Thelma Brackett Papers, 1922-1994

Collection number: UA 3/4/5
Size: 2 boxes (0.53 cu.ft.)

About Thelma Brackett

Thelma Brackett was born in Helena, Montana, October 27, 1896. She attended grade school in Jamaica, N.Y. and high school in San Diego, Calif. In 1919, she graduated with a Latin major from the University of California and went on to Library School in Sacramento. In 1931, she became the State Librarian of New Hampshire until 1942, when President Englehardt asked Miss Brackett to become the UNH Librarian. She held that position until she retired in 1962. She was also a member of numerous local committees including the Silver Squares, FISH, OAM and the Durham Historic Association. In her spare time, she enjoyed weaving, spinning, quilting, and knitting and was instrumental in organizing what is now known as the League of N.H. Craftsmen.

About the Thelma Brackett Papers

This series contains Thelma Brackett's correspondence, articles written by Thelma, and photographs which were collected by Jane Kaufman, who complied them into a brief biography.

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], Thelma Brackett Papers, 1922-1994, UA 3/4/5, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

These records were given to the Archives by Jane Kaufman on December 13, 1995.

University Library Records, UA 3/4/2, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in its original order, though it has been divided into two series as follows: Series I: Papers and Series II: Photographs.

Collection Contents

Series 1: Papers

(1 box)
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11922-1925Siskiyou County Public Libraries
Box 1, Folder 21927"Hair Wreaths and Hair Ornaments"
Box 1, Folder 31928"The Museum Library"
Box 1, Folder 41930Radio talks: "Distilling History from Quilt Names," "Japanese Stencils"
Box 1, Folder 5Christmas 1932"Of the Impossible," Brandon, VT.
Box 1, Folder 61932Pascal d'Angelo, research project
Box 1, Folder 71934Penguin letters
Box 1, Folder 81935Letters from Jessie Doe
Box 1, Folder 91940Trip to Smoky Mountains
Box 1, Folder 10January-June, 1953Travel sabbatical
Box 1, Folder 111955ACLU letter
Box 1, Folder 121944Letter to William Horton re: Brackett family
Box 1, Folder 13ca. 1944The Right to Be Different, by TB
Box 1, Folder 141963Summer trip with Margaret Owen
Box 1, Folder 151968One A Month (OAM)
Box 1, Folder 161973Letters to the Editor
Box 1, Folder 171984Leaving for Havenwood
Box 1, Folder 18Thelma's Early Life
Box 1, Folder 19Quilting and Weaving
Box 1, Folder 20League of New Hampshire Craftsmen
Box 1, Folder 21Nature Conservancy Life Membership (certificate)
Box 1, Folder 221970, 1980Articles by Thelma
Box 1, Folder 23Havenwood
Box 1, Folder 241988Pillow Project
Box 1, Folder 25Margaret Owen
Box 1, Folder 26Funny Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 27Durham
Box 1, Folder 28Doctor of Humane Letters
Box 1, Folder 29Newspaper Articles about Thelma
Box 1, Folder 30Obituaries
Box 1, Folder 31Thelma Bracket, 1896-1994, by Jane Kaufman
Box 1, Folder 32June 22, 1994Audio tape: Kim Billings Interview with Thelma

Series 2: Photographs

(1 box)
Box 1, Folder 1Siskiyou County Public Library
Box 1, Folder 2Nina Brown
Box 1, Folder 3Jessie Doe
Box 1, Folder 4Quilts
Box 1, Folder 5House in Durham
Box 1, Folder 6Photos used in biography by Kaufman
Box 1, Folder 7Thelma at Havenwood


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