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Guide to the George Harrington Carter Memoir, 1909

Collection number: MS 245

Size: (2 items)

(0.10 cu.ft.)

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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

George Harrington Carter memoir, 1909, MS 245, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased: Ian Brabner, dealer, Wilmington, DE (Accession number: 2011.29)

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