Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 348


Sheppie (Glass) Abramowitz was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 17, 1935. Her parents were Ida and Benjamin Glass. She attended the Park School in Baltimore, and then went to Bryn Mawr College to study history. After graduation, she decided to look for work in Washington. She was hired in the office of Congressman Frank Coffin, and worked in that office as a file clerk from 1958 to 1959. She married Morton Abramowitz, a State Department employee, in 1959. They lived in Taipei from 1959 to 1963. She then worked in university governmental relations. Around 1970, she was hired onto Senator Muskie’s presidential campaign. She worked on the campaign until its end. She worked again in university governmental relations after leaving the campaign, as well as traveling with her husband. She became active in the International Rescue Committee while working with her husband. At the time of interview she was vice president of the International Rescue Committee.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: personal political interest; working for Frank Coffin; Frank Coffin’s staff; marrying Morton Abramowitz; getting hired to the Muskie presidential campaign staff; living in London with Morton; campaign speech writers; Madeleine Albright; Maine people in the campaign; people using the campaign for personal gain; Muskie’s advisors; Muskie’s appreciation of Abramowitz; Morton’s career; career helping refugees; and modern politicians compared to Muskie.

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.