World War II

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    Major Judge Ivorey Cobb (1911-1992) was the first minority/African American judge in New Hampshire, serving in the position from 1964-1986. He graduated from Suffolk University in 1962, and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in 1965. Cobb served…
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    The Army Reserve Training Program was created at UNH as part of the Morrill Act, and was taught as part of the curriculum from 1893 onwards. One large "Certitificate of Distinction" awarded to the University of New Hampshire for training of soldiers in the "Army Specialized Training Program during…
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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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    Guest book for the New Hampshire's official state war memorial, located on the third floor of the Memorial Union Building at UNH.
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    The Johnson family of Newport NH consisted of three generations who conversed extensively by letter during World War II. The family correspondence consists of two boxes of letters between Charles and Ruth, one box of letters from other members of the…
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    Harold Paul Monica (1920-2006) was a member of the UNH Class of 1942. This account, written in 1995, documents Monica's US Army involvement in World War II, 1941-1945.
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    The “Plymouth Press” was a community newspaper published with a typewriter and mimeograph machine) once a week by the Plymouth Press Publishing Co. This collection contains one year’s worth of “Plymouth Press”, beginning with vol. 1, No I, May 16, 1942…
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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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    Provision for instruction in Military science was made when Lieutenant Henry C. Hodges, Jr., 22nd U. S. Infantry, reported for duty on September 1, 1894. Beginning in 1895 the catalog listed military science as a three-year requirement for all males…
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    The New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts was established in 1866. In 1911, a major reorganization of the entire institution took place. Three divisions were established: the Agricultural Division, the Engineering Division and the…
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    George Robert Laderbush was born June 26, 1923 in Greenland, NH, the eighth of eleven children born to Albert and Stella Laderbush. This collection contains a mix of correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and documents relating to George Laderbush'…
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    Henry Lynch was called to active duty in the Army during his senior year of high school in February 1945. Before he had finished his training as an airplane mechanic, the war ended. He didn't have enough points to be discharged, so he was shipped overseas to take the place of a soldier who did.…
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    Eugene F. Nute graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1941. Nute went to Artillery Officer's Candidate School, but "fate stepped in and pushed me into a desk job for the rest of the war."
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    During WWII, the US Department of Agriculture turned to the public for assistants to find mature milkweed pods to provide fiber for filling life jackets. Farmers were asked not to mow the roadsides and fields where the plants (long regarded by them as…
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    L. Franklin "Frank" Heald born and raised in Littleton, NH. Heald graduated from UNH in 1939 with a B.A. degree in political science. During his senior year, he served as UNH correspondent to The Union Leader (Manchester, NH). In 1940, he was selected…
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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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    Leon W. Hitchcock taught Electrical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire between 1910 and 1956. This collection consists of files kept by Leon W. Hitchcock during his career at the University of New Hampshire, the bulk of which concerns student war training during World Wars I and II.
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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 contains 3 issues of The Liberal, the monthly publication of the Liberal Club at the University of New Hampshire. The Club and its publication were against United States involvement in the Second World War.
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    Dr. Fred Engelhardt was chosen as president of UNH on December 1, 1936, assuming office the following April. He served as president until his death on February 3, 1944. The Fred Engelhardt Papers include topics such as library alterations, the WPA, the National Defence, and the military department.
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    Harold Walter Stoke served as President of UNH from 1944-1947. After three years at the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Stoke resigned (August 1947) to become president of Louisiana State University. The Papers of Harold Walter Stoke cover the years 1944-1947 and include materials such as post war…
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    The post of Executive Secretary, and later that of the Assistant to the President, was organized to assist the President of the University of New Hampshire in his duties. This collection contains the files of the Executive Secretary from 1926 to 1937, and those of the Assistant to the President…
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    Eugene H. Leaver graduated from UNH in 1944 with a degree in Architecture. He worked as the Assistant Director of Development and Planning at the Colorado School of Mines before returning to UNH in 1949 as the Assistant to the Superintendent of…
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    This series consists of information at the Federal, State and Local level concerning the implementation of Air Raid and Dim-out Regulations in Durham and on campus.
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    Paul Schaefer served the University of New Hampshire for nearly thirty years as a professor and administrator. His papers comprise of files generated during his time working for the university.
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    Everett B. Sackett served the University of New Hampshire from 1938 to 1969 as a professor, Registrar, Dean of Student Administration and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. In addition he served on many committees including the Student Health…
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    Oren V. Henderson served in various bureaucratic positions at the University of New Hampshire, on the Durham board of selectmen, and in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. This collection contains both his personal and professional papers.
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    The University of New Hamsphire Library records date back to the first catalog of books belonging to the New Hampshire state college. This collection chronicles the Library's growth through correspondence, records, minutes of meetings, acquisitions,…
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    The UNH News Bureau is responsible for generating stories for both university and extra-university consumption. This series contains press releases which were sent to outside media the UNH News Bureau.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Member of the CounterIntelligence Corps in Germany, 1946-1947. Materials related to the European Theater Intelligence School in Oberammagau, Germany and eight reports filed from Headquarters, Region IX, 970th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment, Port Operations Office in Bremerhaven, Germany,…
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    Gunners-mate on the USS Washington from Nashua, N.H. Sixty-six page standard issue diary (”My Life in the Service”) recording Caron’s enlistment in the U.S. Navy and the action he saw in World War II, particularly in the South Pacific (the Battles of Savo Island in the Solomons and Guadalcanal).
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    The Van Ackeren family resided in Antwerp, Belgium; Francois Van Ackeren served as a soldier in World War I. The Van Ackeren family papers consist of approximately 50 letters written by Francois Van Ackeren and family to William McLain and…