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Blaisdell Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 1650

Scope and Contents

The collection contains personal papers of various members of the Blaisdell family especially of Frank W. Blaisdell. The majority of his papers are legal documents, receipts and correspondence from his business dealings and his activities as executor for the estates of Amelia Pitts and Cordelia Roberts. His papers also include daily diaries from 1879, 1880, 1883, 1887 and 1889 as well as records reflecting his involvement with the Baptist church in South Waterboro and with the I.O.O.F. Lodge in Waterboro.



The collection also contains papers of Elizabeth Blaisdell Dolan. She appears to have handled her father’s estate after his death in 1931; most of her papers are financial and tax documents concerning investments and other financial arrangements. Two personal memorandum books and a small amount of correspondence also make up part of her papers.



The collection also contains a few items belonging to William and Janet Belknap Randel, including two scrapbooks of family trips to Finland, Greece and England as well as diplomas, membership certificates and citations from various universities.

Dates

  • 1863-1956

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

Frank William Blaisdell (ca. 1845–1931) was born in Waterboro, Maine. He later moved to Goodwin’s Mills, a village in Lyman, Maine, and then to South Waterboro. In about 1921 he moved to Alfred, Maine, where he lived until his death in 1931. Blaisdell was a farmer as well as the treasurer of Waterboro. He appears to have had extensive financial and legal dealings and to have served as executor for estates of various individuals. He was an active member of the South Waterboro Baptist Church and of the Odd Fellows Enterprise Lodge No. 36 in Waterboro and was also president of the Waterboro Magazine Club.



On October 25, 1871, Blaisdell married Lucy Brown Peirce, daughter of James H. Peirce and Lucy B. Appleton Peirce. She was born in Waterboro on March 24, 1842 and died in the mid-1920s. The couple had two children: Mary Emma Blaisdell, born April 11, 1878, and Elizabeth Peirce Blaisdell, born March 28, 1882.



Mary Blaisdell graduated from Colby College in 1901 and married the Rev. Arthur Train Belknap of Andover, Massachusetts on January 1, 1902. They had four children: Elizabeth Peirce Belknap, born March 13, 1904 in Andover; Katherine Blaisdell Belknap, born May 26, 1906 in Providence; Janet Hosmer Belknap, born January 25, 1910 in Franklin, Indiana; and Mary Constance Belknap. Arthur Belknap attended Brown University and Sioux Falls College. He also earned degrees from Newton Theological Institute, University of Halle, and Harvard University. He served as a dean of Mansfield College, where Mary also worked as a librarian. He retired in 1941 and died in 1946.



Elizabeth Peirce Blaisdell graduated from Colby College in 1905 and taught at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. She married the Rev. Edwin B. Dolan in 1937 or 1938; they lived in Alfred, Maine and in Melrose Highlands, Massachusetts. She died in 1956.



Janet Hosmer Belknap married William Peirce Randel (born 1909) in 1934. They had two children, William Peirce Randel Jr. (known as Randy) and Elizabeth P. Randel. William Randel Sr. earned his bachelor’s degree from Denison University and went on to become the director of American Studies at Florida State University. The family lived in Tallahassee and traveled together to Finland in 1951 and to Greece and England in 1955-1956 on a Fulbright scholarship.



Mary Constance (Connie) Belknap attended Denison University and then married William R. Straughn, Jr., a bacteriologist. They lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. William Straughn taught at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine from 1944 to 1976. He was also involved in Mansfield University. Connie wrote “Poetry and Me a Poet,” which was edited by her daughter, Dorothy Lloyd Straughn Beveridge.

Extent

1 linear foot (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Personal papers of various members of the Blaisdell family, including Frank W. Blaisdell, Mary Blaisdell, and Elizabeth Peirce Blaisdell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Lynn Morin, West Townsend, MA in 2001.

Title
Guide to the Blaisdell 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
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States
207-581-1686