Guide to the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire Papers, 1950-1987

Collection number: MC 65
Size: 2 boxes (0.66 cu.ft.)

About the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire

The Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire, Inc., was formed at a meeting held on September 19, 1950, in “The Little Red School House,” Wakefield, with 13 local historical societies represented. Incorporated in October 1951, with 24 Charter Members, the non-profit Association grew by the end of its first 25 years to include over 100 local societies, museums, libraries, and other organizations formed for general historical or allied purposes.

Through periodic meetings consisting of programs of state-wide and regional interest, and through publications, the Association stimulates the activities of – as well as assists in the exchange of information among – its member societies in the identification, acquisition, preservation and/or dissemination of historical knowledge, materials, artifacts, and sites.

About the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire Papers

The collection consists mostly of copies of minutes, publications, and survey forms (1968) of individual towns regarding their “Historic Assets.” Also included are letters, clippings, and photographs concerning “town bicentennial quilts.”

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire Papers, 1950-1987, MC 65, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Multiple acquisitions:

  • Donation, AHSNH, Mrs. Ilsey, Pres., and Patrick Collins, V.P., March 26, 1982 (Accession number: 8177)
  • Donation, Phil Wilcox, January 30, 1986 (Accession number: 8564)
  • Donation, AHSNH, David L:. Willis, Pres., May 4, 1988 (Accession number 8758)

Collection Contents

Series 1: Minutes of Meetings, 1950-1983

Subseries A: Director’s Meeting Minutes

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Feb 11, 1967; Jan 27, June 22, Oct 26, 1968; Jan 25, April 26, June 28, Aug 23, Oct 25, 1969; Jan 24, April 25, June 27, 1970; Feb 27, April 24, June 26, Aug 28, 1971; Jan 22, 1972

Subseries B: General meetings

Including programs of meetings, miscellaneous materials, including by-laws, rosters of officers, ballots, attendance records, etc.

Box 1, Folder 21950-1955
Box 1, Folder 3Apr 1956 - Oct 1957
Box 1, Folder 4Apr 1958 - Oct 1960 (includes By-Laws and Revisions)
Box 1, Folder 51961-1965
Box 1, Folder 6Jan 1966 - Aug 1968
Box 1, Folder 7Aug 1968; Attendance 1970
Box 1, Folder 81971-1975

Series 2: Financial Statements, 1974-1976

Box 1, Folder 9Treasurer's Statements: Oct 26, 1974 - Oct 25, 1975; June 4, 1976 - Aug 27, 1976, Aug 27, 1976 - Oct 23, 1976

Series 3: Disposition of Papers, 1981-1982

Box 1, Folder 10Disposition of Papers
  • TLS, May 15, 1981, Philip Wilcox from Patrick Collins (Vice-President AHSNH)
  • TLS, copy, May 21, 1981, Patrick Collins from Philip Wilcox
  • TL, April 6, 1982, Patrick Collins from Barbara White, thanking him for the association’s records
  • TLS, Sept 16, 1982, Philip Wilcox from Adrian Paradis, Phoenix Publishing, re: back issues of The Associate
  • TLS, copy, Sept 12, 1982, Adrian Paradis from Phil Wilcox, re: Wilcox’s actions at Dimond library regarding papers. Sept. 1982, Inventory of AHSNH in Dimond Library
  • ALS, n.d. to Phil Wilcox from Etta Drake
  • TLS Sept 7, 1982, Philip Wilcox from Lawrence P. Hall, re: safe storage of records

Series 4: Bicentennial Quilts (Mainly Correspondence), 1978

Box 1, Folder 11Belmont, Boscawen, Chichester
  • Belmont: ALS, Mar 1978, Thelma Peaslee from Mrs. George Mohle, Belmont N.H.
  • Boscawen: TLS, Jan 23, 1978, T. Peaslee from Virginia L. Colby, Secretary of Boscawen Historical Society
  • Boscawen: TLS, Feb 8, 1978, T. Peaslee from Virginia L. Colby
  • Belmont: Feb 19, 1978, Letter, T. Peaslee from Belva S. Molhe
  • Chichester: Jan 23, 1978, T. Peaslee from Mrs. Frank B. Hatch, Jr., Sec-Treasurer, Chichester Historical Society
Box 1, Folder 12Concord (East), Deerfield
  • East Concord Bicentennial Quilt, picture and explanation
  • Deerfield Community Church Bicentennial Quilt
Box 1, Folder 13Epsom Quartimillenial Quilt (1727-1977) prepared as a gift to the town of Epsom
Box 1, Folder 14Goffstown, Hopkinton, Londonderry
  • Goffstown: Jan 11, 1978, Newspaper clipping, Goffstown News Banner Bulletin, Rockingham County Edition “Goffstown Quilt Wins in National Contest”
  • Hopkinton: ACS, Jan 14, 1978, to Thelma Peaslee from Doris Luneau, Librarian Hopkinton Village Library, Picture
  • Londonderry: Postcard/Picture of the Londonderry Bicentennial Quilt
Box 1, Folder 15Meredith, Newington, Newport, Ossibpee, Penacook, Peterborough
  • Meredith: TLS, Jan 11, 1978, to Thelma Peaslee from Mrs. T. Curtis Lloyd, Secretary of Meredith Historical Society
  • Newington: AC, Thelma Peaslee from ? re: Mrs. Norman Myers, Newington Historical Society is contact
  • Newport: ALS, April 12, 1978, Thelma Peaslee from Mrs. Irene W. Cain, Newport N.H.
  • Ossipee: ALS, Aug 21, 1978, Thelma Peaslee from Norman G. Nickerson, Chocorua N.H.
  • Penacook: ANS, Feb 1978, Thelma Peaslee from Marjorie Rolfe, Penacook N.H.
  • Peterborough: TLS, Mar 8, 1978, Thelma Peaslee from Peterborough Historical Society
Box 1, Folder 16Raymond
  • Raymond: ANS, Feb 5, 1978, Thelma Peaslee from Ruth Brooks Hoffman, regarding bicentennial quilt
  • ACS, n.d., from Thelma Peaslee in Sun City, Arizona

Series 5: Historical Assets Surveys (HAS)

Box 1, Folder 17Preliminary Historical Assets Survey and List of Towns Responding
Box 1, Folder 18Boscawen; Brentwood; Charlestown
Box 1, Folder 19Claremont; Cornish; Danville; Derry; Durham
Box 1, Folder 20Effingham; Enfield; Epsom; Exeter; Farmington
Box 1, Folder 21Greenland; Hanover; Harrisville; Hillsborough; Hollis; Hopkinton; Hudson; Keene
Box 1, Folder 22Kingston; Lebanon; Lempster; Lisbon; Lyme; Marlborough
Box 1, Folder 23Mason; New Durham; New Hampton; Newington; Newmarket
Box 1, Folder 24Ossipee; Portsmouth (missing); Raymond; Rochester; Salem
Box 1, Folder 25Salisbury; Sanbornton; Sandown; Sandwich
Box 1, Folder 26Seabrook; Stratford; Tamworth; Temple
Box 1, Folder 27Wakefield; Walpole; Westmoreland; Wilton; Webster

Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1966-1983

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Amherst: The Century Club By-Laws and Brief History
Box 2, Folder 2Claremont: Playable Old Tracker-Action Organs in New Hampshire
Box 2, Folder 3Concord: New Hampshire Alliance for Arts Education, May 1, 1976

Concord: June, 7, 1976, Mimeo letter to Arts Managers and N.H. Arts Commission, Grant Recipients from Dan Savage and Miriam Woodruff, N.H. Arts Advocacy Co-chairpersons, re: Meeting

Box 2, Folder 4Durham: Durham Century Club Chart of Ancestors (blank form)
Box 2, Folder 5Jaffrey, Keene
  • Jaffrey: TLS, May 14, 1976, Mrs. Etta Drake from Robert and Molly MacCready, co-presidents of Jaffrey Historical Society, outlining the program for the June 26 meeting
  • Jaffrey Historical Society Newsletter, June 1976, August 1976
  • Keene: A few notes on the building, the organ, and the music of Grace United Methodist Church, Keene N.H.
  • Keene: Oct 19, 1974, Officers of AHSNH for 1975
  • Keene: TLS copy, June 14, 1976, Etta Drake from Norma T. Spicher (Keene State College Reference Dept.) requesting a list of historical societies and associations in N.H.
Box 2, Folder 6Manchester
  • Manchester: Oct 28, 1977, article from Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader “N.H. Historical Societies View Sites.”
  • Manchester: Invitation to the Manchester Bank to see the “Nancy Flyer”
Box 2, Folder 7Sandwich: Annual Excursion of the Sandwich Historical Society, 47th, Aug 25, 1966; 51st, Aug 20, 1970; 52nd, Aug 22, 1971; Sandwich, New Hampshire: A Town in Time, 1976, 2 copies
Box 2, Folder 8Wakefield, Wolfeboro
  • Wakefield: 1980-1981 Year Book, Parish Helpers
  • Wakefield: Aug 26, 1975, Article from Manchester Union Leader, “N.H. Historical Societies Gather to Celebrate Silver Anniversary of the Association’s Founding,” held at Little Red School House in Wakefield
  • Wolfeboro: 1982-1983, Wolfeboro Senior Citizens Club Calendar
Box 2, Folder 9Association of Historical Societies of N.H. data sheet, Blank AHSNH Membership Scroll (in Roll)

Series 7: Publications, 1970-1987

Subseries A: Directories

Box 2, Folder 10Directory of N.H. Historical Socieies and Historical Information, 1970-1971; “Inventory of Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire; File Box in Dimond Library, Durham, N.H. September 1982 by Phil Wilcox”; N.H. Historical Markers, State Historical Commission, 1974

Subseries B: Yearbooks and By-Laws (multiple copies of both)

Box 2, Folder 111975-1976, 1976-1977
Box 2, Folder 121977-1978, 1978-1979
Box 2, Folder 131979-1980
Box 2, Folder 141980-1981
Box 2, Folder 151981-1982
Box 2, Folder 161982-1983, 1983-1984, 1984-1985, 1985-1986, 1986-1987

Subseries C: Newsletters

Box 2, Folder 171967-1971
  • 1967: February, April, May, August, October
  • 1968: February, April, June, August, October
  • 1969: February, June, August, October
  • 1970: February, April, June, August, October
  • 1971: April, June, August, October
Box 2, Folder 181972-1975
  • 1972: April, June, August, October
  • 1973: April, August, October
  • 1974: April, June, August, October, November
  • 1975: April, June, July, September
Box 2, Folder 191976-1979
  • 1976: March, June, August, October
  • 1977: March, June, October
  • 1978: January, April, June, August, October
  • 1979: April, October
Box 2, Folder 201980-1988
  • 1980: February, April, August, October
  • 1982: April, June, August, October
  • 1983: April, June, August, October
  • 1988: April

Series 8: Photographs, 1958-1970

Box 2, Folder 21
  • 1. Past Presidents of AHSNH, Tuftonboro, 1970 [Philip Wilcox, 1958-1960; Alexander Livingstone, 1960-1962; Prescott Hall, 1962-1964; Dorothy Wilcox, 1968-1970]
  • 2. Board of AHSNH, Tuftonboro, 1970 [Mrs. Dona Parks, C.S.; Lawrence Hall, R.S.; Gardner Mills, P.; Dorothy Wilcox, Ret.P.; Cecil Dustin, Tr.; Mrs. Melvin Watts, Ex.Com.; Edward Wood, V.P.]
  • 3. Dorothy Wilcox presenting gavel to Gardner Mills, Tuftonboro, Oct 1970