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    Louis Bell (1837-1865) was a lawyer born in Chester, NH. His wife was Mary Anne "Mollie" Persis Bouton of Concord, NH. He served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 4th New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment, and was killed in action at Fort Fisher, North Carolina…
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    Chip Hendrickson (1932-2005) was a dance caller and dance historian. He recorded many 45 rpm records for the Top Caller and Grenn labels in the genres of Western square dance, New England square dance, contra dance, and 18th century historical dance…
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    Charlie E. Holt led the UNH Men's hockey team from 1968-86. He died from cancer on March 17, 2000. This collection contains mostly newspaper clippings and articles written about Holt and his carreer as a hockey player, coach and mentor.
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    Major Judge Ivorey Cobb (1911-1992) was the first minority/African American judge in New Hampshire, serving in the position from 1964-1986. He graduated from Suffolk University in 1962, and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in 1965. Cobb served…
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    The Tuesday Afternoon Club is a women's club in Durham, New Hampshire. Founded in 1894, its mission is "to promote the mutual improvement and social enjoyment of its members". This collection consists of history, minutes, photographs, correspondence, constitutions, and activity programs dated 1894-…
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    Joseph Seccombe (1706-1760) was a parish minister in Kingston, N.H. A sermon by Rev. Seccombe, titled Business and Diversion inoffensive to God...A Discourse utter’d in Part at Ammauskeeg-Falls, in the Fishing-Season, is the earliest known document pertaining to recreation published during the…
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    Matthew Harvey Watson (2 June 1891 Sutton NH - 7 March 1970 Taftsville VT) was the son of James Harvey Watson (1847-1899) and Emma Wheeler (1857-1942). He married Addie Mae Rogers (ca. 1897 Vermont - ?) in 1915; they had two children. The two volumes of Watson's diary cover the years 1922-1925 when…
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    Elizabeth Jewett (1822-1908) was the daughter of Ahimaaz Jewett and Eliza Scott of Peterborough NH. She married first Samuel C. Clement (d. 1846) in 1845, and second William B. Hale of Savannah Georgia and Upton, MA. Elizabeth was a school teacher, highly literate and a world traveler. The…
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    The Stevens family of Meredith, New Hampshire consisted of Ebenezer Stevens (1810-1901), his first Therina P. Osgood (1811-1845) and their three children, and his second wife Cassandra Swansey (1818-1901) and their daughter Alice Swansey Stevens (1849…
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    Asa Barker Cole (15 May 1785 Boxford MA - 13 June 1860 Whitefield NH) was the son of Solomon Cole and Mehitable Barker. He married Lydia Howland in 1830 in Whitefield and made his living as a farmer. The diary (ca. 1840-1850) details planting, equipment, hauling wood, and other typical farm…
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    Roy Tebbetts/Tibbitts Foss (30 May 1875 Gonic NH - 7 March 1914 Exeter NH) was the son of Samuel Drew Foss (1845-1916) and Emma S. (Foss) Foss (1853-1907). He married Harriet Josephine Hattie Fernald (1882-1972)in 1907. Their children were Mary Emma (…
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    Dr. Richard J. Phillips (30 May 1861-30 March 1927) was the son of Harvey Phillips (1810-1876) and Anne B. Bailey (1820-1887). He married Lydia R. Meridith (1868-1927) in 1890. The family was longtime residents of south-eastern Pennsylvania. Richard J. Phillips's commonplace book, dated 1894-1901…
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    Sadie M. Alley (1886-1910) was the eldest daughter of Fernald "Frank" P. Alley and Rebecca (Clark) Alley, both born in St. George, Maine. Sadie's younger siblings were Minnie G. (b. ca. 1887), Nettie E. (b. ca. 1897), and Willis W. (b. ca. 1899). She…
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    The Shanahan family of Somersworth, New Hampshire consisted of Philip Shanahan and his wife Catherine Ward (both immigrated from Ireland), their children which included Nellie H. Shanahan (1877-1977), Dr. William H. Shanahan (1885-1958), and Nurse…
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    Leonard M. Kimball (Hillsboro New Hampshire, 1805-1855) was one of two children of Samuel Huntington Kimball (1788-1844) and Hannah Parker (1750-1825). The L.M. Kimball Daybook is dated 1855-1867 and predominantly deals with Kimball's activities…
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    James Edward Vose (1836-1887) was a school teacher and justice of the peace born in Antrim, New Hampshire. His parents were Edward Luke Vose (1806-1868) and Aurelia Wilson (1813-1889). He married first his teaching assistant Mary Neville (1847-1875) of Antrim and second Lois Elizabeth Stickney…
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    Selina H. Bean (1828-1860) was the second child of Phinehas Bean (1784-1870) and Susannah S. Bean (1796-1872). She was born near Concord, N.H., and lived in Fisherville (now part of Penacook). Her siblings were Joshua S. Bean (1827-) and Sophronia E.…
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    The Wood family of Ossipee New Hampshire included parents William Wood son of John and Abigail (1804-1881), Mary Ann (Veasey or Avery) Wood daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah Twombly (1809-1864), and their children. Children included George W. Wood (ca.…
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    Warren Brown (1836-1919) of Hampton Falls, NH married Sarah Gertrude Norris (1841-1917) in 1867. Their children were Norris Brown (1868-1869), Harry Benson Brown (1870-1903), Arthur Warren Brown (1873-1960), Gertrude Norris Brown (1878-1896), and…
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    Sally Brown (1794-3 July 1840 Epsom) married farmer Alphonzo J. Burham (1800-1881) at the Epsom Congregational Church on April 24 1828. The names of their parents are unknown. In late November or early October 1839 she appears to have had a stroke or other medical event which caused her to collapse…
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    The Sally Towle Hersey Church Application is a one page handwritten document requesting formal admission to the Congregational Church at Epsom, N.H. It consists of Sally (Towle) Hersey's story of conversion at a revival given by a Rev. Mr. Curtis, her…
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    The NH and Durham Vertical Files were collected over ca. 30 years and contain materials accumulated mostly by subject rather than creator. The New Hampshire and Durham vertical files contain historical information and publications covering a very wide…
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    Edwin Scheier (1910-2008) and Mary Goldsmith (1908-2007) met and married 1937. They became travelling puppeteers, designing and building their own puppets, and in 1938 the Scheiers worked with the Federal Art Project in Norris, Tennessee where they learned about ceramics. In 1941, they began work…
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    Springfield, Sullivan County, N.H. was settled in 1769 as Protectworth and incorporated as Springfield in 1794. Prior to 1827 it was part of Cheshire County. The population in 1840 was 1,252 and had shrunk to 540 by 1890. This small collection of correspondence covers many aspects of public and…
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    Charles F. Orvis (1856-1915) founded The Orvis Company in 1856 in his hometown of Manchester, Vermont. The company produced fishing rods, reels, and associated items of tackle. The company is now called Orvis and is known for its sporting equipment,…
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    David H. Millstone is a folk dance teacher, caller, and historian from northern New Hampshire, and a prolific author and documentarian on contemporary and historical New England contra and square dance. He maintains the Square Dance History Project at…
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    Outward Bound began in Wales, UK in 1941, opened by German educator Kurt Hahn and his benefactor, the shipping magnate Lawrence Holt. The first Outward Bound School in the U.S. opened in Marble, Colorado in June, 1962. Materials contain administrative records, marketing materials,…
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    Save Our Groundwater (SOG) operated from 2001-2017 in Seacoast New Hampshire. It was initially formed to block the establishment of a water bottling plant called U.S.A. Springs, Inc. in the town of Nottingham. This collection consists of scrapbooks,…
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    Mary Louise Phillips (29 September 1885 Concord NH - 20 June 1971 Franklin NH) was the daughter of Harry Phillips and Mary Tonkin. She married Harold Moses Eastman (1892-1971) in 1916 in Lynn, Mass. Two diaries covering the year of 1902, when Phillips was 16 and living in Concord, N.H. Topics…
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    Lt. Col. Nelson Cross (1824-1897) was born in Lancaster, N.H., and lived in Brooklyn New York by 1860. He was married to Mary (Whetten) Cross (1832-1911) and they had one daughter, Amy Cross (1856-1939). Nelson Cross was the half brother of Edward Cross, who commanded the 5th New Hampshire until…
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    Alvah W. Sulloway (1915-2006) was a lawyer whose career focused on ensuring freedom of information and freedom of access to governmental proceedings for Mainers. In his personal time he collected thousands of early 20th century sheet music…
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    Three handwritten menu planning books, possibly from the Spaulding Inn, Whitefield NH. Menus created to feed an affluent client base in the midst of the Great Depression.
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    An 1859 advertisment reads: "Mechanics' Steam Mill, located on Gulf Road, Dover, N.H. T.H. Cushging, Proprietor, Keeps constantly on hand all kinds of Long and Short Lumber, as follows:- The Best Bangor and Canada Pine and Cedar Shingles, Rift and Sawed: Pine and Spruce Clapboards; Fence Pickets…
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    Walter H. James (1873-1965) married Ida Rachel Butterfield James (1875-1966) in 1899. Together with Ida's sister Lucy Ardena Butterfield (1871-1955) and Walter and Ida's children Ruth and Arthur, they traveled all around the White Mountains and NH/VT hiking, camping, and taking photographs. This…
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    The probable author of this diary was farmer Maximillian Jewett Webber (1808-1873) of Boscawen, N.H. He married Clarissa J. Sweat/Swett (1811-1882) in 1831; their son was born in 1839. This assumption relies on the number of family members in the diary and the farm's proximity to that of Farnum […
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    Charles C. Marshall (1844 Sutton NH-1927 Boscawen NH) was the son of William H. Marshall (1811-1877) and Mary Gould Hart (1817-1903). He was the third of nine children. He enlisted as a Private in Company H of the 1st Regiment of the New Hampshire Volunteer Calvery on 29 July 1864 and was mustered…
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    Susie L. Brown (b. Jan. 14 1824) was a young, unmarried woman working as a school teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Kensington NH in 1875-1876. She is not named in the census records of the time, but her most likely parents are John Brown Sr. (1779…
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    Thomas Jewett Chesley (1869-1967) was born in Hutchinson, MN. His father James had traveled west with the Manifest Destiny Movement, but when the elder Chesley was murdered in 1881, Thomas's mother Frances Tasker brought the family back to New…
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    Mary Helson (1845-1896) and Irvin Folsom (1841-1917) owned a small farm in Raymond, N.H. They were married in 1865 in Epping N.H.; their three children were Maud Eliza (1867-1942), Nellie Allen (1870-after 1910), and Frank (1876-1976). They made their living growing, saving, and selling seed as…
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    Nettie Ardell Davis (1867-1913) of New London NH was the daughter of Edmond Davis (1825-1901) and Emeline C. Young (1834-1971). She married Arthur Walter Holmes (1864-1946) in 1894. Their four children were Shirley Edward (1898-1971), Marjorie Emeline…
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    Patrick Stevens (1953-2007) was an architect by trade, and one of the leaders of New Hampshire's Seacoast dance scene during the 1980s-2000s. He was a prolific dance photographer, caller, and organizer of such influential ongoing events as the Star…
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    The New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music and Dance was formed in 1988 when the collections of the New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA), the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), and the materials of caller Ralph Page were combined at the University of New Hampshire. This folder…
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    Eric (Rickey) Holt (1944-2017) was a contra dancer and caller, as well as a lover of music. He first learned about contra dance while living in Burlington, and went on to become a well known local caller in the Seacoast NH area. He was especially involved in the Deerfield and Newfields dances. This…
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    Milton Prince Appleby (1923-2018) was a fiddler and farmer from Rochester, N.H., of New Brunswick French/English and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) heritage. He was born in Needham, Mass., son of John “Jack” Bickford Appleby (1881-1974) and Laura Alice…
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    The predominant members of the Green family included Josephine Ada Gerrish Green (grandmother, Thornton Ferry NH, 1846-1929), Thomas W. Greenleaf (grandson, Los Angeles CA, 1894-1988), and his brother Richard Greenleaf (grandson, Westfield Mass., 1898-1969). Both brothers are living and working…
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    Private Mark H. Haskell of Windham, N.H. (son of Edward Haskell and Clara Haskell) served in Company E of the 301st Engineers of the American Expaditionary Force. He wrote to his parents from basic training in Fort Devon Mass., as well as England, France, and Germany. 56 letters home to his parents…
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    Founded in 1959 by the University of New Hampshire System, New Hampshire Public Television (Channel 11) provides educational, local, and more recently also national broadcast content to residents of New Hampshire. In 2011 it became a community…
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    William Fuller Fisk (1876-after 1941) was an entomologist who worked for the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts during the 1890s, later going on to work for the Georgia State Entomologist and USDA and heading the Gypsy Moth…
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    Raymond Charles Swain (1912-1982) and his wife Virginia Anne Addis (dates unknown) were writers and amature poets from New Hampshire and Florida. One folder contains the poetry of Virginia Ann (Addis) Swain. The rest of the collection consists of…
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    The Durham (NH) League of Women Voters was founded in 1926 and functioned on a local, state, and national political level to bring non-partisan political information to voters regardless of gender. The Durham/Dover L.W.V. Papers include internal…