New Hampshire State Survey Committee papers, 1923-1925

Collection number: MC 131
Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About New Hampshire State Survey Committee

The genesis for the formation of the New Hampshire State Survey Committee was an article by Concord businessman W. S. Rossiter in the July 1923 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. Rossiter wrote of his concern for New Hampshire’s lack of growth, development, and general progress and called for a plan of action to revitalize the state. Major Frank Knox, president and editor of the Manchester Union and Leader, responded by publishing excerpts of the article in his newspaper and by arranging a meeting in late July with a small group of businessmen and state leaders. This meeting eventually led to the establishment of a committee headed by University of New Hampshire President Ralph D. Hetzel.

The committee, comprised of leaders in business, education, government, and industry, assigned itself the task of: 1) surveying and cataloging the resources of New Hampshire; 2) establishing a program to achieve maximum statewide development; and 3) realizing this goal by garnering active participation in the program by residents and other interests in the state, and by attracting persons and resources from outside the state. Through the establishment of several subcommittees, membership quickly mushroomed, but progress toward the survey was minimal or nonexistent. Finally, in December of 1925, President Hetzel, general chairman, recommended that any data collected by the group be turned over to the New Hampshire Council, an organization appointed by the governor, and further, that the committee be dissolved, its stated purposes unfulfilled.

About the New Hampshire State Survey Committee Papers

The New Hampshire State Survey Committee Collection contains correspondence, statements of organization and purpose, organizational rosters, meeting notes, newspaper clippings, and other papers relating to the business of the committee.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], New Hampshire State Survey Committee Papers, 1923-1925, MC 131, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA

Acquisitions Information

Donated: UNH Archives, 1994

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence to/from President Hetzel, August 1923-January 1924
Box 1, Folder 2NH State Survey Committee, July 28, 1923-August 7, 1923
Box 1, Folder 3NH State Survey Committee, August 8-August 30, 1923
Box 1, Folder 4NH State Survey Committee, September, 1923
Box 1, Folder 5NH State Survey Committee, October-December 1923
Box 1, Folder 6NH State Survey Committee, January, February 1923
Box 1, Folder 7NH State Survey Committee, March 1924
Box 1, Folder 8NH State Survey Committee, April, May 1924
Box 1, Folder 9NH State Survey Committee, December 1925
Box 1, Folder 10NH State Survey Committee, undated material
Box 1, Folder 11Agriculture Subcommittee, October-December 1923
Box 1, Folder 12Agriculture Subcommittee, January 1924-February 1925
Box 1, Folder 13Education Subcommittee, October 1923-March 1924
Box 1, Folder 14Finance Subcommittee, September 1923
Box 1, Folder 15Manufacturers and Miscellaneous Industries Subcommittee, October 1923-March 1924
Box 1, Folder 16Mineral Resources, Soils, and Climate Subcommittee, October 1923-March 1924
Box 1, Folder 17Organization and Publicity Subcommittee, October 1923-February 1924
Box 1, Folder 18Population Subcommittee, October 1923-April 1924
Box 1, Folder 19Resorts and Recreation Subcommittee, October 1923-March 1924
Box 1, Folder 20Transportation Subcommittee, October 1923-March 1924
Box 1, Folder 21Water and Electric Power Subcommittee, October 1923-March 1924


Letters & Postcards
Manuscripts & Typescripts