Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 226


Edward D. “Sandy” Ives was born September 4, 1925, and grew up in White Plains, New York. He was an anthropology professor at the University of Maine, Orono and founded the Maine Folklife Center, where information was collected on the early 20th century lumber industry in Maine. He is the author of “The Tape Recorded Interview,” a directorial guide on oral history, in both book and video formats. He wrote and sang the song “Vahlsing Pollutes It,” referring to the failed sugar beet industry in Aroostook County. At the time of this interview he lived in Bucksport, Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: growing up in White Plains, New York; Maine and Muskie; “Does everyone look like Muskie in Maine” story; Maine Folklife Center; “Vahlsing Pollutes It” song; Prestile Stream and the sugar beet industry; and the Great Depression.

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.