New England Center for Continuing Education Ephemera Files, 1969-2010

Collection number: UA 4/4/1
Size: 3 boxes (1.0 cu.ft.)

About the New England Center for Continuing Education

The New England Center for Continuing Education was established in Durham, NH in 1966. Located on 10 acres, the hotel and conference center was a cooperative venture of the six New England land grant universities (New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts-Amherst, Rhode Island and Vermont). Its mission was to support continuing education programs at the six universities, sponsor seminars and research on issues of regional importance, and serve as a conference site for all New England. Major funding for the New England Center was provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Designed by William Pereira, who built the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, the New England Center also had a restaurant, café and bar. In 1990, the UNH Department of Hospitality Management and the New England Center entered into a partnership which gave students extensive internships and practical experience working in the on-campus Conference Center Facility. However, increased competition from other hotel/conference facilities in the Seacoast and the downturn in the economy in 2001 aggravated an already challenging financial situation. There were also no available funds for necessary capital repairs and upgrades. The New England Center closed its doors in July 2010.

About the New England Center for Continuing Education, Ephemera Files

The material in this collection was gathered by Cliff Hodgdon, the NEC Conference Service Workers Supervisor, while assisting with the packing of the NEC offices in preparation for its closing. It includes menus, guest information, advertisements, citations and award certificates, a booklet of memoirs written by NEC staff and a short tribute DVD created by Hodgdon.

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], New England Center for Continuing Education Ephemera files, 1969-2010, UA4/4/1, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Transferred to archives by Cliff Hodgdon, August 2010

Separated Material

Three dimensional items such as a ground-breaking shovel, a building brick, dinner plates and a throw pillow made from NEC napkins, are stored with the University Museum.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11980-2000 Advertising and Promotion
Box 1, Folder 21990-2000Advertising and Promotion (Promo book)
Box 1, Folder 31980sDining Room Ads
Box 1, Folder 41979-2000Guest Materials
Box 1, Folder 51979-2002General Information
Box 1, Folder 6Sept. 1991-April 1992Center Stage Newsletter
Box 1, Folder 71991-1996New England Center Notes, Newsletter
Box 1, Folder 81999, 2001Leaflets, New England Conference Center & Hotel
Box 1, Folder 92010Memory Book, by NEC staff
Box 1, Folder 102010New England Center: A short film (DVD), by Cliff Hodgdon
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 11972-2001Art Gallery events
Box 2, Folder 21995Correspondence: John McConnell
Box 2, Folder 32000-2003Phantom Gourmet Awards
Box 2, Folder 41981, 1990Press Releases
Box 2, Folder 51975-1995Postcards
Box 2, Folder 61970-2002Miscellaneous items
Box 2, Folder 71968-1971Magazine articles
Box 2, Folder 8Newspaper articles, most not dated
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 11966-2008Citations and Certificates
Box 3, Folder 22004-2005Publications
Box 3, Folder 32003-2004Dinner events
Box 3, Folder 4Menus


Letters & Postcards
Minutes & Reports
Newspapers & Publications
Photographs, Slides & Negatives
Sketches & Illustrations