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Special Collections: Guide to the Katahdin Iron Works Records

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department
November 2004
 
Introduction and Summary Information
 
Collection Title: Katahdin Iron Works Records.
Dates of the Collection: 1846-1975 (inclusive); 1846-1970 (bulk).
Provenance: Gift of George D. Carlisle in 1965, with subsequent gifts in 1968, 1971, 1985, 1995, 1999, and 2001.
Collection Number: MS 270.
Box Numbers: 1-7 (formerly Boxes 10-11a, 1220-1222 + new accession 2001-0614h).
Size and Arrangement: The collection consists of six archival record cartons and one document box of material (6.5 cubic feet).
Conservation Note: The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Documents have been surface cleaned as needed and metal fasteners removed. Photographs have been housed in polypropylene sleeves and remain with the relevant documents.
Preferred Citation: Katahdin Iron Works Records, 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.

History
 
The collection contains records of the Katahdin Iron Works, an iron producing company located near Brownville Junction, Maine. It also includes records of Piscataquis Iron Works, a successor to Katahdin, and records generated by Prentiss & Carlisle Company of Bangor while managing the timberland on the Iron Works property.
 
The Katahdin Iron Works was incorporated in 1846 by David Pingree of Salem, Massachusetts, and Samuel E. Coues, Charles H. Ladd, John L. Hayes, and Alexander H. Ladd, all of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The site had been known as an ore deposit since the early 1800’s, with Moses Greenleaf credited with first discovering iron ore there. In 1836 the Pleasant River Iron and Steel Company was incorporated to use the ore deposit. There was little result from this effort until 1841, when Samuel Smith of Newmarket, New Hampshire, and his son, Edward, of Bangor, along with Dominious Parker and Simon Greene, formed the Maine Iron Company. The Smiths also purchased most of the land in the township and began construction of a road, sawmill, brick kilns, a charcoal blast furnace, and other buildings on the site. A ready supply of wood furnished the charcoal for the furnace. However, the Smiths never began production and in 1845 sold the furnace and other buildings to David Pingree and his associates.
 
Pingree as the principal stockholder and president ran the company until his death. Hayes acted as agent, with Jefferson Lake and Royal Quimby succeeding him as agents. The remote location, transportation difficulties and changing technology made operation of the company difficult. The blast furnace ran only between 1846 and 1856, when operation of the iron works became uneconomical and it was shut down. From 1857 until Pingree died in 1863, the iron works was unoccupied. After Pingree’s death, the executors of his estate sold the iron works to Edward G. Tileston & Company, bankers and steamship agents in Boston and New York. Plans to re-open it were later abandoned and a controlling interest in the company was obtained in 1868 by Thomas Egery of Bangor and E.P. Cutler, a Boston iron broker. Egery, Cutler, and Frederick F. French incorporated the Piscataquis Iron Works in 1868.
 
In 1876 Owen W. Davis and four others incorporated as the Katahdin Iron Company, leased the land from Piscataquis and took over operation of the company. The facilities were modernized and the capacity of the blast furnace increased. Woodcutters were employed year round to cut the wood needed to produce charcoal for the furnace. At its height the village grew to include homes for 200 workers. The 1880’s also saw the beginning of a summer tourist business with a boarding house originally constructed for workers becoming the Silver Lake Hotel. Tourists arrived at the iron works to enjoy its remote location, the hunting and fishing it offered, and the mineral springs in the area.
 
A fire destroyed much of the plant in 1883, but it was rebuilt in 1885 when the Katahdin Charcoal Iron Company was organized in Bangor with enough capital to re-build the works. However the 1880’s were also a time when charcoal furnaces were becoming obsolete, being replaced by anthracite and coke furnaces, and large deposits of ore were being developed more successfully in other parts of the country. By 1890, the management of the Katahdin Charcoal Iron Company, faced with competition from the steel plants in Pennsylvania as well as rising costs and falling prices, was forced to give up the business. The tourist business at the hotel was maintained, reaching its peak during the 1890’s and continuing until the hotel burned in 1913.
 
In 1927 the demand for sulphur, found in the ore at the site, caused the General Chemical Division of Allied Chemical Company of New York to lease the ore deposit for a reserve supply. General Chemical purchased the ore body and the land in 1952 although the sulphur business was never developed. The timberland management firm of Prentiss & Carlisle of Bangor served as the company’s agent in managing the land, which was used primarily for lumbering.
 
General Chemical later donated the land containing the blast furnace and remaining charcoal kiln to the Maine Bureau of Parks and Recreation which has operated it as an historic site since 1965.

Scope and Content Note
 
The collection contains records of the Katahdin Iron Works, its successor the Piscataquis Iron Works, and records of Prentiss & Carlisle generated while managing the timberland owned by the Iron Works.
 
The collection is divided into three series: I. Records of Katahdin Iron Works; II. Records of Piscataquis Iron Works; and III. Records of Prentiss & Carlisle. Series I and II are further subdivided into various sub-series. The collection had been re-foldered by library staff at an earlier time; folder headings assigned then have been retained for the most part.
 
Series I, the records of the Katahdin Iron Works, contains four sub-series: administrative, financial, purchasing and production records of the company. The administrative sub-series, the largest part of this series, is arranged alphabetically by folder heading. It consists primarily of incoming correspondence, 1846-1867. A detailed inventory of this correspondence, listing writer, recipient and date of each letter, had been prepared by library staff for an earlier finding aid; that list is given in this finding aid for the convenience of the researcher. This sub-series also contains stockholder information, legal documents, property inventories, and reports on the ore at the site.
 
The second sub-series, financial records, contains records of the company treasurer; listings of assets and liabilities; financial statements with summaries of expenses, 1846-1864; promissory notes; and orders issued by the company. The purchasing records which make up the third sub-series include invoices and receipts, 1847-1866, for items bought by the Iron Works for its operations, money paid for labor, etc.; bills for board; and bills for labor on a dam. Production records, the fourth sub-series, include documents outlining sales of iron, blast furnace records, receipts and iron tickets for iron sold, 1852-1860, and hauling accounts, 1846-1862, which document pay received by individuals for iron hauled for the company.
 
The second series, records of the Piscataquis Iron Works, consists of two sub-series: administrative records and financial records. The administrative records contain documents for stockholder meetings and information about company shares, correspondence, legal documents, and inventories of the Silver Lake Hotel. The financial records include cancelled checks, a journal and a ledger, and ledgers listing notes and bills payable and receivable.
 
The third series, records of Prentiss & Carlisle, documents that company’s work in managing the land and its lumber for the Allied Chemical Company. Arranged alphabetically by folder heading, the records include correspondence, 1927-1975; information about maintaining the gate to the land and controlling access by campers and others using the area; and material on the lumbering operations on the land. This series also contains tax records, reports of mining engineers, and a series of photographs of the site and its structures from 1925 to 1974.

Box List
 
Series I: Records of Katahdin Iron Works
 
Sub-series 1: Administrative records
 
Box 1
 
Folder
 
1 Blank forms, state of Maine
2 Construction of coal house, 1848
 
3 Correspondence, 1846:
 
Hayes, John L. , 11 Feb. to David Pingree
Ladd, A. H., 23 Nov. to David Pingree

Correspondence, 1848:

Greenleaf, Moses, 11 Nov. to David Pingree
Hayes, John L., 12 Nov. to Eben Sheath
 
Correspondence, 1849:
 
Bisher (?) Allen & Co., 17 Dec. to Mr. Lake
Bumps(?), J.T., 16 Dec. to Jefferson Lake
Coe, E. , 21 Dec. to J. Lake
Ladd, A. H., 10 Mar. to Chas. Gray
Lake, J., 12 May to A. H. Ladd
Lord, Peter, 7 Apr to Mr. Ladd

Correspondence, 1850:
 
Bumps(?), J., 28 Feb. to Mr. J. Lake
Coe, E.S., 5 Jan.-26 Nov. to J. Lake [15 letters]
Pearson, Edmund, 20 July to Mr. Lake
 
4 Correspondence, 1851:
 
Coe, E.S., 21 Jan.-1 Dec. to J. Lake [12 letters]
Hewett, Joseph, 29 Jan. to Dear Sir
Jessup, Thomas, 24 June to Mr. Lake
Macomber, J. N., 1 July to Dear Sir
Palmer, C., 16 Jan. to Friend Quimby

Box 1 cont.
 
Folder
 
4 Palmer, J.T., 22 Jan. to Mr. Lake
Quimby, R. for M. Chandler, 6 Mar. to Mark Haskell
J.C.(?) White Co., 24 June to Mr. Lake
 
Correspondence, 1852:
 
Coe, E. S., 30 Apr. to J. Lake
Coe, E.S. 18 Aug. to J. Lake
Coe, E.S., 22 Dec. to David Pingree
Crocker, S. E., 21 Aug. to J. Lake
Ladd, C.H., 11 May to Jefferson Lake
Lake, J., 23 Apr. to C. H. Ladd
Unidentified 3 Feb. to Mr. Lake
Wooderson (?) & Fiske, 28 July, 2 Sept. to Mr. Jeff Lake [2 letters]
 
5 Correspondence, 1853 :
 
Brown, N.W., 30 Aug. to R. Quimby
Chandler, J. N. for E.S. Coe, 16 June-18 Aug. to Mr. R. Quimby [4 letters]
Coe, E. S., 9 Apr. to Mr. R. Quimby
Coe, E. S. for James. N. Chandler, 1 Feb.-28 July to Mr. R. Quimby [14
letters]
Gilligan, M. for Iva E. Reynolds, 9 Sept, to Mr. Quimby
Ladd, C. H., 9 Jan. to David Pingree
Ladd, C.H., 27 Jan., 27 Dec. to Mark Haskell
Palmer, M.S., 17 May to Dear Sir
Palmer, M.S., 22 July to D. Pingree
Pingree, David, 7 July-26 July to R. Quimby [4 letters]
Willard, W. W., 15 July to Mr. Quimby
 Unidentified, 26 Apr. to Mr. Pingree
 
Correspondence, 1854:
 
Coe, E. S., 8 May to M. Haskell
E. A. Upton & Co., 26 June to Mr. Haskell
Ladd, C. H., 6 Mar., 14 Mar. to M. Haskell [2 letters]
Oakman & Eldridge, 13 Nov. to E. T. Osborne
Woodensen, John, 6 Nov. to Mark Haskell
 
 
 
 
Box 1 cont.
 
Folder
 
5 Correspondence, 1855:
 
Alger, J., 28 Aug. to C. H. Ladd
Chandler, Jas. N. for E.S. Coe, 15 Aug. to M. Haskell
Chandler, Moses, 17 Aug. to E. S. Coe
Chandler, Moses, 28 Dec. to David Pingree
Hemenway & Hersey, 29 Mar., Apr. to Mark Haskell [2 letters]
Oakman & Eldridge, 6 Dec. to David Pingree
Peters, Chase & Co., 3 July to Mark Haskell
Peirce, Waldo T., Jr., 13 Jan. to Mark Haskell
Quimby, R. for Moses Chandler, 25 Aug. to Mark Haskell
Robinson, J. for Huntington, Robinson & Co., 14 May to Mr. Pingree
Watson, John, 1 Sept. to Dear Sir
White, J. C., 21 Mar., 20 Apr., 29 Aug. to Mark Haskell [3 letters]
Woodersen, John, 6 Jan., 3 Aug. to Mark Haskell [2 letters]
Unidentified, 2 Apr. to Moses Chandler
 
6 Correspondence, 1856, B-H:
 
Badger, Philip, 2 Mar. to Dear Sister
Bent, John, 18 Mar., 7 July, 20 Aug., 16 Sept., 9 Oct., 15 Oct., 8 Dec.
to David Pingree [7 letters]
D. Bugbee & Co., 19 July to Mark Haskell
Cabeen & Co., 5 Aug., 6 Aug., 26 Aug., 6 Sept., 29 Sept., 13 Oct.
to David Pingree [6 letters]
Chandler, Brown & Co., 14 Mar. to Mr. Ladd
Chandler, Jas. N., 3 Mar., 30 July to D. Pingree
Chandler, Jas. N., 9 May, 20 May, 24 May, 4 June, 17 June, 2 July,
12 July, 25 Oct. to Mark Haskell [8 letters]
Chandler, Moses, 7 Jan., 11 Jan., 21 Jan., 25 Jan., 1 Feb., 11 Feb., 15 Feb.
13 Mar., 25 Mar., 25 Apr., 30 May, 22 July, 26 July, 29 Aug., 14 Oct.,
24 Oct., 3 Nov., 6 Nov., 15 Nov., 25 Nov., 8 Dec., 26 Dec. [22 letters]
to David Pingree
Coe, E. S., 26 Feb., 21 Mar. to David Pingree
Coe, E.S., 11 May to M. Haskell
Coe, E.S., 9 July to D. Pingree
Coe, E. S. per J.N.C., 21 Aug., 28 Aug., 5 Sept. to M. Haskell
Coe, E.S., 13 Sept. to D. Pingree
Coe, E.S., 15 Sept. to M. Haskell
Coe, E.S., 8 Oct., 14 Oct., 16 Oct., 18 Oct., 20 Oct., 22 Oct.,
23 Oct., 28 Oct. to D. Pingree

Box 1 cont.
 
Folder
 
 
6 Cutler, E. P., 23 June, 27 June, 1 July, 23 June, 27 June, 1 July, 5 July,
23 July, 12 Aug., 21 Aug., 23 Aug., 9 Sept., 30 Sept. to David Pingree
[13 letters]
Cutler, E.P., 28 Sept. to Chs. H. Ladd
Cutler, E.P., 3 Oct. to Mark Haskell
Cutler, E.P., 8 Oct., 9 Oct., 16 Oct., 22 Oct. to Chs. H. Ladd
Cutler, E.P., 30 Oct., 29, Nov., 16 Dec. to David Pingree
Everett, C. A., 18 Jan. to Dear Sir
Everett, C.A., 20 Oct., 13 Nov., 12 Dec. to David Pingree
Gilson, Calvin, 7 Feb. to David Pingree
Hinckley & Egery, 21 Jan. to David Pingree
Hubbard, W. P., 5 July to David Pingree
 
7 Correspondence 1856, K-W:
 
Kinney, Lewis per Moses Gibb, 25 Nov., 6 Dec., 10 Dec. to David Pingree
[3 letters]
Ladd, Alex H., 23 Oct. to David Pingree
Ladd, Chs. H., 4 Feb., 25 Feb., 21 Mar. to D. Pingree
Ladd, Chas. H., 24 Mar. to Mark Haskell
Ladd, Chas. H., 26 Mar., 28 Mar., 15 Apr., 20 June, 31 July,
8 Aug., 17 Sep t., 26 Sept., 29 Sept., 28 Oct. to D. Pingree [11 letters]
Lake, Jefferson, 19 Nov. to David Pingree
Thomas Mason & Co. , 18 Feb. to D. Pingree
Thomas Mason & Co., 19 July to Mark Haskell
Northrup, N. B., 19 Apr. to Charles H. Ladd
Oakman & Eldridge, 3 Jan., 14 Jan., 22 Feb., 28 Feb., 16 Mar., 22 Mar.,
25 Apr., 23 July, 14 Aug., 3 Oct., 17 Oct., 27 Oct., 28 Oct., 7 Nov. to
David Pingree [14 letters]
J. H. Pearson & Co., 31 Oct. to David Pingree
Pettee, Seneca, 8 Jan., 28 July to David Pingree [2 letters]
Pettee, Seneca, 30 July to C. H. Ladd
Pettee, Seneca, 12 Aug. to Mr. Pingree
Phillips & Sheldon, 26 July, 2 Sept., 3 Nov. to David Pingree [3 letters]
Plummer & Patterson, 6 Feb. to David Pingree
Plummer & Patterson, 4 Oct. to Moses Chandler
Quimby, R., 20 Apr., 5 Jan. to David Pingree [2 letters]
Quimby, R., 19 Jan., 2 May to E. S. Coe [2 letters]
Quimby, R., 10 May, 17 May to David Pingree [2 letters]
Quimby, R., 7 June to Mark Haskell

Box 1 cont.
 
Folder
 
7 Correspondence, 1856:
 
Quimby, R., 22 July to David Pingree
Quimby, R., 30 Aug. to James N. Chandler
Quimby, R., 22 Sept., 16 Oct. to David Pingree
Quimby, R., 27 Dec. to E. S. Coe
Robinson, A. M., 15 Sept. to David Pingree
Robinson, J. for Huntington & Robinson & Co., 21 Jan. to Mr. Pingree
Rowe & Bartlett, 21 Feb. to David Pingree
Smith, Page & Co., 1 Apr. to Oakman & Eldridge
Smith, Page & Co., 10 Dec. to Mr. D. Pingree
Upton, E. A. & Co., 25 Feb. to David Pingree
Watson, John R., 21 Feb. to Charles Ladd
White, J. C., 12 Jan. to Mark Haskell
Williams, John, July to M. Haskell
Unsigned, 28 Feb. to D. N. Pickering
Unsigned, 2 Apr. to C.H. Ladd
Unsigned, 2 Apr. to Royal Quimby
Unsigned, 26 June to E. P. Cutler
Unsigned, 15 July to Moses Chandler
Unsigned, 26 June to E. P. Cutler
Unsigned, 22 July to Thomas G. Hill
Unsigned, 23 Aug. to John Goddard; on verso: Unsigned, 25 Aug.
to E. P. Cutler
Unsigned, 17 Oct. to E.P. Cutler, Oakman and Eldridge, Charles A.
Everett
Unsigned, 2 Dec. to Moses Chandler
Unsigned, 17 Dec. to E. P. Cutler
 
8 Correspondence, 1857:
 
Coe, E. S. per J. N. Chandler, 28 Jan. to Mark Haskell
Kinney, N. B., Weweantit Nail Co., 22 Dec. to Mark Haskell
Quimby, Royal, 27 July to Mark Haskell
J. N. & ?. Smith, 8 Nov. to J. B. Walker
Williams, Bird & Co., 7 Dec. [meeting notice]
 
 
 
 

Box 1 cont.
 
Folder
 
8 Correspondence, 1858:
 
Coe, E. S., 11 May to Mark Haskell
Everett, C. A., 17 Mar. to David Pingree
Pingree, David, 4 Oct. to Mark Haskell

Correspondence, 1859
 
Crocker, S. E., 20 May to David Pingree
Everett, C. A., 19 Sept. to David Pingree
Kinney, J. M., Weweantit Nail Co., 10 Mar. to David Pingree
Merrill & Clark, 21 Sept. to Mark Haskell
Oakman & Eldridge, 20 June to David Pingree
Orcutt, P. H., Oakman & Eldridge, 1 Jan. to David Pingree
Quimby, Royal, 10 Aug. to Mark Haskell
Randall, R. G., 11 Feb., 15 Feb., 6 Sept., 19 Oct. to Mark Haskell
[4 letters]
Watts, Francis O., 25 July to Dear Sir
Watts, Francis O., 25 Aug. to Mark Haskell
Watts, Francis O., 13 Oct. to Dear Sir
 
Correspondence, 1860:
 
Boody, Shephard, 19 Jan. to David Pingree
Cabeen & Co., 17 Oct., 31 Oct. to David Pingree [2 letters]
Chandler, Jas. N., 11 Oct. to D. Pingree
Chandler, Moses, 17 Feb., 31 Dec. to David Pingree
Coe, E. S., 23 Jan., 25 Jan. to D. Pingree [2 letters]
Coe, E. S., 16 Oct. to M. Haskell
Coe, E. S. per J. N. C.. 23 June to Mark Haskell
Cutler, E. P., 21 Feb., 27 Apr. to David Pingree
Eager, E. R., Kinsley Iron & Machine Co., 22 Oct. to David Pingree
Everett, C. A., 17 Mar., 10 Aug., 27 Oct., 29 Oct., 1 Nov., 4 Dec.
to David Pingree [6 letters]
Farnsworth & Fanning, 31 Jan. to David Pingree
Farnsworth & Fanning, 15 Dec. to Mark Haskell
Fiske & Dale, 24 Jan. to David Pingree
Hackett, William H., 9 Aug. to D. Pingree
Jenness, John, 7 Mar., 16 Mar. to David Pingree
 
 

Box 1 cont.
 
Folder
 
8 Kinney, Lewis, Weweantit Nail Co., 7 Jan., 6 Feb., 22 Feb., 6 Apr.,
8 May, 14 Apr., 12 May, 6 June, 23 June, 4 Aug., 6 Sept., 4 Oct., 5 Dec.
to David Pingree
Kinsley Iron & Machine, 29 Oct. to Mr. Haskell
Lynch, C. S., W. E. Coffin & Co., 15 June to Mark Haskell & David
Pingree
Lynch, C. S., W. E. Coffin & Co., 27 June to David Haskell
Pingree, D. by M.H., 7 Feb. to Lewis Kinney
Pollard, John, 26 Apr., 15 Nov. to David Pingree
Randall, R. G., 8 Feb., 20 Aug., 5 Oct. to Mark Haskell
Trask, E., 18 Feb. to David Pingree
Wilder, Chs. N., 6 Mar. to Mark Haskell
Unsigned, 16 Apr. to Lewis Kinney
 
9 Correspondence, 1861:
 
Chandler, Moses, 12 Mar., 29 Mar. to David Pingree [2 letters]
Corvell, C. G., 10 Nov, to Mr. Pingry
Everett, C. A., 20 Feb., 27 Aug., 5 Sept. to David Pingree [3 letters]
Kinney, Lewis, Weweantit Nail Co., 5 Feb., 4 Apr., 7 May, 3 June,
22 June, 5 Aug., 6 Dec., 16 Dec., 6 Sept., 3 Oct. to David Pingree [10 letters]
Oakman & Eldridge, 25 Jan. to David Pingree
Pollard, John, 21 Feb., 6 Mar., 8 Apr., 28 May, 12 June, 24 June, 2 July,
16 Aug., 12 Sept., 4 Dec., 27 Dec. to David Pingree [11 letters]
Randall, R. G., 12 Dec. to Mark Haskell
 
Correspondence, 1862
 
Gibbs, C., 25 Oct. to David Pingree
Kinney, Lewis, Weweantit Nail Co., 6 Jan., 10 Jan., 1 Feb., 7 Apr.,
26 May, 1 Sept., 30 Oct. to Mark Haskell [7 letters]
Pollard, John, 27 Mar., 26 Dec. to David Pingree [2 letters]
Randall, R. G., 14 Oct. to Mark Haskell
 
Correspondence, 1863
 
Cabeen & Co., 14 Feb., 19 Feb., 27 Mar. to David Pingree [3 letters]
Cabeen & Co., 24 June to Mark Haskell
Chandler, Jas. N., 30 Jan. to Dear Sir
Coggshall, H. F., 12 Mar., 25 May to Mark Haskell [2 letters]

Box 1 cont.
 
Folder
 
9 Cutler, E. P., 10 Jan., 31 Jan., 21 Feb., 24 Feb., 2 Mar., to David Pingree
[5 letters]
Cutler, E. P., 9 June, 21 Apr., 16 June, 20 June, 2 Oct., 23 Oct. to Mark
Haskell [6 letters]
Cutler, E. P., 19 Dec. to Mr. D. Pingree
Everett, C. A., 16 Mar. to D. Pingree
Fairfield, Geo. A., 18 Sept., 20 Sept. to Mr. Pingree [2 letters]
Kinney, Lewis, Weweantit Nail Co., 24 July, 10 Aug. to Mark Haskell
[2 letters]
Kinsley, L., 29 June to Mr. Haskins
Libby, A., 2 May, 7 May to Mark Haskell [2 letters]
Merrill, N. B., 20 Oct. to Mark Haskell
Oakman & Eldridge, 26 June to Mark Haskell
Orcutt, J. H., Oakman & Eldridge, 1 July to Mark Haskell
Pollard, John, 1 Feb., 8 Mar. to David Pingree [2 letters]
Randall, R. G., 1 Apr., 12 May, 15 Dec. to Mark Haskell [3 letters]
South Boston Iron Co., 19 Feb. to David Pingree
 
Correspondence, 1864
 
Chandler, J. N., 13 June to Mark Haskell
Cutler, E. P., 12 Jan., 26 Jan., 3 Feb. to Mark Haskell [3 letters]

Correspondence, 1866
 
Orcutt, J. H., 12 July to Mark Haskell
Oakman & Eldridge, 16 July to Mark Haskell
 
Correspondence, 1867
 
Oakman & Eldridge, 6 Mar. to Mark Haskell
 
Correspondence, undated
 
J. N. Chandler for ESC to R. Quimby
Chase, Joseph to Lake & Quimby
Coe, E., 20 Sept. to J. L. Hayes
Coe, E. to Mr. Lake
Lake, J.
Macomber, James H., to J. Lake
Macomber, James H. to Mr. Ladd

Box 1 cont.
 
Folder
 
10 Telegrams, 1856-1858
11 Documents re estate of David Pingree, 1863
12 Documents re workers
13 Estimates, smelting experiments, 1851, undated
14 Fitchburg Gas Co.: stockholders’ documents, 1860, 1863
15 Insurance records, 1852-1854
16 Iron refinery proposal
17-18 Legal documents: contracts, deeds, writs, etc.
19 Memoranda of agreement, 1847-1859, undated
20 Miscellaneous
21 Pollard, John: settlement papers, 1858, undated
22 Property inventories, 1848-1857, undated
23 Questions and answers proposed by David Pingree, 1848
24 Reports of ore examination by Charles T. Jackson, 1846
25 Rolling mill proposition
26 Scrip, 1879
27 Securities: iron given, 1853-1856
28 Stockholder information, 1857-1864
29 Treasurer’s report, 1858
30 Woonsocket Gas Co.: stockholder information, 1859-1861
 
Sub-series 2: Financial records
 
31 Treasurers’ daybooks and bankbook, 1855-1863
32 Memo books, undated
33 Journal, 1853-1854
34 Ledger, 1853-1854
35 Assets and liabilities
36 Trial balances, 1846, 1848, 1850’s
37 Checks, 1855-1861
38-40 Financial statements, 1846-1864
41 Promissory notes, 1848-1863
42-46 Orders, 1847-1857, undated

Box 2
 
Sub-series 3: Purchasing records
 
Folder
 
1-6 Invoices and receipts, 1847-1866, undated
7 Bills of board, 1852-1853, undated
8 Bills for labor on dam, 1853
 
Sub-series 4: Production records
 
9 Sales of iron and related expenses, 1846-1847
10 Sales, etc., 1853-1863
11 Blast furnace records, 1846-1850
12-19 Receipts for iron sold, 1852-1860
20 Iron tickets: summaries
21-26 Hauling accounts, 1846-1862
27 Bills of lading for iron sent on vessels, 1847-1863
 
Box 3
 
Series II: Records of Piscataquis Iron Works
 
Sub-series 1: Administrative records
 
1 Documents for stockholder meetings, 1876-1891
2 Receipt book for company shares, 1881
3 Charters (copies)
4 Correspondence, 1879-1898
5 Legal documents with Owen Davis, 1873-1879
6 Legal records: leases, deeds, etc.
7 Memoranda of agreement
8 Katahdin Dam Co.: act to incorporate and other documents, 1871
9 Pictou Charcoal Iron Co. documents, 1896-1903
10 Map: Historical and profile map of Katahdin Iron Works, 1888
[copy of original at Bangor Historical Society]
11 Map of Moorsville, undated
12 Letterhead sample: Katahdin Charcoal Iron Co., 188-
13 Silver Lake Hotel inventories, 1898, undated

Box 3 cont.
 
Sub-series 2: Financial records
 
Folder
 
14 Statements of assets and liabilities, 1884-1920
15 Bankbook, 1900-1903; cancelled checks, 1883, 1892, 1903
16 Cashbook, 1880-1921
17 Journal A, 1871-1905
18 Ledger A, 1871-1911
19 Notes issued, 1882-1920
20 Notes and bills payable and receivable, 1882-1898
21 Notes and bills payable and receivable, 1871-1898
22 Bills and receipts, 1872-1898
23 Pig iron made, wood cut, 1874-1903
 
Series III: Records of Prentiss & Carlisle
 
24 Allied Chemical, General Chemical Division, sale to, 1951-1954
25 Bid proposal, Allied Chemical Corp. + report, 1975
26-27 Correspondence, 1921-1951, undated
28 Correspondence, Babson & Co., 1910-1922
29 Correspondence, Wm. P.M. Braun & Sons, 1920’s-1930’s
 
Box 4
 
1-5 Correspondence, General Chemical Co., 1927-1975
6-7 Correspondence, etc., A.L. and Sarah Green, 1925-1950
8 Correspondence re stumpage, Howland Pulp & Paper Co. and others
9 Correspondence, Jordan Lumber Co., 1919-1922
10-11 Correspondence, Clarence S. Lunt, 1926-1952
12 Correspondence, Mathewson Chemical Co., 1923
13 Correspondence, L.J. Moore, 1920’s
14 Correspondence, etc., Alfred M. Smith, Theodore L. Smith, re lease of campsite
15 Financial statements
16 Forest management plant, Industrial Chemical Div., 1960-1961
17-19 Gate matters, 1972-1976
20 Gate policy study, 1970’s
21 Gate supporting data, 1972-1975

Box 5
 
Folder
 
1 General Chemical state park matters
2 Grand River: statements and receipts
3-4 Industrial Chemical Division annual statements, 1952-present
5 Industrial Chemical cut record, budget forecast, etc., 1950’s-1970’s
6 Industrial Chemical Div. 1970 data re management plan, 1971 study
7 I.C. inquiries, K.I., etc.
8-10 Invoices and inspection reports, 1956-1975
11 Leases, 1925-1940’s
12 Leases (General Chemical), 1950’s-1970’s
13 Maps and plans
14 Mining engineers: reports, correspondence, 1920’s-1940’s
15 Newspaper clippings, articles re history of Iron Works
16 Old leases and permits, 1946-1949
17 Photographs, 1925
18 Photographs, 1936 flood
19 Photographs, 1974
20-21 Photographs, undated
22 Negatives of undated photographs [Located physically in Box 7]
23 Aerial photographs, undated [Located in oversized folder]
24 Aerial photograph contact sheets, undated
25 Aerial photograph negatives [Located physically in Box 7]
26 Photographs, postcards (reproductions)
27 Photographs: correspondence, etc., 1934, undated
28 Reports on Katahdin Iron Works site, 1917-1956
29 Reports, correspondence, etc., on Katahdin Iron Works site, 1971-1974
 
Box 6
 
1 Road management
2 Scale bills, 1921-1950
3 Scalers: correspondence, 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940
4-8 Statements and receipts, 1912-1951
9 Stockholders’ records, 1920’s-1950’s
10 Stockholders’ meeting notices, proxies, 1940’s-1950’s
11 Suit re water flow, 1934-1935
12-15 Tax records, 1913-1946, 1951
16 Tax records: capital stock tax, 1919-1945
17 Treasury Dept., U.S. and Maine, correspondence, 1925-1935
18 Timber estimates
 

Box 7
 
Negatives of photographs
 
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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