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Edward Leander Higgins Architectural Records

Identifier: SpC MS 0242

Scope and Contents

Collection contains architectural drawings and records of Edward Leander Higgins and his son Ambrose S. Higgins, including office records, specifications, plans and elevations, architectural renderings, correspondence and blueprints for a wide variety of buildings mostly in the state of Maine. Represented in the collection are plans for business, public and residential structures in Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Skowhegan, Portland, Camden and Cape Elizabeth among others.


  • Creation: 1910-1951

Restrictions on Access

Collection 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 Note

Edward Leander Higgins, son of Ambrose H. and Elizabeth Ash Higgins, was born on March 8, 1879, in Bar Harbor, Maine. He was a member of the class of 1905 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and established an architectural office in Portland, Maine, in 1906, practicing there until his death in 1936. He designed many residences in the Portland area as will as numerous churches. Higgins married Hortense L. Stevens in 1906 and they had two children: Ambrose Stevens Higgins and Blanche Elizabeth Higgins.

Biographical Note

Ambrose S. Higgins was born in 1908. He graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., in 1931 and from the School of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1935. He joined his father's firm after graduation, served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II, and opened an office in Bar Harbor, Maine, after his discharge. In 1952 he joined the Bangor architectural and engineering firm Crowell-Lancaster, later known as Crowell-Lancaster-Higgins and then Higgins-Webster & Partners. Higgins designed a wide variety of buildings including residential, commercial, industrial, educational and public structures. Ambrose Higgins died in 1971.


9 boxes

2000 technical drawings

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Higgins family in 1974.

Guide to the Edward Leander Higgins Architectural Records
Box And Folder List Available
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
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