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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:77 1838-1913 C867

Enoch Cousens business records

Scope and Contents

Records and papers of Enoch Cousens and F. H. Cousens, businessmen and public officials in Kennebunkport, Me. The main portion of the collection relates to the general store operated by Enoch Cousens. There are also accounts, 1843-1849, of Enoch Cousens as postmaster; accounts, 1853-1888, as deputy collector of customs; accounts and papers, 1862-1893 and earlier, relating to Kennebunkport town affairs. There are papers, 1857-1909, relating to investments of the two men, and records of the Kennebunkport Sea Shore Company and the Ocean Bluff Hotel. Papers of F. H. Cousens include accounts with Portland banks, 1900-1916, and his accounts with Enoch Cousens, 1901-1913. There are also insurance papers of the two men and legal papers relating to inventories, appraisals, and estates.

The Cousens Collection contains the correspondence, accounts, receipts, wills, probate records, and inventories related to the estates of a number of women. The papers include records of women administering their husbands' estates and of conflict over inheritance between family members.


  • 1822-1913


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Contact for more information.


19 linear feet (41 volumes, 18 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Enoch Cousens was a businessman and public official in Kennebunkport, Maine, in the mid-nineteenth century.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of F.H. Cousens.

Baker Library
November 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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