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Special Collections: Guide to the Charles F. Colesworthy Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
March 2010

Collection title: Charles F. Colesworthy Papers
Collection number: MS 108
Provenance: Gift of Joseph B. Colesworthy in June 1958
Dates of collection: 1868-1875
Size of collection: 2 boxes + 2 oversized folders


Charles Franklin Colesworthy was born in 1852 in Falmouth Foreside, Maine and attended high school in Portland, Maine. He was a member of the class of 1875 at the Maine State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now the University of Maine), graduating with a degree in civil engineering. While at the college he was a member of the Q.T.V. fraternity, the Eaglet Literary Fraternity and the Coburn Cadets. After graduation he went first to Carson City, Nevada and in 1881 to Pendleton, Oregon, where he lived until 1920. In Pendleton he was in the feed and livery business. He later lived in Hollywood and Los Angeles.

Scope and Content Note

This small collection contains items documenting Charles Colesworthy's years as a student at the Maine State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now the University of Maine) in 1871-1875. It also contains a few items from his time as a student at Portland High School.

Included in the collection are Colesworthy's term reports, receipts for his tuition and other expenses, and notes, essays and mechanical drawings from his various classes. The collection also contains a ledger of minutes, 1871-1872, for the Eaglet Literary Fraternity, formed in 1871 with the object of “general improvement with special attention to debating and extemporaneous speaking.” Charles Colesworthy was one of the founding members. The constitution and bylaws of the Coburn Cadets, a military company of students, is also included.

The collection also contains a box of objects belonging to Colesworthy including his drafting instruments, brass buttons and epaulets, drumsticks, a pocket knife, etc.

Box List

Box 1


1 Portland High School class books for attendance, rank, etc.; memorabilia, 1868-1870, 1873

2 Correspondence, etc., 1874-1875

3 Term reports and rank, 1872-1875

4 Receipts, 1872-1875

5 Ledger: Minutes of Eaglet Literary Fraternity, 1871-1872; constitution and bylaws of Coburn Cadets

6 Coburn Cadets

7 Class notes [civil engineering?]

8 Notes on physics lectures, 1872

9 Notes on surveying, May 1873

10 Notebook of drawings of marine life

11 Mechanical drawings done by Colesworthy, 1873, 1874 [oversized folder]

12 Essays, class poem, etc.

13 American textbook for letters, Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1858 [belonged to C.F. Colesworthy]

14 Diplomas: Portland High School, 1869; Maine State College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts, 1875 [oversized folder]

Box 2

Objects and memorabilia

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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