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Edwin F. Littlefield Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 0301

Scope and Contents

The collection begins with personal and business correspondence to Littlefield, 1859-1897. Frequent correspondents include Edward D. Peters and Co., commission merchants in Boston; W.H.H. Curtis of the steam yacht Nourmahal; Alvah Littlefield of Alvah Littlefield and Co., apothecaries in Boston; and Edwin Littlefield's son, Charles E. Littlefield.

The next section of the collection contains Littlefield's legal and financial papers, including deeds and insurance documents for his personal property as well as an account book and a cashbook. Ships' papers for the various vessels with which he was involved follow the financial material. Included in these folders are bills and receipts for ships' stores and provisions, correspondence to Captain Littlefield, etc. The collection also contains a folder of Winterport town documents, mostly of the town clerk, a small group of papers of Charles E. Littlefield, Edwin Littlefield's son, and a folder of store invoice forms from the U.S.S. Siren.

Also included in the collection are papers of Amaziah and Martha Long of Tenants Harbor, Maine, as well as letters of the Thorp(e) family, postcards received by members of the Tufts family, and a small group of papers of Ellery Bowden of Winterport. The connection of these families and individuals to each other and to the Littlefields is unclear.

Dates

  • 1814-1922
  • Majority of material found within 1859-1897

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the Library.

Biographical Note

The collection contains the business and personal papers of Edwin F. Littlefield, a ship captain from Winterport, Maine. Very little biographical information is available about Littlefield, but it appears that he was a ship owner, captain and agent between 1854 and 1897, the year of his death. He was involved in management of the ships Alert, Callender, Jenny Lind, Joseph Clark, and William Wilcox, among others.

Extent

2 cubic feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Business and personal papers of Edwin F. Littlefield, a ship captain from Winterport, Maine. Very little biographical information is available about Littlefield, but it appears that he was a ship owner, captain and agent between 1854 and 1897, the year of his death.

Conservation Note

The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes; many of the folder headings assigned then have been retained in the present arrangement.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Littlefield papers were purchased by the Special Collections Department, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine in 1969, 1970, and 2002.

Related Materials

The researcher may also want to consult the Edwin F. Littlefield Collection (Coll. 92) owned by the G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Connecticut.
Title
Guide to the Edwin F. Littlefield Papers
Status
Box And Folder List Available
Author
Staff of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collection Department.
Date
August 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States
207-581-1686