Alice E. Gosgrove Papers, 1946-1990

Collection number: MC 105
Size: 3 boxes (2.33 cu.ft.)

About Alice E. Cosgrove (1909-1971)

Alice Ericson Cosgrove was born in Concord, N.H. on February 16, 1909. Encouraged by her father, she pursued her childhood interest in art and in 1925 enrolled in the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston. She finished her studies in 1929 and shortly thereafter married Roland Cosgrove, also an artist, returning to Concord in the early 1930s with her daughter. She found steady employment with the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project in 1935 (a national program for unemployed artists during the Depression). During World War II Cosgrove drafted precision dials at the Hoyt Electrical Instrumental Works, and continued painting in her spare time. In 1946 she began working for the Planning and Development Commission of New Hampshire, designing and producing promotional artwork for the state until her retirement in 1971. Among her many projects were geological maps, posters, and covers for state publications. She created the figure of “Chippa Granite” to promote tourism and agriculture in New Hampshire and theNew Hampshire Marine Memorial on Hampton Beach. She died on December 7, 1971.

About the Alice E. Cosgrove Collection

This collection consists of correspondence, subject files, and a photographic record of the paintings, drawings, and promotional artwork done by Alice Cosgrove that were featured in a 1987 exhibit held at the University of New Hampshire Art Galleries. Major themes include portraits and New Hampshire promotional artwork. The four binders and detailed inventory accompanying the collection were prepared by Mary Louise Hancock.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder number], [Box number], Alice E. Cosgrove Papers, 1909-1971, MC-105, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donations: Mary Louise Hancock, September 13, 1990 and January 4, 1995 (Accession numbers: 910, 95.004)

Collection Contents

Series 1: Correspondence, 1968-1990

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 From Mary Louise Hancock, 1986-1990
Box 1, Folder 2To Mary Louise Hancock, A-B, 1984-1990
Box 1, Folder 3To Mary Louise Hancock, C-G, 1985-1990
Box 1, Folder 4To Mary Louise Hancock, H-P, 1985-1990
Box 1, Folder 5To Mary Louise Hancock, R-T, 1984-1990
Box 1, Folder 6To Mary Louise Hancock, W, 1968-1990
Box 1, Folder 7Unidentified, 1984-1987

Series 2: Subject Files, 1947-1990

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 8Adventures in New Hampshire
Box 1, Folder 9Air Brush Teddy Bear, 10/16/47
Box 1, Folder 10Budget for Exhibition Pictures
Box 1, Folder 11Chippa Granite
Box 1, Folder 12Christmas Cards (folder 1 of 2)
Box 1, Folder 13Christmas Cards (folder 2 of 2)
Box 1, Folder 14Designed by Alice Cosgrove (misc.)(folder 1 of 3)
Box 1, Folder 15Designed by Alice Cosgrove (misc.)(folder 2 of 3)
Box 1, Folder 16Designed by Alice Cosgrove (misc.)(folder 3 of 3)
Box 1, Folder 17Exhibits Folder (folder 1 of 2)
Box 1, Folder 18Exhibits Folder (folder 2 of 2)
Box 1, Folder 19Exhibition
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Exhibition Catalog (folder 1 of 2)
Box 2, Folder 2Exhibition Catalog (folder 2 of 2)
Box 2, Folder 3Exhibition Guest List
Box 2, Folder 4Exhibition Reception
Box 2, Folder 5Exhibition Videotape
Box 2, Folder 6Foliage Bulletins, 1948
Box 2, Folder 7Framing
Box 2, Folder 8Grant Requests to NH Charitable Fund
Box 2, Folder 9List of Photos given to UNH Library, 6/6/90
Box 2, Folder 10Marine Memorial
Box 2, Folder 11Miscellaneous
Box 2, Folder 12Memorial Service
Box 2, Folder 13NH Historical Society
Box 2, Folder 14Photographic Record given to UNH, 6/6/90
Box 2, Folder 15Publicity (folder 1 of 2)
Box 2, Folder 16Publicity (folder 2 of 2)
Box 2, Folder 17Recreational Calendars
Box 2, Folder 18Retirement
Box 2, Folder 19Samples, 1946-1953
Box 2, Folder 20University Art Galleries Loan Agreement
Box 2, Folder 21WPA Federal Art Project Exhibition

Series 3: Photographs, 1957-1971

Item 1-4Binders

Photographs (in black/white and color) of Alice Cosgrove's work (portraits, murals, advertisements, statues). Some of the images were taken from items exhibited at Alice Cosgrove: A New Hampshire Artist, University Art Galleries, University of New Hampshire, January 26 through March 12, 1987

Box 3
Folder 1 Eastern States, 1957
Folder 2Eastern States, 1959
Folder 3Montreal, Winter 1959-1960
Folder 4Eastern States, 1961
Folder 5Montreal November, 1961 Northland & Profile
Folder 6Montreal November, 1961 Northland & Profile (negatives)
Folder 7New York, Spring 1961
Folder 8Transportation Displays, Winter 1961-1962
Folder 9Autumn Extra 1962
Folder 10Avis Window, 1962
Folder 11Boston, Autumn 1962
Folder 12Boston, November 1962
Folder 13 Eastern States, 1962
Folder 14Eastern States, 1962 (slides)
Folder 15Montreal, November 1962 Arts & Crafts 1962
Folder 16Montreal, April 1962
Folder 17Mobile New York, Autumn 1962/Visitors Center, 1964
Folder 18New York Arts & Crafts, November 1962
Folder 19New York, Summer 1962
Folder 20Transportation Display Islands, Winter 1962-63 Skiing
Folder 21Transportation Display Islands, Summer 1962
Folder 22US Travel Office London, August 1962
Folder 22US Travel Office London, August 1962
Folder 23Cleveland 1963
Folder 24Left Window Columbus Ave., 1963
Folder 25Montreal, Autumn 1963
Folder 26Montreal, May 1963
Folder 27New York, Winter 1963-1964
Folder 28Photoscenic NH, Summer 1963
Folder 29Transportation Display Islands, Winter 1963-1964
Folder 30Bicentennial Concord, 1964
Folder 31Boston, Autumn 1964
Folder 32Cleveland, 1964
Folder 33Eastern States, 1964
Folder 34Eastern States, 1964 (Industrial Exhibit)
Folder 35New York, Spring 1964 Old Man of the Mountains
Folder 36New York, Summer 1964
Folder 37New York, 1964-1965
Folder 38Boston, Autumn 1965
Folder 39Boston Sportsman Show, 1965
Folder 40Eastern States, 1965 (color)
Folder 41Montreal, Winter 1965-1966
Folder 42Prison Warden Conference Boston, 1965
Folder 43Boston, Autumn 1966
Folder 44Boston Office, November 22, 1966
Folder 45Boston, Spring 1966
Folder 46Boston, Summer 1966
Folder 47Eastern States, 1966
Folder 48Liquor Warehouse Concord, October 28, 1966 (for dedication)
Folder 49Mineral Exhibit, 1966
Folder 50Boston Arcade, Autumn 1967
Folder 51Boston Window, 1967
Folder 52Eastern States & Camping Shows, 1967 & 1968
Folder 53Montreal Office, Autumn 1967
Folder 54New York Office Display, Winter 1967
Folder 55Spaulding-Potter Charitable Trusts, April 1967
Folder 56Travel Show, 1967-1968
Folder 57Alcoholics Division H&E, September 1968
Folder 58Boston Window, Spring 1968
Folder 59Display of Promotional Material (McQuaid), 1968
Folder 60Graphic Art Display, Visitor Center, October 1968
Folder 61Model for Ski Display, Eastern States, 1968
Folder 62New England Camping & Trailer Show January 24-29, 1968
Folder 63Resources, Summer 1968
Folder 64Visitor Center, State House, Summer 1968
Folder 65Boston Office Window, Winter 1969-70
Folder 66Eastern States, 1969
Folder 67New England Boat Show February 8-16, 1969
Folder 68New England Sportsman Show January 18-26, 1969
Folder 69Travel Show Reconstruction, 1969
Folder 70Boston Office Window, Autumn 1970
Folder 71Boston Office Window, Spring-Summer 1970
Folder 72Concord Liquor Store, May 1970
Folder 73Display for Coastal Problems, April 1970 (held in MA)
Folder 74Drawing of Display at New York Office, Autumn 1970
Folder 75Nashua Rest Area, 1970
Folder 76Sportsman Show, 1970
Folder 77Sunopee Display, 1970
Folder 78Eastern States, 1971
Folder 79Eastern States
Folder 80Exhibits by Cosgrove
Folder 81Model for Eastern States Display
Folder 82New England Vacation Center
Folder 83NH Coast-Uses & Problems
Folder 84Photo for Assembling
Folder 85Ski Safari Booth
Folder 86Ski Safari Booth
Folder 87Various Exhibits
Folder 88Slides

Series 4: Videotape

Box 3
Box 3, Tape 1Videotape record of the above exhibited items
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Letters & Postcards
Photographs, Slides & Negatives
Video Recordings