Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 382


Joan Smith (pronounced Jo-Ann) was born in Camden, Maine. Her family has lived in the Camden area since before the American Revolution. After Smith married her husband Owen, they moved to Washington, D.C. for eight years, until Owen’s death. The Smiths lived in the Chevy Chase area of D.C. and lived right across the street from Harry McPherson. Joan eventually moved back to Maine to raise her seven children. She and her husband were active Democrats.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: personal and family background; moving to Washington D.C.; C. Owen Smith; Owen’s involvement with Ed Muskie; meeting Owen; living near the McPhersons in Washington; Democrats in Maine; and Camden, Maine community and history.

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.