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Elizabeth Lester Poole collection

Identifier: 0286

Collection Scope and Content

This collection includes Poole's CV; correspondence; published photography and writings; published photos and articles; and materials related to her work at Stanley Museum, including posters, brochures, slides, Stanley family interviews, and clippings. MWWC holds copies of a book about Chansonetta Stanley Emmons signed by members of the Stanley family, Lizzy Poole, and author Marius B. Peladeau, and the periodical Fish Rapper Digest (later called Radical Journey).


  • 1947-2006



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

Elizabeth Lester Poole (known as Lizzy Poole) was born Elizabeth Lester in Boston, MA, on March 18, 1934. A partial list of Poole's many and varied personal and professional roles includes: Maine journalist and photojournalist; elementary school teacher; lobsterman and fisherman; visual artist; women's rights advocate and publisher of the feminist publication Fish Rapper Digest (later Radical Journey); peace activist; environmental advocate; Master Gardener and active member of various local and state committees as well as a museum board. Bylines that she has used over the years include (in chronological order): Betty Lester, Elizabeth Lester, Betty Beane and Lizzy Poole. Moving to Raymond, Maine, during high school, Lizzy attended Bridgton Academy; University of Maine at the Orono, Portland and Gorham campuses; Westbrook Junior College; and Rockport Photography School. In 1957 she married Emery O. Beane, an attorney and Maine State Representative and they had two children, Charles Emery and Nancy Lee. In 1969, Lizzy and Emery were divorced and in 1979, Lizzy married Herbert Sheldon Poole of York, Maine. Tragedy struck Lizzy's life when, in 1995, her son Charles Beane, an aerospace engineer and Air Force Captain, died in California. During her adult life Lizzy has been very active in local and state organizations and published numerous newspaper and magazine articles and letters to the editor in New England and the southeast.


1 linear foot (23 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is organized as a single series.

Guide to the Elizabeth Lester Poole collection, 1947-2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Maine Women Writers Collection Repository

Abplanalp Library
University of New England
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