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Finding Aid for the Moses G. Farmer Papers, 1830-1893
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Box 1, Folder 1

Letters received by Moses G. Farmer as a young man during 1835-1844 and mainly during his college years from his family, relatives, and friends--in particular Jacob H. Little.

Box 1, Folder 2

Letters received by Moses G. Farmer from 1851-1859 concerning replies from the U.S. Patent Office and personal letters.

Box 1, Folder 3

Letters received by Moses G. Farmer from 1860-1869 concerning business between him and William F. Channing, and replies from the U.S. Patent Office.

Box 1, Folder 4

Letters received by Moses G. Farmer from 1870-1879 mainly from William F. Channing concerning inventions and patents.

Box 1, Folder 5

Letters received by Moses G. Farmer from 1880-1881 concerning business with Frank L. Pope (his patent attorney) and the U.S. Electric Lighting Company.

Box 1, Folder 6

Letters received by Moses G. Farmer from 1882-1886 concerning his inventions with Frank L. Pope, Parker W. Page, Attorney at Law, and Charles C. Coffin.

Box 1, Folder 7

Letters received by Moses G. Farmer from 1887-1893 concerning business with Page, Pope, and others.

Box 1, Folder 8

Letters sent by Moses G. Farmer from 1853-1861 to Joseph M. Batchelder concerning his patents on inventions.

Box 1, Folder 9

Letters sent by Moses G. Farmer from 1874-1879 to Charles Stowell concerning an invention referred to as machines D and B.

Box 1, Folder 10

Letters sent by Moses G. Farmer from 1880-1893 to Charles Stowell, Pope, etc. dealing mainly with the electric light invention.

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence received and sent by Hannah (Shapleigh) Farmer, wife of Moses Farmer from 1851-1883 and undated. Included are her poems under the name of Mabelle. Many of the letters concern miscredit given to Farmer's invention of the Fire Alarm Telegraph.

Box 2, Folder 2

Correspondence received and sent by Sarah J. Farmer, daughter of Moses G. Farmer from 1880-1904 concerning replies received on invitations she sent out commemorating her father's electric train invention at the Electrical Convention in 1897. Also a phrenology on her, and her last will and testament of 1893 and 1902.

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence received and sent by John and Sally (Gerrish) Farmer, mother and father of Moses G. Farmer, from 1825-1848 concerning in particular letters to Mrs. Farmer from her son Moses who was at Andover attending school.

Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence received and sent by various members of the Shapleigh and Little families between 1816 and 1861.

Box 2, Folder 5

Legal papers of Richard Shapleigh between 1822-1859 containing a series of land deeds under his name.

Box 2, Folder 6

Sally Gerrish Farmer's diaries--complete years 1813, 1815, 1831, and 1844 at the ages of 23, 25, 41, and 54 respectively; and partial diaries for the years 1848, 1852, and 1856 including a set of recipes and medicants.

Box 2, Folder 7

Photographs--two of Moses G. Farmer, one of their home in Eliot, Maine, two of their home in Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island, a picture of Hannah S. Farmer and an unknown woman.

Box 2, Folder 8

Autobiography of Moses G. Farmer. The first written in 1885 and covers the first sixteen years of his life (to 1836). The second began in 1826 and ended in 1848. The third one is a brief summary of his inventions up to 1849.

Box 2, Folder 9

Biography of Moses G. Farmer's life from his birth to 1848 with many extracts taken from Farmer's autobiography.

Box 2, Folder 10

Partial biographical material on Moses G. Farmer's life including an extract from a book; an account of his inventions up to 1852; a phrenology of his character; a biography of his life up to 1877; a medical report of his health in later years; and miscellaneous--certificate of admittance into school, his marriage certificate, his obituary notice, and two newspapers items on his accomplishments.

Box 2, Folder 11

Biography of Moses G. Farmer in a bound book with notes and dates of discoveries made by him but not written by him; also a list of names and dates.

Box 3, Folder 1

Various writings of Moses G. Farmer including school compositions of his youth and part of a paper on predictions into the future of transportation.

Box 3, Folder 2

Insurance policies on fire protection and the life of Moses G. Farmer between 1856 and 1859.

Box 3, Folder 3

Legal papers of Moses G. Farmer concerning claims of debt or damage during 1857 and 1861.

Box 3, Folder 4

Miscellaneous notes, drawings, and calculations of Moses G. Farmer regarding his inventions.

Box 3, Folder 5

Miscellaneous accounts of Farmer's construction materials used in his invention from 1856-1889 including a bound ledger for the years 1852-1855.

Box 3, Folder 6

The electric railway invention of Moses G. Farmer including newspaper clippings, a pamphlet, notes, drawings, and a picture of the invention.

Box 3, Folder 7

Fire Alarm System invention by Moses G. Farmer with articles concerning who was the real inventor by Charles C. Coffin and others; also published patents and notes.

Box 3, Folder 8

Fire Alarm System continued with pamphlets and a Record of Proceedings of the U.S. Patent Office regarding the extention of the patent; included are articles on William F. Channing.

Box 4, Folder 1

Lists of patents issued to Moses G. Farmer from 1852 to 1888.

Box 4, Folder 2

Original patents of three of Farmer's inventions-- Magneto-Electric Machines 1875, Repeaters for Submarine Cables 1885, and Electric Cable Recorders 1885.

Box 4, Folder 3

Applications for patents by Moses G. Farmer consisting of both written and typed copies and the originals from 1854-1891.

Box 4, Folder 4

Agreements regarding patents of Moses G. Farmer with associates like J.M. Batchelder, J.F. Boynton, Charles C. Coffin, etc. in original and copied forms from 1851-1859.

Box 4, Folder 5

Agreements regarding patents by Moses Farmer continued from 1880 to 1889.

Box 4, Folder 6

Published patents of Moses G. Farmer's inventions from 1852-1879.

Box 4, Folder 7

Published patents of Moses G. Farmer's inventions from 1881-1891.

Box 5, Folder 1

Published patents of Thomas A. Edison's inventions from 1878-1881

Box 5, Folder 2

Published patents of other inventors in alphabetical order such as Amos E. Dolbear, A.W. Hall, C.J. Kintner, Ernst W. Siemens, H.C. Spalding, J.C. Swan, and others.

Box 5, Folder 3

Copies of letters, applications and original patents of inventors other than Mosses G. Farmer from 1855-1878.

Box 5, Folder 4

Miscellaneous material regarding the field of electricity in general including newspapers, pamphlets, and clippings with emphasis on the electric light, the telephone, and the electromagnetic telegraph invented by Joseph Henry.

Box 6

Journal of Hannah Farmer December 25, 1844-May 9, 1845.