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Special Collections: Guide to the Daughters of the American Revolution Esther Eayres Chapter (Orono, ME) Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves

March 2010

Collection title: Daughters of the American Revolution. Esther Eayres Chapter (Orono, ME)
Collection number: MS 122
Dates of collection: 1918-1991
Size of collection: 3 boxes
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage building. One week's notice required for retrieval


The Esther Eayres Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Orono, Maine, in 1918. The list of charter members found in the collection indicates that the chapter was “so named from the first white child born in Orono ... April 30th 1777.”

The original members were all members of the National Organization of the D.A.R. and had been members of other local chapters but decided that a chapter should be established in Orono, its location in a university town perhaps giving it greater strength.

The objects of the chapter as set forth in its bylaws were to honor those who achieved American independence by the acquisition and protection of historical spots and the erection of monuments, by the encouragement of historical research and publication in relation to the American Revolution, and the promotion of the celebration of all patriotic anniversaries. Any woman was eligible for membership who was descended from someone who had served as a soldier, sailor or civil officer during the American Revolution.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the records of the Orono chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It is arranged alphabetically by folder content and includes annual reports, bylaws and a list of charter members, a chapter history, correspondence, minutes of meetings and yearbooks. The collection also contains a series of scrapbooks with clippings and photographs compiled by chapter members from 1975 to 1984. A few publications of the Maine state organization and the national organization are also found in the collection.

Box List

Box 1


1 American Revolution Bicentennial, 1976

2 Annual reports, 1952-1982 with gaps

3 Awards

4 Budgets, 1936-1937, 1955-1956, 1967-1968, 1969-1975, 1978-1979, 1989-1990

5 Bylaws and list of charter members, 1918

6 Bylaws, 1927, 1947; bylaws of Maine State Organization, 1958

7 Chapter activities: brochures, invitations

8 Chapter history, 1918-1946

9 Chapter history (notes)

10 Correspondence, 1919-1970's

11 DAR schools and DAR-approved schools

12 Essay: “The Women of China” by Myra Vinal Hall

13 Financial records: receipts, etc., 1919-1920's

14 Genealogy, Genealogical Records Committee

15 Hirundo Wildlife Refuge Center: EE Chapter honor of Oliver LaRouche, 1985

16 Hutchins, Edna Emery: DAR application, 1916

17 Membership nominations, transfers, resignations

18 Memorial resolutions

19-27 Minutes, 1952-1989

28 Miscellaneous papers

29 Newspaper clippings

30 Orono Sesquicentennial Pageant; “This is Your Town” by Herschel Bricker

31 DAR postcards

32 Roll calls, 1952-1962, 1968(?)-1976

33 Yearbooks, 1919-1920, 1926-1929

34-36 Yearbooks, 1930's-1950's

Box 2

1-3 Yearbooks, 1960's-1980's

4 Maine DAR: miscellaneous publications

5 Maine DAR yearbooks, 1939-1940, 1940-1941

6 National DAR: miscellaneous pamphlets and publications

7 DAR magazine: 75th anniversary edition, 1965

8 DAR magazine: Bicentennial issue, July 1976

Box 3

DAR certificate of membership for Edna Emery Hutchins, 1916

Daughters of the American Revolution magazine, Oct. 1990

Scrapbooks, 1975-1989 [3 vols.]

Scrapbook, 1975-1984 [1 vol.]

Scrapbook for NSDAR centennial, Oct. 11, 1990-Oct. 11, 1991; compiled by Helen B. King [1 vol.]

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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