Guide to the WPA New Hampshire Historical Records Survey Papers, 1936-1941

Collection number: MC 32
Size: 64 boxes (23 cu.ft.)

About WPA

The Works Projects Administration (WPA) was created under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program in 1935. It was designed to provide relief for the nation’s unemployed through public work programs and was responsible for employing an average of 2.1 million people a year from 1935 to 1941. The Historical Records Survey of New Hampshire, established in 1936, was one of these public works projects. The University of New Hampshire assumed control of the project in 1939, when state sponsorship became mandatory, was directed by Eric Huddleston until its termination in 1942.

About the WPA New Hampshire Historical Records Survey Papers

The Historical Records Survey consists primarily of inventory work sheets for town, city, county, and church archives. Some records have been copied. Also included are photographs, maps, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and inventory work sheets for American imprints.

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], [Box], WPA New Hampshire Historical Records Survey Papers, 1936-1941, MC 32, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Transferred from University of New Hampshire Media Services, 1975 (Accession number: 112)

  • For additional records created by the Historical Records Survey of New Hampshire, consult the following repositories:
  • Library of Congress – inventory and transcripts of county records (under keyword search, type “New Hampshire records”)
  • New Hampshire State Library – transcripts of cemetery inscriptions (1 cu.ft.)
  • Manchester City Library – American Imprints survey (3 cu.ft.)

Collection Arrangement

The records have been maintained in the order in which they were received, according to the contents list prepared by the WPA.

Collection Contents

Series 1: Preliminary Information

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Instructions for the Preparation of Inventories of Public Records By Historical Records Survey Projects. Federal Works Agency Works Project Administration. W.P.A. Technical Series, Research and Records Circular No.5, Volume 1, 26, May 26, 1941
Box 1, Folder 2List of New Hampshire towns’ original and present names
Box 1, Folder 3List of New Hampshire towns with published histories
Box 1, Folder 4List of Land Grants and Locations
Box 1, Folder 5List of towns and cities in New Hampshire
Box 1, Folder 6List of town records copied in Office of Secretary of State
Box 1, Folder 7List of annual town reports deposited in New Hampshire State Library
Box 1, Folder 8Information re: New Hampshire towns

Series 2: Town Forms

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 9Acworth
Box 1, Folder 10Albany
Box 1, Folder 11Alexandria
Box 1, Folder 12-16Allenstown
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1-4Allenstown
Box 2, Folder 5Alstead
Box 2, Folder 6-8Alton
Box 2, Folder 9-10Amherst
Box 2, Folder 11-12Andover
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1-2Andover
Box 3, Folder 3-6Antrim
Box 3, Folder 7Barnstead
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1-5Barrington
Box 4, Folder 6Bartlett
Box 4, Folder 7Belmont
Box 4, Folder 8Bethlehem
Box 4, Folder 9-10Boscawen
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1-5Boscawen
Box 5, Folder 6-7Bow
Box 5, Folder 8Bradford
Box 5, Folder 9-12Brentwood
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1-3Brentwood
Box 6, Folder 4Bridgewater
Box 6, Folder 5-10Bristol
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1-2Bristol
Box 7, Folder 3Brookline
Box 7, Folder 4Campton
Box 7, Folder 5Canaan
Box 7, Folder 6Carroll
Box 7, Folder 7Center Harbor
Box 7, Folder 8Charlestown
Box 7, Folder 9Chatham
Box 7, Folder 10Chesterfield
Box 7, Folder 11-13Chichester
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1-8Chichester
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1-5Claremont
Box 9, Folder 6Clarksville
Box 9, Folder 7Colebrook
Box 9, Folder 8-9Conway
Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1-4Conway
Box 10, Folder 5Cornish
Box 10, Folder 6Croydon
Box 10, Folder 7-10Danbury
Box 10, Folder 11Danville
Box 11
Box 11, Folder 1Danville
Box 11, Folder 2-7Deerfield
Box 11, Folder 8Deering
Box 11, Folder 9-13Derry
Box 12
Box 12, Folder 1-5Danville
Box 12, Folder 6Dorchester
Box 12, Folder 7Dublin
Box 12, Folder 8-9Dunbarton
Box 12, Folder 10-13Durham
Box 12, Folder 14East Kingston
Box 13
Box 13, Folder 1-2East Kingston
Box 13, Folder 3Ellsworth
Box 13, Folder 4Enfield
Box 13, Folder 5-10Epping
Box 14
Box 14, Folder 1-12Epsom
Box 15
Box 15, Folder 1Epsom
Box 15, Folder 2Erroll
Box 15, Folder 3-8Farmington
Box 15, Folder 9Franconia
Box 16
Box 16, Folder 1-2Fremont
Box 16, Folder 3Gilford
Box 16, Folder 4Gilmanton
Box 16, Folder 5-8Goffstown
Box 16, Folder 9Gorham
Box 16, Folder 10Goshen
Box 16, Folder 11Greenville
Box 16, Folder 12-13Hampstead
Box 16, Folder 14Hampton
Box 16, Folder 15Hampton Falls
Box 17
Box 17, Folder 1-3Hampton Falls
Box 17, Folder 4-5Hancock
Box 17, Folder 6-9Hanover
Box 18
Box 18, Folder 1-5Hanover
Box 18, Folder 6Harrisville
Box 18, Folder 7-10Haverhill
Box 19
Box 19, Folder 1-9Haverhill
Box 20
Box 20, Folder 1-4Haverhill
Box 20, Folder 5Henniker
Box 20, Folder 6-7Hill
Box 20, Folder 8Hillsborough
Box 20, Folder 9Hollis
Box 20, Folder 10Hooksett
Box 21
Box 21, Folder 1-2Hooksett
Box 21, Folder 3-4Hopkinton
Box 21, Folder 5-7Hudson
Box 21, Folder 8Jaffrey
Box 21, Folder 9-14Kensington
Box 22
Box 22, Folder 1-6Kensington
Box 23
Box 23, Folder 1-3Kensington
Box 23, Folder 4-6Kingston
Box 24
Box 24, Folder 1Kingston
Box 24, Folder 2Lancaster
Box 24, Folder 3Langdon
Box 24, Folder 4-10Lebanon
Box 25
Box 25, Folder 1-4Lebanon
Box 25, Folder 5-7Lee
Box 25, Folder 8-9Lempster
Box 26
Box 26, Folder 1Lempster
Box 26, Folder 2Lisbon
Box 26, Folder 3-4Litchfield
Box 26, Folder 5-16Littleton
Box 27
Box 27, Folder 1-3Littleton
Box 27, Folder 4Livermore
Box 27, Folder 5-7Londonderry
Box 27, Folder 8Loudon
Box 27, Folder 9Lyme
Box 27, Folder 10Lyndeborough
Box 27, Folder 11-14Madbury
Box 28
Box 28, Folder 1Marlborough
Box 28, Folder 2Mason
Box 28, Folder 3Meredith
Box 28, Folder 4-6Merrimack
Box 28, Folder 7Middleton
Box 28, Folder 8-11Milan
Box 29
Box 29, Folder 1-4Milford
Box 29, Folder 5Millsfield
Box 29, Folder 6-7Milton
Box 29, Folder 8Monroe
Box 29, Folder 9Mont Vernon
Box 29, Folder 10-13New Boston
Box 29, Folder 14Newbury
Box 30
Box 30, Folder 1-2New Castle
Box 30, Folder 3-6New Durham
Box 30, Folder 7Newfields
Box 30, Folder 8-9Newington
Box 31
Box 31, Folder 1-3Newington
Box 31, Folder 4-6New Ipswich
Box 31, Folder 7-10New London
Box 31, Folder 11Newmarket
Box 32
Box 32, Folder 1Newmarket
Box 32, Folder 2-5Newport
Box 32, Folder 6-8Newton
Box 32, Folder 9Northfield
Box 32, Folder 10North Hampton
Box 32, Folder 11Northwood
Box 32, Folder 12Nottingham
Box 32, Folder 13Oxford
Box 32, Folder 14Ossipee
Box 33
Box 33, Folder 1-6Ossipee
Box 33, Folder 7Pelham
Box 33, Folder 8Pembroke
Box 33, Folder 9-11Peterborough
Box 33, Folder 12Pittsburg
Box 34
Box 34, Folder 1-5Pittsfield
Box 34, Folder 6Plainfield
Box 34, Folder 7Plaistow
Box 34, Folder 8-10Plymouth
Box 35
Box 35, Folder 1-8Plymouth
Box 35, Folder 9Randolph
Box 35, Folder 10Raymond
Box 35, Folder 11Rindge
Box 35, Folder 12Rollinsford
Box 35, Folder 13Roxbury
Box 35, Folder 14Rumney
Box 36
Box 36, Folder 1-2Rye
Box 36, Folder 3Salem
Box 36, Folder 4-5Salisbury
Box 36, Folder 6Sandown
Box 36, Folder 7Sandwich
Box 36, Folder 8Seabrook
Box 36, Folder 9Sharon
Box 36, Folder 10Shelburne
Box 36, Folder 11South Hampton.
Box 36, Folder 12-15Stewartstown
Box 37
Box 37, Folder 1Stewartstown
Box 37, Folder 2Stoddard
Box 37, Folder 3-4Strafford
Box 37, Folder 5Stratham
Box 37, Folder 6Sunapee
Box 37, Folder 7Surry
Box 37, Folder 8Sutton
Box 37, Folder 9Swanzey
Box 37, Folder 10Tamworth
Box 37, Folder 11Temple
Box 37, Folder 12-17Tilton
Box 37, Folder 18-19Troy
Box 38
Box 38, Folder 1Walpole
Box 38, Folder 2-3Warren
Box 38, Folder 4Washington
Box 38, Folder 5Weare
Box 38, Folder 6Webster
Box 38, Folder 7Westmoreland
Box 38, Folder 8Whitefield
Box 38, Folder 9Wilmot
Box 38, Folder 10Wilton
Box 38, Folder 11Winchester
Box 38, Folder 12-17Windham
Box 38, Folder 18Wolfeboro
Box 38, Folder 19Woodstock

Series 3: City Forms

Box 39
Box 39, Folder 1-8Concord
Box 39, Folder 9-16Dover
Box 40
Box 40, Folder 1-4Dover
Box 40, Folder 5Franklin
Box 40, Folder 6-11Keene
Box 40, Folder 12-14Laconia
Box 40, Folder 15-19Manchester
Box 41
Box 41, Folder 1-13Manchester
Box 42
Box 42, Folder 1-4Manchester
Box 42, Folder 5-7Nashua
Box 43
Box 43, Folder 1-4Nashua
Box 43, Folder 5-15Portsmouth
Box 43, Folder 16-21Rochester
Box 43, Folder 22Somersworth

Series 4: County Forms

Box 44
Box 44, Folder 1Belknap
Box 44, Folder 2-15Hillsborough
Box 45
Box 45, Folder 1-13Hillsborough
Box 46
Box 46, Folder 1-13Hillsborough
Box 47
Box 47, Folder 1-8Hillsborough
Box 47, Folder 9-10Merrimack
Box 48
Box 48, Folder 1-9Merrimack
Box 48, Folder 10-14Rockingham
Box 49
Box 49, Folder 1-5Rockingham
Box 49, Folder 6-12Strafford
Box 50
Box 50, Folder 1-13Strafford
Box 51
Box 51, Folder 1Strafford
Box 51, Folder 2-8Sullivan

Series 5: Church Records

Box 51, Folder 9Advent
Box 51, Folder 10Baptist
Box 51, Folder 11Christian
Box 51, Folder 12Christian Science
Box 51, Folder 13Congregational
Box 51, Folder 14Christian Endeavor
Box 51, Folder 15Society of Friends
Box 51, Folder 16Shakers
Box 51, Folder 17Hebrew
Box 51, Folder 18Lutheran
Box 51, Folder 19Methodist
Box 51, Folder 20New England Fellowship
Box 51, Folder 21New Jerusalem
Box 51, Folder 22Presbyterian
Box 51, Folder 23Religious Education
Box 51, Folder 24Roman Catholic
Box 51, Folder 25Salvation Army
Box 51, Folder 26Unitarian
Box 51, Folder 27Universalist
Box 52
Box 52, Folder 1Acworth
Box 52, Folder 2Allenstown
Box 52, Folder 3Alton
Box 52, Folder 4Allenstown
Box 52, Folder 5Andover
Box 52, Folder 6Antrim
Box 52, Folder 7Ashland
Box 52, Folder 8Atkinson
Box 52, Folder 9Auburn
Box 52, Folder 10Barnstead
Box 52, Folder 11Barrington
Box 52, Folder 12Bedford
Box 52, Folder 13Belmont
Box 52, Folder 14Bennington
Box 52, Folder 15Berlin
Box 52, Folder 16Bethlehem
Box 52, Folder 17Boscawen
Box 52, Folder 18Bow
Box 52, Folder 19Bradford
Box 52, Folder 20Brentwood
Box 52, Folder 21Bristol
Box 52, Folder 22Brookline
Box 52, Folder 23Campton
Box 52, Folder 24Canaan
Box 52, Folder 25Candia
Box 52, Folder 26Canterbury
Box 52, Folder 27Charlestown
Box 52, Folder 28Chester
Box 52, Folder 29Chicester
Box 52, Folder 30Claremont
Box 52, Folder 31Colebrook
Box 52, Folder 32-34Concord
Box 52, Folder 35Conway
Box 53
Box 53, Folder 1Cornish
Box 53, Folder 2Danbury
Box 53, Folder 3Danville
Box 53, Folder 4Deerfield
Box 53, Folder 5Deering
Box 53, Folder 6Deering
Box 53, Folder 7-8Dover
Box 53, Folder 9Dublin
Box 53, Folder 10Dunbarton
Box 53, Folder 11Durham
Box 53, Folder 12East Kingston
Box 53, Folder 13Effingham
Box 53, Folder 14Enfield
Box 53, Folder 15Epping
Box 53, Folder 16Epsom
Box 53, Folder 17Exeter
Box 53, Folder 18Farmington
Box 53, Folder 19Francestown
Box 53, Folder 20Franconia
Box 53, Folder 21Franklin
Box 53, Folder 22Fremont
Box 53, Folder 23Gilford
Box 53, Folder 24Gilmantnon
Box 53, Folder 25Gilsum
Box 53, Folder 26Goffstown
Box 53, Folder 27Gorham
Box 53, Folder 28Goshen
Box 53, Folder 29Grasmere
Box 53, Folder 30Greenfield
Box 53, Folder 31Greenland
Box 53, Folder 32Greenville
Box 53, Folder 33Hampstead
Box 53, Folder 34Hampton
Box 53, Folder 35Hampton Falls
Box 53, Folder 36Hancock
Box 53, Folder 37-38Haverhill
Box 54
Box 54, Folder 1Henniker
Box 54, Folder 2Hill
Box 54, Folder 3Hillsborough
Box 54, Folder 4Hollis
Box 54, Folder 5Hooksett
Box 54, Folder 6Hopkinton
Box 54, Folder 7Hudson
Box 54, Folder 8Jaffrey
Box 54, Folder 9Keene
Box 54, Folder 10Kensington
Box 54, Folder 11Kingston
Box 54, Folder 12Laconia
Box 54, Folder 13-14Lebanon
Box 54, Folder 15Lee
Box 54, Folder 16Lisbon
Box 54, Folder 17Litchfield
Box 54, Folder 18Littleton
Box 54, Folder 19Londonderry
Box 54, Folder 20Loudon
Box 54, Folder 21Lyme
Box 54, Folder 22Lyndeborough
Box 54, Folder 23Madbury
Box 54, Folder 24-28Manchester
Box 55
Box 55, Folder 1Marlboro
Box 55, Folder 2Mason
Box 55, Folder 3Melvin Village
Box 55, Folder 4Meredith
Box 55, Folder 5Merrimack
Box 55, Folder 6Milford
Box 55, Folder 7Milton
Box 55, Folder 8Mont Veron
Box 55, Folder 9Moultonborough
Box 55, Folder 10Nashua
Box 55, Folder 11New Boston
Box 55, Folder 12Newbury
Box 55, Folder 13New Durham
Box 55, Folder 14Newfields
Box 55, Folder 15New Hampton
Box 55, Folder 16Newington
Box 55, Folder 17New Ipswich
Box 55, Folder 18New London
Box 55, Folder 19Newmarket
Box 55, Folder 20Newport
Box 55, Folder 21Newton
Box 55, Folder 22North Hampton
Box 55, Folder 23Northwood
Box 55, Folder 24Nottingham
Box 55, Folder 25Ossipee
Box 55, Folder 26Pelham
Box 55, Folder 27Pembroke
Box 55, Folder 28Peterborough
Box 55, Folder 29Piermont
Box 55, Folder 30Pittsburg
Box 55, Folder 31Pittsfield
Box 55, Folder 32Plainfield
Box 55, Folder 33Plaistow
Box 55, Folder 34Plymouth
Box 55, Folder 35Portsmouth
Box 56
Box 56, Folder 1Randolph
Box 56, Folder 2Raymond
Box 56, Folder 3Rochester
Box 56, Folder 4Rumney
Box 56, Folder 5Rye
Box 56, Folder 6Salem
Box 56, Folder 7Salisbury
Box 56, Folder 8Sanbornton
Box 56, Folder 9Sandown
Box 56, Folder 10Sandwich
Box 56, Folder 11Somersworth
Box 56, Folder 12South Hampton
Box 56, Folder 13Springfield
Box 56, Folder 14Strafford
Box 56, Folder 15Stratham
Box 56, Folder 16Sunapee
Box 56, Folder 17Swanzey
Box 56, Folder 18Tamworth
Box 56, Folder 19Temple
Box 56, Folder 20Thornton
Box 56, Folder 21Tilton
Box 56, Folder 22Troy
Box 56, Folder 23Tuftonboro
Box 56, Folder 24Union
Box 56, Folder 25Unity
Box 56, Folder 26Wakefield
Box 56, Folder 27Warner
Box 56, Folder 28Warren
Box 56, Folder 29Washinggton
Box 56, Folder 30Weare
Box 56, Folder 31Webster
Box 56, Folder 32Wentworth
Box 56, Folder 33Westmoreland
Box 56, Folder 34Whitefield
Box 56, Folder 35Wilton
Box 56, Folder 36Winchester
Box 56, Folder 37Windham
Box 56, Folder 38Wolfeboro
Box 56, Folder 39Woodstock

Series 6: Forms for Manuscripts in Libraries

Box 57
Box 57, Folder 1Amherst Public Library
Box 57, Folder 2Auburn Griffin Museum
Box 57, Folder 3Candia Smyth Memorial
Box 57, Folder 4Claremount Fiske Free Library
Box 57, Folder 5Concord State Library Collections
Box 57, Folder 6-15Concord State Library Manuscripts
Box 58
Box 58, Folder 1Concord New Hampshire Historical Society
Box 58, Folder 2Concord Miscellaneous
Box 58, Folder 3Dover Woodman Institute
Box 58, Folder 4Durham (missing)
Box 58, Folder 5Exeter Brentwood Collection
Box 58, Folder 6Exeter Public Library
Box 58, Folder 7Exeter Arthur Morris Collection
Box 58, Folder 8Farmington Photograph Inventory
Box 58, Folder 9Farmington Goodwin Library
Box 58, Folder 10Franklin Public Library
Box 58, Folder 11Greenland Weeks Public Library
Box 58, Folder 12-13Hanover Dartmouth College
Box 58, Folder 14Keene Public Library
Box 58, Folder 15Lancaster Register of Deeds
Box 58, Folder 16Littleton Congregational Church
Box 58, Folder 17Londonderry Dorman Collection
Box 58, Folder 18Manchester Carpenter Memorial Library
Box 58, Folder 19Manchester Currier Art Gallery
Box 58, Folder 20Manchester Historic Association
Box 58, Folder 21Manchester St. Anselm’s College
Box 58, Folder 22Manchester American Red Cross
Box 58, Folder 23Merrimack Lowell Memorial
Box 58, Folder 24Nashua Clerk of Courts
Box 58, Folder 25Nashua Public Library
Box 58, Folder 26New Boston Lewis Collection
Box 58, Folder 27New Ipswich Historical Society
Box 58, Folder 28Dover Woodman Institute
Box 58, Folder 29Newport Richards Free Library
Box 58, Folder 30North Haverhill Chamberlin Collection
Box 58, Folder 31Peterborough Historical Society
Box 59
Box 59, Folder 1Portsmouth Athenaeum
Box 59, Folder 2Portsmouth Public Library
Box 59, Folder 3Portsmouth Warner House
Box 59, Folder 4Portsmouth Judges Chamber Courthouse
Box 59, Folder 5-7Portsmouth Aldrich House
Box 59, Folder 8Randolph Wood and Low Collections
Box 59, Folder 9Rochester Public Library
Box 59, Folder 10Rochester City Clerk and Private Collection
Box 59, Folder 11Somersworth Public Library
Box 59, Folder 12Stratham Horn Collection
Box 59, Folder 13Walpole
Box 59, Folder 14Windham Nesmith Library

Series 7: Miscellaneous

Box 59, Folder 15-16Portraits
Box 59, Folder 17Portraits: Manchester Historic Association (Paintings)
Box 59, Folder 18Portraits: Forms of Portraits
Box 59, Folder 19-20Portraits: Paintings and Statuary Forms – Complete File
Box 60
Box 60, Folder 1Portraits: New Hampshire Antiquarian
Box 60, Folder 2American Portraits
Box 60, Folder 3Currier Art Gallery
Box 60, Folder 4-7Paintings and Statuary Forms, Concord
Box 60, Folder 8Information and copy of forms concerning inventory of maps in the state
Box 60, Folder 9Maps
Box 60, Folder 10Indian Relics Depositories
Box 60, Folder 11-12Imprints: Statistics and Manuals
Box 60, Folder 13New Hampshire Libraries and their symbols with imprint locations
Box 60, Folder 141930 Census of New Hampshire Population Bulletin
Box 60, Folder 15Newspaper Forms and Miscellaneous
Box 60, Folder 16Miscellaneous School Registers
Box 60, Folder 17White Mountains
Box 61
Box 61, Folder 1League of New Hampshire Arts and Crafts, Handicrafts
Box 61, Folder 2New Hampshire Works Its Sugar Bush – Maple Products
Box 61, Folder 3Miscellaneous Newspaper Accounts of State Occurrences
Box 61, Folder 4WPA Administration and newspaper clippings about WPA
Box 61, Folder 5Historical Chronology of New Hampshire
Box 61, Folder 6Miscellaneous copies of New Hampshire Historical Documents
Box 61, Folder 7The Squalus Disaster
Box 61, Folder 875th Anniversary of UNH – Manchester Union Leader
Box 61, Folder 9Newspaper clippings re Mount Washington
Box 61, Folder 10Folklore
Box 61, Folder 11Lakes Region Guides
Box 61, Folder 12-13Miscellaneous Newspaper clippings on New Hampshire

Series 8: Inventory Forms for American Imprints

Box 62
Box 62, Folder 1-10Imprint Forms (WPA Form 22HR)
Box 63
Box 63, Folder 1-13Imprint Forms (WPA Form 22HR)
Box 64
Box 64, Folder 1-7Imprint Forms (WPA Form 22HR)
Box 64, Folder 8Letter from Frank N. Jordan, State Supervisor, Historical Records Survey, to David Jolly, Librarian at Hamilton Smith Library, University of New Hampshire, notes belonging to Jolly, October 21, 1941
Box 64, Folder 9 23 cover letters from Frank N. Jordan, State Supervisor of the Historical Records Survey to David Jolly, Hamilton Smith Library, University of New Hampshire, accompanying imprint forms (WPA Form 22HR), November 15, 1940-December 31, 1941
Box 64, Folder 10Inventory of Federal Archives in the States, Series XVII, Catalogue
Box 64, Folder 11 Inventory of Federal Archives in the States, Series XVI, Catalogue, The Historical Records Survey in New Jersey