Collection number: UA 1/7/2
Size: 1 boxes (0.33 cu.ft.)
About Mildred McAfee Horton (1900-1994)
Mildred Helen McAfee Horton (1900-1994) served on the University of New Hampshire's Board of Trustees from 1963-1974, and was the Board's Chair from 1972-1974. Previously she had been the first director of the US Navy's WAVES (Women's Reserve) program, as well as president of Wellesley College (1936-1949). During her time at UNH, she lived in Randolph, N.H. with her husband Douglas Horton.
Dr. Thomas N. Bonner (1923-2003)
Thomas Neville Bonner was president of the University of New Hampshire from 1971-1974, having previously been provost at the University of Cincinnati. His presidency came during some of the most contentious years in the University's history, marked by wide spread social upheavel and the extreme budget cuts imposed by then-governor of New Hampshire Meldrin Thompson. Despite this Bonner focused his energies on public outreach, lowering tuition, laying the foundations for the current University System of New Hampshire, and making UNH affordable and accessible for all residents of New Hampshire. UNH, he felt, should be the "people's university". He left UNH in 1974 to become president of Union College. He was also an influential writer on the history of medicine.
About the Mildred McAfee Horton Papers (1969-1974)
The Horton papers consist of two series: one reflecting social issues of the late 1960s-early 1970s such as UNH's efforts to recruit more African-American students, racially motivated protests, removal of the women's curfew, and protests against the American War in Vietnam; the second series consists of writings, press, and correspondence from Dr. Thomas Bonner who served as president of UNH from 1971-1974. Bonner published a weekly newsletter for the UNH faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents. Copies of this newsletter form the bulk of his writings in this collection, and cover a wide array of issues which shaped the university and greater society during the late 1960s to early 1970s. There are also several speeches.
Of particular interest to many researchers is Folder 6 on the Gay Student Organization at UNH. This highly controversial group attracted the ire of many (and the support of just as many others), and led to a landmark federal court case asserting their right to exist as an organization at a public university. The materials in this folder contain press releases and behind-the-scenes correspondence involving NH politicians and UNH leadership, prior to the establishment of the legal case. See also the Gay Student Organization Scrapbooks (UA 7/1/2).
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], Mildred McAfee Horton Papers, 1969-1974, UA 1/7/2, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Donation from Wellesley College, 1998 (Accession no. 98.011)
1DD7.McAfee Mildred McAfee Horton Papers at Wellesley College.
The materials donated to UNH by Wellesley College primarily consisted of Board of Trustees minutes which are duplicated elsewhere in the repository's collection, and thus were discarded. UNH's papers were originally separated from the larger collection at Wellesley.
The collection is arranged in two series: subject files which are roughly alphabetical, and the writings of Thomas Bonner, which are choronological.
Files of correspondence, press releases, newsletters, and related materials on specific topics of importance during Horton's time on the Board of Trustees.
|Box 1, Folder 1||Materials from/about Mildred Horton, 1969-1974|
|Box 1, Folder 2||Unionization of Faculty: AAUP and UNH, 1973|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Recruitment of African-American Students, 1971|
|Box 1, Folder 4||Reports on Racially-Charged Violence on Campus, 1971|
|Box 1, Folder 5||Drug and Alcohol Raids on USNH Campuses, 1973|
|Box 1, Folder 6||Gay Students Organization, 1973|
|Box 1, Folder 7||Energy Crisis, 1970s|
|Box 1, Folder 8||Model Cities Program Controversy, 1973|
|Box 1, Folder 9||UNH's Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Great Bay Oil Refinery, 1974|
|Box 1, Folder 10||Student's Rights, 1969|
|Box 1, Folder 11||Demonstrations (American War in Vietnam; other issues), Descriptions of striking organizations and activities on UNH campus, 1969-1970|
|Box 1, Folder 12||Winniford Walsh v. UNH et. al., 1973|
|Box 1, Folder 13||Removal of Women's Curfew at UNH, 1969-1970|
Presidental search materials, inauguration programs, correspondence (notably with Gov. Meldrin Thompson regarding university funding), newsletters written by Bonner on a wide array of UNH-related subjects, and press materials. See also Bonner's vertical file available by request from Special Collections staff.
|Box 1, Folder 14||Presidental Search and Inauguration Materials, 1970|
|Box 1, Folder 15||Speeches and Correspondence, 1971|
|Box 1, Folder 16||Newsletters, Press, Correspondence, Feb.-July 1972|
|Box 1, Folder 17||Newsletters, Press, Correspondence, Aug.-Dec. 1972|
|Box 1, Folder 18||Newsletters, Press, Correspondence, 1973|
|Box 1, Folder 19||Newsletters, Press, Correspondence, Resignation Materials, 1974|