Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 439


Edith Hary was born on September 18, 1922 and grew up in Camden, Maine. Her mother was a homemaker and her father was a textile designer. After graduating from high achool, Hary moved to Northampton, Massachusetts to be an aid to a handicapped girl. She returned home and began working at the Camden Public Library. She then attended Bates College, majoring in Government with a minor in English. While at Bates, she worked in Coram Library. After graduating in 1947, she was offered a job at the State Library in Augusta. She would later become head of the Law and Reference section. She also was named citizen member of the Board of Bar Examination.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; early life in Camden, Maine; economic and social structure of Camden; Bates College social life 1943-1947; Coram library; Maine State Law Library; Maine legislature and law; Muskie speeches; Louis Jalbert; description of work in the law section of the library; and the Law pamphlet.

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.