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Clarence C. Stetson Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0481

Scope and Contents

The collection contains personal papers of Clarence C. Stetson. No papers from his career in government service are found in the collection.

The file of correspondence, 1919-1921, contains incoming and outgoing letters about Stetson's investments and other financial matters. The business correspondence folders deal primarily with management of his timberland holdings and tax, policy, and investment issues surrounding them. Correspondents include Merrill Griswold, Isaiah K. Stetson, and Charles Stetson, an attorney in Boston. The files of receipts, 1920-1921, are all for personal expenses and purchases, such as hotels, automobiles and clothing.

The collection ends with some information about Stetson inheritance matters, as well as a group of cancelled payroll checks, 1918, from I.G. Stetson and its lumber account.


  • Creation: 1909-1950
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1920-1921


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 personal papers of Clarence C. Stetson. He was born in Bangor, Maine, in 1884, the son of Edward and Edith Stetson. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Stetson was involved in government and diplomatic affairs for most of his working life.

He began his career in a Wall Street law firm and in 1916 and 1917 was assistant to the European representative of the National City Bank, headquartered in London. During World War I he served with the United States Embassy in London in its Blockade Division. He later served as assistant to the War Trade Council representative in the Paris Embassy and in 1919 was general secretary of the Blockade Commission at the Paris Peace Conference.

In 1920 and 1921 he served on the European Relief Council under Herbert Hoover and became one of his assistants when Hoover became Secretary of Commerce. Stetson also served in 1923 as executive secretary of the Colorado River Commission, which wrote a treaty on water rights among the seven states through which the river flows.

After his return to Maine, Mr. Stetson managed his timberland holdings and became active in the civic affairs of the state. In 1926 he was made a director of the Port of Portland Authority. He was appointed Chairman of the Maine Development Commission, a forerunner of the Maine Department of Economic Development, at its creation in 1927. In 1932 he was defeated in his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress from Maine's Third District. He served as chairman of the Maine division of the Finnish Relief Fund campaign in 1939. This fund had been established by Herbert Hoover to raise money for food, clothing and shelter for Finnish civilians after the Soviet attack on their country in 1939.

Clarence Stetson died in 1950.


0.7 cubic feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Personal papers of Clarence C. Stetson who was born in Bangor, Maine, in 1884, the son of Edward and Edith Stetson.

Conservation Note

The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Documents have been surface cleaned as needed and metal fasteners removed.

Guide to the Clarence C. Stetson Papers
Box And Folder List Available
March 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for uncoded script
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States