Women's History

  • 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),…
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    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,…
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    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…
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    Gail Biggelstone, UNH Class of 1960, joined the UNH faculty in 1970 as an assistant professor of physical education. She served as head ski coach and was instrumental in organizing women's collegiate skiing as a member of the U.S. Collegiate Sport…
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    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
    This series contains the files from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the bulk of which is annual reports.
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    J. Donald Silva, a professor of English in the Thompson School of Applied Science, filed suit in federal court against the University of New Hampshire and some of its officials charging they had violated his academic freedom and free speech rights by…
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    Evelyn Erika Handler became the first female president of the University of New Hampshire in 1980. She served until 1983. This series contains a transcript of the response given by Evelyn Handler to the keynote address at her inauguration ceremony.
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    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…
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    Philip A. Wilcox was the manager of the UNH Poultry Farm from 1931 to 1966. Upon his retirement from UNH, he was appointed curator of the Office of Historical Records and Museum Pieces. His tenacious effort was instrumental in unearthing many of the…
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    Helen Fitch McLaughlin began working at the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts in 1917 as a Home Demonstration Agent. She was promoted to Instructor in Home Economics in 1920 in which position she stayed until her retirement in 1953. This series contains one diary which…
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    The Department of Physical Education for Women was established in 1916. It was compulsory for three years and optional during the senior year. This series contains a description of the World War II conditioning program and the publicity that the…
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    Evelyn Browne joined the UNH faculty as an Instructor in women's physical education, establishing the University's riding progam as well as coaching riflery and basketball. In 1973, her love of the outdoors led her to become one of the leaders of Save…
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    The Office of the Registrar is concerned with the registration, enrollment, and academic record keeping for the students at the University of New Hampshire. This collection is comprised of many of the Office's papers between 1901 and 1980.
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    This series contains videotapes covering a variety of subjects associated with the university.
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    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…