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Williamson Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 1586

Scope and Contents

Collection contains papers of various members of the Peirce and Williamson families of Maine. Included are a photograph album, copybook of poetry and a typescript of a journal, 1851-1853, of Ada H. Peirce Williamson; the journal was edited by her niece Ada Peirce McCormick. Also included are a few letters written to Ada C. Williamson and Frances Williamson Peirce by their parents as well as a typescript of reminiscences of Frances Peirce. Materials gathered by Robert B. Williamson concerning the Peirce family genealogy as well as items belonging to Ada Peirce McCormick that Williamson received after her death are also found in the collection.

Dates

  • Creation: 1849-1977

Creator

Access Restrictions

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

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

Ada H. Peirce Williamson, daughter of Waldo T. and Hannah Jane Hills Peirce, was born in 1834. She married Joseph Williamson, a lawyer and author from Belfast, Maine in 1857 and they had three children: Joseph Williamson (b. 1869), Ada C. Williamson (b. 1858) and Frances Williamson Peirce (b. 1860). Ada H. Williamson died in 1872.

Biographical Note

Joseph Williamson, son of Ada and Joseph Williamson, married Vallie Burleigh, daughter of Maine governor Edwin C. Burleigh, and they had two children: Robert B. Williamson (b. 1892) and William Williamson (b. 1899). Robert B. Williamson was a member of the Maine Supreme Court, 1949-1970, and served as chief justice, 1956-1970. Ada Williamson never married. Frances Peirce married and had four children; she lived the latter part of her life in California.

Biographical Note

Ada Peirce McCormick, daughter of Mellen C. Peirce and Anna Hayford Peirce, was a social activist, author and editor of the magazine "Letter."

Extent

1 box (9 folders)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Collection contains papers of various members of the Peirce and Williamson families of Maine. Included are a photograph album, copybook of poetry and a typescript of a journal, 1851-1853, of Ada H. Peirce Williamson; the journal was edited by her niece Ada Peirce McCormick. Also included are a few letters, typescripts, and materials related to family genealogy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert B. Williamson, Jr. in April 2004.

Title
Guide to the Williamson Family Papers
Status
Box And Folder List Available
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for uncoded 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
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207-581-1686