Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 037


Milt Lindholm was born June 3, 1911 in Collinsville Connecticut to Helen (Hess) and Rev. Lambert Lindholm. His father, a Swedish Congregational minister, died when Milton was one year old. Lindholm’s mother moved her family to Waltham, Massachusetts, to live with her parents, and work at the Waltham Watch Factory. After graduating from Waltham High School, Lindholm worked for two years, and then went to Bates College in the Class of 1935. At Bates, he was on the football team, playing in a scoreless tie with Yale University. He was also part of the Student Council, Athletic Council, basketball team, and was Class President. After graduation, Lndholm taught for a few years at the Kent’s Hill School, then he sold text books for seven years. Milt returned to Bates College as Dean of Admissions in 1944, and stayed there for thirty-two years, retiring in 1976. At the time of interview, Lindholm was Dean of Admissions Emeritus. The Bates College Admissions Office bears his name.

Scope and Content Note

The interview covers a variety of topics, including: Covenant Church; Waltham, Massachusetts; the Depression and Bates; Bates football; Bates in the 1930s; Lewiston and Bates; the Lewiston trolley; Bates Student Council; Student Council and Ed Muskie; Bates professors; chapel at Bates; and Muskie as a politician and as a person.

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.