Cheshire County, NH

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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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    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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    The Teen Assessment Project (TAP) is a multifaceted, community-based research and education program designed to help youth by helping parents, schools, youth-serving agencies and community leaders better support youth development. This collection contains the…
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    Norman Stevens is a retired librarian, library historian, and has collected and researched extensively on various folklore and folklife topics. He is a member of the University of New Hampshire’s Class of 1954. This collection consists of history,…
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    Ira Joslin Prouty (1857-1932) was the son of a doctor from Ogdensberg, NY. He began medical practice in 1882 in Keene, NH, where he lived and worked until his death. A single notebook listing the recipes for 100-120 remedies to common (and some not so…
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    The town of Nelson is situated in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. The population was 699 in 1860. Two school registers for District 1 in the town of Nelson, NH. Listed are names, ages, dates abscent from school, and visitors to the school…
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    The Milne Special Collections and Archives is located at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. The repository collects materials related the history and culture of New Hampshire and greater New England. The collection contains financial…
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    Milne Special Collections is located at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA. The New Hampshire Diary Collection consists of approximately 40 diaries from men and women writing between 1856-1951. Predomenant subjects include farming,…
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    Newton French Tolman (1908-1986) was a contra dance flute player from Nelson, New Hampshire. He learned flute from his uncle as a child and played in the Nelson Town Band. Later he became an invaluable source of knowledge for younger generations…
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    The Fitzwilliam Square Dance was a very popular dance held in the Town Hall in Fitzwilliam NH between ca. 1969 and 1980. Musicians included Duke Miller, Dudley Laufman, Tod Whittimore, Tony Parkes, Bob McQuillen, the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra…
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    Nancy Amelia Woodbury Priest was born in Winchendon, Massachusetts in December 1836 to Francis and Sophia Priest. In September of 1870, Nancy contracted typhoid fever and died. This diary was written over the course of the seven months between January and July…
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    Samuel Whitney Hale was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on April 2, 1823. He was educated in a common school in Massachusetts and, in his twenties, moved first to Dublin, New Hampshire to start work in business. Hale died on October 16, 1891. This…
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    George Dunbar (1794-1852) was a native of Keene, New Hampshire. He attended Dartmouth College where he was a member of the United Fraternity. He married Catherine Fiske in 1820. After receiving his education, Dunbar returned to the Monadnock Region…
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    Ralph Page’s career as a dance caller began in 1930. Ralph continued to call for the next 54 years, becoming one of the leading callers of his time and an important figure in the history of traditional dance in America. The Ralph Page Manuscript…
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    The Engineering Experiment Station was formed by the Board of Trustees in 1929, as a non-teaching division of the College of Technology. It wasn't until 1932 that the station began operation. It was established to provide professional engineering and…
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    The provenance of this collection is unknown. 87 mid-20th century postcards from across New Hampshire.
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    Ernie Spence (1925-2011) was a contra and square dancer and dance organizer in western New Hampshire, starting ca. 1950. He was responsible for first bringing to dances many young people who would later become important leaders of the dance scene in their own right. Ernie and his wife Jean…
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    Franklin Buss (1792-1812) was the son of Samuel and Lydia Buss (nee Lincoln) of Jaffrey, NH. He was the youngest of eight children. Buss began an apprenticeship in the J. Parker and Co. Keene, NH store in June of 1809 at the age of seventeen. The…
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    The Starkeys were farmers and school teachers in West Swanzey, New Hampshire, in the middle of the nineteenth century. After the firing on Fort Sumter, the family sent two of its men to join the Union cause in the Civil War. Isaac and his nephew Elmer…
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    The Robert Frost Youth Poet Program was begun in 1997 to provide New Hampshire fourth grade students in public and private schools the opportunity to express their feelings about New Hampshire in a poem in the hope that it will increase appreciation…
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    The Hardy family of Nelson, New Hampshire, was a well-to-do group of farmers, schoolteachers, and ministers in nineteenth-century New England. The Hardy Family papers are almost entirely composed of the family's internal correspondence, dated 1862-…
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    Susan A.W. Joslin (1792-1875) of Keene, N.H. was the daughter of David Joslin and Rebecca Richardson of Stoddard, NH. The diary has entries for each day of the year 1853 and talks about many local things – the machine shop, the wire factory, the paper…
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    Joseph A. Leach was a Keene, New Hampshire teacher. He was born in April of 1836 in Vermont and married Stella Eliza Ranney in 1866. Joseph A. Leach ran a school for the children of prominent people in Keene, New Hampshire. In these letters he tells General Henry Goddard Thomas about the progress…
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    The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests was formed in Concord, N.H. in February 1901 "...to preserve the forests of New Hampshire, to protect its scenery, to encourage the building of good roads, and to cooperate in other measures of…
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    [bioghist abstract] The collection consists of class projects undertaken by participants in American Folklife courses taught in the English Department, primarily by Professor Burt Feintuch. The projects take the form of investigations of local persons…
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    The Works Projects Administration (WPA) was created under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program in 1935. The Historical Records Survey of New Hampshire, established in 1936, was one of its public works projects. The University of New Hampshire assumed…
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    The Historic American Buildings Survey of New Hampshire was one of the WPA’s many projects that compiled information of historical significance. Carried out between 1933 and 1939, it was supervised by Professor Eric T. Huddleston, Chairman of the…
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    This collection consists of assorted eighteenth, nineteenth, and some twentieth-century New Hampshire newspapers, mostly from Dover, Exeter, and Portsmouth. These are rarely complete runs, and often only individual issues. Also included in the…
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    The photographer(s) are anonymous. The collection consists of glass lantern slides mostly from the period 1900-1920. Most of the 331 images are of forestry and lumbering activities in Northern New Hampshire.
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    The New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association was organized on April 10, 1976. It was incorporated as a voluntary association with the New Hampshire Secretary of State on April 12, 1977. The Association’s mission is “to discover, restore, maintain, map…
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    David W. Hill was born in Swanzey, N. H. on April 4, 1838 (1837?), the son of David Hill, a veteran of the War of 1812, and Keziah Franklin Hill. He died 28 February 1931. David W. Hill’s diary entries run from January 1858 until January 1863 and…
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    Gene Gowing was born in Dublin, NH on March 19, 1896. He was the head of Gene Gowing's Folkways, a society for the promotion and teaching of English and American folk dances, and he frequently worked with fellow dance enthusiast, Ralph Page. Gowing…
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    The Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire, Inc., was formed at a meeting held on September 19, 1950, in Wakefield with 13 local historical societies represented. Incorporated in October 1951, with 24 Charter Members, the non-profit…
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    Emlyn Metcalf Gill, born in Walpole, N.H., was a sportman and writer. Five letters written by Emlyn Gill. Gill wrote three of the letters to Eugene V. Connett, sports writer and founder of the Derrydale Press. They rail against “worm fishing” and present a case for dry-fly fishing as opposed to wet…
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    Civil War soldier. Four page letter written from Berryville (Va.) by J.A. Blodgett, Civil War soldier, to his brother. The letter describes skirmishes with Confederate troops around Berryville, Va. during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, August-November 1864.
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    Author, poet, and composer. Personal letter to Edmund in Jaffrey, NH on Aug. 16, 1918 in which Aiken mentions the delayed delivery of “papers for T.C.R.” and a review of The Jig of Forshlin.
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    Town of Marlborough New Hampshire, Cheshire County. One page description of the town of Marlborough, N.H. The document contains information about the town’s boundaries and geography, roads and schools, churches and ministers, notable residents, and a brief history of its settlement and…
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    Professor and friend of May Sarton, of Corvallis, Oregon. Fourteen letters written by May Sarton, poet and novelist, to Ruth H. Carter, and three from Carter to Sarton, revealing a warm friendship between them. Included is a 1984 limited edition Christmas card of Sarton’s poem Absence, an inscribed…
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    Cook was an ironsmith, soap and vinegar maker of Alstead, N.H. Cook's ledger was kept from 1818-1825. It includes a variety of business records; in addition to the above-mentioned ventures, Cook sold cider and grain, cut lumber, butchered meat, cobbled shoes, and kept livestock.
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    Charles Cummuings was a doctor who practiced in Fitzwilliam, N.H. He was born 23 Sep 1777, son of Joseph Cummings and Anna Gove, and married Polly Hemenway in 1798. He died 27 Dec. 1849 in Roxbury, N.H. This little book contains a collection of formulas from “distinguished…
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    1757-1800, a doctor from Alstead, N.H. Also town clerk at the time of his death at age 43. A detailed accounting of expenses occurred while Perrin was the only doctor in town (from 1783 until his death, see 'New Hampshire Borns A Town' by Marion Nicholl Rawson, p.141).
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    Harlan Fiske Stone, lawyer, professor, Attorney General of the United States, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was born in Chesterfield, NH in 1872. He was admitted to the bar in 1898, taught law at Columbia University, and later served as Dean of the University’s School of Law from 1910 to…
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    Amy Lowell (1874-1925) was a poet, biographer, and essayist who owned a summer home in Dublin, N.H. near the MacDowell Artist's Colony. One page letter (1917) written by Amy Lowell to poet and editor, William Stanley Braithwaite. Lowell describes her lecturing and speaking engagements in N.Y. City…
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    Timothy H. Lewis operated a small pail factory in the Westport section of Swanzey, N.H. and had as many as eight employees under his supervision, most of whom were paid for light finishing work. He married Martha in 1867 and they had one son, Earl.…
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    Surry is a New Hampshire town in Cheshire county with a 15.9 square mile area, incorporated in 1769. Contains town meeting notices, highway tax lists, receipts, treasury reports, and school accounts.
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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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    Brooks K. Webber was born in Webster (Boscawen), New Hampshire in 1837. He was educated at Colby Academy in New London and went on to study law in Newport and Woodstock, Vermont. Webber was admitted to the Bar in 1859. He was a veteran of the Civil…
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    John Henry Jenks enlisted in the 14th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry during the US Civil War. He was killed at the Battle of Cedar Creek (October 19). The Jenks Papers primarily contain Civil War letters from Jenks to his wife, Almina Crawford Jenks.
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    William J. Barrus (b.1835), Ira Marshall Barrus (1837-1868), and John W. Barrus (b.1840), all of Richmond, NH, served in Massachusetts regiments during the Civil War. Their companies were: Company D, 36th Massachusetts Infantry; Company I, 2nd…