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Catalog Number OH 0008
Collection Oral History Collection
Title Margaret Chase Smith
Description Senator Margaret Chase Smith oral history, conducted by Shirley Richard on 7 October 1992 in Skowhegan, Maine. Shirley was the 1992-1994 New England Representative to the GFWC Women's History and Resource Center Committee. Senator Smith was 94 years old at the time of the interview. Includes a 21-page transcript.

Senator Smith describes her early club experience, including serving as president of the Sorosis Club in Skowhegan, Maine, 1923-1924. She also helped start the Skowhegan Business and Professional Women's Club when she was working for the "Somerset Reporter" in Skowhegan. She describes her husband Clyde Smith's career and how her own congressional career started. She became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress, first as a member of the House and then the Senate.
She also discusses her motivations for presenting her "Declaration of Conscience" speech against Senator Joseph McCarthy in the Senate, 1 June 1950, and her support for women in the military. Senator Smith notes her volunteer World Tour and her post-Senate career in education.

Interviewee Smith, Margaret Chase
Interviewer Richard, Shirley
Interview date 1992-10-07
Interview place Skowhegan, ME
Transcription date 1996-06-19
Transcriptionist Bennett, Alyssa
People Smith, Margaret Chase, 1897-
Richard, Shirley
McCarthy, Joseph
Bennett, Alyssa
Search Terms (ME) Skowhegan Sorosis Club
Women's History and Resource Center Committee