Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 058


Alice Nute was born July 25, 1915 in Houlton, Maine. Her father was a forester; her mother was a teacher who graduated from Bates. Nute went to Ricker Junior College and worked in the Kerry Library in Houlton. She moved to Augusta after college and worked in the state law library from November 15, 1943-May 12, 1978. When she retired, her title at the library was “Deputy Law Librarian.” She married Floyd Thomas Nute, who was Muskie’s press secretary around 1954 when Muskie was governor of Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: the Maine Democratic Party, 1952-1954; the 1954 Maine Gubernatorial campaign; Muskie’s first term as Governor; the 1956 Maine Gubernatorial campaign; Muskie’s second term as Governor; Muskie’s 1958 U.S. Senate campaign; liquor and financial scandals, the State law library; and the State House renovation.

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.