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Greenwood Family Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 1744

Scope and Contents

Papers, 1773-1973, of the Greenwood family. Most of the family lived in Farmington, Maine or its environs and the majority of the papers originate from their businesses and interests in the area.

The earliest papers are from Joseph Greenwood of Dublin, NH. Joespeh was a leading citizen of Dublin, serving as Selectman, Treasurer, Town Clerk, schoolmaster, Justice of the Peace, and Representative to the First Provincial Congress of New Hampshire.

Nathaniel Greenwood, Jr., Joseph's grandson, was the first of the family to move to Farmington, Maine in 1832 with his wife, Huldah (Howe) Greenwood. Nathaniel and Huldah had ten children, some of whom remained in the Farmington area while others moved to Massachusetts, Indiana, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Nathaniel was engaged in the lumber business and farming until his death in 1867.

The latest papers are generally correspondence between members of the Greenwood family conducting genealogical research on their family. These are generally between Mildred Francis Greenwood and her brother, Philip Prescott Greenwood.

Other family members include Julia Greenwood Brown, Harley Greenwood, Alfred Alanson Greenwood, Zina Hyde Greenwood, Orville Short Greenwood, Cora Prescott Greenwod, Jarius Lee Prescott,

The family papers include correspondence, property records, legal documents, genealogical research, clippings, and other printed ephemera. Nathaniel Greenwood, Jr.'s son, Chester Greenwood was the inventor of earmuffs and two pairs are also included in the collection.


  • 1773-1973


Restrictions on Access

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

Restrictions on Use

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

The Greenwood family was active in the Farmington, Maine area from the earliest part of the 19th century. Various members of the family were farmers, carpenters, inventors, and business owners. Additionally they were involved in the political, social, and religious life of the community.


4 linear feet (4 boxes)

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Arrangment of the Collection

There was no coherent organization of the Greenwood family papers when they arrived at the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. They have been arranged in series based on their document type: Correspondence, Legal documents, Volumes, Miscellaneous printed ephemera, and Artifacts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Greenwood family papers were purchased by the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department in 2014.

Related Material

The Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department also holds the Isabel Greenwood Papers, SpC MS 0212. The collection contains correspondence and pamphlets relating to the women's suffrage movement in Maine and the United States. Also includes copies of the newspapers "Women's Journal" and "Woman Citizen."

Guide to the Greenwood Family Papers
Box And Folder List Available
Elizabeth Russell
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States