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Joseph Williamson Papers, 1818-1902, (bulk 1828-1902)

0.25 linear feet and 3 volumes.

Catalog Number: M188

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Agency History / Biographical Note:
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.

Scope and Content:
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.

Two volumes of scrapbooks compiled by Joseph Williamson while a student at Bowdoin are available in the Bowdoin Archives.

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

Cite as: Cite as: Joseph Williamson Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

Access Restrictions: No restrictions.

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