Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 275


Gerald “Gerry” Talbot was born on October 28, 1931 in Bangor, Maine and attended Bangor High School. He worked as a chef at the Bangor House, and then joined the Army for three years. He later worked in the Portland Community Center, and for the Portland Gannett newspapers. He was elected president of the Portland, Maine NAACP in 1964, and also served as vice president of the New England NAACP. He served three terms in the Maine House of Representatives and has been a member of the Board of Visitors at the Edmund Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: the Vietnam War; Maine Legislature; ethnic diversity in Maine; the Great Depression; Civil Rights movement; race relations in Maine; and the NAACP.

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.