Women's History

  • The Office of Community, Diversity, and Equity is located in Thompson Hall at UNH Durham. This collection contains materials generated by UNH's President's Commission on the Status of Women (including the DWALI group of single mothers), affirmative action plans, women's leadership initiatives,…
  • These interviews were conducted in 1996 by Mylinda Woodward as part of ENG:732 Folklore and Folklife. This collection contains 41 interviews with women who attended UNH during WWII and graduated in the Class of 1945. Several interviews are on cassette…
  • The Christian Family Collection contains papers from three generations of the Christian, Roberts, Bartlett, and Sanborn families of Raymond and Deerfield, NH. Significant topics include Emma Tucker Bartlett (first woman NH congressional representitive, 1918-1919) and…
  • Celia Thaxter, 1835-1894, one of the most popular American poets of the late nineteeth century, lived on Appledore Island among the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. Eleven holograph letters from Thaxter, 2 photographs of Celia, and poems "Wilheling", "Love Shall Save Us All…
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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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    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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    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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    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…
  • University Archives
    . In 1970, UNH Photo Service was merged with the Audio Visual Center as a new Department of Media Service in Dimond Library. This collection consists of projects, scripts (including topics like women's history and Franco-Americans in New Hampshire),…
  • University Archives
    The Sports Information Office is responsible for the gathering and dissemination of all UNH sports information through-out the nation. This includes preparation of press releases related to athletics, recreational sports and/or individual athletes for…
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    The Society of the Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 as an honors society for researchers in the scientific and engineering fields. The UNH Chapter was founded in ca. 1955 and was active until 1992 when it was ended for lack of membership. This collection consists of correspondence, minutes, membership…
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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…
  • University Archives
    This is a collection of newsletters created by various UNH colleges and organizations. Most lasted only a short production run before being discontinued.
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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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    The National Abortion Rights Action League of N.H. (NARAL-NH) was founded in 1977 as a branch of what is now NARAL Pro-Choice America, eventually gaining more than 2,500 members state-wide. The organization was "dedicated to developing and sustaining…
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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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    This book was kept by Mary Merrill (Weeks) Cleasby (1815, Warren NH - 12 May 1886, Wentworth NH). Other prominent family names in the text include Merrill (her mother’s surname at birth) and Kezer (her sister Hannah’s married name). Cleasby’s single…
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    Frances "Fanny" Maria Richardson was born in June 1844 in Cheshire Co., NH, daughter of Coloniel Cyrus Richardson and Celia Dresser. She married George Eli Hunt on 24 November 1868 in Greenfield, where she appears to have lived from at least 1856 on.…
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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,…
  • University Archives
    The UNH President's Commission on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues was established in 1992 as a Task Force; in 2002, then-President Joan Leitzel authorized the commission. This collection contains the files of Paul Cody and Cari…
  • University Archives
    This series contains audio (cassette) and video (VHS) tapes of oral history interviews.
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    Thelma Brackett served the state of New Hampshire as both the state librarian (1931-1942) and the head librarian at the University of New Hampshire (1942-1962). This series contains Thelma Brackett's correspondence, articles written by Thelma, and photographs which were collected by Jane Kaufman,…
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    The University Folk Club at the University of New Hampshire started as the Women's League in 1912. The purpose of the organization was to "promote better fellowship among the women connected with New Hampshire College". By 1919 the number of female…
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    The Publications Office produces pamphlets, brochures, maps, posters, and invitations for the University. This series contains a collection of their products.
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    The President's Commission on the Status of Women was formed in 1972. The commission is made up of ten University women representing faculty, PAT's (professional, administrative, technical staff), operating staff, graduate and undergraduate students.…
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    The Women's Center originated in 1973 to fulfill the need for woman space: a place to congregate, share resources, support, and ideas. In the fall of 1976, the Women's Center received funding from the Student Activity Tax. This series contains the records of the Women's Center, 1973-1986. Also…
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    The Feminist Newsletter was produced by graduate and undergraduate students in the English Department at the University of New Hampshire. The newsletter contains articles regarding all aspects of women in literature.
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    Lora Ella Sleeper from Concord, NH graduated from the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts with a degree in Home Economics in 1922. She participated in the Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.), the Glee Club, the…
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    Gordon A. Haaland joined the UNH faculty as instructor of psychology in 1965 and later served as chair of the psychology department. He was serving as vice president for academic affairs before he became interim president and then president of the University in 1984. Gordon Haaland resigned to…
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    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…
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    On August 1, 1990, Dale Nitzschke (pronounced Nit-ski) became president of the University of New Hampshire. A native of Iowa, Nitzschke earned his bachelor's degree with honors from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. degress in guidance and counseling from Ohio University. From…
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    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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    This series contains files maintained by the Office of the President. After Dale Nitzschke resigned, two people served as interim president: Thomas Fairchild (1994-95) and Walter Peterson (1995-96)
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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…
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    Joan R. Leitzel earned her bachelor's degree from Hanover College in 1958, her master's degree from Brown University in 1961, and her doctorate from Indiana University in 1965, all in mathematics. Dr. Leitzel was appointed seventeenth president of the…
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    Smith Hall is the oldest residence hall on the University of New Hampshire campus. Built in 1908 with money from the bequest of Mrs. Hamilton Smith, it fulfilled the long-felt need for a dormitory for women. All women students who did not live at home…
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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…
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    The first Summer School of Biology was held at the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts in 1894. Classes met from July 5 to August 4. The program was designed in cooperation with the State Department of Public Instruction especially for secondary school teachers who wished to…
  • University Archives
    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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    Irene M. Hall, from Rochester, NH, graduated from UNH with the class of 1922. This collection contains the diary of Irene M. Hall for the dates of January 1, 1917 through December 31, 1917. It covers the second semester of her sophomore year and the fall semester of her junior year. She talks…
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    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 New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts was founded in Hanover, NH in 1866. The college moved to Durham, NH in 1893 and became the University of New Hampshire in 1923. This series contains the minutes for the Executive Committee of the Student Government at the New Hampshire…
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    Ruth G. Stimson graduated from UNH in 1940 with a degree in Home Economics. She joined the Cooperative Extension as a Home Demonstration Agent-at-Large. Shortly after, she was assigned to the Rockingham County Office where she worked until she retired in 1982. This series, compiled by Ruth Stimson…
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    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…
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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…