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Special Collections: Guide to the Milton S. and Angela Clifford Papers

Collection title: Milton S. and Angela Clifford papers
Collection number: MS 101
Dates of collection: 1860-1950
Size of collection: 1 box
Provenance: Gift of Dr. Milton Henry Clifford beginning in October 1974 to 1976 and Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kellogg, May 1974.
Note of separation: Two books of poetry, Pearls and Nebula, were catalogued and placed in the Maine Imprint collection.

Biographical Notes

Milton Sherburne Clifford was a Bangor lawyer who worked closely with members of the Prentiss and Lord families. Born in 1871, he graduated from Bowdoin College in 1893, read law in the office of H. L. Mitchell of Bangor, and was admitted to the bar in 1896. He married Angela Godfrey in 1895.

Two volumes of Milton S. Clifford’s poetry were published following his death in 1925, including Pearls in 1928 and Nebula in 1931. Both volumes were locally published by Dillinghams in Bangor, printed by the Burr Printing Company.

Angela Godfrey Clifford was the daughter of Abigail "Abbie" Prentiss and George Frederick "Fred" Godfrey.  Abbie's father was Henry E. Prentiss.  Fred's father was John Edwards Godfrey.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes manuscripts of poems by Milton S. Clifford.  It also includes a few items related to the career of his son, Dr. Milton H. Clifford, and a number of items related to several generations of the family’s history.  Documents include a memory book prepared by Milton’s older sister Alice, transcriptions of a diary of Fred Godfrey, the letters of John Franklin “Frank” Godfrey, a journal of Henry E. Prentiss' trip to Europe in 1866, and many family photographs.

Contents of boxes

Box 438

f 1-14 Poetry manuscripts.

f 15 Recollections of Buenos Ayres [Buenos Aires] and Brazil written for his children by George Frederick Godfrey, Bangor, Maine, 1875. With extracts from the journal of Mrs. Abbie B. Godfrey. 98p. Typescript carbon copy.

f 16 One-upmanship in telemedicine. Paper presented at the Health Care Delivery Session of the National Telecommunications Conference, Dec. 4-6, 1972, Houston, Texas, the Meeting of the Institute of Electronic Engineers. [8p.] Typescript photocopy.

f 17 Prentiss, Henry E. Journal in Europe, 1866. Typescript.

f 18 Clifford, Alice. Glimpses of the past. A typescript prepared by Alice Clifford. Family photographs include the four children of Elisha and Garaphelia (Garrie) Clifford -- Alice, Milton, Grace and Fred. Scenes also include family homes in Bangor and Lincoln, a photograph of the Penobscot Valley Golf Club, Pushaw Lake picnics, boating and camps, including those of Hal Prentiss, the Clifford, Jewell, and Webber families.

f 19 Godfrey, John Franklin. Letters to his son John Harold Godfrey, August 2, 1873 - December 26, 1876. 209p.

f 20 Godfrey, John Franklin. Letters to his son John Harold Godfrey written by John Franklin Godfrey, August 2, 1873. 4v. Typescript. Photographs and portraits included.

f 21 Teleconsultation: a new health information exchange system. The 03 annual report, July 1, 1970 to April 30, 1971. Milton Henry Clifford, Project Co-Director. 88p.

f 22 Clifford, Angela Godfrey. Cliff Cottage, 1847-1947. 37p. A published pamphlet of recollections of family life and the home of Mrs. Clifford’s grandfather, John Edwards Godfrey.

f 23 Prentiss family items: photographs, letters, programs.

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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