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Deasy Handy General Store and Post Office Records

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 0131

Scope and Contents

The records of a general store, its owners and a post office in Prospect Harbor, Maine. Includes correspondence, account books, receipts, catalogues, invoices and vouchers. The records of the post office include registered package and letter records, stamps, parcel records, money orders, Postmaster's correspondence and postal guides. The bulk of the records date from 1870-1890. Some of the letters reflect Daniel Deasy's and J. W. Handy's former professions as sea captains.

Dates

  • 1865-1957
  • Majority of material found within 1870-1890

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.

Historical Note

Deasy and Handy began on 18 November 1868 as a "variety" store. Both Mr. Deasy and Mr. Handy were former sea captains. Fred Cole was Postmaster, and the post office shared the same location as the store. The store was taken over by the "Cole Brothers" in late 1888 till 1892 when John B. Cole became the sole proprietor, and for awhile he was also Postmaster. About 1903 the business was taken over by Louis P. Cole, and he was also Postmaster.

Extent

10 linear feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The records of a general store, its owners and a post office in Prospect Harbor, Maine. Includes correspondence, account books, receipts, catalogues, invoices and vouchers. The records of the post office include registered package and letter records, stamps, parcel records, money orders, Postmaster's correspondence and postal guides. The bulk of the records date from 1870-1890. Some of the letters reflect Daniel Deasy's and J. W. Handy's former professions as sea captains.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by topic chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Miriam Colwell, August 1998 and April 2015.

Related Material

Related material can be found in SpC MS 1727, Colwell Family Papers, also found in the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Deasy & Handy General Store and Post Office Records
Status
Box And Folder List Available
Date
2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
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207-581-1686