This collection of Lincoln County, Maine historical and genealogical documents represents only a portion of the material available onsite at Skidompha Public Library. Digitized materials available here include:
The many volumes of the Castner Papers, which are the result of the lifelong interest of Damariscotta resident, Harold Webber Castner (1888 – 1970), in the history of his native region. The 4 groupings of the original volumes were entrusted to the Skidompha Library by Mrs. Castner in October 1972.
The Cemetery Record series of volumes cover each town in Lincoln County. The material presented here was gathered by volunteers through the years and thus varies in layout and precision. Often it is impossible to know when each survey was done. There are repetitions in surveys; it is suggested that the researcher check each survey; often tombstones have “gone missing” and occasionally “been discovered” between the times of different surveys. Further it is recommended that this material be field-checked whenever possible in order to verify the data presented. In the case of the town of Damariscotta, newly documented and carefully recorded cemetery information will soon be available via a link from that town’s website. Cemetery record files have been listed in three different formats, owing to their original titles – be sure to check under “Cemetery Records – and town name,” “Lincoln County,” “Maine Cemeteries,” the town name and the cemetery name.
The Ephraim Clark scrapbook, dated June 1894, primarily contains obituaries pertinent to Lincoln County, especially relating to the Clark family, and covers a range from 1887 – 1910. There are also miscellaneous newspaper articles and letters to the editor. Clippings are mostly from the Damariscotta Herald, but other sources are also represented. This copy of the Clark scrapbook was given to Skidompha Library compliments of Daniel M. Hall.
The Dodge Volumes contain hundreds of articles about the history of Damariscotta, Maine written primarily by husband and wife, Calvin H. and Marjorie Dodge of Damariscotta. Many of the articles are enhanced by old photographs and have appeared in the Lincoln County News weekly for nearly 10 years (2004 – 2014) and cover a wide variety of topics and times. The Dodges continue to write and add to this collection held at Skidompha Library; they have graciously given their permission for their work to be made available in this public digital archive.
Three volumes of the Dow Papers, containing hundreds of articles written by Dr. George Farrington Dow (1906 – 2006), scholar, teacher, philanthropist and historian. These articles appeared in the Lincoln County News across a span of nearly 30 years, from 1977 until 2006, one of which was published after his death. Though born in South Portland, Maine, Dr. Dow embraced the town of Nobleboro where he and his family settled in 1969. These volumes focus on the history of Nobleboro. The Dow Papers are listed on this digital archives as “Articles Items #___ to #___”
The Minnie L. Hopkins Diaries contain the day-to-day happenings in Damariscotta and Newcastle, including some births, deaths, and marriages. These entries were written sporadically from the time Minnie was 14 years old until she was 51 (1869 – 1906). Minnie (1855 – 1932) was the daughter of Capt. Farley Hopkins USN (1808 – 1890) and Georgianna T. Lennox (1826 – 1907).
Maine Obituaries, a single scrapbook-style volume of newspaper clippings including the years 1882 – 1906 plus obituaries from the 1980s; this latter time period makes us the bulk of the volume. It is unfortunate the collector of these obituaries did not include death or publication dates or sources in many cases. Still, the obituaries contain much information that will be of help to researchers.
An index of the Mulligan-Nobleboro Papers, a finding aid for a collection which consists of correspondence, business records, town government and school records, Civil War recruitment, bonus, enlistment, pension, and other records, ledgers and account books, as well as advertising notices and flyers. This collection includes materials pertaining to the Mulligan family of Damariscotta Mills (a village straddling the stream dividing Newcastle and Nobleboro, with residents in both towns) as well as many other people and businesses in these towns and the general area. The collection was given to Skidompha Library under the authorization of Mary Jane Mulligan Kemp (Mrs. Hal Kemp) in 1970 and is stored in the vault of the Nobleboro Historical Society.
Shadows and Footprints, the genealogical work of Mrs. Arlene Ina McCurda Cole which includes the family history of the Cole and McCurda families of Lincoln County and beyond. Mrs. Cole of Newcastle has given a copy of her book to the Skidompha Library and kindly gave permission to have it made available to the public in this digital archives. The book was updated in 2013 to reflect the death of Arlene’s husband, George Cole.
The Vital Records of Edgecomb and Newcastle in the County of Lincoln, Maine to the year 1892 are an unpublished work completed in 1979 by compiler Christine Huston Dodge with the help of many volunteers from Skidompha Library who “gladly entered on the task of assembling, ordering, checking, and editing the nine hundred pages of vital records here presented.” Over 170 different sources from family Bibles, newspapers, tombstones, diaries, family papers, and more are represented in this work and are identified using the four-page list of abbreviations included before the alphabetical surname listing begins.