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Croswell Family Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0782

Scope and Contents

This small collection contains primarily financial records from the general store and memorandum books of a general nature or dealing with specific activities. Most of the materials are dated but only a few can specifically be identified as belonging to the Croswell family.

The financial records of the store are found first in the collection and consist of daybooks of customer purchases, cashbooks, and store account books. Most date from the 1820s or the 1850s and 1860s. The general memo books list financial transactions, goods and livestock bought and sold, and expenses of various aspects of doing business. The collection also contains a set of memo books listing cattle bought and sold, work done logging and hauling timber, work on a bridge, hauling other goods, and selling commodities such as hay or beans. The most complete are the cattle books, covering the 1830s to the 1850s, and recording the number and kind of cattle bought and sold and their costs Many of the entries refer to Brighton, presumably Brighton, Massachusetts, which with its weekly cattle market was one of the leading cattle centers in New England at this time.

An account book, 1799 to 1803, listing amounts due to James and Robert Gower of Farmington, is also found in the collection. Its relation to the Croswell family is unclear.


  • 1791-1921
  • Majority of material found within 1825-1870


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.

Historical Note

Thomas Croswell moved to Farmington Falls in 1816 and opened the store, which continued in business until it was sold by Robert A. Croswell in 1958. Several generations of the Croswell family were involved with the store. Thomas Croswell's sons, Andrew and Thomas, Jr., succeeded him in the business, with Andrew buying his brother's share in 1887. Andrew operated the store until 1900 when his sons Ernest and Clyde took over. Ernest's son Robert succeeded them and ran the store until it was sold in 1958.


1 linear foot (1 box)

Language of Materials



Business records of the Croswell family, long-time owners of a general store in Farmington, Maine.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Dan Casavant Rare Books, Waterville, Me., in September 2001.

Guide to the Croswell Family Papers
Box And Folder List Available
November 2004
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