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Guide to the Durham Town Records, 1732-1993

Collection number: Mc 149

Size: 83 boxes (30.00 cu.ft.)

About the Durham Town Records

This collection consists of materials pertaining to the town of Durham, New Hampshire. The records included in the collection are selectment’s records, various club records, and records pertaining to Durham’s libraries, fire department, churches, and post office. Also included are photographs. For more information, see further notes at the beginning of each series.

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], Durham Town Records, 1732-1993, MC 149, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donations: multpile sources, May 7, 1976-April 21, 1994 (Accesion numbers: 95, 109, 008, 8191, 8470, 8536, 8841, 8860, 911, 9230, 94.008, 94.018)

Collection Arrangement

This colelction is arranged into ten series. The series are divided by the type of record they contain and the organization those records represent. Information about each organization and its records are found at the beginning of each series. Box numbering starts over with “1″ at the beginning of each new series. Therefore it is important to specify the series number when requestion materials from this collection.

Collection Contents

Series I: Selectmen’s Records, 1732-1926

(23 boxes and 1 oversize box)

These records – dating from 1732 to 1923 – contain various and considerable information about the town of Durham. They include numerous receipts, information on road, bridge, and building construction, meeting records, tax lists, writs, poor relief, voting lists, and other materials relating to the governance of the town.

Box 1
1732-1789 (25 folders)
Box 2
1790-1796 (17 folders)
Box 3
1797-1803 (15 folders)
Box 4
1804-1812 (15 folders)
Box 5
1813-1816 (15 folders)
Box 6
1817-1819 (14 folders)
Box 7
1820-1821 (14 folders)
Box 8
1822-1823 (13 folders)
Box 9
1824-1826 (14 folders)
Box 10
1827-1828 (12 folders)
Box 11
1829-1832 (14 folders)
Box 12
1833-1838 (16 folders)
Box 13
1839-1843 (16 folders)
Box 14
1844-1850 (18 folders)
Box 15
1851-1856 (17 folders)
Box 16
1857-1859 (14 folders)
Box 17
1860-1864 (19 folders)
Box 18
1865-1870 (11 folders)
Box 19
1871-1875 (12 folders)
Box 20
1876-1884 (16 folders)
Box 21
1885-1891 (16 folders)
Box 22
1892-1903 (21 folders)
Box 23
1904-1926, undated and miscellaneous materials (33 folders)
Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Item 1 Account: Selectmen to Robert Lapish, 1791
Oversize Box 1, Item 2 Account: “Boston,” 1832-1862
Oversize Box 1, Item 3 List of voters, 1834
Oversize Box 1, Item 4 Account: Durham to George Ffrost, 1839
Oversize Box 1, Item 5 Petition: “Aid to Ireland & Scotland,” 1847
Oversize Box 1, Item 6 List of voters, 1848
Oversize Box 1, Item 7 List of voters, 1857
Oversize Box 1, Item 8 Accounts of the Town Farm, 1859
Oversize Box 1, Item 9 Notice: Town meeting, 23 Feb 1861

Series II: Tuesday Afternoon Club, 1894-1993

(3 boxes)

Mrs. Charles Pettee and Mrs. Scott started the Tuesday Afternoon Club in 1894 for the “mutual improvement and social enjoyment of its members.” The club was (and is) a literary and charitable society that meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month of the academic year. The collection contains meeting minutes, programs, financial records, the organization’s constitution, numerous photographs, and thank you letters from German women who received packages sent to Berlin by the Tuesday Afternoon Club during 1954-1955.

Subseries A: Record Journals

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Nov 1910-June 1915
Box 1, Folder 2 1923-1932
Box 1, Folder 3 Constitution of May 17, 1927 (from Records Journal, 1923-1932)
Box 1, Folder 4 1932-1938
Box 1, Folder 5 Book I, 1945-1951
Box 1, Folder 6 Book II, 1950-1951
Box 1, Folder 7 Book III, 1953-1955
Box 1, Folder 8 Correspondence from the front of Book III
Box 1, Folder 9 Book IV, 1955-1956
Box 1, Folder 10 Book V, 1957-1958
Box 1, Folder 11 Book VI, 1959-1962
Box 1, Folder 12 Book VII, Jan 15, 1963-June 21, 1966
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Book VIII, June 1966-Dec 1972
Box 2, Folder 2 Book IX, 1973-1976
Box 2, Folder 3 Book X, 1976-1979
Box 2, Folder 4 Book XI, 1979-1981
Box 2, Folder 5 Book XII, 1981-May 1, 1984
Box 2, Folder 6 Book XIII, May 15, 1984-Jan 21, 1986
Box 2, Folder 7 Book XIV, Feb 4, 1986-March 6, 1990

Subseries B: Programs

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Programs, 1895-1955
Box 3, Folder 2 Programs, 1955-1976
Box 3, Folder 3 Programs, 1976-1983
Box 3, Folder 4 Programs, 1983-1993

Subseries C: Miscellaneous

Box 3, Folder 5 Constitutions of the Tuesday Afternoon Club: 1927, 1938?, 1948, 1955, 1962, 1988, 1991
Box 3, Folder 6 Early history
Box 3, Folder 7 Financial records, 1918-1930
Box 3, Folder 8 Letters from German friends of the Tuesday Afternoon Club, 1955
Box 3, Folder 9 Miscellaneous items

Subseries D: Photographs

Box 3, Folder 10 The Spinsters of Leishe, England, 1812, a play performed May 2, 1933
Box 3, Folder 11 Various snapshots, 1979-1983
Box 3, Folder 12 Christmas party, Dec 16, 1986
Box 3, Folder 13 Meeting, April 1988
Box 3, Folder 14 100th Anniversary of the the Tuesday Afternoon Club, March 1, 1994

Series III: Scammell Grange (Durham, NH), 1857-1981

(6 boxes)

The Scammell Grange (No. 122) was organized and incorporated in 1887 as a subordinate of the National Grange. In 1893 they purchased a building in downtown Durham, where they resided until selling the building to the town in 1981. The collection contains secretary and treasurer’s records, meeting minutes, membership information, correspondence with the Knights of Pythias, and various legal records.

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Secretary’s Records, 1887-1889
Box 1, Folder 2 Secretary’s Records, Dec 1889-Dec 1893
Box 1, Folder 3 Account Book, 1891-1901
Box 1, Folder 4 Secretary’s Records, Jan 1894-Dec 1899
Box 1, Folder 5 Secretary’s Records, 1897-1906
Box 1, Folder 6 Secretary’s Minutes, Jan 1900-May 1905
Box 1, Folder 7 Account Book, 1902-1930
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Secretary’s Record, May 1905-Feb 1911
Box 2, Folder 2 Secretary’s Minutes, Feb 1911-Dec 1918
Box 2, Folder 3 Secretary’s Minutes, Jan 1919-March 1924
Box 2, Folder 4 Secretary’s Minutes, April 1924-Dec 1931
Box 2, Folder 5 Secretary’s Minutes, 1932-Oct 1934
Box 2, Folder 6 Account Book, 1932-1959
Box 2, Folder 7 Record Book – Secretary’s Report, March 1935-June 1938
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Record Book – Secretary’s Report, 1938-June 1948
Box 3, Folder 2 Record Book – Secretary’s Report, June 1938-March 1941
Box 3, Folder 3 Record Book – Secretary’s Report, March 1941-Feb 1944
Box 3, Folder 4 Record Book – Secretary’s Report, March 1944-Dec 1947
Box 3, Folder 5 Record Book – Secretary’s Report, 1948-1958
Box 3, Folder 6 Record Book – Secretary’s Report, Jan 1948-August 1952
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 Record Book – Secretary’s Report, Sept 1952-March 1957
Box 4, Folder 2 Record Book – Secretary’s Report, April 1957-Nov 1961
Box 4, Folder 3 Record Book – Secretary’s Report, 1958-1968
Box 4, Folder 4 Treasurer’s Account, 1958-1969
Box 4, Folder 5 Record Book, Nov 1961-Oct 1966
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 Record Book, Nov 1966-Nov 1971
Box 5, Folder 2 Treasurer’s Account, 1969-1975
Box 5, Folder 3 Record Book, Nov 1971-1976
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1 Inventory of the Collection
Box 6, Folder 2 First land purchase, 1857
Box 6, Folder 3 By-laws and incorporation, 1887
Box 6, Folder 4 Record of organization
Box 6, Folder 5 Articles of association and land purchase from Durham School, 1893
Box 6, Folder 6 Correspondence and committee with the Knights of Pythias, 1897
Box 6, Folder 7 Records and deeds, 1898
Box 6, Folder 8 Membership information and application, 1899-1903
Box 6, Folder 9 Bank notices, 1904-1908
Box 6, Folder 10 Lease of Sullivan Lodge, Knights of Phythias, 1914
Box 6, Folder 11 “The Granite State Granger,” 1974
Box 6, Folder 12 Lease of the Scammell Grange, 1978-1981
Box 6, Folder 13 Mortgages and loans, 1966-1983
Box 6, Folder 14 Sale of Grange property, 1943-1981
Box 6, Folder 15 Treasurer’s accounts and receipts, 1966-1981
Box 6, Folder 16 Ribbons and awards

Series IV: Fire Department, 1964-1975

(3 boxes)

The records of the Durham Fire Department contain several log books that document calls for fires (real and false) and telephone dispatches. Also included are several scrapbooks that contain photographs and newspaper clippings relating to the town’s fire department from 1956-1975.

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Meeting records, 1964-1965
Box 1, Folder 2 Attendance and records of bi-monthly meetings, 1966-1968
Box 1, Folder 3 Time log, Jan 1969-Dec 1969
Box 1, Folder 4 Time log, Jan 1970-Nov 1970
Box 1, Folder 5 Time log, Dec 1970-Sept 1971
Box 1, Folder 6 Time log, Oct 1971-July 23, 1972
Box 1, Folder 7 Time log, July 1972-October 1973
Box 1, Folder 8 Dispatch telephone log, 1973
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Fire calls log, record book, 1966-1967
Box 2, Folder 2 Fire calls log, record book, 1968
Box 2, Folder 3 Fire calls log, record book, 1969
Box 2, Folder 4 Fire calls log, record book, 1970
Box 2, Folder 5 Fire calls log, record book, 1971
Box 2, Folder 6 Fire calls log, record book, 1972
Box 2, Folder 7 Fire calls log, record book, Jan-April 27, 1973
Box 2, Folder 8 Fire calls log, record book, April-Dec 15, 1973
Box 2, Folder 9 Fire calls log, record book, Dec 16, 1973-July 7, 1974
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Scrapbook of newspaper clippings and photos, 1956-1965
Box 3, Folder 2 Scrapbook of photos, Durham fires, 1960-1974
Box 3, Folder 3 Scrapbook of photos, mutual aid, 1966-1975

Series V: Libraries, 1815-1920

(3 boxes)

Durham Social Library (1815-1857?): This library was incorporated by act of the N.H. State Legislature in 1815. The library contained several hundred books and had a membership numbering nearly 50. The Special Collections Department maintains nearly 200 books from this early library as well as a single manuscript volume that contains a catalog list of the collection, accession records, circulation records, and membership information.

Durham Agricultural Library (1862-1881): Formed Feb. 3, 1862 with Benjamin Thompson as President, this library was small (approximately 72 books) and vocationally-based.

Durham Social Library (1881-1892): Organized March 9, 1881, the library had a membership of 80 and several hundred books. In 1883 the Richardson house was purchased to house the library. It eventually merged with the Durham Public Library. Several bound volumes make up this collection. They contain accession records, membership lists, catalogs of books, and circulation records.

Durham Public Library (1892-1906): Established in 1892 through the provisions of a N.H. state act, this was the town’s first “public” library. It contained more than 3,500 books and eventually merged with the the library of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts.

Library of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (1893- ): Came to Durham with the arrival of the College in 1893. Initially, the College housed the library in a single room in Thompson Hall. In 1900 Hamilton Smith gave the University $10,000 to construct a library, another $20,000 was obtained from Andrew Carnegie. In 1907 – a year after the town and the college agreed to merge their collective library resources – the building (Hamilton Smith Hall) was completed.

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Durham Social Library, record book, catalog of holdings, accessions, and circulation, 1815-1857
Box 1, Folder 2 Durham Social Library, by-laws and list of subscribers, 1881
Box 1, Folder 3 Durham Agricultural Library, list of proprietors, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 4 Durham Library Association, “Catalogue of the Durham Social Library,” n.d. (ca. 1885)
Box 1, Folder 5 Durham Library Association, catalog, 1890
Box 1, Folder 6 Durham Library Association, catalog of books (vol. 1)
Box 1, Folder 7 Durham Library Association, catalog of books (vol. 2)
Box 1, Folder 8 Durham Library Association, catalog
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Durham Library Association, catalog – fiction
Box 2, Folder 2 Durham Library Association, circulation records, 1881-1889
Box 2, Folder 3 Durham Library Association, circulation records, 1892
Box 2, Folder 4 Durham Library Association, contract with the town of Durham, 1893
Box 2, Folder 5 Durham Library Association, contract with the town of Durham & the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts to consolidate the town’s libraries, 1906
Box 2, Folder 6 Durham Library Association, delinquent stockholders, 1895
Box 2, Folder 7 Durham Library Association, list of members, n.d.
Box 2, Folder 8 Durham Library Association, records, 1892-1907
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Durham Library Association, records, vol. 2
Box 3, Folder 2 Durham Library Association, stock book, 1893-1907
Box 3, Folder 3 Durham Library Association, treasurer’s book, 1881-1908
Box 3, Folder 4 Durham Library Association, treasurer’s records (v. 2)
Box 3, Folder 5 Durham Public Library, records, secretary (vol. 1)
Box 3, Folder 6 Durham Public Library, records, treasurer (vol. 2)
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 Durham Public Library, accession and circulation records (vol. 3)
Box 4, Folder 2 Durham Public Library, records, Committee on Building & Appurtenances (vol. 4)
Box 4, Folder 3 Durham Public Library, Committee on Account & Finance (vol 5)
Box 4, Folder 4 Durham Public Library, records, town funds (vol. 6)
Box 4, Folder 5 Miscellaneous, record book containing transcriptions of information relating to the Durham Agricultural Library Association and the Durham Social Library (organized 1881)
Box 4, Folder 6 Miscellaneous, “Durham Libraries,” a brief history
Box 4, Folder 7 Miscellaneous, Cushing, Helen Grant, “A Library Survey of the Town of Durham,” 1920
Box 4, Folder 8 Miscellaneous, deeds for Durham Library Association land, 1877-1936
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 Durham Library Association, circulation records, 1881-1887

Series VI: Church Records, 1752-1973

(9 boxes)

Subseries A: Durham Community Church, 1752-1973

The history of the Congregational Church in Durham began in 1655, when the people of Oyster River first agreed to build a meetinghouse and pay for the support of a minister. For centuries the church has been an important part of community life: a place of gathering and socializing, an organizer of community and charitable events, a moral judge of its congregation, and a source of pride for the people of Durham. The records of this collection include annual reports and treasurer’s accounts, meeting minutes and programs, historical sketches of the church and its ministers, and materials from church-based organizations like the Durham Men’s Club, the Women’s Guild, and the Ladies’ Aid Society. See also Church Records and Boxes 37 and 38 in the Thompson Family Papers.

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Adams, Hugh (Reverend), miscellaneous notes on
Box 1, Folder 2 Annual report, 1897
Box 1, Folder 3 Annual report, 1898
Box 1, Folder 4 Annual report, 1899
Box 1, Folder 5 Annual report, 1900
Box 1, Folder 6 Annual report, 1901
Box 1, Folder 7 Annual report, 1902
Box 1, Folder 8 Annual report, 1904
Box 1, Folder 9 Annual report, 1905
Box 1, Folder 10 Annual report, 1906
Box 1, Folder 11 Annual report, 1907
Box 1, Folder 12 Annual report, 1955
Box 1, Folder 13 Annual report, 1957
Box 1, Folder 14 “Articles of Admission to the Congregational Church in Durham, N.H., 1827.”
Box 1, Folder 15 Beard, William S. (Reverend) and Telesphere Taisure (Reverend), biographical sketches by Augusta J. Edgerly, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 16 Broadhead, Reverend John and Abel Cutler, 1810-1811
Box 1, Folder 17 Burt, Federal, 1826-1829
Box 1, Folder 18 “A Chronological History of the Church,” Marian E. Mills, 1960
Box 1, Folder 19 Church and college co-operate, 1908
Box 1, Folder 20 Committees and teachers, list, 1909
Box 1, Folder 21 Complaints against and repentence of Ebenezer Parsons, 1818
Box 1, Folder 22 Confession of faith, 1808
Box 1, Folder 23 Durham Men’s Club, meeting list, 1930-1939
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Durham Men’s Club, reports of secretary – treasurer, 1940-1946
Box 2, Folder 2 Durham Men’s Club, by-laws and resolutions
Box 2, Folder 3 Durham Men’s Club, meeting minutes, 1920-1921
Box 2, Folder 4 Durham Men’s Club, proposed road sign for Durham, 1932
Box 2, Folder 5 “The Durham Pageant,” 200th anniversary of the church, 1919
Box 2, Folder 6 “The Durham Pageant,” service, letters and address, 1919
Box 2, Folder 7 Ecclesiastical council, 1844
Box 2, Folder 8 “Ecumenical – In Minature,” Emerson G. Hangen, 1946
Box 2, Folder 9 “Historical Articles,” from the Manchester Union Leader: 1923 – Church enlargement; 1924 – Dedication
Box 2, Folder 10 “Historical Sketch of the Congregational Church in Durham, N.H.,” ca. 1900
Box 2, Folder 11 History committee, 300th anniversary, 1955
Box 2, Folder 12 Invitations to Church Council meetings, 1851-1862
Box 2, Folder 13 “Journey from Scrooby,” a dramatized historical narrative, 1955
Box 2, Folder 14 Lovell, Dr. Moses (Reverend), biographical sketch by Vella M. Smart, n.d.
Box 2, Folder 15 Manual of the Congregational Church, 1895
Box 2, Folder 16 Marriage intentions, 1804-1859
Box 2, Folder 17 Minutes (v. 1), 1854-1879
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Minutes (v. 2), 1868-1908
Box 3, Folder 2 Records, Jan 1, 1917-Jan 1, 1930
Box 3, Folder 3 Old Meetinghouse and parsonage, 1781-1827
Box 3, Folder 4 Pettee, Charles H. (Dean), correspondence, 1887-1895
Box 3, Folder 5 “A plea for the better care of kitchen equipment,” 1910(?)
Box 3, Folder 6 Proceedings of the committee to build a meetinghouse, 1792 (transcription)
Box 3, Folder 7 Programs, miscellaneous events
Box 3, Folder 8 Reports for the Church fairs, 1923-1926
Box 3, Folder 9 Scrapbook: 300th anniversary, kept by Mrs. O.V. Henderson, 1913-1955
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 Sunday School, 1923
Box 4, Folder 2 Surrender of pews, 1893
Box 4, Folder 3 Tobey, Alvan (Reverend), biographical sketch by Carl Lundholm, 1945
Box 4, Folder 4 Tobey, Alvan (Reverend), correspondence to, 1842-1847
Box 4, Folder 5 Tobey, Alvan (Reverend), correspondence to the church
Box 4, Folder 6 Tobey, Alvan (Reverend), invitations to church councils, 1840-1856
Box 4, Folder 7 Tobey, Alvan (Reverend), school committee, 1845-1865
Box 4, Folder 8 Treasurer’s accounts, 1884-1895
Box 4, Folder 9 Treasurer’s records, 1889-19091924
Box 4, Folder 10 Treasurer’s report, 1907
Box 4, Folder 11 Durham Missionary Society, 1895-1929
Box 4, Folder 12 Ladies’ Aid Society of Durham, 1909-1920
Box 4, Folder 13 Ladies’ Aid Society of Durham, 1920-1922
Box 4, Folder 14 Ladies’ Aid Society of Durham, treasurer’s book, 1923-1933
Box 4, Folder 15 Ladies’ Aid Society of Durham, 1923-1929 and Women’s Guild, 1929-1937
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 Women’s Guild, minutes, 1937-1947
Box 5, Folder 2 Women’s Guild, minutes, 1947-1957
Box 5, Folder 3 Women’s Guild, minutes, 1957-1961
Box 5, Folder 4 Women’s Guild, minutes, 1961-1962
Box 5, Folder 5 Women’s Guild, minutes, 1963-1973
Box 5, Folder 6 Women’s Guild, treasurer’s book, 1937-1944
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1 Women’s Guild, constitution, 1929(?)
Box 6, Folder 2 Women’s Guild, constitution and bylaws, 1934
Box 6, Folder 3 Women’s Missionary Society of Durham, N.H., 1895-1911
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1 Adams, John (Reverend): Letter of calling and settling, 1752
Box 7, Folder 2 Church bulletin, 1958-1959
Box 7, Folder 3 Coe, Curtis (Reverend): Receipts, salary payments, dismissal, 1779-1812
Box 7, Folder 4 Congregational church committee, 1841
Box 7, Folder 5 Congregational church property, 1829
Box 7, Folder 6 Congregational Society, 1824-1875
Box 7, Folder 7 Contract for repairs to the Congregational church, 1906
Box 7, Folder 8 Expelled members, 1827-1847
Box 7, Folder 9 Invitations to installations and ordinations, 1817-1843
Box 7, Folder 10 Invitations to installations and ordinations, 1844-1865
Box 7, Folder 11 Membership transfers, 1817-1857
Box 7, Folder 12 Meserve, Winthrop Smith, correspondence, 1855-1868
Box 7, Folder 13 Miscellaneous church records
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1 New Meetinghouse, building dedication, 1848
Box 8, Folder 2 Records, 1779-1829 (transcription)
Box 8, Folder 3 Records, 1779-1894 (transcription)
Box 8, Folder 4 Records, 1833-1894 (transcription)
Box 8, Folder 5 Records, 1893-1901 (trnscription)
Box 8, Folder 6 Report of Pulpit Fund, 1920
Box 8, Folder 7 Steele, Richard vs. Abraham Perkins (Deacon), 1829
Box 8, Folder 8 Tobey, Alvan (Reverend), accounts, 1844-1847
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1 Treasurer’s ledger, 1896-19151752
Box 9, Folder 2 Treasurer’s ledger, loose papers, 1896-1915

Subseries B: First Christian Church, 1819-1864

Organized through the efforts of Rev. William Demeritt on December 4, 1819, the First Christian Church held its first meetings in private houses and an old school house. The members of the church erected and dedicated a brick meetinghouse in 1825. The First Christian Church was incorporated in 1850 and soon there after gradually declined to only a few members. By the 1880s the church ceased services. The meetinghouse and adjoining lands were sold to the town’s school district at auction in 1889. Special Collections maintains a record book that documents committees, meetings, and membership of the First Christian Church.

Box 9
Box 9, Folder 3 First Christian Church (Durham, N.H.), record book, 1819-1864

Series VII: Woman’s Club of Durham, NH, 1896-1990

(8 boxes and 11 oversize boxes)

Helen Murkland, wife of college president Charles Sumner Murkland, organized the Woman’s Club of Durham in September 1896. The group functioned on the principle that it should “foster a spirit of service and be a power for good in the community.” Within two years of organization, the Woman’s Club had more than 55 members. The Club was involved in numerous civic-improvement projects (putting up street signs, Post Office murals), the beautification of the Durham area (general cleanup projects, Garden Club), charitable fund drives, and efforts for both World Wars and the Red Cross. The collection contains meeting minutes and tresurer’s reports, information from various departments and associated groups of the Club (the Art & Literature Dept., the History Dept., the Music Dept., the Mothercraft Group, etc.), recipe books, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and other related materials.

Subseries A: General Records

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Anniversary celebration (50th), 1946
Box 1, Folder 2 Anniversary celebration (60th), 1956
Box 1, Folder 3 Anniversary celebration (65th), 1961
Box 1, Folder 4 Anniversary celebration (75th), 1972
Box 1, Folder 5 Annual reports, 1929-1946
Box 1, Folder 6 Annual reports, 1945-1955
Box 1, Folder 7 Annual reports, 1955-1960
Box 1, Folder 8 Annual reports, 1960-1970
Box 1, Folder 9 Annual reports, 1970-1971
Box 1, Folder 10 Annual reports, 1980-1982
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Art and Literature Dept., 1914-1924
Box 2, Folder 2 Art and Literature Dept., 1924-1936
Box 2, Folder 3 Art and Literature Dept., treasurer’s book, 1926-1946
Box 2, Folder 4 Art and Literature Dept., 1946-1963
Box 2, Folder 5 Art Needlework Dept., 1914-1922
Box 2, Folder 6 Art Needlework Dept., 1922-1932
Box 2, Folder 7 Art Needlework Dept., 1932-1938
Box 2, Folder 8 Art Needlework Dept., 1939-1946
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Art Needlework Dept., 1946-1956
Box 3, Folder 2 Citations (mostly for civic improvement), 1960-1989
Box 3, Folder 3 Civic Committee, 1924-1954
Box 3, Folder 4 Community Church of Durham, correspondence and rental agreements
Box 3, Folder 5 Constitutions and by-laws
Box 3, Folder 6 Endowment Fund and Memory Books Committee
Box 3, Folder 7 Fine Arts Dept., 1936-1944
Box 3, Folder 8 Fine Arts Dept., 1964-1984
Box 3, Folder 9 Griffiths, M. Effie, book of poetry, ca. 1924
Box 3, Folder 10 Historians’ reports, 1939-1959
Box 3, Folder 11 “History,” the first paper given at a Woman’s Club of Durham meeting, by Ada J. Stevens, 1896
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 History Dept., Constitutional Sesquicentennial Committee, 1937
Box 4, Folder 2 History Dept., “Portraits of Women of Durham,” 50th anniversary, 1947
Box 4, Folder 3 History Dept., secretary’s records, 1935-1949
Box 4, Folder 4 History Dept., 1949-1964
Box 4, Folder 5 History Dept., 1986-1993
Box 4, Folder 6 History Dept., W.H.E.B. radio program, “Life of General John Sullivan. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of his birth at Somersworth, N.H.,” 17 Feb 1940
Box 4, Folder 7 History Dept., misc. papers, 1938-1954
Box 4, Folder 8 History of the Woman’s Club of Durham
Box 4, Folder 9 Joint meetings of several of the women’s organized groups, 1934-1946
Box 4, Folder 10 Minutes, 1913-1917
Box 4, Folder 11 Minutes, 1917-1924
Box 4, Folder 12 Minutes, 1924-1926
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 Minutes, 1926-1929 (part 1)
Box 5, Folder 2 Minutes, 1926-1929 (part 2)
Box 5, Folder 3 Minutes, 1929-1940
Box 5, Folder 4 Minutes, 1940-1950
Box 5, Folder 5 Minutes, 1950-1960
Box 5, Folder 6 Minutes, 1960-1970
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1 Minutes, 1970-1974
Box 6, Folder 2 Minutes, 1974-1977
Box 6, Folder 3 Minutes, 1977-1980
Box 6, Folder 4 Minutes, 1981-1983
Box 6, Folder 5 Minutes, 1984-1985
Box 6, Folder 6 Mothercraft Group, 1944-1957
Box 6, Folder 7 Mothercraft Group, meeting minutes, 1944-1954
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1 Mothercraft Group, 1950-1956
Box 7, Folder 2 Mural project in the new Federal Building and Post Office, correspondence, records, and clippings, 1958-1959
Box 7, Folder 3 Mural project in the new Federal Building and Post Office, records and accounts, 1959-1960
Box 7, Folder 4 Music Dept., 1943-1944
Box 7, Folder 5 “A Pilgrimage,” 1937
Box 7, Folder 6 Presentations and papers, various
Box 7, Folder 7 Programs, misc. events, 1900-1941
Box 7, Folder 8 Recipes and cookbooks, 1898-1939
Box 7, Folder 9 Restoration of the Sullivan Cemetary, 1907
Box 7, Folder 10 “Service to Youth, WENH – TV,” 1964
Box 7, Folder 11 “Service to Youth, WENH – TV,” Youth Conference on Smoking, 1964
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1 Signatures and lists of attendants at special meetings, 1925-1927
Box 8, Folder 2 Skit for Jan 8, 1960
Box 8, Folder 3 Treasurer’s book, 1897-1920
Box 8, Folder 4 Treasurer’s book, 1932-1949
Box 8, Folder 5 Treasurer’s reports, 1972-1990
Box 8, Folder 6 U.N.H. Library, correspondence, 1956
Box 8, Folder 7 Miscellaneous papers

Subseries B: Scrapbooks

Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Item 1 Volume I, 1925-1929
Oversize Box 1, Item 2 Volume II, 1929-1934
Oversize Box 2
Oversize Box 2, Item 1 Volume III, 1934-1938
Oversize Box 2, Item 2 Volume IV, 1938-1942
Oversize Box 3
Oversize Box 3, Item 1 Volume V, 1942-1949
Oversize Box 3, Item 2 Volume VI, 1949-1956
Oversize Box 4
Oversize Box 4, Item 1 Volume VII, 1956-1966
Oversize Box 5
Oversize Box 5, Item 1 Volume VIII, 1966-1971
Oversize Box 6
Oversize Box 6, Item 1 Volume IX, 1971-1974
Oversize Box 7
Oversize Box 7, Item 1 Volume X, 1974-1981
Oversize Box 8
Oversize Box 8, Item 1 Volume XI, 1981-1985
Oversize Box 9
Oversize Box 9, Item 1 Memory Book I, 1920s-1980
Oversize Box 10
Oversize Box 10, Item 1 Memory Book II, 1980-
Oversize Box 11
Oversize Box 11, Item 1 Scrapbook, 1962-1964 Community Improvement Program
Oversize Box 11, Item 2 Scrapbook, 1964-1966 Community Improvement Program
Oversize Box 11, Item 3 Scrapbook, 1966-1968 Community Improvement Program
Oversize Box 11, Item 4 Scrapbook, 1970-1972 Community Improvement Program

Series VIII: Post Office Records, 1813-1847

(1 box and 4 oversize boxes)

The establishment of the first post office in Durham, NH was due in great part to the New Hampshire Turnpike Road, which was built in 1791 and stretched from Portsmouth to Concord. Benjamin Thompson served as the first appointed postmaster (1796). During the early years the post office moved to and from any number of locations within the town. The post office records primarily contain the records of 4th and 5th postmasters, George Ffrost, Sr. and Jr.. They include numerous accounts that detail the delivery and sending of letters, pamphlets, and newspapers, various official correspondence, and several histories of the post office in Durham. Also included is an account book maintained by Benjamin Underwood Lapish, the 3rd postmaster of Durham (1808).

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Account book (kept by George Ffrost), 1813(?)
Box 1, Folder 2 Account book (kept by George Ffrost), 1814-1815
Box 1, Folder 3 Account book (kept by George Ffrost), Feb 11, 1819-Aug 31, 1820
Box 1, Folder 4 Account book (kept by George Ffrost), Sept 5, 1820-Feb 15, 1822
Box 1, Folder 5 Account book (kept by George Ffrost), Feb 16, 1822-Feb 24, 1823
Box 1, Folder 6 Account book (kept by George Ffrost), July 1, 1826-Sept 30, 1826
Box 1, Folder 7 Account book (kept by George Ffrost), Oct 1, 1826-Dec 30, 1826
Box 1, Folder 8 Account book (kept by George Ffrost), Jan 2, 1827-March 31, 1827
Box 1, Folder 9 Account book (kept by George Ffrost), April 2, 1827-June 30, 1827
Box 1, Folder 10 Account book (kept by George Ffrost), July 2, 1827-Oct 31, 1827
Box 1, Folder 11 Accounts and correspondence of George Ffrost, 1809-1842
Box 1, Folder 12 Account book (kept by Benjamin Underwood Lapish), 1808
Box 1, Folder 13 “Early Post Offices in Durham,” George D. Stevens, 1904
Box 1, Folder 14 Newspapers, accounts of, 1833-1847 (see also: Oversize Box 1)
Box 1, Folder 15 “Post Office and Postmasters,” William Hartwell’s report to the Durham Historic Association, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 16 Post-Office Laws, Instructions and Forms, Published for the Regulation of the Post Office; Washington, D.C.: Way & Gideon, 1828 (Xerox copy)
Box 1, Folder 17 “Report of Kenneth Carlisle – January 1975,” regarding the Durham Post Office records
Oversize Box 1
Newspapers and pamphlets, accounts of, 1829-1836
Oversize Box 2
Postal accounts, 1807-1826
Oversize Box 3
Postal accounts, 1829-1836
Oversize Box 4
Postal accounts, 1837-1846

Series IX: Miscellaneous Records, 1791-1976

(6 boxes and 1 oversize box)

This collection contains information about various groups and organizations in Durham (League of Women Voters, Durham Historic Association), various histories that document places, events and people in the town’s history, typed transcriptions of the town’s records, and miscellaneous historical documents.

Subseries A: Various Records

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Account of the taking of gunpowder from Fort William & Mary, 1774 (copy of an 1849 letter from Ballard Smith from an account by Capt. Bennett) with newspaper clippings from late 19th/early 20th centuries
Box 1, Folder 2 “Adams – Sullivan House, ca. 1741,” paper by Calvin Fowler, 1957
Box 1, Folder 3 Anecdote of Mrs. E.E. Nelson (daughter of Dean C.H. Pettee), n.d.
Box 1, Folder 4 Bailey & Glines, store records, 1866-1868
Box 1, Folder 5 “Bloody Fishing at Oyster River and Sad Work at Groton.”
Box 1, Folder 6 Budget information
Box 1, Folder 7 “Cemetery Progress,” Phil Wilcox, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 8 Channell, Robert, militia and tax records, highway surveys, and militia calls, 1822-1886
Box 1, Folder 9 Colonial Gravestone Inscriptions
Box 1, Folder 10 Copy of property deeds (Historic American Buildings Survey?) – Bennett Place, odds and ends
Box 1, Folder 11 Copy of property deeds (Historic American Buildings Survey?) – Giddard Mute
Box 1, Folder 12 Copy of property deeds (Historic American Buildings Survey?) – Goddard, Robert Channell
Box 1, Folder 13 “Copy of the Town Records of the Town of Durham, NH, Vol. I, 1732-1739,” (transcription 1942)
Box 1, Folder 14 Copy, Original Town Papers of Durham, NH by Historic American Buildings Survey
Box 1, Folder 15 “Durham in 1825,” Philip Marston, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 16 Durham Historic Association, “An Act Relative to…,” 19 Feb 1953, with constitution of Association
Box 1, Folder 17 Durham Historic Association, lantern design, 1923
Box 1, Folder 18 Durham Historic Association, Philip M. Marston, correspondence, 1943-1946
Box 1, Folder 19 Durham Historic Association, Phil Wilcox, correspondence, 1967-1969
Box 1, Folder 20 Durham Players, programs and information, 1930-1931
Box 1, Folder 21 Durham Town Dump, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 22 Durham Village Improvement Society, open letter from C.H. Pettee, 1912
Box 1, Folder 23 “Early Industries of Durham,” no author, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 24 “Early Life in Durham, NH,” George D. Stevens, 1942
Box 1, Folder 25 “Early Railroad Fatalities,” Phil Wilcox, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 26 Economic and Social History of New England, 1620-1789, by William B. Weeden, notes on Durham
Box 1, Folder 27 Garden Club of Durham, 1933-1937
Box 1, Folder 28 A Gazetter of the State of New Hampshire, by John Farmer and Jacob B. Moore, 1823 – description of Durham
Box 1, Folder 29 “Historical Tour of Durham” by Dorothy Wilcox, n.d.
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 “A Hundred Years of Frost Family Enterprise in Durham, NH,” Robert W. Lovett, 1958
Box 2, Folder 2 “Inscriptions from Some Homestead Cemeteries and other Burial Places in Strafford County…,” 1946
Box 2, Folder 3 “Interesting Events or Actions Proposed or Passed in Durham Town Meetings, 1732-1888″
Box 2, Folder 4 “James Monroe in Durham, a brief historical sketch of the visit of James Monroe, Esq….July 18, 1817,” by William Coker, 1976
Box 2, Folder 5 League of Women Voters of Durham, correspondence, etc., 1930-1937
Box 2, Folder 6 “A List of Durham Residents Who Fought in Wars of Their Country,” by Arthur P. Stewart, 1954
Box 2, Folder 7 Marriages and Funerals in Durham, kept by H.L. Talbot, 1873-1903
Box 2, Folder 8 Marriages, births, and financial records, 1856-1884
Box 2, Folder 9 Norton, Rebecca, last will and testment, 1852
Box 2, Folder 10 “Oyster River Creamery Company”
Box 2, Folder 11 “Piscataqua Bridge,” Philip Marston, 1963
Box 2, Folder 12 “Prominent Persons of Durham,” Oren V. Henderson, 1944
Box 2, Folder 13 Scammell, Colonel Alexander, biographical information
Box 2, Folder 14 Schools, construction, 1908-1909
Box 2, Folder 15 Schools, Durham Academy, 1817
Box 2, Folder 16 Schools, formation of the 1st kindergarten, 1917
Box 2, Folder 17 Schools, records, history and programs
Box 2, Folder 18 Smith, Joshua B., biographical information, ca. 1923
Box 2, Folder 19 “Some Old Houses in Durham,” n.d.
Box 2, Folder 20 “The Spirit of ’76,” Phil Wilcox, 1976
Box 2, Folder 21 “Trade by Water,” Helen Brett, 1959
Box 2, Folder 22 Turnpike Road, records and accounts, 1791 (for maps, see: Oversize Box 1; see also: Series IX, Box 6)
Box 2, Folder 23 Various town documents, 1932-1961
Box 2, Folder 24 Waugh’s description of Durham area and people (Historic American Buildings Survey?)
Box 2, Folder 25 “Woodman Garrison,” Philip Marston

Subseries B: Transcriptions of Durham Town Records, 1732-1841

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Original, 1732-1739
Box 3, Folder 2 Original, volume 1, 1732-1793
Box 3, Folder 3 Original, volume 2, 1793-1808″
Box 3, Folder 4 Original, volume 3, March 14, 1809-Nov 1820
Box 3, Folder 5 Original, volume 4, Oct 21, 1820-March 29, 1832
Box 3, Folder 6 Original, volume 5, March 1832-Dec 1841
Box 3, Folder 7 Miscellaneous notes
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 Volume 1, draft
Box 4, Folder 2 Volume 1, draft
Box 4, Folder 3 Volume 1, carbon
Box 4, Folder 4 Volume 2, carbon
Box 4, Folder 5 Volume 3, carbon
Box 4, Folder 6 Volume 4, part 1, carbon
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 Volume 4, part 2, carbon
Box 5, Folder 2 Great Bay Bridge, typescript report
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1 Original typescript of New Hampshire Turnpike Records
Box 6, Folder 2 “The First New Hampshire Turnpike,” Oren V. Henderson with records of the New Hampshire Turnpike, 1800-1825
Box 6, Folder 3 ibid
Box 6, Folder 4 Copy 2, history and records
Box 6, Folder 5 Complete set of Turnpike records
Box 6, Folder 6 Records, copy 4
Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Item 1 Map of the Turnpike Road, 1791 [in orange box]
Oversize Box 1, Item 2 “Plan of a road laid out in Madbury, Durham, Lee, and Epping on the petition of John Dow and others, by Jeremiah Eastman, John Wingate, and Jeremiah Wilson, a committee appointed by the Court of Common Pleas, October 5, 1832.”
Oversize Box 1, Item 3 Feather pen used by Gov. John G. Winant to sign “Mill Tax Bill,” April 22, 1925
Oversize Box 1, Item 4 O.V. Henderson, feather pens
Oversize Box 1, Item 5 Miscellaneous feather pen

Series X: Photographs, mostly undated

(4 boxes and 1 oversize box)

The collection mainly consists of photographs of old houses and various notable locations in Durham, many of which are identified by exhibit captions. Also included, are a number of postcards and some images of people. The collection is largely a gift of the History Department of the Woman’s Club, who gathered the pictures over a period of several years.

Subseries A: Photographs

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Lt. Col. Winborn Adams House:
Envelope 1 Lt. Col. Winborn Adams Inn built by Adams around 1750 (b&w, 3×5)
Envelope 2 “Jenkins Mill”: Old mill by the dam, formerly owned by “Friend” Jenkins and originally built before 1762 as an “ordinary” by Winborn Adams (b&w, 3×5)
Box 1, Folder 2 B&M Freight House looking east, 1892 (b&w, 8×10)
Box 1, Folder 3 Bunker Garrison:
Envelope 1 Bridge Road with Bunker Garrison in the distance (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 2 Six views of the remains of the Bunker Garrison house taken by W.S. Appleton, 1910-1911 (all b&w, 3×5)
Box 1, Folder 4 James Bunker House/Fowler House, built by James Bunker soon after 1855 (b&w, 4×7)
Box 1, Folder 5 Col. Burnham House:
Envelope 1 Col. Burham House built circa 1845. Later owned by Albert Watson; negative No. 1. (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 2 Grave of Elizabeth Burnham. (b&w, 3×4)
Box 1, Folder 6 Chamberlin House:
Envelope 1 Chamberlin House remodeled (b&w, 6×9)
Envelope 2 Two views of the Chamberlin House front stairwell (both b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 3 James Chamberlin front stairwell, 1921 (b&w, 5×7)
Box 1, Folder 7 Chesley Garrison, intersection of Bagdad and Old Bagdad Roads, built in 1716:
Envelope 1 Chesley Garrison, western side, possibly 1920s (sepia, 6×7 and b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 2 Chesley Garrison, eastern side (sepia, 6×7 and b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 3 Chesley Garrison, eastern side, 1927, then owned by Samuel Jones, showing addition of three dormer windows (b&w, 3×5)
Box 1, Folder 8 Benjamin Chesley/Mathes House:
Envelope 1 Chesley House, n.d. Built by Benjamin Chesley and later owned by Charles Mathes, then burned. The site is now occupied by the residence of the President of the University of New Hampshire; negative No. 27 (b&w, 9×12)
Envelope 2 View of Chesley House Mill in distance (left); negative No. 29 (b&w, 7×12)
Envelope 3 Chesley/Mathes house rear view, ca 1890 (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 4 Same shot as e.2 (sepia, 4×7)
Envelope 5 Same shot as e.2 (2 x b&w, 3×4)
Box 1, Folder 9 Philip Chesley House:
Envelope 1 Chesley House, Mill; negative No. 21 (b&w, 8×10)
Box 1, Folder 10 Stephen Chesley, Sr.
Envelope 1 Doorway of Stephen Chesley, Sr. house (b&w, 2×3)
Box 1, Folder 11 Coe-Buzzell House, 1825
Envelope 1 The Coe-Buzzell house built by James Joy circa 1825 on site once occupied by Delta Pi Epsilon fraternity on Newmarket Road behind the old Town Hall, now the Durham Historic Association Museum (b&w, 5×7)
Box 1, Folder 12 Daniel Coleman House, n.d. (b&w, 2×3)
Box 1, Folder 13 Dr. Jonathan Crosby house, built in 1718. Later owned by Dr. Fred T. Murphy and known as the “Murphy House.” Became the George Ffrost house in 1960. Two views, 1915 (both b&w, 3×5)
Box 1, Folder 14 Albert Demeritt Farm:
Envelope 1 Residence of Albert Demeritt, c.1910; negative No. 7. (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 2 Later view of above when owned by Walter O’Kane. Now owned by the University of New Hampshire (b&w, 3×4)
Envelope 3 Staircase showing French wallpaper dating from 1809 (b&w, 3×4)
Envelope 4 Fireplace (b&w, 3×4)
Box 1, Folder 15 John Demeritt House, Madbury (sepia, 5×7)
Box 1, Folder 16 Durham Community Church, (in 1957 became the Congregational Church):
Envelope 1 The Congregational Church, ca. 1831 (b&w, 3×5)
Envelope 2 Durham Community Church, view from front (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 3 Durham Community Church, view from back (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 4 Durham Community Church, view from side in snow (b&w, 2.5×4)
Envelope 5 Reverend Vaughan Dabney, pastor 1916-1920 (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 6 Rev. Vaughan Dabney pictured in pulpit (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 7 Rev. Vaughan Dabney, deacons C.H.Pettee, A.E. Grant, O.L. Eckman, A.E. Littlehale (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 8 Mrs. Hamilton Augustus Mathes, pictured at pulpit. She raised the money needed to restore the mahogany pulpit for the 200th anniversary exercises (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 9 Women of the Community Church choir, 1920. Mmes. Sanders, Richards, Titsworth, Smart, Chamberlin, Pettee, Huddleston, Morgan, Grant and Hetzel (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 10 Women of the Community Church choir, 1920. Different view of above (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 11 Women of the Community Church choir, 1920 with Dr. Richards, director, and Rev. Dabney (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 12 Community Church Interior (color, 3×5)
Box 1, Folder 17 Durham Public Library, c.1893 (b&w, 5×7)
Box 1, Folder 18 Durham Schools:
Envelope 1 The Village school, built in 1890. Photo taken ca. 1900 (b&w, 5×7 and 6×10)
Envelope 2 District school with children and teachers pictured in front of it, ca. 1890 (sepia, 4×7)
Envelope 3 Durham Village School after addition of second story, c.1917; negative No. 8 (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 4 Durham Village School, c.1900; negative No. 10 (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 5 Children outside school house, c.1900; negative No. 9 (b&w, 5×7)
Box 1, Folder 19 Ffrost Store:
Envelope 1 Ffrost store on Oyster River, Newmarket Road, n.d.; negative No. 12 (b&w, 8×12 and 8×10)
Box 1, Folder 20 Ffrost House, Valentine Hill House:
Envelope 1 Ffrost House; negative No. 13 (b&w, 8×11)
Envelope 2 Valentine Hill House c.1910 (Ffrost House) (b&w, 3×4)
Box 1, Folder 21 Prof. John M. Fuller Home on Broth Hill:
Envelope 1 View from front, March 1979 (b&w, 3×5)
Envelope 2 Another view from front taken at different time of year (b&w, 3×4)
Envelope 3 Side view (b&w, 3×4)
Box 1, Folder 22 Griffiths Farm
Envelope 1 Griffiths Farm, postcard, undated (b&w, 3×5)
Envelope 2 Griffiths Farm, postcard, dated March 20, 1912, and signed by M.E. Griffiths (b&w, 3×5)
Box 1, Folder 23 Langley house; Maillard house:
Envelope 1 Edward Langley house. Built by John Mathes at Durham Point (b&w, 3×5)
Envelope 2 William Maillard house. House built by James Bunker (b&w, 3×4)
Envelope 3 Doorway of above (b&w, 3×4)
Box 1, Folder 24 Marshall house, 1926. Built in 1806 and originally owned by Stephen Mitchell, it was first a private residence, then a boarding house, and was variously named The College Inn, the Hotel, and the Hi-Hat Club:
Envelope 1 Marshall House, c.1926; negative No. 26 (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 2 The College Inn, 1940 (Marshall House) (b&w, 5×7)
Box 1, Folder 25 Comfort Mathes camp:
Envelope 1 Comfort Mathes Camp, Durham Point. In operation from 1911 to 1914, the camp, run by Fanny Mathes, was a summer retreat for young women. Two postcard views (one color, one b&w, both 3×5)
Envelope 2 Mathes House at Durham Point. This was the main building at Comfort Camp (b&w, 3×5)
Envelope 3 Mathes House. Once owned by Mrs. Zella Mathes, the house was built on the site of an old garrison house and was home to eleven generations of Mathes. It was later owned by Horace M. Poynter. (b&w, 3×5)
Box 1, Folder 26 Mellen house, Meserve barn:
Envelope 1 Mellen House, opposite the Durham Congregational Church (b&w, 4×6)
Envelope 2 Meserve Barn; negative No. 14, two prints (both b&w, 5×7)
Box 1, Folder 27 Meserve House on Ballard St., later owned by Beta Phi (b&w, 3×3)
Box 1, Folder 28 Nason family gathering, house in background (b&w, 5×9)
Box 1, Folder 29 Nute house, John Odiorne house doorway:
Envelope 1 Nute House at Piscataqua Bridge. Birthplace of Mrs. Joseph Smith (b&w, 3×4)
Envelope 2 Two shots of doorway of John Odiorne House (both b&w, 2×3)
Box 1, Folder 30 Oyster River:
Envelope 1 Oyster River, 1910 (b&w, 3×5)
Envelope 2 View of a bridge over the Oyster River, late 1800s? (b&w mounted, 6×7)
Envelope 3 View of Oyster River from the General Sullivan House, n.d. (b&w, mounted 6×7)
Envelope 4 Different view of a bridge over the Oyster River, late 1800s? (b&w, mounted 5×7)
Box 1, Folder 31 Oyster River: Old Mill and Dam. Two postcards (color, 3×5)
Box 1, Folder 32 Paine House, Paul House:
Envelope 1 Ralph D. Paine’s house on Durham Point: Shankhassick Farm; negative No. 31 (b&w, 4×6)
Envelope 2 James Paul House, 1910 (b&w, 3×5)
Box 1, Folder 33 Pettee Block – Durham Cash Market, College Pharmacy (b&w, 5×7)
Box 1, Folder 34 Home of Hamilton Smith:
Envelope 1 Red Tower (home of Hamilton Smith); negative No. 34 (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 2 Smith Memorial Fountain; negative No. 35 (b&w photocopy)
Box 1, Folder 35 Squire Richardson house, Gamma House; Image and postcard. (both b&w, 3×5)
Box 1, Folder 36 Runlett’s Store:
Envelope 1 Runlett’s Store and B&M railroad station, May 7, 1905; negative No. 36 (b&w, 4×5)
Envelope 2 Runlett’s Store; negative No. 37 (b&w photocopy)
Box 1, Folder 37 Scammell Grange, No. 122., c.1918; negative No. 38 (b&w, 5×7)
Box 1, Folder 38 Cpt. Andrew Lapish Simpson and Lydia Kelley Simpson:
Envelope 1 Portraits of Captain Andrew Lapish Simpson and Lydia Kelley Simpson, ca. 1865 (both b&w, 2×4)
Envelope 2 The parsonage, built by Captain Simpson in 1840, c.1910. (b&w, 3×5)
Box 1, Folder 39 Smith:
Envelope 1 Ebenezer Smith house, front hall stairs; 2 views. (both b&w, 3×5 and 5×7)
Envelope 2 Two views of house built by Major Daniel Smith in 1803 (both b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 3 Ebenezer Smith House and doorway, 1910 (3 views, all b&w, two 4×6, one 3×4)
Envelope 4 Inn of Master John Smith, built soon after 1700 (b&w, 6×9)
Envelope 5 Mary E. Smith, Durham librarian 1893 (b&w, 4×5) (see Box 2 Folder 14 for daguerrotype from which this print was made)
Envelope 6 Doorway of Judge Valentine Smith House (b&w, 2×3)
Box 1, Folder 40 Sullivan house:
Envelope 1 General John Sullivan House, n.d. Two views, one from further away (both b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 2 Sullivan House, view from other side of house; Two views (b&w, 5×7 and 3×4)
Envelope 3 Same view as above, but before repairs, 1910 (b&w, 4×6)
Envelope 4 Postcard of house from front before repairs, n.d; similar to negative No. 40 (b&w, 3×4)
Envelope 5 Postcard of Sullivan Slave House (so-called). Possibly it was Sullivan’s law office. View from one corner (b&w, 3×4)
Envelope 6 Another view of the house, n.d.; negative No. 41 (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 7 Sullivan Slave House, view from front with man in doorway [b&w, 4x5])
Envelope 8 Interior of Sullivan House, stairway (b&w, 3×4)
Envelope 9 View of Sullivan graveyard and gateway to same (both b&w, 3×5), gravestone of Gen. John Sullivan and wife Margery (taken by W.S. Appleton, 1920) (b&w, 3×4), and two views of the Sullivan monument (b&w, 3×4; and two postcards, color, 4×6)
Envelope 10 Two postcards of the Sullivan house (color, 4×6)
Box 1, Folder 41 Thompson: Ben; Ebenezer; George; Lucien; Mary P.; John:
Envelope 1 Ben Thompson House, ca 1890 (b&w, 4×7)
Envelope 2 Same view of house, but taken at a later date; negative No. 51 (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 3 House built by Judge Ebenezer Thompson after 1694, n.d. but probably late 1800s. Lucien Thompson standing in front of house (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 4 Another view of house taken at a later date, 1927 (b&w, 3×5)
Envelope 5 George Thompson House (Red House Farm), Durham Point Road, built in 1825. 1910 (b&w, 4×6)
Envelope 6 George Thompson House, different view (b&w, 4×6)
Envelope 7 Lucien Thompson house (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 8 Mary P. Thompson House, built before 1837. 1910 (b&w, 4×6)
Envelope 9 Dea. John E. Thompson house (b&w, 5×7)
Box 1, Folder 42 Wentworth Garrison, postcard (b&w, 4×6)
Box 1, Folder 43 Lemuel Woodman house; Woodman Garrison:
Envelope 1 Lemuel Woodman house, (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 2 Woodman Garrison before the fire (b&w, 4×6 and three postcards, 4×6)
Envelope 3 Woodman Garrison; negative No. 49 (same shot as above, b&w, 7×12)
Envelope 4 Woodman Garrison, different view; negative No. 50 (b&w, 8×12)
Box 1, Folder 44 Yeaton-Runlett House, Dover Road, built pre-1846 (b&w photo postcard, 4×6 and b&w print, 5×7)
Box 1, Folder 45 Town Pound:
Envelope 1 Durham town pound, built ca. 1700, rebuilt 1868, restored 1908 (b&w, 3×4)
Envelope 2 Town pound (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 3 Different view, same period as above (b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 4 Different view, earlier (b&w, 3×5)
Envelope 5 Different view, (b&w, 5×7)
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Panorama of Main St. looking toward Mill Rd. from Thompson Hall tower, ca. 1893:
Envelope 1 Main St. and Garrison Ave., Ballard Hall and Dr. Grant’s house; negative No. 18 (b&w, 8×10)
Envelope 2 Main St. and Ballard St.; negative No. 22 (b&w, 4×8)
Envelope 3 Mill Road house and former Durham creamery; negative No. 20 (b&w, 8×10)
Box 2, Folder 2 Panorama of Main St. looking toward Nesmith Hall, ca. 1893. Whitchet’s Barn, Nesmith Hall, Runlett Store, Meserve coal yard and train station; negative No. 30 (b&w photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 3 Main St., Dover Rd., Newmarket Rd. intersection, Oyster River Tavern, Belle Mathes house, ca. 1896; Town Hall triangle (b&w, 4×6)
Box 2, Folder 4 Main St. business district, ca. 1930:
Envelope 1 Durham business district, ca. 1926; negative No. 11 (2 views, b&w, 5×7 and 4×6)
Envelope 2 Durham, Mill Rd. and Main St. triangle, ca. 1935? (b&w, 5×5)
Box 2, Folder 5 Main St. looking northwest, Morrill hall on left; negative No. 23 (b&w, 5×7)
Box 2, Folder 6 McDaniel field, September 1897; President’s house [Mathes house] and Charles Wentworth house (b&w, 5×7)
Box 2, Folder 7 Newmarket Rd., Oyster River bridge, Ffrost house, Runlett house, Jenkins mill, ca. 1897 (b&w, 8×14)
Box 2, Folder 8 Newmarket Rd., Oyster River bridge, Jenkins mill, Rundlett house, ca. 1910; negative No. 16 (b&w, 8×10)
Box 2, Folder 9 Newmarket Rd., site of Ffrost store:
Envelope 1 Photo ca. 1910; negative No. 17 (b&w, 8×10)
Box 2, Folder 10 Newmarket Rd. (non 108), Mill Pond, Oyster River bridge; negative No. 15 (b&w, 8×10)
Box 2, Folder 11 Durham Men’s Club, first meeting, 1917:
Envelope 1 Group photo; 4 prints (all b&w, 5×7)
Envelope 2 Same group photo and 2 keys (b&w, 5×7)
Box 2, Folder 12 “Indian Stone” in Lee cemetary, wall painting in Hill house, unidentified boat dock:
Envelope 1 “Indian Stone” in Lee cemetary (b&w, 3×4)
Envelope 2 Wall painting in Hill house (b&w, 4×6)
Envelope 3 Unidentified boat dock (b&w, 5×7)
Box 2, Folder 13 Postcards, including Dover Point Bridge (four b&w, one color)
Box 2, Folder 14 Daguerreotype of Mary Smith, ca. 1893 with copy negative and proof

Subseries B: Negatives

Box 3
Box 3, Item 1 James W. Burnham residence (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 2 Burnham family (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 3 Congregational Church and Vestry, ca. 1892 (copy neg.)
Box 3, Item 4 Community Church, vestry separate from church (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 5 Community Church (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 6 Community Church interior, ca. 1923? (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 7 Residence of Albert DeMeritt (copy neg.)
Box 3, Item 8 Durham School house, on site of Brick Meeting House (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 9 School House, ca. 1900-1910, with children standing outside (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 10 Durham Village School, ca. 1900 (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 11 Durham business district, 1926 (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 12 Ffrost Store on Oyster River (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 13 Ffrost Store before 1900 (flex neg. and copy neg.)
Box 3, Item 14 Meserve Barn (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 15 Newmarket Rd., view looking towards Newmarket (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 16 Newmarket Rd. Oyster River bridge, Jenkins Mill, Runlett house, ca. 1910 (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 17 Newmarket Rd., site of Ffrost Store, ca. 1910 (glass neg. and copy neg.)
Box 3, Item 18 Panorama of Main St. and Garrison Ave., Ballard Hall, Dr. Grant’s house (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 19 Panorama of Main St. (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 20 Panorama view toward Mill Rd. (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 21 Panoramic view; church spire in distance, Tower Tavern, Chesley house Mill Rd., ca. 1900, taken from T-Hall tower (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 22 Intersection of Main St. and Ballard, ca. 1904 (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 23 Main St., looking northwest, Morrill Hall on left (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 24 Main St., looking northwest (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 25 Map of Durham, April 1901 (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 26 Marshall House, photo by C. Moran (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 27 Chesley/Mathes house (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 28 Parlor of President’s house, former Mathes house (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 29 Mathes house and stone wall, ca. 1890 (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 30 Meserve coal yard and train station, panorama (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 31 Ralph D. Paine’s house, “Shankhassic” (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 32 Ralph D. Paine on Durham Point, “Shankhassic” (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 33 Rand Store front and Scony Gas pumps, ca. 1930 (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 34 Red tower, Hamilton Smith house (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 35 Smith Memorial Fountain (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 36 Runlett store and B&M station, ca. 1905 (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 37 Runlett’s store (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 38 Scammell Grange, no. 122 (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 39 Scammell Grange, no. 122 (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 40 Sullivan house (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 41 Sullivan slave house (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 42 Sullivan house and slave (cook) house (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 43 Sullivan house and slave (cook) house – side view (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 44 Sullivan Monument; house visible in background; granite posts mark outline of third meetinghouse (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 45 Sullivan “cook house” and home (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 46 Sullivan Monument, dedicated 1894; observer unknown (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 47 Sullivan Monument and crowd (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 48 Sullivan Monument; crowd at dedication, Sept 27, 1894 (glass neg.)
Box 3, Item 49 Woodman garrison (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 50 Woodman garrison, ca. 1890 (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 51 Ben Thompson’s house (flex neg.)
Box 3, Item 52 Great Bay? (glass neg.)

Subseries C: Oversized Photographs

Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 1 Coe-Buzzell House
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 2 Benjamin Chesley House (2 photographs)
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 3 Woodman Garrison (2 photographs)
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 4 Sullivan House, slave quarters
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 5 Oyster River at high tide
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 6 Boston and Maine Freight House, Runlett’s Store; May 8, 1905
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 7 Mathes House (later President’s house), ATO, 1892
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 8 Parlor of President’s house [Mathes]; negative No. 28 (2 photographs)
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 9 Unidentified landscape, Oyster River at Adams Point?
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 10 Pagoda on Oyster River at Adams Point
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 11 Main Street, Town Hall Square, ca. 1895
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 12 Church and Vestry, ca. 1892; negative No. 3
Oversize Box 1, Envelope 13 Smith Garrison

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