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Albert S. Eells Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0161

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains records from Albert Eells's grocery business and his shipyard. It also contains a few miscellaneous personal papers of Eells and his son, John Eells. The collection opens with business correspondence to Eells, 1849-1870s; most concerns the grocery business but some letters from the 1870s discuss the sale of lime. A series of daybooks and other account books gives financial information about the grocery business, and the largest section, a group of bills and receipts, 1830s-1870s, is from firms which supplied items to Eells's grocery business. The records from the shipping business include invoices and correspondence about a number of vessels associated with Eells. The last section contains various personal materials including highway surveyor's books for the town of Camden, 1859 and 1861, various town documents, and materials belonging to John Eells. The collection ends with a folder of documents from the 1830s of Enoch and Silas Piper concerning land in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia.


  • Creation: 1830-1911
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1840-1880


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

There is very little biographical information available about Mr. Eells, who was born in 1809 and died in 1881. From the papers it appears that he had a grocery and dry goods business in Camden, Maine from the 1830s. He seems to have been in partnership with Walter Tolman at times and also did business as the firm Eells, Merriam and Crockett. He had a shipyard in Rockport, Maine beginning around 1835 and launched 25 to 30 vessels from this yard. He also owned or partially owned a number of vessels. In later years his son, John H. Eells was in business with him. The Eells family also had a lime quarry and kiln in Rockport. Albert Eells was a selectman in the town of Camden and also served as school agent in the 1860s.


2 cubic feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains records from Albert Eells's grocery business in Camden, Maine and his shipyard in Rockport, Maine.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift from Daniel Guild in 1972.


Guide to the Albert S. Eells Papers
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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