Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 407


Marshall Burk was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on July 24, 1929. His father was a contractor in Boston, and suffered economically when the Depression hit. He graduated from Swampscott High School and joined the Army during World War II. After returning, he attended the University of Maine at Orono on the GI Bill, until he was recalled by the Army to serve in the Korean War. He finished his degree in wildlife and forestry upon his return from the South Pacific. He taught middle school for nine years, then went to work for the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Swampscott, Massachusetts community; the Great Depression; education; Natural Resources Council of Maine; Fish and Game Clubs of Maine; environmental issues; Baxter State Park; Bob Patterson; Charlie Pierce; environmental newsletter; different stances on the environment; impressions of Muskie; Muskie on Allagash issue; Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; and Dickey-Lincoln.

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.