Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 123


Paul R. Sweet was born in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania on March 14, 1907 and grew up in Depauw. His parents were William and Louise Sweet. He was educated at DePauw, Goettingen, the University of Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin, specializing in German History. During World War II, he went to Europe and worked with the OSS in understanding and developing interrogation techniques. He taught at Bates and Colby colleges, and spent much of his professional time expanding his published work on late seventeenth and early eighteenth century German history.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family history and early education; Goettingen; University of Chicago; Bates College; OSS work; teaching; Colby College; Frank Coffin; Ed Muskie; Coffin in the Senate; Stuttgart; Muskie at dinner; Washington, DC; family politics; Methodists; KKK; Socialism; politics at DePauw; the Wall Street Journal; a letter from Coffin; a Muskie Speech; and Madeleine Albright.

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.