Myrtle Doane collection, 1925-1981
Collection Scope and Content
This collection consists largely of clippings of Doane’s newspaper columns and poetry from the Advertiser-Democrat and other local papers. Also included are her self-published poetry booklets, material relating to her 1970 campaign in support of school prayer, and research material regarding Dr. Adrian Scolten, a 1948 Maine Senatorial candidate. There is also mixed correspondence to Doane from 1964-77, and a small amount of biographical material, including several photographs and a resume.
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, long-time resident of Brownfield, Maine, Myrtle Doane was married in 1938, raised one daughter and two step-daughters. In addition to working as a school teacher and in a variety of clerical positions, Doane wrote news columns for local papers, including the Advertiser-Democrat (Norway/South Paris). She also published poetry in local periodicals, and in several self-published booklets. Doane was an active member of the Poetry Fellowship of Maine, American PEN Women, and a variety of civic clubs, including the Freedoms Foundation. Doane took courses at a number of universities in Maine and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1976.