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First National Bank collection (MS 80)

Abstract: This collection contains the remaining financial and administrative records of the First National Bank of Biddeford (FNB), collected under it’s various names. It is comprised of mostly ledgers as well as papers, legal papers, correspondence, minutes, account books, photographs and … Continue reading

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Grand Army of the Republic collection (MS 75)

Abstract: Records of Biddeford’s earliest Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) post, that of Phil Sheridan Post No. 28; the records cover the years 1871-1875. Administrative History: The G.A.R. was the veterans association of the Union Army after the close … Continue reading

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Francophone and Francophile Cities Network project (MS 81)

Abstract: Reports and supporting materials collected and produced by Ms. Gaudet-Chamberland during her internship period in the city of Biddeford in the spring of 2018, in support of the Francophone and Francophile Cities Network (FFCN). The FFCN was developed jointly … Continue reading

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Pepperell Manufacturing Company collection (MS 100)

Abstract: Records and artifacts created in the process of doing business by the prior and later iterations of Pepperell Manufacturing Company (PMC) in Biddeford, Maine. This collection includes materials from the numerous associated companies that either predated or postdated PMC; … Continue reading

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Douglass Family Papers (MS 14)

Abstract: Lloyd Douglass (1912-1984) worked as an apprentice in the Metallurgy Laboratory at the Saco-Lowell Shops in Biddeford in the years leading up to WWII. This collection is particularly good at showing the tightly controlled business practices employed by SLS … Continue reading

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Seth S. Fairfield papers (MS 33)

Abstract: Small collection relating to the work, mostly legal, performed by Seth S. Fairfield (1790-1863) as both as York County Justice of the Peace in the first years of Maine statehood and as an assignee, and also work performed as … Continue reading

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Clement Deschambault papers (MS 50)

Abstract: This collection contains materials relating to Hon. Clement Deschambault’s law enforcement and political careers in the city of Biddeford. It is comprised of clippings, correspondence, photographs, awards, and speeches he delivered in both French and English. The bulk of … Continue reading

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