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McArthur Family Papers, 1780-1949, n.d. (bulk 1790-1890)


Correspondence, 1780-1949, n.d.
5 linear feet
Catalog Number: M116.1

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Series Description:
McArthur family correspondence, chiefly 19th century, including Civil War letters from Arthur, Jr. and William, and also correspondence with non-family members. The majority of the family correspondence is among Arthur McArthur, Sr., (739 letters), Sarah Miltimore McArthur (140 letters), Arthur McArthur, Jr., (94 letters), William Miltimore McArthur (396 letters), Catherine McArthur (511 letters), Duncan McArthur (60 letters), Charles Stuart McArthur (132 letters), and Malcolm McArthur (316 letters). The series also contains 58 letters (1874-1892) written by and to George G. Colby of Limerick, Maine that are filed at the end of the chronological run of correspondence.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid/Index: Alphabetical card index of correspondents with associated numbered chronological list available. The index excludes the majority of the outgoing correspondence from Arthur McArthur, Sr., his wife and children. Restrictions:None.


Military Material, 1809-1866, n.d.
1.25 linear feet
Catalog Number: M116.2

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Series Description:
This series includes military papers for Malcolm, Arthur, Jr., and William. The bulk of the material concerns William McArthur and includes quartermaster invoices, printed orders, and roll lists. For related correspondence written while in military service, see Correspondence series.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
Restrictions:None.


Legal Material, 1819-1881, n.d.
1.25 linear feet
Catalog Number: M116.3

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Series Description:
Primarily court dockets for Arthur McArthur, Sr., and William McArthur, as well as land deeds for the family. Also included are writs, financial accounts and other legal material.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
Restrictions:None.


Financial Material, 1821-1870, n.d.
0.5 linear feet
Catalog Number: M116.4

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Series Description:
This series includes receipts and Arthur McArthur, Sr.'s financial accounts and bank statements.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
Restrictions:None.


Ephemera and Miscellaneous Material, 1799-1905, n.d.
0.75 linear feet
Catalog Number: M116.5

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Series Description:
Clippings, printed ephemera, and essays by the McArthur children. Also included are drawings by Catharine McArthur.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
Restrictions:None.


Diaries and Journals, 1794-1886, n.d.
0.75 linear feet
Catalog Number: M116.6

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Series Description:
Includes diaries, composition books, class notebooks, etc., for Arthur, Sr., Catharine, Malcolm, William, and others that are unidentified.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
Restrictions:None.


Sermons, 1800-1836, n.d.
0.5 linear feet
Catalog Number: M116.7

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Series Description:
This series contains sermons, some with annotations referencing Biblical passages.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
Restrictions:None.


Pension Material, 1806-1894, n.d.
5 linear feet
Catalog Number: M116.8

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Series Description:
Military pension and bounty land case files for Maine veterans and their dependents, administered by pension agents Arthur McArthur, Sr. and William McArthur. The bulk of the case files concern Maine veterans of the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), the War of 1812, and the Civil War (1861-1865), but records for those that served in the Seminole Wars (1st 1818, 2nd 1835-1842), the Mexican War (1846-1848), and the Aroostook "War" are also included.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
Finding Aid/Index: Container list includes alphabetical list of pensioners' names; annotated card index of pensioners' names also available. Restrictions:None.


Photographs, 1863-1882, n.d.
1 linear foot
Catalog Number: M116.9

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Series Description:
This series contains photographs, primarily featuring members of the McArthur family. Also included is a set of stereographs documenting earthquake destruction to Jamaica.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by size.
Restrictions:None.


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