Military History

  • Tom McNiff Jr. (1940-2017) was son of Thomas McNiff and Loretta M. Glennon. He researched the American side of the British-American intellegence Operation BGFIEND / OBOPUS (1949-1958), a western paramilitary attempt to infiltrate and arm the Albanian resistance against Communist dictator Enver…
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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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    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 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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    Rear Admiral William Branford Shubrick (1790-1874) was in the U.S. Navy from 1806-1861 when he retired. He seems to have been stationed at the Charlestown MA Naval Shipyard for most of the period of this collection. Other individuals mentioned in the…
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    George Frank C. Andrews was born in New Boston, NH in 1844, son of Issachar Andrews and Elizabeth L. Lull. He enlisted on September 17, 1862 at age 18. He served in Company G of the 16th New Hampshire regiment until his discharge on August 20, 1863. He died at home in New Boston two weeks later on…
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    The Parsons family of Rye, New Hampshire consisted of the descendants of Dr. Joseph Parsons, including his son John Wilkes Parsons (1778-1849) and John's wife Abigail Garland, John's son Col. Thomas Jefferson Parsons (1804-1890), Charles Parsons (1808…
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    Fred Hall was born on Sept. 22, 1920 in Franklin, NH. He graduated from UNH in 1941. He was inducted into the Army three days after Pearl Harbor and continued to the war’s end in 1945. Fred Hall Jr. papers and materials pertaining to his military, professional and…
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    This collection consists of 2 scrapbooks assembled for the New Hampshire Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War, Inc. from the years 1982 thru 1994.
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    The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization founded in Illinois in 1866 for veterans of the Union Army and their family members. The GAR ceased operations in 1956. This collection consists of three volumes: one from the Louis Bell Post…
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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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    Levi Chapman Tuttle was born on August 3, 1835 in Nottingham, New Hampshire and died in 1914. He enlisted in the 13th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers Infantry, Company F on August 26, 1862. He saw fighting at Fredericksburg and fifteen other battles…
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    The Civil Aeronautics Authority, starting in 1940, contracted out the work of training fighter pilots in reaction to World War II. The University of New Hampshire was one of the main contractors and ran the Civilian Pilot Training Program from 1940 to…
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    Miss Charlotte Thompson served as the librarian for the Durham Library Association before it was combined with the New Hampshire College Library in 1907. She was appointed assistant college librarian and in this position, she won the regard and…
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    This series consists of annual reports which were given to the president by all departments and offices on campus, 1925-1959 and 1970-1973.
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    Robert Otis Clement (1917-1993) was born in Nashua, New Hampshire. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1938. He joined the infantry of the United States Army in 1942. He served in the intelligence section of the 3rd Battalion, 133rd Infantry, 34th Division, and received a Purple…
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    Maurice E. Bowes (b. 1923) was born in Greenfield, N.H. He enlisted in January 1943 and served with distinction in World War II as a first engineer and top turret gunner on a B24 bomber, being awarded a Purple Heart, two oak leaf clusters and an air…
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    Rice Rowell Whittier (1817–1897) was a deeply religious Free Baptist Elder, subscription agent, and missionary from Deerfield Centre, New Hampshire. During the years covered in the diaries Whittier lived in Greenwood, Illinois, 1862–1870, New Orleans…
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    During the elections of 1812 and 1814 feelings ran high in Federalist New England on the subject of President James Madison’s imposition of an embargo on American shipping and Congress’s declaration of war against Great Britain. The governors of…
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    Derby Department Store of Peterborough, New Hampshire, was one of the many businesses across the nation affected by the regulations of the Office of Price Administration. The collection is largely made up of business records and invoices.
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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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    W. Albert Rill (1910-1996)served in the United States Navy as a communications officer during the Second World War. He saw action at Iwo Jima and Okinawa in the course of his military career. The W. Albert Rill World War II papers is mostly comprised…
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    Hanford Wentworth Eldredge (1909-1991) was a sociology professor at Dartmouth College who served as a counter-intelligence officer in the United States Army Airforce during World War II. This collection consists of a manuscript of his drafts for an autobiography.
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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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    Brothers Frank Everett Steele and Roger Steele were Seventh Day Adventists from the rural farming community of Campton, New Hampshire. Both served as medics in WWII, despite their pacifist convictions. Frank Everett was mostly employed in Texas as a…
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    Arthur H. Reynolds enlisted in 1936 in the NH National Guard and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940, ending up in Manila in the Philippines. After the surrender of the US and Filipino forces in 1942, Reynolds was prisoner in P.O.W. camps for…
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    Fort Constitution was built in 1632 on the island of New Castle, New Hampshire. Through several centuries, the post served as a trading port, a target of warfare, and a training ground for the military. It was a center of rebellion several months…
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    The Browne family of Boston, MA consisted of Civil War veteran George Browne (1840-1912); Mountaineer/artist/author Belmore Browne (1880-1954) the youngest son of George and Nellie Browne; outdoor educator Evelyn Browne (1916-1994) the oldest child…
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    The Portsmouth Council of Defense was part of the federal hierarchy for civilian defense during World War II. Each state had its own council to coordinate civilian defense within its borders. The Civil Defense Corps, run by the Office of Civilian…
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    George R. Thomas (1906-1988) was in Portsmouth, Virginia, the son of George John and Ida Rixse. George Thomas married Naomi “Billye” Williams on September 11, 1931, and daughter Ann Lee was born in 1944. The George Thomas Letters were donated to Special…
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    Edward Morgan Lewis served as president of the University of New Hampshire from September 1, 1927 to May 24, 1936. Lewis received both his undergraduate and graduate education from Williams College. He came to UNH from Massachusetts Agricultural…
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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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    The collection consists of a total of 61 posters, 57 of which date from World War II. Two posters, undated, were produced by the New York State W.P.A. Art Project, probably from the 1930s, and two posters date from after the end of the war and were…
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    Robert Wear was born in Yunnan-fu, China on September 6, 1916, the son of missionaries who met while in China. His mother, Alice, née von Niederhauser, worked for the German Evangelical Church while his father, Robert Benjamin, worked for the YMCA.…
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    Winn L. Taplin of Stowe, Vermont was a former CIA agent and member of the Board of the New England Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO/NE). The Winn L. Taplin Archive of CIA Recruiting Materials includes booklets, brochures, pamphlets, and information sheets used in the…
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    Harold Caswell Sweetser, son of John P. Sweetser, who was born May 19, 1897 in Portsmouth, N.H. He was employed as a Helper General at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in May of 1917 and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1918. After enlisting…
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    Henry Bailey Stevens (1891-1976), author and playwright was born in Hooksett, New Hampshire. He graduated from Manchester Central High School and Dartmouth College. After graduation in 1912, he worked the Woman’s Journal, whose managing editor was…
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    Richard Wilmer Rowan (1894-1964) has been described as the foremost American non-fiction writer on the history of espionage. He was educated at Brown and Columbia and served in the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service during World War I. He maintained a…
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    Joab Nelson Patterson was born in Hopkinton, NH on January 2, 1835. He fought in the Civil War enlisting as a First Lieutenant in Company H, 2nd Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers. He was promoted captain in May 1862 and the following year was wounded…
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    Franklin Norvish (1911-2010) was a professor of English at Northeastern University and an espionage agent for the United States Army during World War II. In 1943, Norvish was dispatched to Nazi-occupied France to catalog pro-German collaborators and…
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    Elwin Eugene Muzzey (1923-?, UNH Class of 1946) was a native of New Hampshire who served in WWII before going on to study business and work in retail for many years. He lives in Ohio. The Elwin E. Muzzey collection consists primarily of letters…
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    Frank Dow Merrill was born on December 4, 1903. He joined the army and fought in World War II. Merrill died in 1955 while serving as New Hampshire Highway Commissioner. The Frank Dow Merrill collection primarily contains Merrill’s letters, military papers, and maps.
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    Margaret Carson Hubbard (1897-1989) was born in Clinton, Iowa. She accompanied her husband Wynant, a geologist, to Northern Rhodesia in 1922. After her divorce, she returned to Africa in 1936 to film a documentary, the first of a number of trips.…
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    John W. F. Locke was born on October 13, 1838 in Barnstead, New Hampshire to Eliphalet and Sally Locke. When the Civil War began he was unable to join the New Hampshire Volunteers because he suffered from asthma. According to his diary entries, he…
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    In April 1861, George Naylor Julian enlisted as a private in the Second Battery (Nims) of Massachusetts Light Artillery, later becomming Captain of a newly-formed company of the 13th Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers in 1862. The company fought at…
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    George H. Lang was born June 6, 1827 in Rye, N.H. He served in the 17th regiment of Massachusetts, Company D. He was a farmer. He died July 12, 1901. The George H. Lang Diary consists of copies of the diary spanning the years 1871-1901…
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    Charles E. Jewett, a 23 year-old resident of Gilford, N.H., joined the 2nd N.H. Regiment on April 20, 1861. He re-enlisted for three years on May 22, 1861. Jewett, a private, was killed at the 2nd Battle of Manassas on August 29, 1862. Primarily…
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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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    Allard K. Lowenstein (1929-1980), the subject of The Pied Piper, was assassinated by a former civil rights movement protegé. He was president of the National Student Association in 1950 and a civil rights organizer in the South, later serving one term as a Congressman and was appointed a United…