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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:201 1822-1880

Stetson family business records


The Stetson family of Bangor, Maine, were general merchants, shippers, dealers in lumber, agents for timber land, and bankers.


  • Creation: 1822-1895

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18 linear feet (174 volumes)

Chiefly account books and ledgers reflecting the family's varied business interests. Included are records for Simeon Stetson; George Stetson; Brown and Stetson; Emery and Stetson; Emery, Stetson and Company; Stetson and Company. Also included are records of such "outside" interests as Bruce Mills, Kenduskeag Log Driving Company, Central Market House Company, Market Bank. There are records of a few non-family stores, such as Otis Briggs, Jr. and Company, Newport, Maine; John A. Rice and Company, Rufus Davenport, and Market Mutual, all of Bangor. The family accounting series are unusually complete; there are letter books, but few incoming letters.

Historical Note:

The Stetson family of Bangor, Maine were general merchants, shippers, lumber wholesalers, agents for timber lands and bankers. George Stetson moved to Maine and formed a partnership with Albert Brown in Brown & Stetson, general merchants. He later formed a partnership with Cyrus Emery and his brother Isaiah, Emery, Stetson & Co. The firm was a wholesale marketer and dealt in the lumber trade. George Stetson was later president of the Market Bank.


The volumes are arranged in family and/or businessunits, starting with the earliest date, 1822. Fortwo units (Emery, Stetson & Co., 1835-50, and Stetson&: Co., 1850-94) the numbering of ledgers, journals,and daybooks is consecutive, and these have been kepttogether. Following the family business combinationscome records of "outside" enterprises in which the family wereinterested. These are grouped by date, except that general stores are placed together, as are banking enterprises.Folder's are in a box at the end. There are gaps within the numbering scheme of this collection. These materials are now at the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department, University of Maine.

Physical Location



Gift of Irving G. Stetson, January 1966

Related Material:

Material after 1880 has gone to the Maine State Museum, Augusta. Later donated to the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department, University of Maine.

Stetson Family. Stetson Family Business Records, 1822-1895: A Finding Aid
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