Guide to the George Harrington Carter Memoir, 1909
Collection number: MS 245
About George Harrington Carter
George Harrington Carter was born in Montreal, Canada in 1873. After his mother died
in 1880 he was sent to Waltham, Massachusetts to live with relatives. He returned to
Canada to work selling paper and he later joined the Nashua Card and Glazed Paper
Company and traveled extensively for them as a salesman until the company failed in
1904. Carter was hit by a car in 1907 - "I never knew what the word 'tired' meant
until an automobile hit me," he drolly writes (p. 6) - and after this his mental and
physical health declined. At the time of writing his manuscript, Carter weighed
about 100 pounds and describes himself as being a recent former patient at a
psychiatric hospital in Westboro, Massachusetts. He died in 1910 at age 37.
About the George Harrington Carter Memoir
The memoir, an 18 page manuscript written in 1909, gives an account of Carter's
accomplishments and setbacks in both his personal life and business career. He sent
copies of it to his family. This manuscript copy was sent with a one-page
transmittal letter, also included, to his cousin Leslie, with whom he had been
raised in Waltham, Massachusetts. Presumably it was Leslie who annotated the calling
card on the cover of the memoir with Carter's birth and death dates.
This collection is open.
Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as
stipulated by United States copyright law.
George Harrington Carter memoir, 1909, MS 245, Milne Special Collections and
Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Purchased: Ian Brabner, dealer, Wilmington, DE (Accession number: 2011.29)