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An Archives Sampler #4

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Early photo of Augusta

Looking down on Water Street, Augusta in the 1930s or early '40s. You can make out the old, now demolished railroad station at the bottom of the hill on the left. In those days, Water Street was thriving as the only business district in town, with nearly all stores, doctors' and lawyers' officers, restaurants and movie theaters located along the street. You also had to drive right through Water Street to cross the one bridge across the Kennebec River. For all these reasons, traffic was usually very heavy, as it is in this view.

Photo of Russian visitors

During the 1870s, the Russian imperial Navy paid a courtesy visit to various ports in the United States. At least one Russian vessel came to Maine, and its visit must have coincided with the annual encampment of the post-Civil War State Militia. The Russian Naval Officers, identified by their white caps, are posed here with Maine Militia Officers who entertained them. The photo was taken by an Old Town photographer, and the event probably took place in the Bangor Area.

Photo of Moses Kelley

Photo of Collamore Purington

Photo of R.H. Perkins

Civil War Army Chaplains - Reverends M. J. Kelley of the 6th Maine Infantry, Collamore Purington of the 7th Maine and H. Perkins of the 9th Maine.

Petition for Winborn Jameson's Name Change.  Click here for a transrciption

In 1828, Winborne Adam Wiggins Jameson, complaining that his name "is as long, cumbersome & useless as an old fashioned queue" (pigtail) petitioned the Legislature to change his name to "Charles."

Document by John Quincy Adams.  Click here for a transcription.

John Quincy Adams, U.S. Secretary of State, sent five fascimile copies of the Declaration of Independence to the Governor of Maine, as well as to the Governors of the other states. A notation reads that two of these copies were destined for each of Maine's two colleges - Bowdoin and Waterville (later called Colby).