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Special Collections: Guide to the Almon C. Day Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves

Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department

February 2005

Introduction and Summary Information

Collection Title: Almon C. Day Papers.
Dates of the Collection: 1871-1918 (inclusive); 1871-1896 (bulk).
Provenance: Purchased in 2001.
Collection Number: MS 920 sc.
Size and Arrangement: The collection consists of two folders of material.
Conservation Note: The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders.
Preferred Citation: Almon C. Day Papers, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine.
Restrictions on Access and Use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Biography

The collection contains papers of Almon C. Day, a farmer and legislator from Turner, Maine. Also included are papers of Day’s wife, Clara, and other members of the Day family.

Almon C. Day was born in 1838 in Leeds, Maine, the son of Abiah and Gratia Day. The family later moved to Turner, Maine, where Abiah was a farmer. Almon Day married Clara A. Bradford in Turner, and they had four children: Elsie, Nellie, Wallace, and Clara Addie. Day was a farmer in Turner and was elected a selectman in 1889. He was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1896, serving in the 1897/1898 session.

Scope and Content Note

This small collection contains primarily correspondence of Almon C. Day and his wife, Clara.

The first folder contains a group of letters from Day to his wife, written between 1871 and 1884 when Day was apparently away from home on business. Letters were written from St. John, New Brunswick; Gilmanton and Hanover, New Hampshire; and East Abington, East Bridgewater, and North Easton, Massachusetts; as well as from places in Connecticut and New York. Although it is unclear from the letters what Day’s business was, he often mentions canvassing a town, taking orders of various sizes, and meeting with book agents. The letters are also filled with instructions and advice to his wife concerning various matters on the farm in Turner. A few of Clara’s letters to Almon, most undated, as well as letters from other family members, are also found in this folder. A group of letters to Almon in 1913 contains genealogical information on the Day, Gilbert, Comstock and Rollins families.

The second folder contains incoming correspondence, 1896, to Day as a legislator. Many letters are from candidates for various state offices such as Attorney General asking for his support for their candidacies. There is also correspondence and invoices, 1873-1909, to Day concerning farm matters, including selling apples and fruit trees.

Folder List

Folder

1            Correspondence, personal, 1884-1918

2            Correspondence, general, 1873-1909

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 spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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