The E. E. Libbey Papers are comprised of 3.0 linear feet of materials, including correspondence, receipts, and order forms documenting business conducted by E. E. Libbey, a dealer in pulpwood, cedar posts, white birch, and hemlock bark in Pittsfield, Maine. These records, spanning the years 1900 to 1912, provide a glimpse into Maine's bustling turn-of-the century timber and pulpwood industries. Libbey bought and sold various types of wood. His correspondents included individuals from all over the state of Maine and parts of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. He conducted a particularly large amount of business with Boston lumber wholesalers. Perhaps the highlight of the collection is found in receipts and letters between Libbey and prominent pulp and paper companies. Included is a large run of documents from S. D. Warren & Company, which operated a papermill at Cumberland Mills, Maine, and some materials from International Paper Company and the Great Northern Paper Company. Many order memorandums for Libbey's wood shipments on the region's railroads, such as the Maine Central Railroad, the Boston & Maine Railroad, and the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad, are preserved. In addition, Libbey's papers relate to transactions he made with other companies, including the Estate of Charles Forster, New England Telephone & Telegraph Company, Skowhegan Pulp Company, and United Box Board and Paper Company, among others.
Sources: Charles E. Clark, "Maine: A Bicentennial History" (1977). Judd, Richard W., et al, "Maine: The Pine Tree State from Prehistory to the Present" (1995).
ABBREVIATIONS: ACS - Autograph Card Signed AD - Autograph Document ADS - Autograph Document Signed AL - Autograph Letter ALS - Autograph Letter Signed DS - Document Signed EEL - E. E. Libbey MSS - Manuscript Signed TC - Typed Card TD - Typed Document TEL - Telegram TL - Typed Letter TLS - Typed Letter Signed
General Physical Description note
The E. E. Libbey Papers are arranged alphabetically by correspondent. The documents were initially stored in a rough alphabetical fashion in a series of five large wood-framed letter books owned by Libbey. As much as possible, the original order of his business records has been retained.
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