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David Richards, Director

David Richards joined the Margaret Chase Smith Library staff as assistant director in 1996 and became director in 2012. Prior to his appointment at the library, David served as executive secretary of the Androscoggin Historical Society in Auburn, Maine, and curator of collections at the United Society of Shakers in New Gloucester, Maine. David earned his B.A. in History from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, his M.A. in New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine, and his Ph.D. in History from the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of Poland Spring: A Tale of the Gilded Age. His e-mail address is

Angela Stockwell, Collection Specialist

The honor of longest tenure on the full-time staff goes to Angela Stockwell. Angie came to work as Senator Smith's personal secretary in 1983. Since that time, her responsibilities have grown to include able and faithful service as the Margaret Chase Smith Library's tour guide, staff photographer, newsletter coordinator, and librarian. Her contact with students, scholars, and researchers within Maine and across the county continues the research mission of the library. Angie attended Husson College in Bangor, Maine. Her e-mail address is

Lynnette Gravel King, Administrator

Lynnette King joined the staff in 1990 as executive secretary/receptionist. Her current duties primarily concentrate on the administrative needs of the library, including accounts payable, contracting with vendors, and serving as a liaison with the University of Maine. Additionally, she lends administrative support to programs such as the Maine Town Meeting. She also works closely with visiting school groups, teaching students about the remarkable life of Senator Smith and the special function of the library. Lynnette worked very closely with Margaret Chase Smith and it was she who inspired and encouraged her to become involved in community service. Lynnette is a founding member of the GFWC Dove Society and vice president of the Maine Federation of Women's Clubs. She is a graduate of Beal College in Bangor, Maine. Her e-mail address is

John Taylor, Museum Assistant

John Taylor moved to Maine from Indiana in December 2011. The following February, he began volunteering one day a week at the library. That turned into a temporary position when long-time receptionist Vanessa Caron left during the summer of 2012 and then became a permanent position in March 2013. John brings extensive historical experience to the position. He holds a masterís degree in American History and Popular Culture from Indiana University/ Purdue University. He has served as a docent at the James Whitcomb Riley Museum in Indianapolis and has worked both at the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana History Bureau. His area of specialty is the Cold War with a particular interest in the comedy and music of the 1950s and 60s. John may be reached at

Amos Reid, Facilities Maintenance

Amos Reid came aboard on a part-time basis in 2011 to take care of facilities maintenance duties. He is a graduate of Thomas College. In his off-duty hours, he umpires youth baseball games and manages family real estate holdings. He may be reached at

Director Emeritus

Gregory Gallant, Director Emeritus

Dr. Gallant began coming to the Margaret Chase Smith Library soon after the facility opened in 1982 to research his University of Maine dissertation, "Margaret Chase Smith, McCarthyism, and the Drive for Political Purification." His work so impressed library director Dr. James C. MacCampbell that he hired Greg as an assistant in 1984. Three years later, Greg became the new director of the library, a position that he held until 2011. Dr. Gallant plans to turn his attention to two writing projects. The first will examine Senator Smithís unique role in American politics from 1940 to 1973. The second studies the transition at Bowdoin College from an all-male to coed institution with a primary focus on the Class of 1962.

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