First National Bank collection (MS 80)

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 artifacts that include plaques, awards and deposit stamps. Additionally, there are administrative and financial records of three specific units under the umbrella of FNB or those who ran it. Those include working papers of Arthur Maxwell (former bank president and board president), records of the Masonic Building Association (which built, operated and managed the Masonic Building), and records of the Bradford Commandery No. 4 Knights Templar (the group responsible for the organizing the Masonic Building).

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Grand Army of the Republic collection (MS 75)

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.

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Francophone and Francophile Cities Network project (MS 81)

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 by the cities of Quebec City, QC, and Moncton, NB (Canada) and Lafayette, LA (USA) to support cultural development and communication amongst historically French communities. Biddeford is now a member of this network, and a detailed profile appears on the site.

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Pepperell Manufacturing Company collection (MS 100)

The history of the textile industry that developed along the banks of the Saco River in Biddeford and Saco, Maine is complicated by a complex web of interconnectedness. A core group of businessmen show up repeatedly in the development of each of the various companies. None of these companies was completely separate from the others, from their incorporations forward – for example: Samuel Batchelder appears in the incorporation papers for all three Biddeford companies; William Dwight was the treasurer of both the Saco Water Power Company and the Laconia Company; York Manufacturing begat Saco Water Power Co. which begat Saco Water Power Machine Shop, Laconia Company and Pepperell Manufacturing Company; Pepperell later absorbed two of its predecessors.

Finding Aid contains histories of the following: 

  • The Saco Water Power Company (1837 – 1915).
  • Laconia Company (1841 – 1899).
  • Pepperell Manufacturing Company/WestPoint-Pepperell/WestPoint Stevens/WestPoint Home (1844 – 2009) – [also Biddeford Textile Company].
  • J.S. & E. Wright Co./Wright, Bliss and Fabyan/Bliss, Fabyan & Co. (1864 – 1940).

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Douglass Family Papers (MS 14)

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 includes plans, workshop books, and mettalurgy texts; it is particularly good at showing the tightly controlled business practices employed by SLS during the lean years of the Great Depression.

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Seth S. Fairfield papers (MS 33)

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 a surveyor.

6 Seth S. Fairfield 1861-1862

Seth S. Fairfield 1861-1862

He also served on local boards along with many of the important businessmen of the day, such as his term on the Board of Directors of the Saco Mutual Insurance Company along with Nathaniel Burbank, Samuel Pierson, and Josiah Calef.

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Clement Deschambault papers (MS 50)

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 the materials cover the years 1957 to 1964.

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