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Chestnuts newspaper

 Unprocessed — Folder: 1
Identifier: ViU-2020-0081

Content Description

This collection consists of 26 handwritten amateur newspapers by a group of ten girls calling themselves "WG's," the Woodfords Girls, who lived in the Woodfords neighborhood of Portland, Maine. It is likely they attended Deering High School, as the initials DHS appear several times. The newspapers contain original poetry, personals, advertisements, and editorials. Some include several small ink sketches. A few of the issues include riddles, local crime and fake police activity, and local business activity. The back page of each issue features a series of advertisements, with a focus on "medicinal" products reminiscent of printed newspapers of the day. Ten issues of a newspaper titled "Chestnuts," volumes 1-10, plus ten supplements to the Chestnuts. The girls later renamed the newspaper "Hawthorne" and the run includes volumes 1-3 of this paper, plus three supplements. The newspapers are four pages and are laid into a hand decorated wrapper titled "Chestnuts Vol I, " also listing the names of the ten girls who contributed to the newspaper.

Acquisition Type



Purchased, 24 August 2020.

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.


  • 1888 - 1889


0.04 Cubic Feet (1 legal folder)


26 handwritten amateur newspapers