Guide to the Accession records, 1892-1950

Collection number: UA 3/4/1
Size: 2 boxes (0.53 cu.ft.)

About the College and University Library

The first library in Durham was organized in 1862 as the Durham Agricultural Library Association. This became the Durham Social Library in 1881. To receive state aid as a public library, the library was reorganized and incorporated as the Durham Library Association in 1892.

The New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts was originally located in Hanover, NH where it was able to utilize the resources of the Dartmouth College library. The NH College was removed to Durham in 1893, bringing with it just 3,500 books and 2000 pamphlets. Fortunately, the faculty and students were permitted to use the collections of the Durham Library Association, which had about the same number of books as the college library. The growth of the DLA kept pace with the college library and by 1903, both libraries were cramped for space.

The UNH president opened negotiations to arrange for a merger of the Durham and College libraries. In 1906, an agreement combining all library resources in Durham was signed; an agreement that lasted 90 years. The state, the Carnegie Corp. and a bequest from a wealthy Durham resident, provided funding for a building. The new library was dedicated in June 1907 in connection with the commencement exercises, but the building was not ready for use until the following November. The books from the Durham Library Association were transferred to the new building in Jan. 1908.

The number of books transferred from the town library was around 9,000. A careful inventory was kept at the time of transfer and separate accession records were kept for the Durham Public Library and the College Library thereafter.

About the Accession Records

This series contains 15 volumes of library accessions from the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts and the Durham Library Association. It also contains the monthly report of books added to the Hamilton Smith Library between 1937 and 1944.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Accession Records, 1892-1950, UA 3/4/1, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

These records have been kept in the Library since its founding.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in its original order by the following series: I. New Hampshire College Library; II. Agricultural Experiment Station; III. Durham Public Library; IV. Extension Service; and V. Hamilton Smith Public Library.

Collection Contents

Series 1: New Hampshire College Library

(8 volumes)
Volume 11892-1904Accessions 01-5000
Volume 21898-1904Accessions 5000-10,000
Volume 31904-1908Accessions 10,001-15,000
Volume 41908-1914Accessions 15,001-20,000
Volume 51914-1919Accessions 20,001-25,000
Volume 61919-1922Accessions 25,001-30,000
Volume 71922-1925Accessions 30,001-35,000
Volume 81925-1928Accessions 35,001-45,000

Series 2: Agricultural Experiment Station

(1 volume)
Volume 91908-1927Accessions 01-5000

Series 3: Durham Public Library

(5 volumes)
Volume 101908-1928Books recieved at transfer of the public library to the new building
Volume 11January-February 1908Accession 01-5000
Volume 121908-October 1916Accession 5001-10,000
Volume 131916-April 1929Accession 10,001-
Volume 141919-1940Accessions

Series 4: Extension Service

(1 volume)
Volume 151920-1930Accessions

Series 5: Hamilton Smith Public Library

(1 volume)
Volume 161908-1914Withdrawl Record

Series 6: Hamilton Smith Library

(1 box)
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11937Books Added
Box 1, Folder 21938Books Added
Box 1, Folder 31939Books Added
Box 1, Folder 41940Books Added
Box 1, Folder 51941Books Added
Box 1, Folder 61941-1944Books Added
Box 1, Folder 71941-1950Accessions: Carnegie Endowment, Durham Library Association