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Bertha Rice Fitts, Gorham Normal School, Gorham, Maine, Teacher Education, Teaching, Gorham Alumni Association, Photographs



Bertha Rice Fitts was born in 1870, in Waterford, Maine. After graduating from Gorham Normal School in 1894, she became Master’s Assistant and eighth-grade teacher in Westbrook, Maine, before accepting a similar position at a grammar school in Quincy, MA. While in Quincy, she boarded with Mrs. Calvin Fitts, and in 1899 married her son, Arthur Fitts. She was involved in the Southern Branch of the Gorham Alumni Association for many years. The Collection consists of primarily late 19th c. commercial photographs of teachers and students of Gorham Normal School, plus photos of Gorham Normal School buildings, Bertha Fitts and her family, and a GNS Alumni Massachusetts Branch announcement for 1945.

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0.25 ft.



Donated to Special Collections in 2004 by Beatrice Fitts, Florence MA. The material belonged first to Bertha Rice Fitts, 1894 alumna, then to her daughter, Beatrice Fitts.

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The Fitts Family Collection is the physical property of the University of Southern Maine Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the creator or her legal heirs and assigns.

For further information, consult the Head of Special Collections,



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