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The Durham Social Library, 1815-1857?

The Durham Social Library was incorporated by act of the N.H. State Legislature in 1815. The library contained 468 books and had a membership numbering nearly 50. The Special Collections Department now maintains nearly 200 books from this early library as well as a single manuscript volume that contains a catalog list of all the books in the collection, accession records that document the acquisition of books, circulation records, and membership information.

Information about the Durham Social Library can be found in the Durham (N.H.) Town Records (MC 149, Series V Box 1 f.1).

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