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Name Biddeford
Number of Archive records 33
Number of Library records 1
Number of Object records 17
Number of Photo records 653

Associated Records

George Thacher Papers - 1789-1824

This collection consists of business papers, records, and correspondence of Judge George Thacher (1754-1824). The Thacher collection consists of a folio album containing one business paper, an account between George Thacher and his nephew, Silas Lee, one photograph of George Thacher, sixteen letters addressed to George Thacher, and two written by him.

Elijah Smith Papers - 1827-1902

This collection includes personal papers and business records accumulated by Elijah Smith and his family of Saco, Maine. The accounts of the Storer Street Free Will Baptist Church, include the donations made to the church, pew reservations and subscriptions, and record books which indicate the expenses of the church (including pew taxes to the town). The personal papers contain diaries which have entries of Smith's paid debts, correspondence, and when he went anywhere new or different, such as to Wells to go to a funeral home. The daybooks (datebooks) are accounts of Elija Smith's personal and business expenses.

Joseph Libby Papers - 1748-1802

This collection includes many small pieces of paper on which are written bills for services rendered, receipts paying for those services, as well as letters asking for payment for services and goods. There are also numerous court summonses, and legal documents against other family members over Martha Libby's will. Joseph Libby was the constable of Biddeford at the turn of the 18th century, and lived in Biddeford and Saco. What little records can be found indicate he lived mostly in Saco, as his children were born there. He was born in Kittery, Maine in 1725 to Solomon Libby and Martha (Hanscom) Libby. He married Shuah Staples in Kittery, Maine in 1749, and they had 8 children, most of whom di

[Account ledger] - Circa 1875

Business ledger for the Biddeford Gas Company, no date, circa 1875. Pencilled on flyleaf: "Gas Company Acc. Book"; 213 pages. Lists names of customers and amounts of gas supplied. The Saco and Biddeford Gas Company was incorporated in 1850, and operated for over 50 years. In 1913 the company became the York County Power Company.

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Walter Perkins Amature Newspaper Collection - 1873-1938

Collection of amateur newspapers, the bulk produced between 1873 and 1874, from across the United States and Canada. They were collected by Walter E. Perkins of Biddeford, who at age 14 was producing his own paper “The Snow Flake”. Perkins exchanged his paper with other boys across the country and amassed an impressive collection of over 130 papers from 25 states and Canada in this manner.

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Goodwin papers. - 1750-1884

Papers of the Goodwin family of Biddeford, Maine, which included a ship captain, a merchant, a tax collector, a justice of the peace, a sailor and a notary public. The contents include business and personal records, correspondence, legal documents, drawings, poems, and clippings.

"The Irregular" newsletter collection - 1978-1989

“The Irregular” was a self-published newsletter created by Howard Browning (1908-1989) of Biddeford Pool. The newsletter was distributed to people of Mr. Browning’s choosing, and ran from 1978 to approximately 1988. Mr. Browning used the newsletter as a vehicle to express his opinions about local, state, and national happenings. Collection is comprised of one box (.2 lin. ft.) containing: correspondence regarding the newsletter and issues discussed in it; newspaper clipping of an in-depth article about Mr. Browning which appeared in the Journal Tribune (Biddeford, Me.) shortly before his death; and newsletter issues from No.1 (1978) – Vol.9/10 No.1 (1988).

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Dr. John Smith Fogg papers - 1842-1930's

Dr. John Smith Fogg (1865-1936), a Biddeford native, was a Captain and Assistant Surgeon in the U.S. Army and served abroad and domestically at the turn of the 20th century. This collection of papers includes the accounts of his tours in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, his travels abroad, some of his published and unpublished writings, and his extensive genealogical and local history research for himself and others.

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Seth S. Fairfield Papers - 1822-1829

This is a small collection reflecting the different mostly legal work performed by Seth S. Fairfield in and around Biddeford during his early 30's, prior to embarking upon his long career as bank clerk in Saco and Biddeford. It is most interesting for showing legal cases presided over by Fairfield and others in York County in the very beginning of Maine statehood.

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[McArthur family papers] - 1860-1940

UNPROCESSED. Papers, books, and scrapbooks belonging to the McArthur family, including Robert, Lydia, Lena G. McArthur and Daniel Owen.

Pavilion Church - 1856-1862

Booklet "The Social Circle for the Purposes of Benevolence. June 1, 1856-March 14, 1862." Small booklet with the names of the members of the society and dues paid by each member. Includes nineteen receipts from various companies from which the society had made purchases. [Gift of Hon. Harry B. Ayer, April 1939]

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Almanac Collection - 1766-1935

This is a collection of almanacs of various types, mostly farmers almanacs, from the New England region, from 1766 to 1935. The bulk of the almanacs are from the 19th century. The Almanac collection consists of 68 almanacs of various focus from 1766-1935. Several contain crop and other notations which show the different kinds of agricultural crops grown in the New England at the time.

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[Laconia Lodge I.O.O.F. Collection] - 1884-1949

UNPROCESSED. Collection of materials from and about the Laconia Lodge No. 44, I.O.O.F., Biddeford, Maine. Collection includes copies of the constitution and bylaws of the organization, history of the lodge, clippings, photographs, programs and the lodge publication "Watchword". Laconia Lodge was instituted April 15, 1847.

[Thursday Club Collection] - 1894-1935

UNPROCESSED. Collection of the Thursday Club of Biddeford includes constitution and bylaws, yearbooks, and programs.

Richard "Dick" Charles baseball collection - 1894-1962

"Dick" Charles was a reporter for 38 years at the Journal Tribune (Biddeford, Me.), daily newspaper and an avid historian. This collection contains game scores, team names, game locations and dates of games played by Biddeford and Saco amateur and some school baseball teams as compiled by Mr. Charles.

[Program] - 1901

Program of a play presented by the Lotus Club of Biddeford, Maine. "The Judgement of Paris, an extravaganza" 1901. A play in two acts, written and directed by Mrs. Estelle M. Tatterson, and presented at the City Opera House on January 25 and 26, 1901. Music by the Aeolian Orchestra.

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[Gould-Robbins Family Papers] - 1833-1908

UNPROCESSED. Papers of the Gould and Robbins families of Biddeford, including business records, personal records, photographs and clippings. [Most materials seem to have been donated by Ralph Robbins in the mid 1940's]

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Haines Papers - 1722-1920

Papers of William P. and Ferguson Haines. William was an officer of the Pepperell Manufacturing Company and the first president of the Biddeford Savings Bank. Ferguson Haines, his son, was mayor of Biddeford (1867-1868) and an agent of the Pepperell Mills (1867-1871). The collection contains correspondence, legal documents, programs, photographs, and a scrapbook.

[Dane Yorke Papers] -

UNPROCESSED. Papers, files, research, manuscripts and correspondence of Dane Yorke, librarian at McArthur library from 1939-1969.

Thomas-Flood Papers - 1908-1962

Memorabilia and records of the Flood and Thomas families in Biddeford, Maine from 1908 until 1962. Earliest records are guest registers and memorabilia of the family restaurant, Flood's Shore Dinners, which was run out of the family home (The Willows) on Pool Road. Album and yearbooks cover some of the family's school days as well as the artwork of Leslie Thomas. This collection was donated to the library by Leslie Thomas.