Walter Perkins Amateur Newspaper Collection (MS 12)

Collection of amateur newspapers, the bulk produced between 1873 and 1874, from across the United States and Canada. They were collected by Walter E. Perkins of Biddeford, who at age 14 was producing his own paper “The Snow Flake”. Perkins exchanged his paper with other boys across the country and amassed an impressive collection of over 130 papers from 25 states and Canada in this manner. In 1878 Perkins left for Boston to pursue his dream of becoming a stage actor. He went on to great fame as a comedic actor, and performed across the country until his death in 1925.

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Pauline Gaudette Canning Papers (MS 55)

Collection of materials related to St. Joseph School, Biddeford, which belonged to Pauline (Gaudette) Canning, SJHS ’49. The collection contains images, class photos, clippings, correspondence, programs, albums and certificates. One item not related to SJS is the elementary school diploma from Saco’s Burns School belonging to Kenneth Canning.

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Joseph Libby Papers (MS 5)

This collection contains the papers of Biddeford constable Joseph Libby including bills and receipts, court summonses, as well as various other work and personal papers. Joseph Libby (1725-1802) was from Kittery, Maine, and was the constable of Biddeford and lived in Saco and Biddeford.

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Elijah Smith Papers (MS 4)

These are the personal and business records of Elijah Smith. They include records of the Free Will Baptist Church of Saco, Maine, along with Smith’s own diaries and daybooks. Elijah Smith  (1800-1886) was a deacon and founder of the Free Will Baptist Church of Saco.

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Remich Family Papers (MS 3)

Papers of James K. Remich and his son Daniel Remich. They include a biographical sketch of Daniel Remich, lectures/speeches, and their legal documents. James K. Remich founded The Weekly Visitor, a newspaper in Kennebunk in 1809. He was actively involved in the Maine Temperance Movement and the Temperance Movement in Washington in the 1830’s.

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Dr. John Smith Fogg Papers (MS 30)

Dr. John Smith Fogg in U.S. Army uniform

Dr. John Smith Fogg, Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine-Images from the History of Medicine

This collection contains several journals on the genealogy of the Fogg and related families, U.S. Army reports from the Philippines from 1900-1901, Dr. Fogg’s personal accounts of the Philippines (including drawings, maps and pictures of the Philippines), his correspondence to resolve pay issues his he had with his charge from the Army. This collection also contains a photo album with pictures of the hospital in the Philippines where he worked as a doctor, as well as pictures from New Mexico and Arizona, including some of the Native Americans living in those areas.

There is a scrapbook of local newspaper stories, as well as 5 folders of newspaper clippings of local history/events.  There are several short stories written by Dr. Fogg.

 

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Richard “Dick” Charles Baseball History Collection (MS 52)

This collection consists of a list of game information for various Biddeford and Saco baseball teams from 1894-1962. Many (but not all) entries contain the following information: Year-year (season); Date of game, location; Team 1, score and Team 2, score; Any special or extra information about the game.

Of note: In the early years the local teams played a number of “colored” teams from as far away as Philadelphia and Florida, and in 1905 played against a women’s team from Indiana.

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