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Name Biddeford
Number of Archive records 31
Number of Library records 1
Number of Object records 17
Number of Photo records 617

Associated Records

[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.

Image of Ham family autograph album - 1881-1911

Ham family autograph album - 1881-1911

Autograph book used by members of the Ham family. Two groups of autographs: the early set (1880-1882) are from Ham family members and others of Hooksett, N.H. and elsewhere. The later set (1909-1911) are friends and classmates of Hazel Ham of Biddeford, Biddeford High School class of 1910. There is also one inscription in the back "Mabel Ham Christmas 1900".

[Thursday Club Collection] - 1894-1935

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

[Dane Yorke Papers] -

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

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Tarbox diary - 1759-1786

Single volume notebook/diary belonging to Nathaniel Tarbox of Biddeford, covering activities from approximately 1759-1786. Includes entries about shipping aboard the Sloop "Speedwell" to Boston in 1759, beginning work on a sloop frame in 1759, and voyage aboard Sloop "Biddeford" to Halifax, N.S. in 1759. Otherwise full of accounts, work, notes, as well as a long poem in the back: "Be wise my friends and while you may - the fleeting hours employ - Nor mind what formal blockheads say - To fright you from your joy..." etc. From back of notebook: [Nathaniel Tarbox is my name Biddeford is my Station New England is my Dwelling place Christ is my Salvation]

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

[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.

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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.

Lizzie Littlefield diary - 1888-1894

Diary kept by Lizzie Littlefield (born 3/3/1841). Covers her life from 1850's through to 1890's. Lizzie Littlefield worked at the Laconia Mill in Biddeford, and at other mills around New England. The diary describes her life in Biddeford area as well as Salmon Falls area.

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ART2010.004 - Painting

Framed painting "West Point Stevens Mill Store, Biddeford, Maine" by Doris A. Bernier, Wells, Maine. No date. 16x20.

Image of Nellie Junkins album - 1861-1864

Nellie Junkins album - 1861-1864

Album with photographs and autographs, belonging to Ellen P. "Nellie" Junkins of Biddeford, 1861-1868. Many photographs of Biddeford professionals and businesspeople, as well as children.

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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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Miscellaneous collection/Small MSS - 17th century - present

The Miscellaneous collection/Small MSS includes a wide variety of materials, including: single items; ledgers, diaries and account books; folders of correspondence or papers; deeds and other legal documents.

Patrick Murphy papers - 1881-1904

Ledger kept by Patrick Murphy, 24 Vetromile Street, Biddeford. Murphy owned Murphy Bros. Groceries and Country Produce 194-196 Main Street, Biddeford. Ledger also filled with notes, letters, bills and receipts. Notations about various family members and church activities, rich account of Irish immigrant community in Biddeford.

"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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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Image of Seth S. Fairfield Papers - 1822-1829

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.

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]