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Special Collections: Guide to the York Family Papers

Arranged by Brenda Howitson Steeves; description prepared in 2012 by Danielle Wheeler

Administrative Information

Collection title:  York family papers
Collection number:  SpC MS 1330
Dates of collection:  1866-1923
Size of collection:  2 boxes (14 folders)
Provenance:  Given by Ellen M. Watson Greer of Richmond, Me. in June 2003
Restrictions on access and use:  Stored in the library's remote storage area.  One week's notice requested for access.

Historical Note

Samuel York was born in 1836 in Farmington, Maine. He was a farmer in New Sharon, Maine and died there in 1923. He married Augusta E. Drew, and they had three children: Frank P., Mary E. and Hattie A. York. Hattie York married Alna D. Watson, who was also a farmer in New Sharon

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains a daily list of farm chores written in 1866-1867 by an unknown compiler as well as Samuel York's diaries from 1891-1923, outlining his daily activities on his farm. Poultry records for 1907 and 1912-1913 are also found in the collection. Also included are letters dated 1883-1895 to Frank P. York , then living in Manchester, New Hampshire. The letters are primarily from his mother, Augusta York, and his sisters, Mary and Hattie, and discuss family matters. An audiotape made by the donor, Ellen M. Watson Greer, daughter of Hattie York Watson, is included in the collection and describes its content, especially the farm journals


Box 1 of 2

f.1-1 Daily farm task lists, 1866-1867?
f.1-2 Samuel York: diary, 1891-1896
f.1-3 Samuel York: diary, 1896-1910
f.1-4 Samuel York: diary, 1910-1917
f.1-5 Samuel York: record for hens, 1912-1913 & Samuel York: diary, 1920-1923
f.1-6 Miscellaneous material removed from Samuel York: diary, 1920-1923
f.1-7 Samuel York: memorandum & account books, 1882-1894
f.1-8 Samuel York: memorandum & account books, 1895-1907
f.1-9 Memorandum, 1890s-1903
f.1-10 Samuel York: poultry record, 1907
f.1-11 Wallet of Samuel York
f.1-12 Letters to Frank P. York, 1883, 1887-1890

Box 2 of 2

f.2-1 Letters to Frank P. York, 1891-1895
f.2-2 Audiotape, June 13, 2003: Ellen M. Watson Greer, on family farm journals; Interviewed by M. J. Sanger


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