Guide to the Sweetser Family Papers, 1847-1958

Collection number: MC 90
Size: 9 boxes (2.97 cu.ft.)

About the Sweetser Family

The majority of this collection contains information on Harold Caswell Sweetser (1897-1988), son of John P. Sweetser of Portsmouth, N.H. He was employed as a Helper General at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in May of 1917 and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1918. He enlisted in the Army in August 1918 and was discharged in December of the same year. In April 1918 he was promoted to Copyist Ship Draftsman, then to Chief Engineering Draftsman in 1944, and eventually to Naval Architect in 1950. By 1958, when he retired after forty years service, he was the Supervising Naval Architect. He won “The Plack” for long service at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

About the Sweetser Family Papers

The Sweetser Collection contains the personal papers of Harold C. Sweetser, much of it school and work related material dating from 1904-1974, as well as a Sweetser genealogy and miscellaneous family related items, such as correspondence, autograph books, and scrapbooks spanning the years 1847-1971. The genealogy includes both maternal and paternal sides of Harold’s family and was compiled in large part by his half-sister Katherine Sweetser. Further information can be found in the William L. Hill Collection (MC 115). Hill was Katherine Sweetser’s husband.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder number], [Box number], Sweetser Family Papers, 1847-1958, MC 90, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation, Mr. and Mirs. William Warren on behalf of the Sweetser Family, Oct 1986 (Accession number: 8657)

Collection Contents

Series 1: Harold C. Sweetser, 1906-1974

(2 boxes)
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Harold Sweetser M S School Notebook, 1906
Box 1, Folder 2Spelling Notebooks, 1911-1912
Box 1, Folder 3U.N.H. Exams, 1918
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence School, Apr 1918-Jul 1918
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence School, Apr 1918-Jul 1918
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence School, Apr 1918-Jul 1918
Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence School, Jan 1919-June 1919
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence School, Jan 1919-June 1919
Box 1, Folder 9Correspondence School, Feb 1920-Apr 1920
Box 1, Folder 10Correspondence School, Feb 1921-Oct 1921
Box 1, Folder 11Correspondence School, Feb 1921-Oct 1921
Box 1, Folder 12Correspondence School, Feb 1921-Oct 1921
Box 1, Folder 13Correspondence School, Jan 1921 and undated material
Box 1, Folder 14Vocational Education Notebook
Box 1, Folder 15Official Correspondence to Harold C. Sweetser (concerning military service), 1904-1958
Box 1, Folder 16Mass. Memorial Hospital, blood types of several men including Harold Sweetser
Box 1, Folder 17Work-related notebooks, Ship Calculations, 1922 and 1950s
Box 1, Folder 18Work-related notebooks, Ship Calculations, 1922 and 1950s
Box 1, Folder 19Work-related notebooks, Submarines Plan Nos., 1925, 1933
Box 1, Folder 20Work-related notebooks, Submarines Plan Nos., 1925, 1933
Box 1, Folder 21Work-related notebooks, undated
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Work-related notebooks, undated
Box 2, Folder 2Work-related notebooks, undated
Box 2, Folder 3Work-related notebooks, undated
Box 2, Folder 4Work-related notebooks, undated
Box 2, Folder 5Notebooks, 1930-1950
Box 2, Folder 6Notebooks, 1930-1950
Box 2, Folder 7Boat Diary, 1959-1974
Box 2, Folder 8Boat Diary, 1959-1974
Box 2, Folder 9Boat Diary, 1959-1974
Box 2, Folder 10Personal Correspondence to Harold C. Sweetser, 1924-1925, 1964
Box 2, Folder 11Guest List and Marriage Certificate of Harold C. Sweetser and Mildred Alberta Todd, Sept 11, 1926
Box 2, Folder 12Guest List and Marriage Certificate of Harold C. Sweetser and Mildred Alberta Todd, Sept 11, 1926
Box 2, Folder 13Guest List and Marriage Certificate of Harold C. Sweetser and Mildred Alberta Todd, Sept 11, 1926

Series 2: Sweetser Family Genealogical Materials, 1918-1947

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1Family Tree Data (Daughters of the American Revolution), 1920-1947
Box 3, Folder 2Family Tree Data (Daughters of the American Revolution), 1920-1947
Box 3, Folder 3Family Tree Data (Daughters of the American Revolution), 1920-1947
Box 3, Folder 4Family Tree Data (Daughters of the American Revolution), 1920-1947
Box 3, Folder 5Family Tree Data (Daughters of the American Revolution), 1920-1947
Box 3, Folder 6Family Tree Data (Daughters of the American Revolution), 1920-1947
Box 3, Folder 7Family Tree Data
Box 3, Folder 8Family Tree Data
Box 3, Folder 9Family Tree Data
Box 3, Folder 10Family Tree Data
Box 3, Folder 11Family Tree Data
Box 3, Folder 12Family Tree Data
Box 3, Folder 13Notebook on Hay and Sweetser Genealogy (ends May 1929)
Box 3, Folder 14Notebook on Sweetser Genealogy
Box 3, Folder 15Red Letter Birthday book for Mrs. John P. Sweetser, 1918

Series 3: Sweetser Family Materials, 1857-1946

(2 boxes)

Subseries A: Papers and Correspondence, 1857-1946

Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1Misc. Correspondence to Geraldine Sweetser, Alberta Todd, and unidentified Parties, 1857-1909
Box 4, Folder 2Financial Ledgers of Myra Hayes, 1863
Box 4, Folder 3Financial Ledgers of Myra Hayes, 1863
Box 4, Folder 4Financial Ledgers of Myra Hayes, 1863
Box 4, Folder 5Financial Ledgers of Myra Hayes, 1863
Box 4, Folder 6Financial Ledgers of Myra Hayes, 1863
Box 4, Folder 7A.L.S. To Ida Caswell from Abbie M. Ross, May 14, 1890
Box 4, Folder 8Misc. Correspondence, Notices, and Invitations. To Geraldine Sweetser and Unidentified Parties, 1919-1935
Box 4, Folder 9Personal and Business Correspondence to Mrs. Harold Sweetser and Ida C. Sweetser, 1930-1946
Box 4, Folder 10Personal and Business Correspondence to Mrs. Harold Sweetser and Ida C. Sweetser, 1930-1946
Box 4, Folder 11Personal and Business Correspondence to Mrs. Harold Sweetser and Ida C. Sweetser, 1930-1946
Box 4, Folder 12Patricia Sweetser: Birth Certificate and Other Certificates, 1938-1942
Box 4, Folder 13Baptism of Patricia Sweetser, June 9, 1940
Box 4, Folder 14Alberta Todd Sweetser, Feb 1919-Feb 1942
Box 4, Folder 15Settlement of Estate of Frank Lester, a.k.a Frank Sweetser, 1951
Box 4, Folder 16M. Sweetser, Farragut School, Portsmouth, N.H., n.d.

Subseries B: Autograph albums, Scrapbooks and Diaries, 1879-1936

Box 4
Box 4, Folder 17Autograph album of Edith B. Johnston, 1879-1880
Box 4, Folder 18Autograph book of Ida C. Caswell, 1880-1882
Box 4, Folder 19Autograph album Katherine Sweetser, Dec 25, 1881
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1Autograph books of Ida C. Caswell, 1882
Box 5, Folder 2Autograph books of Ida C. Caswell, 1882
Box 5, Folder 3Autograph album of Myra Sweetser, 1886
Box 5, Folder 4Diary (owner unknown), 1901
Box 5, Folder 5Autograph album of Alberta Todd Sweetser, 1920-1936
Box 5, Folder 6List of Wedding Gifts (Bride: Katharine Sweetser, Groom: unknown), n.d.
Box 5, Folder 7Address Book (undated; owner unknown)
Box 5, Folder 8Xerox copies of Bertie Sweetser's Scrapbook, (Alberta T. Sweetser), n.d.
Box 5, Folder 9Xerox copies of Bertie Sweetser's Scrapbook, (Alberta T. Sweetser), n.d.
Box 5, Folder 10Newspaper clippings from Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser: "Lonely Stories " and "Presence of Christ"
Box 5, Folder 11Newspaper clippings from Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser: "Power in the name of Jesus" and "Beauty for Ashes"
Box 5, Folder 12Newspaper clippings from the Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser
Box 5, Folder 13Newspaper clippings from the Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser: "Judgement," "God's Man at the Throttle" & "God Advice and Prayer"
Box 5, Folder 14Newspaper clippings from the Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser: "Only Trust Jesus" & "Concerning The Sabbath" etc.
Box 5, Folder 15Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser
Box 5, Folder 16Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser
Box 5, Folder 17Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser
Box 5, Folder 18Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser

Series 4: Miscellaneous Materials, 1847-1941

(3 boxes)

Subseries A: Religious Materials, 1857-1946

Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1Memorial Literature on: Edward Beaks,John P. Clark, Deacon, Joshua Lane, and Ranger Memorial Tablet, 1885-1941
Box 6, Folder 2Memorial Literature on: Edward Beaks,John P. Clark, Deacon, Joshua Lane, and Ranger Memorial Tablet, 1885-1941
Box 6, Folder 3Memorial Literature on Rev. Lucius H. Thayer, 1857-1931
Box 6, Folder 3Memorial Literature on Rev. Lucius H. Thayer, 1857-1931
Box 6, Folder 4Memorial Literature on Rev. Lucius H. Thayer, 1857-1931
Box 6, Folder 5Materials on North Congregational Church of Christ, Portsmouth:

1) pamplet [2 copies in folder 6], 1861

2) "Box Club of the North Church," Account Book, c. 1900-1919

Box 6, Folder 6North Congregational Church of Christ, Portsmouth: pamphlet, 1861
Box 6, Folder 7Publications by Rev. Lucius H. Thayer, Pastor of North Congregational Church, Portsmouth, 1913-1928
Box 6, Folder 8Publications by Rev. Lucius H. Thayer, Pastor of North Congregational Church, Portsmouth, 1913-1928
Box 6, Folder 9North Church of Portsmouth Commemorative Materials, 1915, 1921, and 1940
Box 6, Folder 10North Church of Portsmouth Commemorative Materials, 1915, 1921, and 1940
Box 6, Folder 11Misc. Religious Pamphlets, 1920-1928
Box 6, Folder 12Misc. Religious Pamphlets, 1920-1928
Box 6, Folder 13Misc. Religious Pamphlets, 1920-1928

Subseries B: Poems and Speeches, 1847-1936

Box 6, Folder 14Poem by Jacob Sweetser
Box 6, Folder 15"The Wanderer Returned," by Henry Sweetser, June 1847
Box 6, Folder 16"On The Road to Bimini," typed poem, c. 1920-1933
Box 6, Folder 17"The Plains Gem," Feb-Mar 1861
Box 6, Folder 18Typed Summaries of Speeches presented at Fifth Annual Forum on Current Problems. From New York Herald Tribune, 1936

Subseries B: Social Events, Clubs etc., 1890-1947

Box 6
Box 6, Folder 19Misc. Items: Letters, Cards, and Invitations etc., 1890-1947
Box 6, Folder 20Misc. Items: Letters, Cards, and Invitations etc., 1890-1947
Box 6, Folder 21Masons, Clubs, and Social Events, 1911-1939
Box 6, Folder 22Masons, Clubs, and Social Events, 1911-1939
Box 6, Folder 23Masons, Clubs, and Social Events, 1911-1939
Box 6, Folder 24Masons, Clubs, and Social Events, 1911-1939
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1Masons, Clubs, and Social Events, 1940-1971
Box 7, Folder 2Masons, Clubs, and Social Events, 1940-1971
Box 7, Folder 3Masons, Clubs, and Social Events, 1940-1971
Box 7, Folder 4Pamphlets - School Plays and Programs, 1910-1920
Box 7, Folder 5Misc. Correspondence, Notices, Invitations etc., 1930s
Box 7, Folder 6Misc. Correspondence, Notices, Invitations etc., 1930s
Box 7, Folder 7Misc. Correspondence, Notices, Invitations etc., 1930s

Subseries D: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, 1775-1945

Box 7
Box 7, Folder 8Centennial History of the U.S. Naval Shpiyard, Portsmouth, NH, 1775-1875
Box 7, Folder 9"Two Historic Days...Portsmouth Harbor," July 1898
Box 7, Folder 10"One Hundred and Fifty Years of Accomplishment at the Portsmouth Naval Base," 1800-1950
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1Navy Day at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Oct. 21, 1937
Box 8, Folder 2Squalus Memorial Benefit Concert, July 30, 1939
Box 8, Folder 3The Portsmouth Periscope, May 25, 1945 - Dec.21, 1945
Box 8, Folder 4The Portsmouth Periscope, May 25, 1945 - Dec.21, 1945
Box 8, Folder 5The Portsmouth Periscope, May 25, 1945 - Dec.21, 1945

Subseries E: Other, 1775-1945

Box 8, Folder 6Miscellaneous items
Box 8, Folder 7Blueprint, unidentified
Box 8, Folder 8Souvenir postcards, around 1900
Box 8, Folder 9Scrapbook on Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933

Series 5: Oversized Materials, 1814-1918

Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Folder 1Plans for Submarine Refigerator
Oversize Box 1, Folder 2Scrapbook of Harold C. Sweetser, 1916-1918
Oversize Box 1, Folder 3Certificate of Approval of Katherine Sweetser into the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Oversize Box 1, Folder 4An example of Jacob Sweetser's Penmanship, January 27, 1814
Oversize Box 1, Folder 5Diploma of Katherine Sweetser for completion of studies at Portsmouth High School, June 26, 1890