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Prince Memorial Library


Cumberland Overseers of the Poor: Documents 1821-1915 contains brief records of the data created while processing the Town of Cumberland Overseers of the Poor Collection, which is housed in the archives of the Town of Cumberland, Maine. During the course of the project, 1,273 items received conservation attention, catalog records for each item were created in Microsoft Access, subject headings were assigned to multiple fields, an authority file was created for all proper names and 438 documents were scanned. The collection contains 959 documents created by the Cumberland Overseers of the Poor, and another 278 documents created by Overseers of the Poor of other municipalities, including Brunswick, Chebeague Island, Falmouth, Freeport, Harpswell, Hiram, North Yarmouth, and Portland. Types of documents present in the collection include bills, indentures, inventories of personal belongings, notifications from one municipality to another, pauper lists, proposals, receipts, reports, requests for funds, and statements. The publication contains records of 803 documents in which the pauper or paupers receiving aid are identified, and another 434 documents that do not reference a particular pauper or paupers.

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Prince Memorial Library


Cumberland, Maine



Cumberland Overseers of the Poor: Documents 1821-1915



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