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    Sidney Perham Archive Spanning More than Three Decades in Maine. An extensive archive containing 18 letters addressed to Perham in an official capacity, various state level appointments, printed speeches, passes, images, and an 1832 needlepoint sampler made by Perham's wife as a child.

    The official correspondence most notably includes eight letters by Nelson Dingley, Jr. beginning in March 1863 through September 1875. Dingley's letters concern themselves exclusively with the political state of Maine, including the effects of taxing paper on local manufacturers and the election of Joshua Chamberlain.
    As an elected official, Perham enjoyed complimentary passes to events, the following examples of which are included: a complimentary pass to the "Dirigo Base Ball Club" dated January 12, 1871; a book of Western Union Telegraph Company complimentary franks for the year 1873 issued to Perham for his personal use; a pass to the Centennial exhibition held in Philadelphia; printed calling cards for Frederick Seward, Mrs. Gideon Welles, and Mr. & Mrs. Charles Howard.
    Rounding out this full archive is an 1832 needlepoint sampler, 12" x 11.5", identified as being made by Almena Jane Hathaway at age 10. Almena Jane would grow up to marry Perham. Much of the color has faded from the threads, and there are areas of thread-loss. The sampler makes a nice presentation alongside daguerreotypes identified as Samuel and Almena Jane Perham.
    A rich archive representing all aspects of the life of an elected official. Perham first served as a Maine Congressman beginning in 1863. He would later serve as Governor for one term from 1871 through 1874 and remained an activist in the temperance movement throughout all of his life.

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