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Charles J. Dunn Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0150

Scope and Contents

The collection covers his entire legal career, his term as Treasurer of the University of Maine, and his term as Maine Supreme Court Judge. Included are correspondence, letters, bills, and receipts. The legal papers include records of cases involving assaults, divorce, estates, collections, bankruptcies, and pensions. Also included are records of the University of Maine (1896-1936), the draft board (WWI), and the town of Orono (1833-1914).


  • Creation: 1833-1986


Restrictions on Access

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

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical / Historical

Judge Dunn was born in Houghton County, Michigan on July 14, 1872. He lived in Blue Hill, Maine and graduated from the Blue Hill Academy. He learned the legal profession with Edward Chase of Blue Hill, and at Hale & Hamlin of Ellsworth, Maine. Dunn was admitted to the Bar in Penobscot County at the age of 19, in 1892. He served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1901-1911. He was appointed to the State Supreme Court in 1913. From 1909 to 1923, Dunn was Treasurer of the University of Maine and in 1921 was awarded an honorary LL.D. He was a Director of the Merrill Trust Co. and the Orono Trust Co. and a Trustee of the Eastern Maine General Hospital. In 1935, Dunn was appointed Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court. In 1939, he became President of the Maine Convention, Universalist Church. Justice Dunn was also active in the Republican Party in Maine. He was Chairman of the Penobscot County Republican Party and was twice a delegate to the National Convention. He married Alice Isabel Ring, Dec. 16, 1896, and was father to Barbara Dunn Hitchner. He died on Nov. 10, 1939 at the age of 67.


22 boxes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Arthur Jacobson, January 1995.

Guide to the Charles J. Dunn Papers
Box And Folder List Available
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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