Papers, 1910-1971.


Towner, Wayland Dean, 1892-1977. Papers, 1910-1971.

Papers, 1910-1971.

Collection contains 19 volumes compiled by Wayland Towner documenting his life history from his years as a student at the University of Maine until his retirement in 1961 from a long career in public relations and fund raising. It includes letters, photographs, publications and other documents with Towner's candid narrative of events represented. Of particular interest are Towner's letters to his parents while he was serving in Scotland and France during World War I.

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