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John Newcomer Feaster Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0174

Scope and Contents

The papers of a minister in the Congregational Church. The bulk of the papers are copies of sermons. The rest of the materials are related to his ministry in Bangor, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Also included are photographs, a scrapbook, letters, newspaper clippings, a copy of his thesis, and historical topics such as the Civil War and Pilgrims.


  • Creation: 1934-1981


Restrictions on Access

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

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. No known restrictions.

Biographical Note

John Newcomer Feaster was born in 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and died in 1980. He received his A.B. degree from Bucknell University in 1930, with high honors. He graduated, also with honors, from the Andover-Newton Theological School in 1933. He came to Maine to accept a call to the Kennebunkport parish upon his graduation from theological school. He served there for 7 years and then served as pastor of the Hammond Street Congregational Church in Bangor, Maine for 7 years. He then served as pastor of the North Congregational Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire starting in 1946. He served there for 27 years and retired in 1973.


5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



The John Newcomer Feaster Papers came with little organization. The Archivist arranged the collection in five series:

The Personal Papers include a copy of Feaster's thesis as well as condolance letters to his wife, Eleanor, on his death along with memories and tributes. Other miscellaneous files include but are not limited to clippings, and two files on humor and jokes.

The Correspondence and Biographic Notes include correspondence to various personalities and friends. The biographical notes are notes taken by Feaster, although how he used them is not clear.

The Church Papers are papers related to the church beyond his sermons. They include congregation lists and topics like incarnation, Psalms, and Easter as well as files on Protestantisam, the faith, practice, and Church order of the Protestant Churches.

The Subject Files display Feaster's wide ranging interests including, but not limited to the Amish, baseball, the Civil War, and varoius detective and mystery stories.

John Feaster's Sermons are arranged by title, alphabetically and in three boxes comprise the largest portion of the collection.

Guide to the John Newcomer Feaster Papers
Box And Folder List Available
Staff of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.
October 2022
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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