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William Willis Papers M189

Title:
William Willis papers
Creator:
Willis, William, 1794-1870
ID:
M189
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1862-1869
Date [inclusive]:
1837-1958, (bulk 1862-1869)
Extent:
0.25 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Correspondence (1837-69) concerning the history of Maine, approximately a dozen more letters concerning Willis's interests in Maine railroads; together with drafts of his writings, and information on the estates of Willis and his wife.
Preferred Citation:

William Willis Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

William Willis, a Portland lawyer, historian and politician, was the partner of William Pitt Fessenden. He was state senator in 1855 and mayor of Portland in 1857, president of the Maine Historical Society (1856-65), and president of the Maine Central Railroad. Always interested in public service, Willis accepted many positions with charitable organizations, or special public appointments. In 1867 Bowdoin awarded him an honorary degree.

The author of several short articles, many published in the Collections of the Maine Historical Society which he edited, Willis is best remembered for  A History of the Law, the Courts and the Lawyers of Maine (1863), and  The History of Portland, from its First Settlement ... (1831-33).

The collection consists mostly of correspondence (1837-69) dealing with the history of Maine, approximately a dozen more letters concerning Willis's interests in Maine railroads; together with drafts of his writings, and information on the estates of Willis and his wife.

His correspondents included William Allen, Thomas Bulfinch, Henry B. Dawson, Charles Deane, George E. Ellis, William Pitt Fessenden, Reuben A. Guild, John A. Poor, George H. Preble, Elizabeth Oakes Prince Smith and Joseph Williamson. More extensive correspondence (eight or more letters) was with Edward Ballard, Brunswick clergyman; Edward E. Bourne, Kennebunk lawyer; Alpheus Spring Packard, Bowdoin professor; John H. Sheppard, Boston lawyer and librarian of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society; Harrison Whitman, Massachusetts clergyman; and Leonard Woods, Bowdoin president.

Series Description:

This series consists of correpondence from 1837-1969, undated primarily concerning the history of Maine and approximately a dozen more letters concerning Willis's interests in Maine railroads.

His correspondents included William Allen, Thomas Bulfinch, Henry B. Dawson, Charles Deane, George E. Ellis, William Pitt Fessenden, Reuben A. Guild, John A. Poor, George H. Preble, Elizabeth Oakes Prince Smith and Joseph Williamson. More extensive correspondence (eight or more letters) was with Edward Ballard, Brunswick clergyman; Edward E. Bourne, Kennebunk lawyer; Alpheus Spring Packard, Bowdoin professor; John H. Sheppard, Boston lawyer and librarian of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society; Harrison Whitman, Massachusetts clergyman; and Leonard Woods, Bowdoin president. A full list of correspondents is included in this series.

List of Correspondents

Box 1 Folder 1

1837-1849

Box 1 Folder 2

1854-1861

Box 1 Folder 3

1862 (Jan-Mar)

Box 1 Folder 4

1862 (Apr- Jul)

Box 1 Folder 5

1862 (Aug- Oct)

Box 2 Folder 6

1862 (Nov- Dec)

Box 1 Folder 7

1863 (Jan- Mar)

Box 1 Folder 8

1863 (Apr- Jul)

Box 1 Folder 9

1863 (Aug- Dec)

Box 1 Box 10

1864 (Jan- Feb)

Box 1 Folder 11

1864 (Mar- Apr)

Box 1 Folder 12

1864 (May-Jun)

Box 1 Folder 13

1864 (Jul-Sep)

Box 1 Folder 14

1864 (Oct- Dec)

Box 1 Folder 15

1865 (Jan-Mar)

Box 1 Folder 16

1865 (Apr-Jun)

Box 1 Folder 17

1865 (Jul- Dec)

Box 1 Folder 18

1867 (Jan- Feb)

Box 1 Folder 19

1867 (Mar)

Box 1 Folder 20

1867 (Apr- May)

Box 1 Folder 21

1867 (Jun- Oct)

Box 1 Folder 22

1867 (Nov- Dec)

Box 1 Folder 23

1868 (Jan- Feb)

Box 1 Folder 24

1868 (Mar)

Box 1 Folder 25

1868 (Apr- May)

Box 1 Folder 26

1868 (Jun- Aug)

Box 1 Folder 27

1868 (Sep- Oct)

Box 1 Folder 28

1868 (Nov- Dec)

Box 1 Folder 29

1869 (Jan- Apr)

Box 1 Folder 30

1869 (May- Jun)

Box 1 Folder 31

1869 (Sep- Dec)

Box 1 Folder 32

Undated or Unidentified

Box 1 Folder 33

Series Description:

This series includes drafts of William Willis's writings, information on his and his wife's estates, and biographical newspaper clippings.

MS of "History of the Convention which adopted the Constitution of Maine"

Box 1 Folder 34

MS notes, including draft of "Editor's Preface" of vol 1 of the Documentary Hitory of the State of Maine (Coll of Maine Historical Society, Series 2)

Box 1 Folder 35

Estate, 1870-1878

Box 1 Folder 36

Julia Willis-Will & Estate

Box 1 Folder 37

Clippings, 191[?], 1958

Box 1 Folder 38
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