Dover

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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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    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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    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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    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…
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    Jonathan Chesley (1721-1765) was born in Dover NH and died in Durham NH. He was the son of Jonathan Chesley (1695-1785) and Mary Weekes (1710-1755), and married Mary Smith (?-?) bef. 1736. A single document probating Chesley's will, dated 3 July 1765 at Portsmouth. The Justice of the Peace was…
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    The Hutchins Family Correspondence consists of letters between Joseph Herbert Hutchins (1852-1908) and his wife Mary Bell (Cate) Hutchins (1863-?), the daughter of Nathaniel Cate and Olive Adelaide Tuttle of Northwood Ridge, NH. “Herbert” and Mary…
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    The Torr family was a prominent Revolutionary War era farming family in the Dover/Durham/Madbury area of New Hampshire. Materials in this collection are from Benjamin Torr (ca. 1787-1852) and Vincent Torr (1777-1815). Many other Torr family members…
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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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    Marianne Taylor (1930-2008) was a dance leader and caller from New England. She taught English, Scottish, Contra, and International Folk styles, and was heavily involved in dance organizations such as the Folk Arts Center of New England (co-founder),…
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    Harry David Dufresne, Jr. was born on April 23, 1919 in Dover, New Hampshire. He married Anna F. Laderbush in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1938. He died in September 1965. The Harry Dufresne papers are mostly made up of correspondence…
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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 Hanson Family Association was organized in Dover, N.H. on Sept. 7, 1911 at a meeting in Central Park, Dover at which the by-laws of the association were adopted and officers elected from the thirty-two descendants of Thomas Hanson present. Thomas…
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    The High School Underground Newspaper Collection includes the first ten issues of what was initially called The Concord Union Leader (from January-December 1969, issues 1-6), and then The Bane (issues 7-10, February-May 1970) produced by students at Concord High School, St. Paul’s, and Bishop Brady…
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    Florence Cole [Heckman] of Dover, N.H. graduated from the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts in 1912. In 1909, while still a freshman, she wrote the music to “On to Victory” with words by Professor Richard Whoriskey, the most…
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    Ormond Armstrong Roberts (1913-2005) was a First Lieutenant in the 168th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division when he was captured in February 1943 at the battle of Sidi Bou Zid in Tunisia and taken via Naples and the Brenner Pass, initially to a British grand blessé camp for a while and eventually by…
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    Alan F. Kiepper was born in 1928. He was a prominant director in major public transit construction projects and their subsequent running in Richmond VA, Atlanta GA, and New York City. He also served as Associate Professor of Public Administration at…
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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 was primarily assembled by Mary P. Thompson (1825- 1894) and her nephew Lucien Thompson (1859-1924), Durham historians. Their prominent ancestors included “Judge” Ebenezer Thompson (1737-1802), and Benjamin Thompson (1806-1890). This…
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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 Dover Children’s Home's mission is “to provide for the reception, care and education of destitute children.” It is located at 207 Locust Street in Dover, New Hampshire. Over the years the Dover Children’s Home has reflected many of the changes in…
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    Jennie M. Demeritt was born on June 2, 1863, graduated in 1882 from Robinson Seminary in Exeter, New Hampshire and from 1892 until 1901 was employed as an assistant librarian in the Boston Athenaeum Library. Jennie M. Demeritt was the author of several historical works including “The Story of the…
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    Dover, New Hampshire’s first mill was built in 1815. The Cocheco Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1827. It was bought out in 1909 by the Pacific Mills Co., which discontinued all operations in Dover in 1937. This collection…
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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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    Dover, N.H. furrier. Broadside listing the range of prices paid by Amos D. Purinton for various furs (fox, beaver, mink, raccoon, and even housecat).
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    Seacoast New Hampshire historian, member of the Northam Colonists. Historical notes on various Strafford County persons, places, and events read by Bertha G. Simpson at the Field Day of Northam Colonists held June 20, 1938 at Simpson’s Pavilion in Dover, New Hampshire.
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    Free Will Baptist roots can be traced to England as early as 1611. In 1780, under the leadership of Benjamin Randall, Free Will Baptists were established in the northeast at New Durham, New Hampshire. Free Will Baptist churches voluntarily organized…
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    D. W. Allen was a Dover, New Hampshire dentist. 1842 broadside advertising the visit of Dover, N.H.-based dentist D.W. Allen to Wentworth, N.H. in 1842. The broadside describes services offered by Dr. Allen, as well as providing the prices for some of his more routine operations.
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    University of New Hampshire graduate (1942) and elementary school teacher. Twelve-page story written by Teresa Foley of Dover, N.H. about some of her childhood school experiences which appeared in Harper's, Dec. 1956
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    The Richardson family ran a set of successful businesses in Dover, New Hampshire. The patriarch of the family, James Richardson was born in Woburn, Massachusetts on July 7, 1779. He married Tammy Tibbets of Dover on December 21, 1808. Augustus and…