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Catalog Number PMM 12
Object Name Papers, Personal
Scope & Content Collection contains: 515 4" x 5" glass negatives; 165 5" x 7" glass negatives; one album with approximately 600 contemporary prints; nine smaller photo albums; three funeral home ledgers; one nautical chart; and five manuscript volumes. The photographs, primarily taken by Charles R. Coombs, are images in and around Belfast, Maine, including street scenes, a circus parade, Belfast Old Home Week 1903, family groups and individuals, buildings, automobiles, boats, recreation, and waterfront dating from circa 1892 to circa 1905. A few of Coombs' shots are scenic sights around Maine including Castine, Mt. Kineo, and Moosehead Lake. Most of the prints were made by Coombs. Three of the albums include souvenir postcards, earlier family portraits and snap shots (several tintypes but mostly card and paper photographs) made by studios and other amateurs. Three other volumes are snap shots made with celluloid or paper photographic processes. The majority of the views are identified. The manuscript volumes are ship Cora accounts (1869-1880), Hattie's (Charles' adopted sister's) copy book, and a guest book (1884-1900) for the family camp, Ten Oaks, at Tilden Pond.

Accession numbers LB 2000.52.0001-0018 and LB 2000.04.0003. Item-level content lists are available in the Library and photographs are entered in PastPerfect.

Catalog type Archive
Dates of Creation [1860]-1969
Creator Coombs, Charles R.
Other Creators Robert H. Coombs (1828-1897)
Horace M. Coombs (1910-2000)
Title Coombs Photographs and Papers
Admin/Biographical History Robert H. Coombs (1828-1897), a sea captain from Belfast, Maine, married Harriet Pendleton in 1850. Their son Charles R. Coombs (1862-1940), an amateur photographer, began making 4" x 5" glass plate negatives in 1892. Around 1895, he began using a 5" x 7" format camera. He also took photographs in smaller formats with celluloid and paper negatives. Charles worked in the undertaking business purchased by his father when the captain retired from the sea and took over the business when his father died.
Collection Coombs Photographs and Papers
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact