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A Finding Aid to the Aaron D. Littlefield Papers

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum, Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
Call NumberRU522
Creator Littlefield, Aaron D., 1832-1917
TitleAaron D. Littlefield papers
Extent1 box and 2 oversize folders (0.3 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection primarily consists of letters and orders to Aaron D. Littlefield from the United States Treasury Department. Aaron D. Littlefield (1832-1917) served in the United States Revenue-Marine Service (renamed the Revenue Cutter Service in 1894).

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to the library's staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 522, Aaron D. Littlefield Papers.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Andrew Littlefield in 1954 (Accession no. 1954.016 and 1954.019). Individual folders are labeled with accession numbers when known. The immediate source of acquisition and date of accession for the rest of the material is unknown although it is believed that it came in with the 1954 gift of Mrs. Andrew Littlefield.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Lara J. Ullman and machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick in May 2015.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Related Materials

Related Material

See also, RU 450, Florence Kern Research Papers.

Index Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Revenue-Cutter Service
  • United States. Revenue-Marine Service


  • Certificates
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds

Geographic Name(s)

  • Edgartown (Mass.)
  • Woods Hole (Mass.)


  • United States. Revenue-Cutter Service--History--19th century

Biography/Historical Note

Aaron D. Littlefield was born on October 18, 1832, in Prospect, Maine, to Peter Littlefield and Charlotte (Holbrook) Littlefield. He had five siblings: John, James, Louisa, Mary, and Martha. On July 9, 1860, Aaron married Elizabeth “Bessy” W. Stuart (1841-). The pair had two sons: Benjamin G. (1866-1888) and Andrew C. (1873-1954), who married Charlotte E. Ripley (about 1873-1957).

Aaron D. Littlefield was appointed an Acting Master in the United States Navy on March 24, 1862, and was honorably discharged September 30, 1865. In 1871 he joined the United States Revenue-Marine Service (renamed the Revenue Cutter Service in 1894), which operated under the authority of the U. S. Treasury Department. He retired a Captain and in 1908 was informed that he was entitled to the rank and duty pay of a Senior Captain. Aaron D. Littlefield died on May 31, 1917, in Edgartown, Massachusetts.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection primarily consists of letters regarding assignments and orders from the United States Treasury Department to Aaron D. Littlefield. There are also certificates concerning Littlefield’s discharge from the Navy and various Revenue Service Appointments as well as deeds.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Contents of Collection


Honorable Discharge Certificate from the United States Navy Department, 1862 

OS GEN 109

Incoming Correspondence, 1870-1875 


Certificates (4) Appointing Aaron D. Littlefield to 3rd, 2nd, and 1st Lieutenant in the Revenue Service of the United States by President Ulysses S. Grant, 1871, 1872, 1876 

OS GEN 10 10

Incoming Correspondence, 1876-1879 


Incoming Correspondence, 1880-1882 


Incoming Correspondence, 1883 


Incoming Correspondence, 1884-1885 


Incoming Correspondence, 1887 


Outing Correspondence, 1887 


Deed under Power in Power-of-Sale Mortgage from Thomas G. Coffin to Aaron D. Littlefield, 1887 


Quitclaim Deed from Aaron D. Littlefield to Horace A. Mayhew, 1887 


Incoming Correspondence, 1888-1889 


Incoming Correspondence, 1908 


Incoming Correspondence, undated