Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 035


Selma Shapiro was born on April 28, 1915 in Lewiston, Maine to Goldie and Jacob Shapiro. Her father was employed by a department store in New Auburn. She grew up in Auburn, and graduated from Edward Little High School of Auburn. Her mother thought very highly of education, and saved money to have Selma and her four siblings attend college. Selma followed in her eldest sister’s footsteps, and went to Bates College. After graduation, she married Arthur Blatt and taught school in the Lewiston public schools.

Scope and Content Note

The interview covers such topics as Lewiston and Auburn in the Depression; Bates in the 1930s; “Townies” in the 1930s; Ed Muskie as a student; the Bates social scene; and fundraising for Ed Muskie.

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.