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John Franklin Day Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 0129

Scope and Contents

The collection contains personal correspondence from the 1920s through the 1960s reflecting Day's literary interests, efforts to publish his work and his activities in various social organizations. Included also are scrapbooks, diaries, photographs, postcards and artifacts, especially those relating to the Day family, the East Maine Conference Seminary and Wesleyan University. Also included are files about Day's writing and manuscripts of poems and essays. Client files from his career in insurance are also found in the collection.

Dates

  • 1908-1974

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

John Franklin Day was born in 1884 in Wesley, Maine, the son of Joel and Catherine Breen Day. He attended the East Maine Conference Seminary in Bucksport, Maine, and graduated in 1914 from Wesleyan University. He spent his career in the insurance industry, working as an agent and then as director of sales for the New England Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Boston. He was also an author and a poet, publishing a novel, East of Katahdin, in 1949 and Facets of the Mind, a privately printed book of poetry, in 1957. He was involved in various literary activities in Boston and served as president of the Boston Authors Club and the Boston Shakespeare Club. He was also a member of the New England Poetry Society, the Browning Society of Boston, the Lake Placid Club, the Longwood Cricket Club and the Bostonian Society. He married Helen (Moore) Day in 1948; they lived in Boston and had homes in Ashby, Mass., and Seal Cove in Tremont, Maine. Along with his brothers, Day also started a hunting camp, Tomah Stream Hunters Club, in Princeton, Maine, remaining involved in the club until 1970. John Day died on July 3, 1972.

Extent

11 boxes

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The collection contains personal correspondence from the 1920s through the 1960s reflecting Day's literary interests, efforts to publish his work and his activities in various social organizations. Client files from his career in insurance are also found in the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Helen M. Day in 1974.

Related Materials

The researcher may also want to consult the Helen M. Day Papers (MS 128), also owned by the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

Title
Guide to the John Franklin Day 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:
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University of Maine
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207-581-1686