Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
The bulk of the collection consists of retained drafts of Luther Fitch's letters to his sons, written in the course of the year 1853: 16 letters to Luther, 13 letters to Edward, and 15 letters to Andrew. The letters inform of the brothers' affairs -- Luther's rather limited successes in California, Edward's effort to establish himself in Chicago and his marriage (of which his father heartily disapproved); and Andrew's search for a job; report on Portland news, including municipal and mayoral elections, "liquor subject," the Whigs and Free Soil Party, plans of establishing a medical school in Portland, local newspapers' coverage of California, emigration from Portland (with "some" going to Australia) and news of Portlanders in California; Canadian and Northern New England railroads (especially the Atlantic & St. Lawrence railroad), land speculation, investments, etc -- Also included are letters from Edward and his wife Helen to his father and sister Mary (1850-1852, and 1856)
Notarial record book, 1828-1856, kept by William B. Sewall, notary public, Portland, Maine, containing protests for non-payment of bills of exchange, marine protests, including a protest filed by Reuben Blanchard, master of the brig William Osborne, citing a group of stowaways who boarded the vessel at Havre in France. Also included is a deposition delivered by one Charles Fox concerning the division of parcel of land in Portland
Daughters of Rebekah Woodbine Lodge No. 34 (Portland, Me.).
Maine Historical Society
Minutes of meetings, including trustees' and treasurers' reports, finance committee reports, annual reports, lists of members and officers, investigating committee reports, visiting committee reports, and degrees conferred
Correspondence of Stephen Longfellow including two letters from John Harris Hall, inventor of the recoiless rifle; letters from Asa Clapp, Simon Greenleaf, Mark L. Hill, and William P. Preble, concerning legal and political affairs -- Includes miscellaneous bills, receipts, and three calling cards of son Stephen Longfellow (1805-1850). Other persons represented include A.W. Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Samuel Freeman
This collection contains family papers, programs, pamphlets, maps, certificates, ship blueprints, and photographs. There are school and work papers saved from more than one generation; school newspapers (including South Portland High School "Echo"), school playbills, and school program pamphlets; newspapers from the Coast Guard; and maps of Maine (some of an isolated area; others of the entire state, probably used in planning board or shipbuilding research relating to South Portland Shipbuilding Corp.).
Forty-nine photographs, all but one mounted on cardboard, ranging in size from 2.5 x 3 in. to 7.5 x 9.5 in.; military pass; and newspaper clipping -- Includes many photographs of Cummings, in uniform, with other officers, their wives, unidentified officers and enlisted men, scenes of officer quarters and various camps, and minor scenes of other subjects. Includes photo (1918) of Cummings taken at headquarters of 49th U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps in Gironde, France; photographs of members of Portland Light Infantry; of National Guard camp, companies A and B at Fort McKinley, Casco Bay, Me.; men at Fort Williams, Me.; and members of 1st Infantry Regiment, Maine Army National Guard
Typescript of autobiography edited by R.G. Durnin -- Covers Cushman's life up to his second marriage in 1830. Also includes a brief introduction and notes supplied by Professor Durnin. Topics include Portland Academy in Portland, Me