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Fessenden Collection, 1786-1982 (bulk 1823-1869)


Correspondence, 1790-1917

Catalog Number: M59.1

A chronological listing of correspondence (PDF file) is available here.
An alphabetical listing of correspondents (PDF file) is available here.

Box 1 1790-1837
2 Jan. 1838-Feb. 1842
3 March 1842-Dec. 1844
4 Jan. 1845-Aug. 1851
5 Sept. 1851-Aug. 1855
6 Sept. 1855-Jan. 1857
7 Feb. 1857-May 1859
8 June 1859-Dec. 1860
9 Jan. 1861-April 1862
10 May 1862-Jan. 1864
11 Feb.-Sept. 1864
12 Oct. 1864-July 1866
13 Aug. 1866-May 1868
14 June 1868-undated
Box 15
Folder 1-4 Carbons of typescripts of the Sam Fessenden letters / prepared by John L. Baxter, Set 1 (pp. 1-184)
5-8 Carbons of typescripts of the Sam Fessenden letters / prepared by John L. Baxter, Set 2 (pp. 1-142)
9 Transcripts of correspondence with James Wilson Grimes
10 Correspondence: misc. covers
Volume 1 Correspondence-Carbon typescripts of the Sam Fessenden letters . . ., c. 3
Vault Box 1
Folder 7 7/4/1864 letter from President Abraham Lincoln - original (photocopy of letter is in Fessenden correspondence, filed chronologically) [in Manuscripts box]; 7/2/1864 telegram forwarded to Mr. Fessenden from Abraham Lincoln - original (photocopy of telegram is in Fessenden correspondence, filed chronologically) [in Manuscripts box]

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Legal documents, 1840-1864

Catalog Number: M59.2


Box 15
Folder 11 Agreements settling the estate of James Deering
12 Appointment of W.P. Fessenden as Secretary of the Treasury (1864)
13 Certificate admitting W.P. Fessenden to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court (1848)
14 Certificate of W.P. Fessenden's election as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1840)
15 Memorandum re the will of W.P. Fessenden
16 Notes re the disposition of the belongings of [Francis?] Fessenden
17 Passports of Francis Fessenden
18 Portland Renewal Authority, Munjoy South Urban Renewal Project, "Statement of Taking" re land inherited by Foxes and Fessendens
19 Settlement of the estate of Nathaniel Deering

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Biographical records, genealogies, and family history, 1823-1982

Catalog Number: M59.3


Box 16 Biographical:
Folder 1 Charles Stewart Davies Fessenden
2 Frances Cushing Greeley Fessenden
3 Francis Fessenden - general
4 Francis Fessenden - memorials
5 Hewitt Chandler Fessenden
6 James Deering Fessenden, Sr. - general
7 James Deering Fessenden, Sr. - memorials
8 James Deering Fessenden, Jr.
9 Joseph Palmer Fessenden
Archives Joseph Palmer Fessenden - Bowdoin autograph album, Class of 1851
Box 16
Folder 10 Samuel Fessenden, Jr. - general
11 Samuel Fessenden, Jr. - education
Archives Samuel Fessenden, Jr. - Bowdoin autograph/photograph album, Class of 1861
Box 16
Folder 12 Samuel Fessenden, Jr. - ms. record of his disappearance into Kansas in 1856
13 Samuel Fessenden, Jr. - concerning people contacted by W.P. Fessenden in tracing him to Kansas in 1856
14 Samuel Fessenden. Jr. - Maine Historical Society newsletter
15 Samuel Clement Fessenden
16 Thomas Amory Deblois Fessenden
17 William Howard Fessenden
18 William Pitt Fessenden - general
Archives William Pitt Fessenden, 1823 Bowdoin diploma
Box 16
Folder 19 William Pitt Fessenden - memorials [miss.]
20 William Pitt Fessenden - memorials [printed]
21 William Pitt Fessenden - Maine Historical Society Newsletter Family history:
22 Three Fessendens and Daniel Webster / by Samuel Fessenden [presented to the Science and Art Club of Germantown, Pa., January 25, 1982]
23 A vote of "Not Guilty": William Pitt Fessenden's role in the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson / by Carol Bolger[photocopy; for Gov. 43, May 15, 1978]
24 William Pitt Fessenden / by William Salter [reprint from the Annals of Iowa, 1908]
Box 17 Genealogies:
Folder 1-6 Fessenden family - Account of Gen. Samuel Fessenden and Family / by Francis Fessenden
Volume 1 Fessenden family - Account of Samuel Fessenden and Family / by Francis Fessenden
Box 17
Folder 7 Fessenden family - American Ancestry [of Francis Fessenden]
8 Fessenden family - Excerpts from Genealogy on the Fessendens and Fosters / by Earl Foster Fessenden [and] Dorothy Fessenden Rodger
9 Fessenden family - Fessenden Family in America / [by] John L. Baxter
10 Fessenden family - Fessenden Genealogy / by Francis Fessenden
11 Fessenden family: general
12 Fox family

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General addresses, speeches, reports and notes, 1825-1861, n.d.

Catalog Number: M59.4


Volume 1 Addresses and speeches on various subjects, and childhood short stories by W.P.Fessenden; together with a Samuel Fessenden Sr. address, and Francis Fessenden's memoir of his father
2 Addresses, speeches, reports and notes on various political topics

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Personal and professional records, 1786-1968

Catalog Number: M59.5


Box 17 Bowdoin College material:
Folder 14 "The Fessenden Affair" / by John L. Baxter (Speech given before the Town & College Club, January 5, 1968)
15 Dedication of the Fessenden Room
16 Miscellaneous
17 Records concerning Samuel Fessenden, Jr. Civil War:
Volume 1 Account of a caucus of Republican Senators, held December 16, 1862
Box 17
Folder 18 Confederate currency
19 Francis Fessenden, appointments and recommendations for promotion
20 Francis Fessenden, military retirement
21 James D. Fessenden, Sr., diary and account book James D. Fessenden, Sr., promotions and appointments
22 Samuel Fessenden, Jr., orders re
23 List of killed, wounded or missing members of the 30th Maine Vols. after Sabine Cross Roads, Pleasant Hill and Cane River Crossing
24 Manuscript maps
25 Miscellaneous material Family Bibles:
Folio Volume 2 Bible given to "Thomas & Lirrie from their affectionate parents, Samuel and Deborah Fessenden, July 18, 1855." Inserted is a list of family members to whom the bible was passed, marriages, births, and deaths.
Volume 3 Bible given to Stephen D. Fessenden "with the love of his Aunt, Mary D. Sewall," March 1868
Box 18 Family Manuscripts:
Folder 1 "The Conspiracy : a tragedy in four acts" / Samuel Fessenden, Sr. College
2 College essays (2) of Thomas A.D. Fessenden (Bowdoin 1845)
3 Diary of William Fessenden, January - April, 1786
4 Sermon on Acts 8:22 & 25, by William Fessenden
5 Sermon on 1st Corinthians 13:12, by William Fessenden
6 Sermon on 2nd Corinthians 4:3-4, by William Fessenden
7 Sermon on Isaiah 55:6, by William Fessenden
8 Sermon on John 6:67, by William Fessenden
9 Sermon on Psalms 111:10, by William Fessenden [fragment]
10 Sermon on St. Matthew 24 [i.e.25]:46, by William Fessenden
11 Sermon on unknown verse, by William Fessenden [fragment] Financial material:
Volume 4 Account book of W.P. Fessenden, 1833-1839
Box 18
Folder 12 Contracts, receipts, etc. re Francis Fessenden's Life and Public Services of William Pitt Fessenden
13 Loan agreement between Edward Fox and John W. and Wm. H. Day, April 1, 1879 [ms. copy]
14 Miscellaneous
15 Official and personal finances of W.P. Fessenden
16 Receipt for $10,000 to be used to start the Commission for the Promotion of Education in the South [founding Storer College] signed by W.P. Fessenden and N.C. Brackett
17 Valuation statements of W.P. Fessenden's personal and real estate properties Reconstruction and Presidential Impeachment:
18 "Impeachment : Opinion of Hon. W.P. Fessenden on the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson ..., 1868"
19 "Joint Committee on Reconstruction. Journal: 39th Congress 1st Session [2 copies]
20 "President Johnson and His War on Congress" / by Carl Shurz Treasury Department:
21 Translation of a portion of an article on W.P. Fessenden, prepared for a Swiss French language journal by George Harrington U.S. Senate:
22 Rules of the U.S. Senate, Hon. W.P. Fessenden copy

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Ephemeral notes, [18--]

Catalog Number: M59.6


Mapcase C13 Map of Munjoy Hill (Portland, Maine), 1869
Box 18
Folder 23 Miscellaneous
24 Re Northeast Boundary controversy
25 Printed Ephemera

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Fessenden Association and John L. Baxter Archive records, 1955-1969

Catalog Number: M59.7


Box 19
Folder 1-9 Correspondence, 1955-1969
10 Material re dedication of Fessenden Room, Bowdoin College
11 Material re W.P. Fessenden portrait in the Treasury Dept., Washington, D.C.
12 Membership and address lists
13 Miscellaneous manuscript material
14 News releases, Bowdoin College

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Clippings, 1858-1909

Catalog Number: M59.8


Box 20
1 Articles and Addresses: "Jay Cooke and the Financing of the Civil War" / by Ellis Paxon Oberholzer
2 "Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and Her Friends" / by Willis Steell
3 "The Tariff in Our Times" / by Ida M. Tarbell Biographical, re:
4 Charles Stewart Daveis Fessenden
5 Francis Cushing Greeley Fessenden
6 Francis Fessenden
7 Hewitt Chandler Fessenden
8 James Deering Fessenden, Sr.
9 Joseph Palmer Fessenden
10 Mary Turner Peterson Fessenden
11 Samuel Fessenden, Sr.
12 Samuel Fessenden, Jr.
13 Samuel Clement Fessenden
14 Thomas Amory Deblois Fessenden
15 William Howard Fessenden
16-19 William Pitt Fessenden
20 Miscellaneous distantly related Fessendens and others Civil War:
21 "Abraham Lincoln's Rise to Greatness" (from the Evening Post, Feb. 13, 1909)
22 "Chase to Greeley: some hitherto unpublished letters" (from the [New York?] Daily Tribute, Jan. 20, 1895) General, re:
23 Family homes (Deering/Fessenden)
24 W.P. Fessenden research
25 Memorials to W.P. Fessenden
26 Miscellaneous
27 Provenance of collections
28 Restoration of the Treasury Department's portrait of W.P. Fessenden
29-31 Reviews of Francis Fessenden's "Life and Public Services of William Pitt Fessenden" Political:
32 W.P. Fessenden and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson
33 W.P. Fessenden's speech re the Lecompton Constitution (Feb. 8, 1858)
34 "Reminiscences of Maine Politics", nos. 14 and 15 / by Judge Henry Carter (no. 14 discusses W.P. Fessenden)
35 "Reminiscences of Neal Dow..." (Portland Evening Express, Nov. 28, 1903)
Volume 1 Scrapbook on various political subjects
Box 20
Folder 36 "They Were Seven...the story of the famous deadlock in the Maine Legislature [1854]" (Lewiston Weekly Journal, Jan. 19, 1893)
Volume 2 Treasury Department-scrapbook re W.P. Fessenden's tenure, together with obituaries of Francis Fessenden
3 Scrapbook on the Civil War and aftermath

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Images, 1841-1966, n.d.

Catalog Number: M59.9


Box 1 Fessenden Family:
Folder 1 Francis Fessenden, 1858
2 Francis Fessenden, n.d.
3 Francis Fessenden and General Henry Anderson, n.d.
4 Francis Fessenden in uniform, n.d.
5 James Deering Fessenden, Sr., n.d.
6 James Deering Fessenden, Sr. in uniform, n.d.
Oversize Box A2 James Deering Fessenden, Sr. in uniform, n.d.
Box 1
Folder 7 Samuel Fessenden, Jr., 1841
8 Samuel Fessenden, Jr. in uniform, n.d.
9 Samuel Fessenden, Sr., n.d.
Oversize Box A2 Samuel Fessenden, Sr., n.d.
Box 1
Folder 10 William Pitt Fessenden, 1854, and 1863 with currency and IRS cigar stamp
11 William Pitt Fessenden, 1868
12 William Pitt Fessenden, n.d. (early years)
13-15 William Pitt Fessenden, n.d. (mid-late years)
Oversize Box A2 William Pitt Fessenden, n.d. (mid-late years)
Box 1
Folder 16 William Pitt Fessenden and his sons, n.d.
17 William Pitt Fessenden portrait (bust), n.d.
18 William Pitt Fessenden portrait (Treasury Department,post restoration), n.d.
19 William Pitt Fessenden portrait (Treasury Department, pre-restoration), n.d.
Folio Volume 1 Francis Fessenden Civil War Album
Box 1 People (other than Fessenden family):
Folder 20 A - D (cartes-de-visite), n.d.
21 F - K (cartes-de-visite), n.d.
22 L - P (cartes-de-visite), n.d.
23 R - W (cartes-de-visite), n.d.
24 Unknown people and miscellaneous groups (cartes-de-visite), n.d.
Box 1 Places:
Folder 25 Falls Church, Virginia, n.d.
26 Fort Pulaski after the bombardment, n.d.
27 Fort Western, Augusta, Maine, 1862
28 Mount Kineo, Moosehead Lake, Maine, n.d.
29 U.S. Revenue Steamer William P. Fessenden, n.d.
Oversize Box A2 U.S. Revenue Steamer William P. Fessenden, n.d.
Box 1
Folder 30 William Pitt Fessenden Room, Hawthorne-Longfellow Hall, Bowdoin College, n.d.
Folder 31-34 William Pitt Fessenden Room, Hawthorne-Longfellow Hall, Bowdoin College, dedication ceremony, 1966 Aug 16

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