African American History

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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 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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    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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    Valerie Cunningham, award-winning historic preservationist and Portsmouth native, has spent more than forty years researching and writing about northern New England’s Black history. An energetic community activist, she is the founder of the Portsmouth…
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    Ann Weaver Hart was appointed eighteenth president of the University of New Hampshire on July 1, 2002. This collection contains the presidential papers of Ann Weaver Hart
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    Hazel and Clayton Sinclair operated Rock Rest, an inn primarily for African American guests in Kittery Point, ME. They also helped establish the first Seacoast branch of the NAACP. The collection consists of a small amount of material directly related…
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    The Pearl of Portsmouth is the only historic African-American church structure in the state of New Hampshire. The Friends of The Pearl began as a volunteer committee concerned with the long-term future of the Pearl Street Church. The ad hoc group…
  • University Archives
    This collection contains files which were maintained by the Office of the President. They cover a wide range of topics which were addressed by the Office of the President, 1941-1980. Numerous files span more than one academic year and more than one…
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    A native of Exeter, NH, Gregg Sanborn graduated from UNH in 1966 with a B.A. degree in zoology. He returned to UNH in 1971 to work part-time in the student affairs office and then at Health Services, earning a master's degree in counseling in 1977. In…
  • University Archives
    The Affirmative Action Office reports directly to the President on all matters relating to the diversity of the university. This collection, compiled by the Affirmative Action Office, contains documents significant to the university's diversity…
  • University Archives
    The UNH President's Commission on the Status of Women was established February 15, 1972, to explore conditions and attitudes within the University of New Hampshire, relating to the mobility and functional equality of women, and to encourage movement…
  • University Archives
    The Operating Staff Council at the University of New Hampshire was founded in February of 1975. The purpose of the Council is to provide better communication between the administration and the operating staff. This series contains the minutes, agendas…
  • University Archives
    The Dean of Student Affairs position was reclassified in July of 1991 and made the Vice President for Student Affairs. This series contains the files of Student Affairs office under both the Dean of Student Affairs and the Vice President for Student…
  • University Archives
    The Student Organizations Committee is a standing committee of the UNH Administration reporting to the Vice President of Student Affairs. This series contains the files of the Student Organizations Committee.
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    The mission of the OMSA office is to provides services and advocacy to Black, Latino/a, Asian / Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning students, in order to assist in elevating their…
  • University Archives
    Phyllis Killam Abell, member of the class of 1950, studied chemistry and served as president of the Association of Women Students at UNH. She began teaching and research at various institutions including UNH. She was a strong advocate for women and people of color. She taught Women's Studies…
  • University Archives
    This series contains videotapes covering a variety of subjects associated with the university.
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    The Northam Colonists, named for the original town of Dover, was the historical society of Dover, New Hampshire from 1900 until the organization disbanded in 2008. The mission of the Society was to collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts, information…
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    The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail was incorporated in 1995 as a non-profit organization. The Trail researched and created a self-guided walking tour and resource book emphasizing black heritage in Portsmouth and the New Hampshire seacoast area. The organization…
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    Betty and Barney Hill lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Betty (1919-2004) was a social worker, with a degree from the University of New Hampshire, and Barney (1923-1969) was a postal worker. The couple were catapulted into the international…
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    Isadore Zack (11 October 1912-January 8, 2011) was born in Quincy, MA. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945 and was assigned as Special Agent in Charge of the Counter Intelligence Group/Subversive Squad, First Service Command, Boston, CIC from…
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    Henry Wilson, author, United States Senator and Vice-President was born in Farmington, NH in 1812. In 1855 he was elected to the United States Senate, and in 1872 he was nominated for Vice-President on the Republican ticket – a position he held until his death in 1875. Wilson devoted his career to…
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    Lydia Hall (b. 1788?) was a member of the Hubbard family of Walpole, N.H. A letter to Sanuel J. Hubbard, Walpole, NH in which Hall describes Manchester, N.H., mentions hearing “a collard [sic] man from Canida [sic]” who wanted money to assist “runaway slaves in getting up a school for the children…
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    Joseph Woodman Sanborn was born on March 10, 1801 in New Hampton, N.H. and died on Aug. 9, 1868 in Bridgewater, MA. He resided for some time at Benicia, California where his sons died. He was a cordwainer in 1850, resided at "Sanborn's Corner" in a house that stood at the N.E. corner of Hancock and…
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    James Burns Wallace (1813-1853) was born in Salem, N.H. He eventually settled in Canaan, N.H., where he worked as a printer, merchant, teacher, and soldier. He described himself as a “reformist, an abolitionist, a pure Radical.” George Kimball (1787-…