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Special Collections: Guide to the Richard Vose Hayden Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department
June 2004
 
Introduction and Summary Information
 
Collection Title: Richard Vose Hayden Papers.
Dates of the Collection: 1821-1867 (inclusive); 1821-1867 (bulk).
Provenance: The Hayden papers came to the Special Collections Department from the Calais Free Library, Calais, Maine.
Collection Number: MS 233.
Box Numbers: 1-2 (formerly Boxes 199, 199a).
Size and Arrangement: The collection consists of one archival record carton and one document box of material (2 cubic feet).
Conservation Note: The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes.
Preferred Citation: Richard Vose Hayden 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 daily diaries kept between 1821 and 1867 by Richard Vose Hayden of Robbinston, Maine. There is very little biographical information available about Hayden. He was born on May 28, 1795, in Winslow, District of Maine, and lived for most of his life in Robbinston. He also spent time in Washington, D.C. and New York City, as well as in various places in Maine. Information from the diaries indicates that he worked at a variety of professions, especially as a teacher, farmer, surveyor and woodsman.
 
Scope and Content Note
 
The collection consists of diaries kept by Richard V. Hayden from 1821 through 1867. The title page of the first diary has the notation: “Some of the little incidents that have occurred in the life of R.V. Hayden.” The diaries give very detailed information about Hayden’s daily life, including the weather, his varied work activities, and local and national events. Information about the lives and deaths of his friends and neighbors in Robbinston, Perry, and Eastport, Maine, is also noted. Diary number 36 and numbers
41 through 46 are not included in the collection. Photocopies of each diary present are also available.
 
The collection also contains several daybooks, 1827-1836 and 1850-1857, outlining work done by Hayden in a variety of occupations.
 
Box List
 
Box 1
 
Folder
 
1 Diaries no. 1 & 2, 1821-June, 1826
2 Diaries no. 3 & 4, June, 1826-Nov., 1828
3 Diaries no. 5 & 6, Nov. 1828-June, 1830
4 Diaries no. 7 & 8, June, 1830-July, 1832
5 Diaries no. 9 & 10, July, 1832-Mar., 1834
6 Diaries no. 11 & 12, Apr., 1834-Aug., 1836
7 Diaries no. 13 & 14, Aug., 1836-Dec., 1837
8 Diaries no. 15 & 16, Dec., 1837-Feb., 1839
9 Diaries no. 17 & 18, Feb., 1839-Aug., 1840
10 Diaries no. 19 & 20, Sept., 1840-July, 1842
11 Diaries no. 21 & 22, July, 1842-Nov., 1844
12 Diaries no. 23 & 24, Nov., 1844-Oct., 1846
13 Diaries no. 25 & 26, Oct., 1846-Oct., 1847
14 Diaries no. 27 & 28, Oct., 1847-Nov., 1848
15 Diaries no. 29 & 30, Nov., 1848-Nov., 1850
16 Diaries no. 31 & 32, Nov., 1850-June, 1852
17 Diaries no. 33 & 34, July, 1852-May, 1854
18 Diary no. 35, June, 1854-Nov., 1855;
Diary no. 37, Dec., 1856-Nov., 1857
19 Diaries no. 38 & 39, Nov., 1857-Jan., 1859
20 Diary no. 40, Jan.-Aug., 1859;
Diary no. 47, Jan.-Nov., 1864
21 Diaries no. 48 & 49, Nov., 1864-Sept., 1866
22 Diary no. 50, Sept., 1866-Apr., 1867
23 Daybook of work done, May, 1827-1828(?)
24 Daybook of work done, 1828-1831
25 Daybook of work done, 1833-1836
26 Daybook of work done, 1850-1853
27 Daybook of work done, 1855-1857
 
Box 2
 
Photocopies of diaries no. 1-35, 37-40, 47-50

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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