Guide to the Oren V. Henderson Papers, 1904-1986

Collection number: UA 3/1/7
Size: 22 boxes (1 oversize) boxes (7.63 cu.ft.)

About Oren V. Henderson (d. 1951)

Oren Vitellius "Dad" Henderson moved from Kansas to begin work at the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts in 1915. He started as the Business Secretary for the college and the Purchasing Agent for the Experiment Station. In 1920, he was promoted to Executive Secretary, and then served as the Registrar from 1925 to 1939. Henderson was also elected to the Durham Board of Selectmen, to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and to the Governor's Council, along with numerous other committees and commissions. During his political career, he was the principal promoter of the construction of the Sullivan and Scammell Bridges across the Piscataqua River. "Dad" was an avid hiker and hiked in the White Mountains, and especially on Mt. Washington, several times every summer. He also did research on the history of the State of New Hampshire, specifically focusing on the Durham area. He died in 1951.

About the Oren V. Henderson Papers

This collection contains Oren V. "Dad" Henderson's correspondence, some of his political and professional papers, as well as some items describing the history of Durham, New Hampshire. Some photos are also included.

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], Oren V. Henderson Papers, 1904-1986, UA 3/1/7, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

These records were transferred to the University Library for storage prior to the establishment of the University Archives in 1992.

Oren V. Henderson Scrapbook, Milne Special Collections & Archives

Collection Arrangement

The collections is divided into seven series. Of these, Series 1, Series 4 (Boxes 2-9) and Series 6 are arranged alphabetically, while the others are in chronological order.

Collection Contents

Series 1: State of New Hampshire and Durham Area History

(1 box)
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1A Brief History of Durham for the Youth of the Town, "Dad" conducted bus tours for Mrs. Wilcox's 8th grade students each May
Box 1, Folder 21945County Jail Investigating Committee
Box 1, Folder 3"Durham 50 Years Ago" by O.V. Henderson
Box 1, Folder 41932Durham's 200th Anniversary - Address by O.V. Henderson and event program
Box 1, Folder 5Durham Co-operative Company
Box 1, Folder 6Durham Houses
Box 1, Folder 71945"Durham Notes"
Box 1, Folder 81946Durham School District Annual meeting
Box 1, Folder 9Durham Misc.
Box 1, Folder 10"First NH Turnpike"
Box 1, Folder 11"Items of Interest about Old Durham"
Box 1, Folder 121920Joshua B. Smith
Box 1, Folder 131946Letter to the Editor concerning state motto
Box 1, Folder 14March 22, 1923Mock Town Meeting
Box 1, Folder 151940Roadside Conservation Associates in NH
Box 1, Folder 16Scammell, Alexander
Box 1, Folder 171942Strafford County Commmittee for Constitutional Amendments
Box 1, Folder 181937-1942Sullivan, John - Speeches and articles about Sullivan's life by Henderson
Box 1, Folder 19WPA, "Medicinal Herbs and Condiments Grown and Sold Successfully in New Hampshire"
Box 1, Folder 201944To the Youth of Durham - regarding the State and Durham
Box 1, Folder 211928-1934Zoning Commission

Series 2: University of New Hampshire

(2 boxes)
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11914Correspondence - Fairchild offering Henderson job as purchasing agent
Box 1, Folder 21914Account Books
Box 1, Folder 31916Correspondence - Dean Hewitt to Pres. Fairchild regarding granting of A.B. Degree
Box 1, Folder 41920Petition of student to remain in "New Hampshire House"
Box 1, Folder 51923-1946Correspondence with and about students
Box 1, Folder 61924-1938Annual Letter
Box 1, Folder 71926-1948Addresses given by Henderson
Box 1, Folder 81927-1950Correspondence regarding University
Box 1, Folder 91929-1930Annual letter to prospective students
Box 1, Folder 101930sChristmas Letters
Box 1, Folder 111934-1935Freshman Week Committee
Box 1, Folder 121934Outing Club, Correspondence concerning erecting a cabin in Tuckerman's Ravine
Box 1, Folder 131936Herman C. Fogg
Box 1, Folder 141936Notes of speech to University Club
Box 1, Folder 151937Engelhardt Inauguration Committee
Box 1, Folder 161937Convocation notes
Box 1, Folder 171937-1943Speeches, Articles and Letters with index
Box 1, Folder 181940Correspondence, Robert P. Burroughs
Box 1, Folder 191940Fundraising
Box 1, Folder 20194075th Anniversary
Box 1, Folder 211943Speech before Legislature in behalf of UNH concerning flexibility in the number of out-of-state students UNH can admit
Box 1, Folder 221943-1945War Training Programs
Box 1, Folder 231944Edward Price
Box 1, Folder 241944-1947Correspondence from Alumni
Box 1, Folder 251944Correspondence, Chris A. Allen
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 11944-1946Correspondence concerning Admission to UNH
Box 2, Folder 21944-1946Correspondence concerning Veterans
Box 2, Folder 31944-1946Correspondence UNH misc.
Box 2, Folder 41945?"UNH in the Service of the State"
Box 2, Folder 51945-1946MUB Publicity and Planning Committee
Box 2, Folder 61945-1946Memorial Exercises for the University's War Dead
Box 2, Folder 71945Bridge passes for Veterans
Box 2, Folder 81945Boston Alumni Club
Box 2, Folder 91945Philadelphia Alumni Club
Box 2, Folder 101945Correspondence, Frederick Taylor Wilson
Box 2, Folder 111945-1946Letters requesting Employment Recommendation
Box 2, Folder 121946Housing Shortage for Veterans
Box 2, Folder 131948History of Engineering Buildings - Conant, Demeritt and Kingsbury
Box 2, Folder 141949First Founders Day Exercises - Address by Henderson
Box 2, Folder 151949Class of 1924, 25th Anniversary
Box 2, Folder 161952Tribute to OVH by Edward Y. Blewett - Dedication of the Carillon
Box 2, Folder 17Anecdotes - Notebook Vol. I
Box 2, Folder 18Anecdotes - Notebook Vol. I photocopies and typed versions
Box 2, Folder 19Anecdotes - Notebook Vol. II
Box 2, Folder 20Notebook Vol. V
Box 2, Folder 21Campus Ramblings
Box 2, Folder 22"Do You Remember?"
Box 2, Folder 231893-1905Enaichsee items
Box 2, Folder 241893-1911Stories copied from NHC Monthly
Box 2, Folder 25Fraternities
Box 2, Folder 26"A Son of the Middle Border in Yankee Land" - typescript
Box 2, Folder 27Two Demeritt Halls
Box 2, Folder 28University of New Hampshire - Historical Sketch
Box 2, Folder 29Photographs

Series 3: Political

(1 box)
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1"Good Government"
Box 1, Folder 21929Old Peppersass - First Cog Railroad Locomotive - Mt. Washington, Restoration Ceremony - programs and photos
Box 1, Folder 31930sLittle Bay Bridge (from Dover Point to Newington) History
Box 1, Folder 41930-1945Little Bay Bridge (from Dover Point to Newington) History
Box 1, Folder 5New Hampshire Toll Bridge Comm.
Box 1, Folder 61936-1948Correspondence relating to NH legislature and politics
Box 1, Folder 7circa 1937Ballots - Henderson for Councilor and Alternative Delegate-at-Large
Box 1, Folder 8May 25, 1937Speech to League of Women Voters
Box 1, Folder 91939-1940Correspondence from Maurice P. Bradford - prisoner in Concord serving life sentence
Box 1, Folder 101939Dad Henderson for Executive Council advertisement
Box 1, Folder 111941-1947NH Politics Misc.
Box 1, Folder 121942-1946Correspondence, Styles Bridges
Box 1, Folder 131943Correspondence, Gov. Robert O. Blood
Box 1, Folder 141944-1946Correspondence, Sherman Adams
Box 1, Folder 151944-1945Correspondence, Norris Cotton
Box 1, Folder 161944-1946Correspondence, Charles M. Dale
Box 1, Folder 171944Correspondence, J. Walker Wiggin
Box 1, Folder 181944-1947Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Box 1, Folder 191945-1946Committee to Study Youth and Juvenile Problems
Box 1, Folder 201945Correspondence, C.T. Henderson
Box 1, Folder 211945Correspondence, NH Historical Society
Box 1, Folder 221945-1956Correspondence, Blaylock Atherton
Box 1, Folder 231945-1946Correspondence, Chester E. Merrow
Box 1, Folder 241945-1946Correspondence, Harry O. Page
Box 1, Folder 251945Memorial Day Address
Box 1, Folder 261946Americans United for World Organization
Box 1, Folder 27circa 1946Seacoast Regional Development Assn. - Report of Pres. Henderson
Box 1, Folder 28Correspondence, Perley I. Fitts
Box 1, Folder 291947-1950Boys' State - speech and article
Box 1, Folder 30circa 1949"Sales Tax"

Series 4: World War I and II

(9 boxes)
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11918Memo from Pres. Hetzel
Box 1, Folder 21918Deferred Classification for Cooperative Extention Employees (files of J.G. Kendall)
Box 1, Folder 31919Correspondence, "New Hampshire College in the World War" (Richard Whoriskey)
Box 1, Folder 41919"New Hampshire College in the World War" manuscript
Box 1, Folder 51919Working copy of "New Hampshire College in the World War"
Box 1, Folder 61922Men Who Lost Their Lives in WWI
Box 1, Folder 71943-1944V-mail to Students Overseas
Box 1, Folder 81944Notes and lists (WWII)
Box 1, Folder 91944-1945WWII Tallys
Box 1, Folder 101944-1945The New Hampshire Alumnus Directory of Alumni in Service
Box 1, Folder 111944-1950WWII misc.
Box 1, Folder 121944-1950WWII misc. correspondence
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 11944-1946Letters from Veterans - A
Box 2, Folder 21944-1946Letters from Veterans - B
Box 2, Folder 31944-1946Letters from Veterans - C
Box 2, Folder 41944-1946Letters from Veterans - D
Box 2, Folder 51944-1946Letters from Veterans - E
Box 2, Folder 61944-1946Letters from Veterans - F
Box 2, Folder 71944-1946Letters from Veterans - G
Box 2, Folder 81944-1946Letters from Veterans - H
Box 2, Folder 91944-1946Letters from Veterans - I-J
Box 2, Folder 101944-1946Letters from Veterans - K
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 11944-1946Letters from Veterans - L
Box 3, Folder 21944-1946Letters from Veterans - M
Box 3, Folder 31944-1946Letters from Veterans - N
Box 3, Folder 41944-1946Letters from Veterans - O and Okalovich photos
Box 3, Folder 51944-1946Letters from Veterans - P
Box 3, Folder 61944-1946Letters from Veterans - Q-R
Box 3, Folder 71944-1946Letters from Veterans - S
Box 3, Folder 81944-1946Letters from Veterans - T-V
Box 3, Folder 91944-1946Letters from Veterans - W-Z
Box 3, Folder 101944-50Letters from Parents of Deceased WWII Veterans, A-D
Box 3, Folder 111944-50Letters from Parents of Deceased WWII Veterans, E-I
Box 3, Folder 121944-50Letters from Parents of Deceased WWII Veterans, J-P
Box 3, Folder 131944-50Letters from Parents of Deceased WWII Veterans, Q-Z
Box 3, Folder 14"Above and Beyond the Call of Duty" typed pp. 1-50
Box 3, Folder 15"Above and Beyond the Call of Duty" typed pp. 51-100
Box 3, Folder 16"Above and Beyond the Call of Duty" typed pp. 101-157

Series 5: WWII Service Record for individuals

Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1Abbott-Ayer
Box 4, Folder 2Bacon-Bassett
Box 4, Folder 3Batchelder-Benner
Box 4, Folder 4Bennett-Bouras
Box 4, Folder 5Bourdon-Brown, C.
Box 4, Folder 6Brown, G.-Buttrick
Box 4, Folder 7Cahall- Chandler
Box 4, Folder 8Chapman-Clark
Box 4, Folder 9Clement-Costanzo
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1Costello-Cutter
Box 5, Folder 2Doggett-Day
Box 5, Folder 3Dearborn-Dowing
Box 5, Folder 4Downs-Dyott
Box 5, Folder 5Eadie-Eynon
Box 5, Folder 6Fahey-Flair
Box 5, Folder 7Flanagen-Furnans
Box 5, Folder 8Gagnon-Getchell
Box 5, Folder 9Gibbs-Gordon
Box 5, Folder 10Gorfinkle-Guilmette
Box 5, Folder 11Hayner-Harriott
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1Harris-Henderson
Box 6, Folder 2Hendrick-Holmes
Box 6, Folder 3Holt-Hussey
Box 6, Folder 4Ide-Isaak
Box 6, Folder 5Jackson-Johnson, C.
Box 6, Folder 6Johnson, D.-Judkins
Box 6, Folder 7Jabe-Kerr
Box 6, Folder 8Kershaw-Kustra
Box 6, Folder 9Labelle-Lempke
Box 6, Folder 10Lennon-Lustberg
Box 6, Folder 11Macalaster-Marsh
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1Marshall-McHale
Box 7, Folder 2McIntire-Messer
Box 7, Folder 3Metalious-Moore
Box 7, Folder 4Morang-Mussman
Box 7, Folder 5Newell-Nylander
Box 7, Folder 6Oakes-Oullette
Box 7, Folder 7Page-Perfect
Box 7, Folder 8Perkins-Platt
Box 7, Folder 9Platis-Quint
Box 7, Folder 10Raby-Reid
Box 7, Folder 11Reinhart-Roberts
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1Robertson-Ryder
Box 8, Folder 2Safir-Scammon
Box 8, Folder 3Schiavoni-Shea
Box 8, Folder 4Sheahan-Smith
Box 8, Folder 5Snell-Sterling
Box 8, Folder 6Stetson-Szalucka
Box 8, Folder 7Tabb-Thyng
Box 8, Folder 8Tibbetts-Twyon
Box 8, Folder 9Ulricson-Vollkommer
Box 8, Folder 10Waite-Wells
Box 8, Folder 11Williams-Wyman
Box 8, Folder 12Wendell-Willey
Box 8, Folder 13Xanthaky-Young
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1War Service Records, WWII (Killed in Action), A-G
Box 9, Folder 2War Service Records, WWII (Killed in Action), H-M
Box 9, Folder 3War Service Records, WWII (Killed in Action), N-S
Box 9, Folder 4War Service Records, WWII (Killed in Action), T-Y

Series 6: Personal and Family

(1 box)
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11904-1939Correspondence - Postcards
Box 1, Folder 21913Correspondence - Henderson and Pres. Fairchild
Box 1, Folder 31914-1938Trips to Mountains - photos
Box 1, Folder 41916-1939Trips to Mountains
Box 1, Folder 51920Appalachian Mountain Club - "Guide to Paths in the White Mountains and Adjacent Regions" Part 1 and 2 with maps
Box 1, Folder 61926-1930Durham School pictures - Henrietta Henderson
Box 1, Folder 71927-1936Family Memorabilia
Box 1, Folder 81932-50Personal Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 91942Desk Calendar/Diary
Box 1, Folder 101943-1947Correspondence - Lon Nickels, Atwood, Kansas
Box 1, Folder 111945Land - Broward County, FL
Box 1, Folder 121945-1946Receipts - Fred Knight's Auto Repairs
Box 1, Folder 131945-1947Receipts - donations
Box 1, Folder 141951Correspondence - 50th wedding anniversary
Box 1, Folder 15September 1951Obituaries and Eulogy by Rev. Bunker for Henderson
Box 1, Folder 161951Correspondence - on death of O.V. Henderson
Box 1, Folder 171956-1958Bible Study at UNH, Funds provided by Mrs. O.V. Henderson
Box 1, Folder 181958Correspondence - death of Mrs. Henderson
Box 1, Folder 191986Helen Henderson Scull - Notes
Box 1, Folder 20Letterhead

Series 7: Newspaper Clippings

(1 oversize box)
Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Folder 11937Act relating to daylight saving time
Oversize Box 1, Folder 21935-1937Acts relating to Sullivan and Scammell Bridges
Oversize Box 1, Folder 31943Dover Point and Bellamy River Bridge Refunding Bond
Oversize Box 1, Folder 41932-1939Durham
Oversize Box 1, Folder 51912-1913Durham articles by Ralph D. Paine
Oversize Box 1, Folder 61933-1939General Sullivan
Oversize Box 1, Folder 71930-1933Little Bay Bridge Proposal
Oversize Box 1, Folder 81933 and 1938Mt. Washington
Oversize Box 1, Folder 91910New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts
Oversize Box 1, Folder 10Obituaries and Tributes
Oversize Box 1, Folder 111934Sullivan Bridge Dedication
Oversize Box 1, Folder 121951Resolution of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of OVH
Oversize Box 1, Folder 13Resolution of the illness of "Dad" Henderson
Oversize Box 1, Folder 14UNH Alumni
Oversize Box 1, Folder 15UNH Anecdotes
Oversize Box 1, Folder 161941UNH Ben Thompson's Birthday
Oversize Box 1, Folder 171939 and 1944UNH Commencements
Oversize Box 1, Folder 18UNH Faculty and Staff
Oversize Box 1, Folder 191926-1949UNH Growth
Oversize Box 1, Folder 201943Life Magazine "Girls ROTC"
Oversize Box 1, Folder 211939UNH Mother's Day
Oversize Box 1, Folder 221933UNH New Recreation Area
Oversize Box 1, Folder 231925-1926UNH Sports
Oversize Box 1, Folder 241942UNH World War II
Oversize Box 1, Folder 25Misc. Subjects unrelated to UNH or Durham