Maine

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    Sadie M. Alley (1886-1910) was the eldest daughter of Fernald "Frank" P. Alley and Rebecca (Clark) Alley, both born in St. George, Maine. Sadie's younger siblings were Minnie G. (b. ca. 1887), Nettie E. (b. ca. 1897), and Willis W. (b. ca. 1899). She…
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    Rear Admiral William Branford Shubrick (1790-1874) was in the U.S. Navy from 1806-1861 when he retired. He seems to have been stationed at the Charlestown MA Naval Shipyard for most of the period of this collection. Other individuals mentioned in the…
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    Edward Rowe Snow (1902-1982) was an American author who wrote about adventure and American history, mostly to do with the New England coast. Ca. 10 letters to/from Snow and between others. Topics are historical in nature, including several accounts of the 1845 wreck of the Isadore on Cape Neddick…
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    The Wilson family of Maine and New Hampshire bought and sold land during the 1850s-1910s, usually in the area of Berlin, Coos County, N.H. Members included: Mary Elizabeth Shaw Wilson (1814-1872), James B. Wilson (1840-?), George Shaw Wilson (1846-?), Julia Wilson (1849-1922), William Melville…
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    Norman Stevens is a retired librarian, library historian, and has collected and researched extensively on various folklore and folklife topics. He is a member of the University of New Hampshire’s Class of 1954. This collection consists of history,…
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    James Nichols (1821-1889) of New Hampshire served in the United States Civil Ware in Company G of the Eighth New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiment. After the war he continued his life as a farmer. Personal correspondence between James and Abby…
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    Hazel and Clayton Sinclair operated Rock Rest, an inn primarily for African American guests in Kittery Point, ME. They also helped establish the first Seacoast branch of the NAACP. The collection consists of a small amount of material directly related…
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    The album contains photographs taken during two four-day road trips in New England taken by two couples, Edgar and Emily, Bob and Annis in 1925 and 1926.
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    Bob Bennett was a teacher and caller of New England style squares who lived in Concord, NH, and later in York, ME. He attended the Folkways School in Peterborough NH with Ralph Page and Gene Gowing in the summer of 1949. The collection consists of…
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    Camp Phillips was a large, Edwardian-style fishing clubhouse at Hancock Point in Hancock County, Maine, near Mt. Desert. This collection contains a series of original black and white photographs taken circa 1902-1903. They are well-composed and…
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    Leander G. Randall was born to Leander and Grace Randall in 1906 in Macwahoc, Maine. As a child, he grew up in Gorham, Coos County, New Hampshire, where he worked in a paper mill in his twenties. For a short time between about 1931 and 1935, he lived…
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    Lora Ella Sleeper from Concord, NH graduated from the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts with a degree in Home Economics in 1922. She participated in the Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.), the Glee Club, the…
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    Eliphalet Smith (1759-1836) was born in Newmarket, N.H., married Ann Bryant, and later became a successful merchant in Portland, Maine. A 20pp. manuscript containing satirical poems, copies of letters and articles written for local newspapers, and a copy of an erudite letter on the human character.
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    Poet and novelist who lived in Nelson NH and York ME. Buried in Nelson. Eleven letters, 1939-1942 (4 handwritten, 7 typed), ten of them to Elisabeth Mary Swift and one to her sister Agnes Swift, both elderly students of poetry whom Sarton taught privately, and eighteen poems (including “Elegy,” “…
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    Poet and novelist who lived in Nelson NH and York ME. Buried in Nelson. Fifteen letters written by May Sarton, poet and novelist, between 1940 and 1977 to various people. Correspondents are: Llewellyn Jones, Agnes Swift, Alice Thorp, and Anne Longfellow Thorp. Two color photographs of Anne are also…
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    Poet and novelist who lived in Nelson NH and York ME. Buried in Nelson. Letters and poems written by May Sarton
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    Nicholas Durso (b. 1950) graduated from Notre Dame in 1977 and taught English at Hebron Academy near South Paris and Norway, Maine in the late 1970s and early 1980s, directing a number of play productions there. Tidewater is a play about Sarah Orne Jewett and was originally performed in Norway,…
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    Willis Boyd Allen was born at Kittery Point, Me., July 9, 1855, attended Boston Latin School, and graduated from Harvard in 1878 and from Boston University Law School with an LL.B. degree in 1881. After practicing law for a short period he retired in…
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    Hockey East is a collegiate hockey league that was founded in 1983 by five institutions: Boston College, Boston University, the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire and Providence College. Since then the league has expanded to include…
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    The Historic American Buildings Survey of New Hampshire was one of the WPA’s many projects that compiled information of historical significance. Carried out between 1933 and 1939, it was supervised by Professor Eric T. Huddleston, Chairman of the…
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    The Works Project Administration (WPA) was created under President F. D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Program in 1935. Designed to provide relief for the Nation’s unemployed, the WPA provided jobs on public work projects. The photographers on the Federal Art…
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    The Piscataqua Pioneers are descendants of the Piscataqua River basin’s original settlers. Families who moved to and helped develop any of the towns from Kennebunk to Dover Point and the Massachusetts border qualify. Across the United States, the…
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    The photographer(s) are anonymous. The collection consists of glass lantern slides mostly from the period 1900-1920. Most of the 331 images are of forestry and lumbering activities in Northern New Hampshire.
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    Henry Brewer Quinby was Governor of New Hampshire from 1909-1910. Henry Cole Quinby, Henry Brewer’s son, was born in Lakeport, New Hampshire, on July 9, 1872. The Quinby papers are a small but varied collection of personal and public memorabilia –…
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    Blacksmith of New Portland, Me. The account book documents the day-to-day life of a country blacksmith – noting everything from shoeing horses to repairing organs. Dennis recorded charges and payments for his work, household accounts and expenditures, and the salaries of hired laborers. The inside…
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    Native of Acworth N.H. born in 1815, son of Eliphalet Bailey, Universalist minister of Belfast, Me. Letter written on June 12, 1869 by Giles Bailey to C.R. Williams. Bailey states that his address presented for the centennial of Acworth was printed and made available in J.L. Merrill’s History of…
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    Poet and novelist who lived in Nelson NH and York ME. Buried in Nelson. Letters written to Nancy, a good friend, are relaxed, warm, reflective, and interested in everything: the world war, mutual friend (particularly the poet Muriel Rukeyser), literary gossip, writing and gardening. In the letters…
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    Samuel Wilkinson was born in South Berwick, ME and resided in Somersworth, NH (formerly known as Great Falls) where he married Julia A Davis, of Somersworth, on July 12, 1860. Wilkinson enlisted on Sept 4, 1861, mustered in Sept 18, 1861 as a private…
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    Resident of West Lebanon, Maine. A former doctor who studied at Dartmouth College, Jones was admitted to the York county bar and practiced law until he was 90 years old. He served as a state senator for York county in the Maine legislature in 1857-1858, and later became town treasurer,…
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    Free Will Baptist roots can be traced to England as early as 1611. In 1780, under the leadership of Benjamin Randall, Free Will Baptists were established in the northeast at New Durham, New Hampshire. Free Will Baptist churches voluntarily organized…
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    Levi Woodbury (1789-1851) was born in Francestown, NH. He was was Secretary of the U.S. Treasury 1834-1841. His political career included: Governor of NH 1823-24, Speaker of the NH House of Representatives 1825, U.S. Senator 1825-31, U.S. Secretary of Navy 1831-34, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury…
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    William Abbot was born in 1773. He was a Harvard University graduate (1797) and attorney-at-law in Castine and Bangor, Me. A three page letter written by William Abbot to his cousin, Abiel Abbot. The letter is primarily a biography of William A. Abbot (1748-1793) of Wilton, N.H., member of the N.H…
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    Daniel Hood (1792-16 October 1866) was a retired sea captain from Portland, Maine. He married Susanna Peasly Sargent. Two letters written by Daniel Hood to Reverend Jacob Hood of Nottingham, N.H., providing the latter with knowledge of the Hood family’s history. The remarks include not only…
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    William H. Small (1854-1909) lived in Newmarket, N.H. and served in the fire department as the chief fire engineer. Two letters and a notebook kept by William H. Small. One letter, dated 1865, is from Small’s parents, while the other is from Cyrus A. Sulloway of the N.H. House of Representatives…
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    Howard M. Hanson (1835-1909) was born in Lebanon, Maine. A resident of Somersworth, New Hampshire, Hanson joined the Ninth New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment on June 28, 1862. Hanson was mustered in as a commissary sergeant on August 6, 1862. Following…
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    Roger Deering (b. 1624 England d. 1718 Kittery, Territory of Maine). Son of Roger Deering and Joan Palmer. Spouse Mary____?. Ebenezer More (b. 1706 York, Territory of Maine, d. 1748 Territory of Maine). Son of John More and Sarah Cutts. Thomas Allen (b. 1700 Maryland, m. Mary Couch 1712 Kittery…
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    John Follett was a cousin of the Follett family of Durham, N.H. He was probably John Follett Jr. of Kittery, 1681-1719. A letter written between 1706 and 1722 by John Follett to James Bunker, regarding the settlement of the estate of William Follett, John Follett’s uncle.
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    Ted Sannella (1928-1995) was a square and contra dance caller from Boston, later moving to Maine. Ted began teaching New England dancing as a professional caller in 1946. He was the author of Balance and Swing (1982), and Swing the Next (1996). Ted…
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    Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935), American poet, was born in Head Tide, Maine. He attended Harvard University without taking a degree and later moved to New York. He gained national recognition when President Theodore Roosevelt reviewed the second…
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    Author Kenneth Roberts (1885-1957) was born in Kennebunk, Maine. He was educated at Cornell University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Cornell Widow, a humor magazine, for two years prior to his graduation in 1908. From 1909 to 1917, he was…
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    Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909), author and poet, was born and lived in South Berwick, Maine. Her best known works are The Country of the Pointed Firs and the short story “A White Heron”. Her first novel was Deephaven. The Sarah Orne Jewett Collection contains 9 letters written by Jewett from 1880-…
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    Located ten miles off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire, the group of nine islands known as the Isles of Shoals has had an impact on New England history and culture that is vast in proportion to the mere physical size of the islands. One of the…
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    Robert P. Tristram Coffin (1892-1955) grew up in Brunswick, Maine on a “saltwater farm.” He attended Bowdoin, Princeton, and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar before, as well as after, serving two years in World War I. He taught at…
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    Harriet Sophia Coe (1840-1916) was born in Lubec, Maine, married Joseph William Coe on December 2, 1861 and resided in Durham, New Hampshire. The collection consists of 17 diaries written between 1897 and 1916 by Harriet Sophia (Churchill) Coe. These…