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Guide to the Alice E. Gosgrove Papers, 1946-1990

Collection number: MC 105

Size: 4 binders and 3 boxes (2.33 cu.ft.)

About Alice E. Cosgrove (1909-1971)

Alice Ericson Cosgrove was born in Concord, N.H. on February 16, 1909. Encouraged by her father, she pursued her child- hood interest in art and in 1925 enrolled in the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston. She finished her studies in 1929 and shortly thereafter married Roland Cosgrove, also an artist, returning to Concord in the early 1930s with her daughter. She found steady employment with the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project in 1935 (a national program for unemployed artists during the Depression). During World War II Cosgrove drafted precision dials at the Hoyt Electrical Instrumental Works, and continued painting in her spare time. In 1946 she began working for the Planning and Development Commission of New Hampshire, designing and producing promotional artwork for the state until her retirement in 1971. Among her many projects were geological maps, posters, and covers for state publications. She created the figure of “Chippa Granite” to promote tourism and agriculture in New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Marine Memorial on Hampton Beach. She died on December 7, 1971.

About the Alice E. Cosgrove Collection

This collection consists of correspondence, subject files, and a photographic record of the paintings, drawings, and promotional artwork done by Alice Cosgrove that were featured in a 1987 exhibit held at the University of New Hampshire Art Galleries. Major themes include portraits and New Hampshire promotional artwork. The four binders and detailed inventory accompanying the collection were prepared by Mary Louise Hancock.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alice E. Cosgrove Papers, 1909-1971, MC-105, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donations: Mary Louise Hancock, September 13, 1990 and January 4, 1995 (Accession numbers: 910, 95.004)

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence, 1968-1990

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 From Mary Louise Hancock, 1986-1990
Box 1, Folder 2 To Mary Louise Hancock, A-B, 1984-1990
Box 1, Folder 3 To Mary Louise Hancock, C-G, 1985-1990
Box 1, Folder 4 To Mary Louise Hancock, H-P, 1985-1990
Box 1, Folder 5 To Mary Louise Hancock, R-T, 1984-1990
Box 1, Folder 6 To Mary Louise Hancock, W, 1968-1990
Box 1, Folder 7 Unidentified, 1984-1987

Series II: Subject Files, 1947-1990

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 8 Adventures in New Hampshire
Box 1, Folder 9 Air Brush Teddy Bear, 10/16/47
Box 1, Folder 10 Budget for Exhibition Pictures
Box 1, Folder 11 Chippa Granite
Box 1, Folder 12 Christmas Cards (folder 1 of 2)
Box 1, Folder 13 Christmas Cards (folder 2 of 2)
Box 1, Folder 14 Designed by Alice Cosgrove (misc.)(folder 1 of 3)
Box 1, Folder 15 Designed by Alice Cosgrove (misc.)(folder 2 of 3)
Box 1, Folder 16 Designed by Alice Cosgrove (misc.)(folder 3 of 3)
Box 1, Folder 17 Exhibits Folder (folder 1 of 2)
Box 1, Folder 18 Exhibits Folder (folder 2 of 2)
Box 1, Folder 19 Exhibition
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Exhibition Catalog (folder 1 of 2)
Box 2, Folder 2 Exhibition Catalog (folder 2 of 2)
Box 2, Folder 3 Exhibition Guest List
Box 2, Folder 4 Exhibition Reception
Box 2, Folder 5 Exhibition Videotape
Box 2, Folder 6 Foliage Bulletins, 1948
Box 2, Folder 7 Framing
Box 2, Folder 8 Grant Requests to NH Charitable Fund
Box 2, Folder 9 List of Photos given to UNH Library, 6/6/90
Box 2, Folder 10 Marine Memorial
Box 2, Folder 11 Miscellaneous
Box 2, Folder 12 Memorial Service
Box 2, Folder 13 NH Historical Society
Box 2, Folder 14 Photographic Record given to UNH, 6/6/90
Box 2, Folder 15 Publicity (folder 1 of 2)
Box 2, Folder 16 Publicity (folder 2 of 2)
Box 2, Folder 17 Recreational Calendars
Box 2, Folder 18 Retirement
Box 2, Folder 19 Samples, 1946-1953
Box 2, Folder 20 University Art Galleries Loan Agreement
Box 2, Folder 21 WPA Federal Art Project Exhibition

Series III: Photographs, 1957-1971

Items 1-4 Binders

Photographs (in black/white and color) of Alice Cosgrove’s work (portraits, murals, advertisements, statues). Some of the images were taken from items exhibited at Alice Cosgrove: A New Hampshire Artist, University Art Galleries, University of New Hampshire, January 26 through March 12, 1987

Box 3
Folder 1 Eastern States, 1957
Folder 2 Eastern States, 1959
Folder 3 Montreal, Winter 1959-1960
Folder 4 Eastern States, 1961
Folder 5 Montreal November, 1961 Northland & Profile
Folder 6 Montreal November, 1961 Northland & Profile (negatives)
Folder 7 New York, Spring 1961
Folder 8 Transportation Displays, Winter 1961-1962
Folder 9 Autumn Extra 1962
Folder 10 Avis Window, 1962
Folder 11 Boston, Autumn 1962
Folder 12 Boston, November 1962
Folder 13 Eastern States, 1962
Folder 14 Eastern States, 1962 (slides)
Folder 15 Montreal, November 1962 Arts & Crafts 1962
Folder 16 Montreal, April 1962
Folder 17 Mobile New York, Autumn 1962/Visitors Center, 1964
Folder 18 New York Arts & Crafts, November 1962
Folder 19 New York, Summer 1962
Folder 20 Transportation Display Islands, Winter 1962-63 Skiing
Folder 21 Transportation Display Islands, Summer 1962
Folder 22 US Travel Office London, August 1962
Folder 22 US Travel Office London, August 1962
Folder 23 Cleveland 1963
Folder 24 Left Window Columbus Ave., 1963
Folder 25 Montreal, Autumn 1963
Folder 26 Montreal, May 1963
Folder 27 New York, Winter 1963-1964
Folder 28 Photoscenic NH, Summer 1963
Folder 29 Transportation Display Islands, Winter 1963-1964
Folder 30 Bicentennial Concord, 1964
Folder 31 Boston, Autumn 1964
Folder 32 Cleveland, 1964
Folder 33 Eastern States, 1964
Folder 34 Eastern States, 1964 (Industrial Exhibit)
Folder 35 New York, Spring 1964 Old Man of the Mountains
Folder 36 New York, Summer 1964
Folder 37 New York, 1964-1965
Folder 38 Boston, Autumn 1965
Folder 39 Boston Sportsman Show, 1965
Folder 40 Eastern States, 1965 (color)
Folder 41 Montreal, Winter 1965-1966
Folder 42 Prison Warden Conference Boston, 1965
Folder 43 Boston, Autumn 1966
Folder 44 Boston Office, November 22, 1966
Folder 45 Boston, Spring 1966
Folder 46 Boston, Summer 1966
Folder 47 Eastern States, 1966
Folder 48 Liquor Warehouse Concord, October 28, 1966 (for dedication)
Folder 49 Mineral Exhibit, 1966
Folder 50 Boston Arcade, Autumn 1967
Folder 51 Boston Window, 1967
Folder 52 Eastern States & Camping Shows, 1967 & 1968
Folder 53 Montreal Office, Autumn 1967
Folder 54 New York Office Display, Winter 1967
Folder 55 Spaulding-Potter Charitable Trusts, April 1967
Folder 56 Travel Show, 1967-1968
Folder 57 Alcoholics Division H&E, September 1968
Folder 58 Boston Window, Spring 1968
Folder 59 Display of Promotional Material (McQuaid), 1968
Folder 60 Graphic Art Display, Visitor Center, October 1968
Folder 61 Model for Ski Display, Eastern States, 1968
Folder 62 New England Camping & Trailer Show January 24-29, 1968
Folder 63 Resources, Summer 1968
Folder 64 Visitor Center, State House, Summer 1968
Folder 65 Boston Office Window, Winter 1969-70
Folder 66 Eastern States, 1969
Folder 67 New England Boat Show February 8-16, 1969
Folder 68 New England Sportsman Show January 18-26, 1969
Folder 69 Travel Show Reconstruction, 1969
Folder 70 Boston Office Window, Autumn 1970
Folder 71 Boston Office Window, Spring-Summer 1970
Folder 72 Concord Liquor Store, May 1970
Folder 73 Display for Coastal Problems, April 1970 (held in MA)
Folder 74 Drawing of Display at New York Office, Autumn 1970
Folder 75 Nashua Rest Area, 1970
Folder 76 Sportsman Show, 1970
Folder 77 Sunopee Display, 1970
Folder 78 Eastern States, 1971
Folder 79 Eastern States
Folder 80 Exhibits by Cosgrove
Folder 81 Model for Eastern States Display
Folder 82 New England Vacation Center
Folder 83 NH Coast-Uses & Problems
Folder 84 Photo for Assembling
Folder 85 Ski Safari Booth
Folder 86 Ski Safari Booth
Folder 87 Various Exhibits
Folder 88 Slides

Series IV: Videotape

Box 3
Box 3, Tape 1 Videotape record of the above exhibited items

One Response to “Guide to the Alice E. Gosgrove Papers, 1946-1990”

  1. Lucas Sheehan Says:

    I worked for Temple Mtn Ski area. During one of the ski area’s turbulent attempts at to stay afloat in business I found a poster we were going to throw away. The poster said “Ski New Hampshire” across the top and had a cheery freckle faced boy on old wooden skis. Needless to say I instantly liked the poster and rescued it from the trash. It was in remerkable condition for it’s age( says issued 1954 at the bottom A. Cosgrove) not sure when it was actually printed. I had it framed years ago and is a happy reminder for me of one of my first jobs and an old skiing tradition here in NH.

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