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Joseph Williamson papers (M188)

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Title:
Joseph Williamson papers
Creator:
Williamson, Joseph, 1828-1902
ID:
M188
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1828-1902
Date [inclusive]:
1818-1902 (bulk 1828-1902)
Extent:
0.25 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Correspondence, with the bulk consisting of letters from Williamson to George T. Little, Bowdoin College professor and librarian; newspaper clippings about Williamson; a list of launches in the ports of Belfast and Bangor; drafts and corrected versions of Williamson's books; and material related to Bowdoin College, including a diary kept while Williamson was a student.
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Preferred Citation:

Joseph Williamson Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Joseph Williamson, a lawyer, historian, and bibliographer, was born in Belfast, Maine, on October 5, 1820, to Joseph and Caroline Cross Williamson. After being graduated from Bowdoin College in 1849, Williamson was admitted to the Maine bar in 1852 and returned to Belfast, where he maintained an active legal career. In 1853 Williamson was appointed a judge of the municipal court of Belfast, a postion he held until 1860. In addition to his legal practice, Williamson also conducted historical and bibliographic research and authored several books, including A Bibliography of the State of Maine and A History of Belfast, Maine, to 1825. Joseph Williamson died in Belfast on December 4, 1902, survived by three children.

Correspondence to and from Williamson, with the bulk consisting of letters from Williamson to George T. Little, Bowdoin College professor and librarian; newspaper clippings about Williamson; a list of launches in the ports of Belfast and Bangor; drafts and corrected versions of Williamson's books; and material related to Bowdoin College, including a diary kept while Williamson was a student.

A volume of letters written by Joseph Williamson and other family members now held by the Belfast Free Library, Belfast, Me. is also available.

Series Description:

Correspondence to and from Williamson, with the bulk consisting of letters from Williamson to George T. Little, Bowdoin College professor and librarian. Miscellaneous material includes newspaper clippings about Williamson, 1887-1914, n.d., and a list of launches in the ports of Belfast, Bangor, etc., 1840-1843.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Alphabetical correspondence list ( view online)

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence: 1818-1824

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence: 1825-1831

Box 1 Folder 3

Correspondence: 1836-1837

Box 1 Folder 4

Correspondence: 1847-1849

Box 1 Folder 5

Correspondence: 1866

Box 1 Folder 6

Correspondence: 1869

Box 1 Folder 7

Correspondence: 1882-1883

Box 1 Folder 8

Correspondence: 1884

Box 1 Folder 9

Correspondence: 1885-1886

Box 1 Folder 10

Correspondence: 1887

Box 1 Folder 11

Correspondence: 1888

Box 1 Folder 12

Correspondence: 1889, April-May

Box 1 Folder 13

Correspondence: 1889, June-July

Box 1 Folder 14

Correspondence: 1890

Box 1 Folder 15

Correspondence: 1891, June-July

Box 1 Folder 16

Correspondence: 1891, October-December

Box 1 Folder 17

Correspondence: 1892

Box 1 Folder 18

Correspondence: 1893, February-July

Box 1 Folder 19

Correspondence: 1893, September-November

Box 1 Folder 20

Correspondence: 1894, January-February

Box 1 Folder 21

Correspondence: 1894, March-August

Box 1 Folder 22

Correspondence: 1895

Box 1 Folder 23

Correspondence: 1896

Box 1 Folder 24

Correspondence: 1902

Box 1 Folder 25

Correspondence: 1907 (Frances W. Pierce, sister)

Box 1 Folder 26

Clippings, 1887-1914, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 27

List of Launches in the Port of Belfast, Bangor, etc. 1840-1843

Box 1 Folder 28

Series Description:

An 1894 prospectus for "Historical and Biographical Papers, Original and Edited, Vol. II, 1887-1893" and annotated copies of and corrections for Williamson's "History of Maine."

Vol. 3 contains Appendix no. 4 from William D. Williamson's The history of the state of Maine (Hallowell: Glazier, Masters & Smith, 1839) (vol. 1, p. 661-696), with added letterpress division t.p. title: Appendix and index to the history of Maine, vol. I & II / by W.D. Williamson. Following the printed text are the author's holograph "Notes, corrections, additions, & remarks as to the History of Maine" (76 p.)

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Prospectus: "Historical and Biographical Papers, Original and Edited, Vol.II. 1887-1893." 1894

Box 1 Folder 29

"A Bibliography of the State of Maine from the earliest period to 1891," 1896 (ts. copy with mss. notes)

Volume 1-2

Williamson, William Durkee (1779-1846) - Appendix and Index to the History of Maine, Volume 1 & 2, bound with Joseph Williamson's ms. "Notes, corrections, additions, & remarks as to the History of Maine," n.d.

Volume 3

Series Description:

Williamson's diary while at Bowdoin as well as his Bowdoin tuition bills. Also includes Williamson's contribution to the "Necrology of Bowdoin College" and his corrections to "The History of Bowdoin College."

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Diary, 1845-1848

Box 1 Folder 30

College Bills, 1845-1846

Box 1 Folder 31

Contributions for the "Necrology of Bowdoin College," 1886-1890

Box 1 Folder 32

Corrections for "The History of Bowdoin College"

Box 1 Folder 33
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