Newspapers collection (MS61)

Abstract: Collected single issue and bound volumes of newspapers, spanning over 200 years of mostly local news. Most of the papers come from Biddeford and Saco, however the collection also includes papers from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and St. Paul, MN (bound in, probably by accident, with some other papers). There are also a large number of special commemorative papers for large fires, hurricanes, blizzards as well as local and state anniversaries.

History: The Biddeford area has been home to an active print industry since the early 19th century, possibly earlier, and there have been many papers printed for the citizenry. The current local daily, “The Journal Tribune” was established in 1884. Newspaper editors in Biddeford and Saco in the 19th century famously traded jabs in their respective papers over opinions and reporting. The publisher of the local French paper, Alfred Bonneau, was very active in local politics and a successful businessman as well. Please see each paper for printing and production information.

MS61 – Newspapers collection finding aid

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