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Pond's Sheer Boom Company Records

Pond's Sheer Boom Company Records

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POND'S SHEER BOOM COMPANY RECORDS, 1878-1899

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The processing of this collection was funded by gifts from the Pingree heirs.





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Pond's Sheer Boom Company (Me.)
Title:Pond's Sheer Boom Company Records
Dates:1878/1899
Quantity:1.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The Pond's Sheer Boom Company records contain papers about the company's operations.
Collection Number:MSS 936

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Scope and Content Note

The Pond's Sheer Boom Company records contain papers about the company's operations. These include copies of the act to incorporate, additional acts, by-laws, correspondence, business agreements, and some sketches. The folder titled "Daily Kennebec Journal" contains an issue or two of the Daily Kennebec Journal. Because the issues have been folded for a prolonged period of time, the pages are too fragile to unfold and examine, and therefore this folder is restricted from patron use. It is suggested that patrons wishing to view the issues are encouraged to contact the Maine State Library, which has copies of the periodical on microfilm.


Historical Sketch

In 1878, the Pond's Sheer Boom Company was incorporated by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Maine, for the purpose of erecting, maintaining, and safely securing Pond's Chain Joint Rafting Boom, Pond's Rafting Boom, and Pond's Improved Boom. The purpose of the booms was to facilitate the driving of logs and timber down the Saint John and Aroostook Rivers and their tributaries. E. S. Coe (1814-1899) and fourteen other men made up this company (Acts and Resolves 292).


The name of the company came from the designer of the boom, L. W. Pond, who appears to have sold the royalty rights to work his booms on the St. John River and its tributaries, the Androscoggin River, and the Penobscot River to E. S. Coe and his partners. Unfortunately the copy of this agreement that is in this collection is not dated.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Coe, Eben Smith, 1814-1899
Booms (Log transportation)
Logging
Lumber trade
Lumber trade--Maine
Lumbering--Maine
Allagash River (Me.)
Maine
Saint John River (Me. and N. B.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

The folder entitled "Daily Kennebec Journal" is restricted from patron use due to the fragile condition of the items.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Pond's Sheer Boom Company Records, MSS 936, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by Pingree family heirs.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, February 2016.


Related Material

Acts and Resolves of the Fifty-Seventh Legislature of the State of Maine, 1878. Sprague, Owen and Nash: Augusta, Maine, 1878.


E. S. Coe Papers, 1844-1906. MSS 924


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