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The Gorham Academy collection includes many documents from its beginning in 1803 to its closing in 1877, as well as a few . The collection covers aspects of students’ lives, administrative meetings, and many records of the academies' financial records. The bulk of the collection is administrative records that include founding documents, Board of Trustees meetings and minutes, Treasurer’s reports, Bonds, Deeds, and much administrative correspondence. There is also a wide range of catalog publications from 1849 to 1874, providing a glimpse into what courses students might be taking and who was attending the school. The collection also includes a number of documents related to associations or societies students could join, as well as a few student newspapers from 1849 to 1852. Notable materials include correspondence between the secretary and many students’ parents in Series 1.4, and catalogs that document the attendance of Cuban students, beginning in the 1850s, in Series 2.6.


Provenance: These records were formerly part of the University Archives, known as Historical Group 5. The majority of the material was likely located on the Gorham campus until about 1970. The inventory for HG5 listed 5 trophy cups that were not found during processing in 2022. Ownership and Literary Rights: The Gorham Academy Archives are the physical property of the University of Southern Maine Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the creator or her legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the Special Collections Librarian. Cite as: Gorham Academy Archives, Special Collections, University of Southern Maine Library. Restrictions on access: This collection is open for research.



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