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Special Collections: Guide to the Maurice L. Gray Baycrest Hotel Records

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department
September 2004
 
Introduction and Summary Information
 
Collection Title: Maurice L. Gray Baycrest Hotel Records.
Dates of the Collection: 1912-1967 (inclusive); 1925-1940 (bulk).
Provenance: Unknown.
Collection Number: MS 209.
Box Numbers: 1 (formerly Box 893).
Size and Arrangement: The collection consists of one archival record carton of material (1.0 cubic feet).
Conservation Note: The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes.
Preferred Citation: Maurice L. Gray Baycrest Hotel Records, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine.
Restrictions on Access and Use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.
 
History
 
The collection contains records from the Baycrest Hotel in Harborside, Cape Rosier, Maine. Maurice L. and Carrie Gray were the proprietors. The hotel was open year-round but did most of its business during the summer months. It appears to have been in business from 1912 until 1967. According to tax documents found in the collection, the hotel was located on about eight acres of land. By 1940 several buildings made up the site, including the main house, originally a farmhouse built about 1874 and remodeled through the years, a dining room and kitchen building, four bungalows, an amusement hall, a barn, a library and storage building, several garages, a laundry and an ice house. Also included were a wharf and landing float as well as four rowboats. A net profit of $861 was listed in 1940.
 
Scope and Content Note
 
This small collection contains primarily financial records of the hotel. Included are journals of expenses incurred in running the hotel, 1939-1953, and registers from 1928-1965 of total charges for each guest for rooms, meals, the garage, etc. Also included are three volumes of daily guest registers, 1912-1967, listing the name and home address of each guest.
 
Box List
 
Box 1
 
Folder
 
1 Journal of hotel expenses, 1939-1946
2 Journal of hotel expenses, 1948-1953
3 Register of guest charges, 1928
4 Register of guest charges, 1929
5 Register of guest charges, 1931
6 Register of guest charges, 1932
7 Register of guest charges, 1934
8 Register of guest charges, 1935
9 Register of guest charges, 1936
10 Register of guest charges, 1937
11 Register of guest charges, 1938
12 Register of guest charges, 1940
13 Tax information (Schedule D), removed from 1940 register
14 Register of guest charges, 1941
15 Register of guest charges, 1942-1945
16 Register of guest charges, 1956-1965
17 Daily guest register, 1912-1925
18 Daily guest register, 1929-1939
19 Daily guest register, 1940-1967

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 spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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