Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Otis Nelson papers, 1820-1880s

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0924
Bib ID 4079100 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Nelson, Otis
Title Otis Nelson papers, 1820-1880s
Physical Description 2 boxes (2 boxes (5 volumes; 952 items))
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Cataloged and arranged.



The collection is representative of the activities of small businessmen in New Gloucester Maine and in the details of local government. Included are account books, business communications, letters, receipts, deeds, mortgates, personal and social correspondence of the Otis Nelson family, and letters of Lilly Nelson.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Otis Nelson papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Revision Description

June 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Account books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mortgages Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Receipts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Businessmen Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Deeds Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Families -- Maine -- New Gloucester Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nelson family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nelson, Lilly Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- Maine -- New Gloucester Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Otis Nelson was a businessman in the first quarter of the 19th century in New Gloucester and Minot, Maine. He apparently was in local politics serving for a time as selectman in the town of New Gloucester, and possibly in other capacities.

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Otis Nelson papers, 1820-1880

Box 1 Account Books, 6 Volumes (5 bound and 1 unbound)

Box 2 Business communications, letters, receipts, deeds, mortgages, etc., 1820-1880, 615 pieces.

Box 2 Personal and social correspondence of the Otis Nelson Family, 1878-1880, 190 pieces.

Box 2 Lilly Nelson Letters, 1872-1880, 142 pieces.