; Anti-Vietnam War movement; Democratic Convention of 1968; Civil Rights movement in Maine; Maine politicians; “English Only” Bill; Maine Commission on Legal Needs; and Muskie’s environmental work.

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.