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Welton P. Farrow was born in Tryon, Prince Edward Island, Canada, on December 10, 1898 with his twin brother, Harold J. Farrow. In 1938, after 18 years of living apart, they visited each other in Waterville, Maine, and at the request of a researcher named D. C. Rife from the University of Ohio, they invited pairs of twins to meet together in order to conduct research on the subjects of twins.

Collection, 1938-1976, consists of the papers of the Maine Twin Party organization. Includes correspondence, photographs, clippings, scrapbooks, and a film reel documenting their semi-annual parties celebrating twins, and their research benefits. This party started as a small gathering for research, it expanded into a state organization that continued until the mid 1950s.

Publication Date



Health and Medicine, Social Life and Customs


Genetics and Genomics | United States History

Size of Collection

2 boxes (1.5 linear feet)

Dates of Collection

1938-1976, bulk 1938-1955

Manuscript Number

SpC MS 1782

Maine Twin Party Papers, 1938-1976