Guide to the Smyth Prize Essays, 1881-1897

Collection number: UA 7/4/2
Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About Gov. Frederick Smyth and the Smyth Prize

Gov. Frederick Smyth was a Trustee and the Treasurer for the Board of Trustees of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts from 1866 to 1897. Smyth started and funded a competition known as the Smyth Prize for writing, reading and elocution for students of the agricultural college. The competitions were held from 1881 until 1904. After Smyth's death in 1899 the prize money came from provisions in his will and then was funded by his wife Marion C. Smyth. The prizes ranged from $25 to $10. The essay and elocution competitions were open to the senior and middle class while the reading competition was only open to first year students. The agricultural college was founded in 1866 in Hanover, NH. In 1893 it moved to Durham, NH and became the University of New Hampshire in 1923.

About the Smyth Prize Essays

This series contains essays that were written for the Smyth Prize in writing. They were submitted anonymously with the result that the authors and year of many of the essays are not identified. Identification came when the essay won a prize. The essays are arranged by year and then by prize. The essays which were not identified either by year or by author are at the end of the series in alphabetical order by title.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Smyth Prize Essays, 1881-1897, UA 7/4/2, 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.

See also collection UA 7/4/3 for the programs of the New Hampshire College Interscholastic Prize Speaking.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11883-1904Smyth Prize Speaking programs
Box 1, Folder 218812nd Prize - Barnard, Henry Lyman Class of 1881 - Machinery an Index of Civilization
Box 1, Folder 318821st Prize - Dewey, Edwin P. Class of 1882 - Present Relation of Free Trade to American Manufactures
Box 1, Folder 418822nd Prize - Boutwell, Harvey L. Class of 1882 - The Present Relation of Free Trade to American Manufactures
Box 1, Folder 518831st Prize - Woodward, Charles M. Class of 1883 - The Agricultural Problems of New England
Box 1, Folder 618832nd Prize - Kelley, Elmer D. Class of 1883 - The Mechanical Application of Electricity
Box 1, Folder 718841st Prize - Kimball, Herbert H. Class of 1884 - Electricity as a Motive Power
Box 1, Folder 818842nd Prize - Comings, Ernest S. Class of 1884 - The Relation of Protective Tariff to Agriculture
Box 1, Folder 91885The Future of American Agriculture
Box 1, Folder 1018861st Prize - Hardy, Arthur W. Class of 1887 - The Influence of Mechanical Inventions on Agriculture and Agricultural Labors
Box 1, Folder 1118871st Prize - Savage, Hiram N. Class of 1887 - Technical Instruction in the Common Schools
Box 1, Folder 1218872nd Prize - Sanborn, George A. Class of 1887 - Progress in the Iron Manufacture
Box 1, Folder 1318881st Prize - Smith, John W. Class of 1888 - The Work of the Mechanical Engineer
Box 1, Folder 141888The Relation of the Department of Agriculture or Agriculture
Box 1, Folder 1518892nd Prize - Gillis, Linwood C. - The Relation of the Department of Agriculture to the Agricultural Interests of the Country
Box 1, Folder 1618901st Prize - Stone, Edward P. Class of 1891 - The Work of Sawes and Gilbert
Box 1, Folder 1718902nd Prize - Preston, Joseph F. Class of 1890 - Work of Sir Joseph Withworth
Box 1, Folder 181890Slack, Clarence I. Class of 1890 - Works of Sir Joseph Whitworth
Box 1, Folder 1918912nd Prize - Cole, Ernest G. Class of 1891 - The Work of Liebig
Box 1, Folder 201897Moore, Herbert Fisher Class of 1898 - Local Telephone Systems
Box 1, Folder 21Moore, Herbert Fisher Class of 1898 - Local Telephone Systems
Box 1, Folder 22The Development of Mechanical Engineering
Box 1, Folder 23The Development of Mechanical Engineering
Box 1, Folder 24Emigration
Box 1, Folder 25The Future of American Agriculture
Box 1, Folder 26Money and Banking
Box 1, Folder 27Political Economy Essay, Subject : Trade Unions and Strikes
Box 1, Folder 28The Relations of the Department of Agriculture to Agriculture
Box 1, Folder 29Work of the Mechanic Engineers