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Excelsior Mill Records

Identifier: SpC MS 0026

Scope and Contents

The financial records of a mill owned by Austin & Towle located in Belgrade Mills, Maine. The mill produced finely curled wood shavings called excelsior used to pack fragile items. The records list the number of bales sold. Many of the records list business with the Boston Excelsior Company.


  • Creation: 1879-1895


Restrictions on Access

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

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Historical Note

In 1871 David Golder built an Excelsior Mill in Belgrade Mills, Maine, and soon sold it to Nathaniel Towle and S.C. Mills. They sold the mill after a few years to Towle & Austin, probably in 1879. Sometime in the early 1890s E.W. Towle bought out Austin and ran the mill.


1 ledger (34 cm.)

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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