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Coffin Family Correspondence

Identifier: SpC MS 1329

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence to various members of the Coffin family. The largest number of letters are to Clara B. Coffin and date from 1928 to 1955; most are from various family members especially her daughters and her son Millard. The collection also includes letters to Clarine Coffin from 1925 to 1936 as well as letters from Clarine to John R. Gehring, 1931-1934. A few letters to Millard F. Coffin, Sr., H. Bartlett Coffin, Lloyd Coffin, and Millard Coffin, Jr. are also found in the collection.


  • 1924-1943

Restrictions on Access

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

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Biographical Note

The Coffin family lived in Bangor, Maine. Millard Fillmore Coffin and Clara B. Coffin were married in 1903; Clara Coffin's family had moved from Canada to Bangor when she was a young girl. The Coffins had six children: Clarine, Lillian, Merle, Lloyd, Millard, Jr., and H. Bartlett. Clara Coffin died in 1977. Clarine Coffin, born in 1910, graduated from the University of Maine in 1932 and from the Hartford Seminary in 1938. She was a teacher, writer, editor, and Methodist minister. She and her husband, Rev. Jack Grenfell, lived in Connecticut and later in Orland, Maine. Clarine Grenfell died in 2004.


1 box (11 folders)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Susan and Fred Manocchio in December 2003.

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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