Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 170


Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. was born in Portland, Maine on August 17, 1948. Earle’s father, Earle Sr., was born in Connecticut and came to Maine to manage Woolworth’s on Congress Street in Portland from 1933-1946, then opened a small chain of 5 & 10 cent stores, E. G. Shettleworth Company. Earle wrote a history column, “Portland’s Heritage” for Portland Press Herald during his high school and college years. He attended Colby College, class of 1970, with a degree in architectural/art history and later Boston University, receiving a Master’s in architectural history. He did a pictorial history of Maine for a bicentennial project in 1968-1969. Governor Curtis appointed him to the Archives Board in 1969. He joined the Historical Preservation Commission in 1971 and became Director of the Commission in 1976.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: 1954 Maine gubernatorial campaign; 1964 Senate Campaign; 1968 Vice Presidential Campaign; environmental protection; 1966 Historic Preservation Act; Republican Party in Maine; meeting several times with Percival Baxter; Ralph Owen Brewster and the Klu Klux Klan (KKK); Peter Kyros, Jr. and mock Kennedy/Nixon debate; 1964 Democratic National Convention celebration; President Johnson’s visit to Portland; Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Johnson’s Great Society; and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

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.