Katy Perry Papers, 1966-2011

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Volume: 3.5 linear feet

Organization/Arrangement: Organized into two series:
I. Manuscript Material, 1966-2011
II. Media, 1995-2004
Arranged chronologically.

Biographical Note: Katy Perry was born Catherine Luke in Millinocket, Maine, in 1920. She graduated from Stearns High School in 1938 and from Farmington State Normal School in 1941, and over the next few years taught in Millinocket, Milo, and Whitefield. In 1943 she married Bernard Perry and they lived briefly in Milo before settling in North Whitefield, where they raised their four sons and lived until 1959. That year they moved to Augusta for Bernard Perry's job at the state veteran's hospital, which provided housing for them.

Perry had begun free-lance writing while living in Whitefield in the late 1940s. She began a daily interview show on WRDO Radio in Augusta in 1968, and recorded segments on local people and events. Perry later worked as a Public Relations specialist with the Maine Department of Human Services and co-anchored an educational program for underemployed Mainers in 1978.

Upon her husband's retirement in 1975, the couple moved to Pittston and it was there that Bernard Perry died in 1981. Perry had published her first book, Drinking from a Tin Cup, in 1980, and also that year she had begun publishing a weekly column in the Maine Sunday Telegram called "Around the Valley," which she continued until 1984. After the death of her husband, Perry opened a craft shop in Hallowell with friends in 1982, and sold her interest in the business when she joined the Peace Corps, spending 1985-1987 in Belize.

Upon her return from Central America, Perry resumed her journalism career, and for the past 20-plus years she has contributed many feature articles to a variety of local papers, as well as maintained a number of long-running weekly columns: "A Nickel's Worth" in the Kennebec Journal (1988-1990); "View from the Cape" in the West Prince Graphic (PEI, Canada, 1991-1997); and "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" in the Capital Weekly (Augusta, 1995-2011). From 1997 to 2003, Perry also hosted a local interest television show on Augusta's Adelphia Channel 9 called "Our Towns."

In addition to Drinking from a Tin Cup, she has published five more adult books: Only One Ice Box to Fill (1990), Mad Tuesdays (1992), Pieces of Earth (1994), Living on the Edge (2003), Years Pass, but Memories Last (Only as Long as We Do): Remembering Whitefield (2004) and three children’s books, My Grandmother Wears Crazy Hats (1992), The Laughing Lighthouse (1995) and Gardens Are For Looking (1996). Perry died in Hallowell in 2014.

Description: The bulk of this collection is comprised of drafts for articles and clippings of Perry's numerous newspaper columns from 1966-2011. Also included are a few articles about Perry, as well as a biographical sketch, business card, senior thesis comparing Perry's Pieces of Earth to Thoreau's Walden, and approximately 44 VHS tape recordings of her television program, "Our Towns," dated 1995-2004.
Access Restrictions: None

Please cite as: Katy Perry Papers, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, Maine

Container List:

I. Manuscript Material, 1966-2011
This series contains clippings and typewritten drafts of Perry's print journalism: newspaper features, columns, letters and reviews, as well as articles and a thesis paper about her. Also included is a biographical sketch and promotional material.

001.  Biographical information, business cards, 1995
002.  Book reviews and newspaper articles about Perry, 1989-2003, undated
003.  Senior thesis on Perry by Katherine Armstrong, "Katy Perry's 'Pieces of Earth': A
Comparison to Thoreau's 'Walden'", 1996
004.  Early writings by Perry, 1966-1970
005.  News articles by Perry--"Around the Valley" & "Hail to the Chief" columns, Maine Sunday
Telegram, early 1980s, undated
006.  News articles by Perry--"Around the Valley" column and features, Maine Sunday Telegram,
August-December 1980
007.  "Around the Valley" column and features, Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal,
January-June 1981
008.  "Around the Valley" column and features, Maine Sunday Telegram, July-December 1981
009.  Articles by Perry in The Maine Paper, 1981-1982
010.  "Around the Valley" column, Maine Sunday Telegram, January-June 1982
011.  "Around the Valley," "Hail to the Chief" and "Twin Cities Topics" columns, Maine Sunday
Telegram, July-December 1982
012.  "Around the Valley" column, Maine Sunday Telegram, January-June 1983
013.  "Around the Valley" column, Maine Sunday Telegram, July-December 1983
014.  Typewritten letter to Kennebec Journal editor, 1983
015.  Typewritten articles, no publication specified, 1983, 1995-1996, undated
016.  "Around the Valley" column, Maine Sunday Telegram, January-June 1984
017.  "Around the Valley" column, Maine Sunday Telegram, August-December 1984
018.  "Around the Valley" column, Maine Sunday Telegram, 1985
019.  Typewritten drafts--"A Nickel's Worth" in Kennebec Journal/Observer; "View from the Cape,"
West Prince Graphic, 1988-1994
020.  Newspaper articles by Perry in Forum: A Newsletter, 1989
021.  "Around the Valley" column, Maine Sunday Telegram, January-June 1984
022.  "Around the Valley" column, Maine Sunday Telegram, July-December 1984
023.  Typewritten columns about Belize, 1986-1989
024.  Typewritten column drafts, Capital Weekly and West Prince Graphic, 1986, undated
025.  Typewritten drafts, "A Nickel's Worth" in Kennebec Journal, undated
026.  "A Nickel's Worth" column, Kennebec Observer, January-June 1988
027.  "A Nickel's Worth" column, Kennebec Observer, July-December 1988
028.  "A Nickel's Worth" column, Kennebec Observer, January-June 1989
029.  "A Nickel's Worth" column, Kennebec Observer, July-December 1989
030.  "A Nickel's Worth" column, Kennebec Observer, January-June 1990
031.  "A Nickel's Worth" column, Kennebec Observer, July-December 1990, undated
032.  Articles in The Local Voice: "Valley Vibes" column and features, 1990-1991
033.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, July-December 1991, undated
034.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, January-June 1992
035.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, July-December 1992, undated
036.  "Maine Journal" column in Kennebec Journal, January-June 1992; October 1993
037.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, January-June 1993
038.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, July-December 1993
039.  Typewritten piece, "A Tribute to Mike Molloy", 1993
040.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, January-June 1994
041.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, July-December 1994
042.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, 1995
043.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, January-June 1995
044.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, July-December 1995
045.  Feature article, Kennebec Journal, 1995
046.  Typewritten drafts for articles, Kennebec Journal and others, 1995-1996
047.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, January-June 1996
048.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, July-December 1996, undated
049.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, July-December 1997
050.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, January-June 1997
051.  "View from the Cape" column, West Prince Graphic, July-December 1997, undated
052.  Correspondence, article re: Mount Textiles in Fiberarts Magazine, 1998
053.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, features, Capital Weekly, January-June 1998
054.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly; features in Maine Sunday
Telegram, July-December 1998
055.  Various writings by others, 1998, undated
056.  Typewritten letters by Perry, 1998
057.  Various articles by Perry, 1999
058.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, features, Capital Weekly, January-June 1999
059.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, July-December 1999
060.  Features and letter in Lincoln County Weekly, 1999, 2001
061.  Article by Perry in Katahdin Times, 2000
062.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, January-June 2000
063.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, July-December 2000
064.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, features, Capital Weekly, January-June 2001
065.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, July-December 2001
066.  Typewritten draft of article "Uncle Maury...", 2001
067.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, January-June 2002
068.  "Gatherings" column, Capital Weekly, July-December 2002
069.  Articles by Perry in various publications, 2002
070.  Typewritten drafts for various publications (1 of 2), 2002
071.  Typewritten drafts for various publications (2 of 2), 2002
072.  Letter to editor, unknown publication, 2002
073.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, features & letters, Capital Weekly, January-June
2003
074.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, July-December 2003
075.  Typewritten drafts for various publications, 2003
076.  Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns & features, Capital Weekly, January-June 2004
077.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns & features, Capital Weekly, July-December 2004
078.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, features & reviews, Capital Weekly, January-June 2005
079.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, features & letters, Capital Weekly, July-December 2005
080.  Articles by Perry in Courier Gazette, December 2005
081.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, features Capital Weekly, January-June 2006
082.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns and letters, Capital Weekly, July-December 2006
083.  Feature in Lincoln County News, March 2006
084.  Typewritten drafts for Hallowell Record/Register and others, 2006-2008
085.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, January-June 2007
086.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, July-December 2007
087.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, January-June 2008
088.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, July-December 2008
089.  "Thank-you" letter to Old Hallowell committee for Hallowell Citizen of the Year award, 2008
090.  "Gatherings" column, Capital Weekly, January-June 2009
091.  "Gatherings" and "Community Forum" columns, Capital Weekly, July-December 2009
092.  "Gatherings" column, Capital Weekly, January-June 2010
093.  "Gatherings" column, letters, Capital Weekly, July-December 2010
094.  Letter to editor of Hallowell Record re: Old Hallowell committee, 2010
095.  Articles by Perry, publication unknown, ca.  2010
096.  "Gatherings" column, Capital Weekly; articles in Capital Land Trust , January-June 2011
097.  "Gatherings" column, Capital Weekly, July-December 2011
098.  Typewritten articles for Hallowell Record/Register, and other, 2009-2012
099.  Book reviews by Perry, undated
100.  Article by Perry in Discover Maine, undated
101.  Typewritten drafts for Hallowell Record/Register and other, undated
102.  Calendars used by Perry to organize column clippings by month, 2000-2002, 2004-2005
103.  Calendars used by Perry to organize column clippings by month, 2006-2011

II. Media, 1995-2004
This series contains 43 VHS tape recordings of Perry's local interest television show on Augusta's Adelphia Channel 9, with episodes airing from 1995 to 2004, as well as one made-for-television movie.

001.  VHS--Nan Pulsifer "Buster", 1995-1996
002.  VHS--Maine View Business Magazine with Libby Mitchell, October 26, 1995
003.  VHS--Old Hallowell Day parade, 1996
004.  "Our Town" VHS--4 shows, April 1997
005.  "Our Town" VHS--shows #2, #3, #4, May 13, 1997
006.  "Our Town" VHS--Janice Roberts, Karen VanAllsburg, February 1999
007.  "Our Town" VHS--Pam Longfellow, thank you note from Gianina, 1999
008.  "Our Town" VHS--5 shows with P. Mars, A. Beaulieu, Rev. Anderson, D. Prescott, C. & F. Magellan, J. Christie, F. O'Hara; Tolerance 1/3, 11/11/99, 12/17/99, 12/30/99, 1/13/00, 4/27/00
009.  "Our Town" VHS--Jessica Coro, Jan Banford, December 2000
010.  "Our Town" VHS--Madrigal Singers, December 28, 2000
011.  "Our Town" VHS--William Welch, Jim Rioux, Mike Webber, February 23, 2001
012.  "Our Town" VHS--Dave Lantagne, Peter Tambone, Martin Swinger, October 30, 2001
013.  "Our Town" VHS--Ben Keating (ME State Library), Earl Shettleworth (ME History Preserve), February 23, 2001
014.  "Our Town" VHS--artists Chandra Caywood, Bob Curtis, March 19, 2001
015.  "Our Town" VHS--Safe Passage/Rolling Thunder, Faith Benedetti, May 3 & May 11, 2001
016.  "Our Town" VHS--Maine Music Camp, Albert Switzer Academy, July 17, 2001
017.  "Our Town" VHS--4 episodes, August, 2002; January 2003
018.  "Our Town" VHS--Belfast & Moosehead Lake RR, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Whitefield historian, Hospice, YMCA, August 26-October 2, 2002
019.  "Our Town" VHS--genealogy, Maine Arts, Chewonki, canoing, Family Violence, Augusta fire, Ironshoes, 11/21/2002, 12/5/2002, 1/2/2003
020.  "Our Town" VHS--Kennebec Hisotrical, ME Drivers Ed., Fairbanks, Albert Switzer Academy, UMA Senior College, state arboretum, 1/2, 1/9, 1/30, 1/30/2003
021.  "Our Towns" VHS--state arboretum, UMA adult ed., Cohen Center/PAK, Thailand teacher exchange, crafts, state museum, 1/30, 2/6/2003
022.  "Our Towns" VHS--NAMI, ME charter schools, Habitat for Humanity, musician, silhouette art,3/17, 3/24/2003
023.  "Our Towns" VHS, 4/25-5/28/2003
024.  "Our Towns" VHS--KLI, May, 2003
025.  "Our Towns" VHS--Peace Corps, Windsor Historical, Downeast Brass, KPAC, Chewonki, 1/6/2004
026.  "Our Towns" VHS--Maine State Building, Veterans Pow Wow, Bicentennial Park, Children's Museum, Morris Farm, undated
027.  "Our Towns" VHS--music camp, undated
028.  "Our Towns" VHS--Inside-Out Playground, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Kennebec Montessori School, St. John Catholic School, Rotary Club Australia polio ride, undated
029.  "Our Towns" VHS--Kim Wiggin of Old Hallowell, Mile of Art/art auction, blacksmith/wood carver, environmentalist/gallery, undated
030.  "Our Towns" VHS, undated
031.  "Our Towns" VHS--Forest Hart, Peter Buotte, Linda Averill, undated
032.  VHS--Willa Cather: The Road Is All; Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea; some home videos, undated
033.  "Our Towns" VHS--Mile of Art, undated
034.  "Our Towns" VHS--Women in Communications, undated
035.  "Our Towns" VHS--Home for Women, Food Bank, LifeFlight, Alcory Band, United Way, Hallowell artist, Fish & Game Park, Augusta symphony, undated
036.  "Our Towns" VHS--Bread of Life Kitchen, undated
037.  "Our Towns" VHS, undated
038.  "Our Towns" VHS--French "Emersion" (Immersion?), Capital Campaign, Women, Work & Community, FAME, beekeeper, Rotary Club, undated
039.  "Our Towns" VHS--Jeanne Davis, Peter Buotte, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Center for Grieving Children, Anthony Anderson, Dave Wood, Swan Island, Chewonki, FAME, undated
040.  "Our Towns" VHS--BAD ride, St.  Denis picnic, playwright, soldiers CD, Good Will-Hinkley, Clubhouse, Dave Bustin, Jane Harvey, undated
041.  "Our Towns" VHS, undated
042.  "Our Towns" VHS--"My Grandmother Wears Crazy Hats", undated
043.  "Our Towns" VHS--KV Correctional, undated
044.  Redwood Curtain VHS--ABC TV movie, 1995