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|VOLUME 18 NUMBER 1, SPRING 2010|
In a unique collaborative venture, Fogler Library and the Bangor Historical
Society have jointly acquired the papers of the Cassidy Family of Bangor, a
collection comprising approximately 420 cubic feet of records and constituting
what is probably the largest archival collection pertaining to the Bangor area.
Because of the size of the collection, the two institutions will share
responsibilities for housing and providing access to the papers, with parts
being held by each repository. Currently they are trying to raise the
approximately $7,000 that will be require to organize the collection and
re-house it in archival folders and boxes, in preparation for making it
available to researchers.The papers were generated by John Cassidy, who
immigrated to Bangor from Nova Scotia in 1859, and his son, J.W. Cassidy. Within
ten years of his arrival, John Cassidy had begun acquiring timberland in
northern Maine. He also invested in several ships. Katahdin Iron Works, a
sawmill in Stillwater, and was one of the founders Eastern Banking and Trust.
Before his death in 1918, he had amassed more than 200,000 acres of timberland;
subsequent land acquisitions by his son, brought this total close to 300,000
The collection will significantly strengthen Fogler Library’s archival holdings relating to the logging and lumber industry in northern Maine, which are already substantial. Since the Cassidy’s were involved in most of the major industries in the Bangor region, however, the may represent one of the most important sources documenting the history and economy of the region in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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