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Guide to the New Hampshire Bible Society Papers, 1812-1999

Collection number: MC 241

Size: 21 boxes (7.66 cu.ft.)

About the NH Bible Society

Established on June 3, 1812, the New Hampshire Bible Society was created with the purpose of extensive distribution of the Bible. It is an ecumenical society whose founding members were both clergy and prominent laymen, including New Hampshire governors John Langdon, who served as the Society’s first president, and John T. Gilman. It was one of the earliest Bible Societies incorporated in the United States; its founding preceded the establishment of the American Bible Society by four years. The New Hampshire Bible Society has worked since its inception to promote the widespread dissemination of the scriptures to residents of the state through free distribution among the poor and through the sale of scriptural resources at reduced prices. In 1959, the Society joined with another ecumenical organization, the New Hampshire Council of Churches, to share an Executive Secretary and administrative costs, an arrangement which continues to the present. Though they remain separate non-profit organizations, there has been some overlap in the ministries of the Bible Society and the Council of Churches. The Bible Society continues to provide copies of the scripture to church organizations free of charge through grant programs, offers a selection of Bibles for sale through its office, and sponsors educational events related to Bible education, awareness, and its continued relevance in the 21st century.

About the New Hampshire Bible Society Papers

The New Hampshire Bible Society archive includes minutes and annual reports, office records, and correspondence. It also includes meeting minutes and correspondence and related to the Association of Executive Officers of Bible Societies in New England and New York City and personal papers belonging to Bible Society Executive Secretary Rev. Edwin J. Aiken.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], New Hampshire Bible Society, 1812-1999, MC 241, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: New Hampshire Bible Society, David Lamarre Vincent, March 7, 2007 (Accession number: 2007.4)

Related Material

New Hampshire Council of Churches Papers

Collection Contents

Series I: Minutes and Annual Reports

Box 1
New Hampshire Bible Society Minute Book, 1812-1912
New Hampshire Bible Society Minute Book, 1913-1948
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 NHBS Annual Reports, 1812, 1820
Box 2, Folder 2 NHBS Annual Reports, 1878, 1895
Box 2, Folder 3 NHBS Annual Reports, 1917-1918
Box 2, Folder 4 NHBS Annual Reports, 1919-1920
Box 2, Folder 5 NHBS Annual Reports, 1921-1922
Box 2, Folder 6 NHBS Annual Reports, 1923-1924
Box 2, Folder 7 NHBS Annual Reports, 1925-1926
Box 2, Folder 8 NHBS Annual Reports, 1927-1928
Box 2, Folder 9 NHBS Annual Reports, 1929-1930
Box 2, Folder 10 NHBS Annual Reports, 1931-1932
Box 2, Folder 11 NHBS Annual Reports, 1933-1936
Box 2, Folder 12 NHBS Annual Reports, 1942-1944
Box 2, Folder 13 NHBS Annual Reports, 1949-1952
Box 2, Folder 14 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1954-1957
Box 2, Folder 15 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1958-1959
Box 2, Folder 16 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1960
Box 2, Folder 17 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1961
Box 2, Folder 18 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1962
Box 2, Folder 19 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1963
Box 2, Folder 20 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1964
Box 2, Folder 21 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1965
Box 2, Folder 22 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1966
Box 2, Folder 23 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1967
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1968
Box 3, Folder 2 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1969
Box 3, Folder 3 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1970
Box 3, Folder 4 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1971
Box 3, Folder 5 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1972
Box 3, Folder 6 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1973
Box 3, Folder 7 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1974
Box 3, Folder 8 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1975
Box 3, Folder 9 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1976
Box 3, Folder 10 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1977
Box 3, Folder 11 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1978
Box 3, Folder 12 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1979
Box 3, Folder 13 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1980
Box 3, Folder 14 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1981
Box 3, Folder 15 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1982
Box 3, Folder 16 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1983
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1984
Box 4, Folder 2 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1985
Box 4, Folder 3 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1986
Box 4, Folder 4 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1987
Box 4, Folder 5 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1988
Box 4, Folder 6 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1989
Box 4, Folder 7 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1990
Box 4, Folder 8 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1991
Box 4, Folder 9 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1992-1993
Box 4, Folder 10 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1994
Box 4, Folder 11 NHBS Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1995-1996
Box 4, Folder 12 NHBS Constitution, Bylaws, and Amendments
Box 4, Folder 13 NHBS Mission Statement and Statement of Purpose

Series II: Office Files

Subseries A: Membership Records and Rosters

Box 4, Folder 14 NHBS Membership Records and Rosters

Subseries B: Distribution, Grants, and Sales

Box 4, Folder 15 NHBS Contributions, 1833-1869
NHBS Grants and Sales Record Book, 1961-1970
Box 4, Folder 16 NHBS Distributions, Contributions, and Sales, 1961-1969
Box 4, Folder 17 NHBS Contributions and Sales, 1970
Box 4, Folder 18 NHBS Distributions, January-June 1971
Box 4, Folder 19 NHBS Distributions, July-December 1971
Box 4, Folder 20 NHBS Distributions, January-June 1972
Box 4, Folder 21 NHBS Distributions, July-December 1972
Box 4, Folder 22 NHBS Distributions, January-June 1973
Box 4, Folder 23 NHBS Distributions, July-December 1973
Box 4, Folder 24 NHBS Distributions, January-June 1974
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 NHBS Distributions, July-December 1974
Box 5, Folder 2 NHBS Distributions, January-June 1975
Box 5, Folder 3 NHBS Distributions, July-December 1975
Box 5, Folder 4 NHBS Distributions, January-June 1976
Box 5, Folder 5 NHBS Distributions, July-December 1976
Box 5, Folder 6 NHBS Distributions, January-June 1977
Box 5, Folder 7 NHBS Distributions, July-December 1977
Box 5, Folder 8 NHBS Distributions, January-June 1978
Box 5, Folder 9 NHBS Distributions, July-December 1978
Box 5, Folder 10 NHBS Distributions, January-June 1979
Box 5, Folder 11 NHBS Distributions, July-December 1979
Box 5, Folder 12 NHBS Grants, Sales and Contributions, 1980
Box 5, Folder 13 NHBS Grants, Sales and Contributions, 1981
Box 5, Folder 14 NHBS Grants, Sales and Contributions, 1982
Box 5, Folder 15 NHBS Grants, Sales and Contributions, 1983
Box 5, Folder 16 NHBS Grants, Sales and Contributions, 1984
Box 5, Folder 17 NHBS Grants, Sales and Contributions, 1985
Box 5, Folder 18 NHBS Grants, Sales and Contributions, 1986
Box 5, Folder 19 NHBS Grants, Sales and Contributions, December 1986-1987
Box 5, Folder 20 NHBS Grants, Sales and Contributions, 1988
Box 5, Folder 21 NHBS Grants, Sales and Contributions, 1989
Box 5, Folder 22 NHBS Grants, 1991
Box 5, Folder 23 NHBS Grants, January-March 1992
Box 5, Folder 24 NHBS Grants, April 1992
Box 5, Folder 25 NHBS Grants, May-December 1992
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1 NHBS Grants, February-May 1993
Box 6, Folder 2 NHBS Grants, June 1993
Box 6, Folder 3 NHBS Grants, July-August 1993
Box 6, Folder 4 NHBS Grants, September 1993
Box 6, Folder 5 NHBS Grants, October 1993
Box 6, Folder 6 NHBS Grants, November-December 1993
Box 6, Folder 7 NHBS Grants, 1994
Box 6, Folder 8 NHBS Grants, 1998
Box 6, Folder 9 NHBS Contributions, 1992-1993

Subseries C: Financial Files

Subseries 1: General Finances

Box 6, Folder 10 Bills Paid, 1968
Box 6, Folder 11 Bills Paid, 1969
Box 6, Folder 12 Bills Paid, January-June 1970
Box 6, Folder 13 Bills Paid, July-December 1970
Box 6, Folder 14 Financial Statements, 1991
Box 6, Folder 15 Deposit Summaries, 1995-1996
Box 6, Folder 16 Account Statements, June 1993
Box 6, Folder 17 Account Statements, December 1994
Box 6, Folder 18 Invoices, December 1994

Subseries 2: Warren Street Property,

Box 6, Folder 19 Warren Street Property, Deeds
Box 6, Folder 20 Apple Tree Book Shop, 1962-1980
Box 6, Folder 21 Apple Tree Book Shop, 1981
Box 6, Folder 22 Apple Tree Book Shop, 1982-1986
Box 6, Folder 23 Apple Tree Book Shop, 1989-1996
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1 Warren Street Property, Tax Abatement, 1960-1974
Box 7, Folder 2 Warren Street Property, Tax Abatement, 1975-1979
Box 7, Folder 3 Warren Street Property, Tax Abatement, 1980-1982
Box 7, Folder 4 Warren Street Property, Tax Abatement, 1983-1990
Box 7, Folder 5 Warren Street Property, Tax Abatement, 1991-1997
Box 7, Folder 6 Warren Street Property, Sidewalk
Box 7, Folder 7 Warren Street Property, General, 1963-1979
Box 7, Folder 8 Warren Street Property, General, 1980-1982
Box 7, Folder 9 Warren Street Property, General, 1983-1987
Box 7, Folder 10 Warren Street Property, General, 1988-1996
Box 7, Folder 11 Warren Street Property, Sale, 1995-February 1996
Box 7, Folder 12 Warren Street Property, Sale, March-July 1996
Mortgages conveyed by Xanadu Realty to Primary Bank, June 1996
Box 7, Folder 13 Warren Street Property, Xanadu Mortgage, 1996-1997
Box 7, Folder 14 Warren Street Property, Xanadu Mortgage, 1999
Box 7, Folder 15 Relocation, 1996

Series III: Correspondence

Subseries A: American Bible Society

Box 7, Folder 16 1816
Box 7, Folder 17 1958-1959
Box 7, Folder 18 1960
Box 7, Folder 19 1961
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1 1962
Box 8, Folder 2 1963
Box 8, Folder 3 1964
Box 8, Folder 4 1965
Box 8, Folder 5 1966
Box 8, Folder 6 1968-1970
Box 8, Folder 7 1971-1972
Box 8, Folder 8 1973-1975
Box 8, Folder 9 1976-1979
Box 8, Folder 10 1980-1993
Box 8, Folder 11 1996
Box 8, Folder 12 1997-1999

Subseries B: General

Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1 1828-1920
Box 9, Folder 2 1922-1923
Box 9, Folder 3 Abbott-Ayers
Box 9, Folder 4 Barley-Becker
Box 9, Folder 5 Beesley-Bentley
Box 9, Folder 6 Bergstrom-Boyle
Box 9, Folder 7 Bradford-Browning
Box 9, Folder 8 Bruce-Burns
Box 9, Folder 9 Burroughs-Buzzell
Box 9, Folder 10 Campbell-Chase
Box 9, Folder 11 Cilley-Clough
Box 9, Folder 12 Coe-Conlon
Box 9, Folder 13 Cook-Coye
Box 9, Folder 14 Crabtree-Cutting
Box 9, Folder 15 Daley-Dexter
Box 9, Folder 16 Dick-Dugas
Box 9, Folder 17 Eastman-Evans
Box 9, Folder 18 Fasth-Frink
Box 9, Folder 19 Gagne-Gillespy
Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1 Haartz-Hanssmannr
Box 10, Folder 2 Handy-Hazen
Box 10, Folder 3 Heath-Hyde
Box 10, Folder 4 Ives-Jordan
Box 10, Folder 5 Keeffe-Khleif
Box 10, Folder 6 Kibling-Kvapil
Box 10, Folder 7 Lacroix-Leonard
Box 10, Folder 8 Lessard-Lyons
Box 10, Folder 9 MacCann-McQuary
Box 10, Folder 10 Mears-Mitchell
Box 10, Folder 11 Mongan-Mullen
Box 10, Folder 12 Narowitz-Ozborne
Box 10, Folder 13 Page-Pecor
Box 10, Folder 14 Peters-Plouff
Box 10, Folder 15 Porter-Quimby
Box 10, Folder 16 Radcliff-Richardson
Box 11
Box 11, Folder 1 Richter-Ritch
Box 11, Folder 2 Robb-Ryder
Box 11, Folder 3 Sabine-Seekamp
Box 11, Folder 4 Shea-Sipe
Box 11, Folder 5 Smith-Snyder
Box 11, Folder 6 La Societe Biblique Canadienne-Squires
Box 11, Folder 7 St. Amand-Stetson
Box 11, Folder 8 Stevens-Swensen
Box 11, Folder 9 Taylor-Thomson
Box 11, Folder 10 Tilton
Box 11, Folder 11 Timm-Vines
Box 11, Folder 12 Walker-Weeks
Box 11, Folder 13 Weiss-Whittemore
Box 11, Folder 14 Wilcox-Wright
Box 11, Folder 15 Yates-Zeckhausen

Subseries C: Publishers

Box 11, Folder 16 Benzinger Brothers
Box 11, Folder 17 William Collins, Sons and Co., 1959-1962
Box 11, Folder 18 William Collins, Sons and Co., 1963-1966
Box 11, Folder 19 Thomas Nelson and Sons
Box 11, Folder 20 Riverside Book and Bible House

Subseries D: Contributions

Box 12
Box 12, Folder 1 Antrim-Busnell
Box 12, Folder 2 Cady-Crowell
Box 12, Folder 3 Dame-Evans
Box 12, Folder 4 Farnum-Gustafson
Box 12, Folder 5 Haarty-Hutchins
Box 12, Folder 6 Jakeman-Joslyn
Box 12, Folder 7 Keeffe-Luce
Box 12, Folder 8 Macomber-Musil
Box 12, Folder 9 Nelson-Pratt
Box 12, Folder 10 Quimby-Russell
Box 12, Folder 11 Sanborn-Titus
Box 12, Folder 12 United-Woodward

Subseries E: Bible Requests

Box 12, Folder 13 February 1968-July 1969
Box 12, Folder 14 September-December 1969
Box 12, Folder 15 January-April 1970
Box 12, Folder 16 May-November 1970
Box 12, Folder 17 January-May 1971
Box 12, Folder 18 June-October 1971
Box 12, Folder 19 November-December 1971
Box 12, Folder 20 January-April 1972
Box 12, Folder 21 May-August 1972
Box 12, Folder 22 September-December 1972
Box 12, Folder 23 January-March 1973
Box 12, Folder 24 April-May 1973
Box 12, Folder 25 September 1973-June 1974
Box 13
Box 13, Folder 1 January-May 1975
Box 13, Folder 2 June-September 1975
Box 13, Folder 3 October-December 1975
Box 13, Folder 4 1981-1983
Box 13, Folder 5 1984
Box 13, Folder 6 1985
Box 13, Folder 7 1986
Box 13, Folder 8 1987-1988
Box 13, Folder 9 1989-1990

Subseries F: Ordinations

Box 13, Folder 10 1960-1969
Box 13, Folder 11 1970-1971
Box 13, Folder 12 1972-1974
Box 13, Folder 13 1975
Box 13, Folder 14 1976-1977
Box 13, Folder 15 1978-1979
Box 13, Folder 16 1980
Box 13, Folder 17 1981
Box 13, Folder 18 1982-1983
Box 13, Folder 19 1984
Box 13, Folder 20 1985
Box 13, Folder 21 1986
Box 13, Folder 22 1987
Box 13, Folder 23 1988
Box 13, Folder 24 1989
Box 13, Folder 25 1990-1991
Box 13, Folder 26 1992
Box 13, Folder 27 1993-1994

Subseries G: Thank You Notes

Box 13, Folder 28 1969-1971
Box 13, Folder 29 1972-1993

Series IV: Committee Work

Subseries A: Board of Directors

Box 14
Box 14, Folder 1 1948-1969
Box 14, Folder 2 1970-1992

Subseries B: Grant Committee

Box 14, Folder 3 1991-1993

Subseries C: Program Committee

Box 14, Folder 4 1990-1991
Box 14, Folder 5 1992
Box 14, Folder 6 1993-1994
Box 14, Folder 7 Bible Sunday, April-June 1993
Box 14, Folder 8 Bible Sunday, September-November 1993
Box 14, Folder 9 Bible Sunday, 1994-1995
Box 14, Folder 10 God’s Word in Human Speech, 1994
Box 14, Folder 11 Singing with Winter’s Shadows, January-February 1995
Box 14, Folder 12 Singing with Winter’s Shadows, March-April 1995
Box 14, Folder 13 Today’s Quest for the Historical Jesus, June 1995
Box 14, Folder 14 Today’s Quest for the Historical Jesus, July-August 1995
Box 14, Folder 15 Today’s Quest for the Historical Jesus, October 1995-January 1996
Box 14, Folder 16 The Apostle Paul, May 1996
Box 14, Folder 17 The Apostle Paul, June 1996
Box 14, Folder 18 The Apostle Paul, August 1996-January 1997

Series V: Other Bible Societies

Box 14, Folder 19 Kearsarge Bible Society
Kearsarge Bible Society Minute Book, 1865-1900
Hillsboro County Bible Society Minute Book, 1863-1892
Box 15
Box 15, Folder 1 Conference of Secretaries and Superintendents, New England Bible Societies and New York City Minute Book, 1909-1914
Box 15, Folder 2 Association of Executive Officers of Bible Societies in New England and New York City Minute Book, 1914-1920
Box 15, Folder 3 New England Bible Societies and American Bible Society Correspondence, October-November 1910
Box 15, Folder 4 New England Bible Societies and American Bible Society Correspondence, December 1910
Box 15, Folder 5 New England Bible Societies and American Bible Society Correspondence, January 1911
Box 15, Folder 6 New England Bible Societies and American Bible Society Correspondence, June-July 1911
Box 15, Folder 7 New England Bible Societies and American Bible Society Correspondence, November 1911
Box 15, Folder 8 New England Bible Societies and American Bible Society Correspondence, January 1912
Box 15, Folder 9 New England Bible Societies and American Bible Society Correspondence, April 1912
Box 15, Folder 10 New England Bible Societies and American Bible Society Correspondence, March 1918
Box 15, Folder 11 New England Bible Societies Correspondence, 1919-1921
Box 15, Folder 12 New England Bible Societies Press
Box 15, Folder 13 U.S. Bible Societies

Series VI: Subject Files

Box 15, Folder 14 Bible Colporteur, 1953-1960
Box 15, Folder 15 Bible Colporteur, 1961
Box 15, Folder 16 Bible Colporteur, 1962
Box 15, Folder 17 Bible Colporteur and Sunapee Summer/Ski Ministry, 1963-1965
Box 15, Folder 18 Sunapee Summer/Ski Ministry, 1966
Box 15, Folder 19 Community Distribution/KEY-73, May-October 1971
Box 15, Folder 20 Community Distribution/KEY-73, November-December 1971
Box 15, Folder 21 Community Distribution/KEY-73, 1972-1973
Box 15, Folder 22 Scripture Sharing Seminar, Publicity
Box 15, Folder 23-26 Scripture Sharing Seminar
Box 16
Box 16, Folder 1 Bible Fiesta!, 1980-August 1982
Box 16, Folder 2 Bible Fiesta!, September-November 1982
Box 16, Folder 3 Bible Fiesta!, December 1982-April 1983
Box 16, Folder 4 Bible Fiesta!, May-June 1983
Box 16, Folder 5 Bible Fiesta!, July-October 1983
Box 16, Folder 6 Year of the Bible, 1983
Box 16, Folder 7 New Hampshire Council of Churches Bible Department
Box 16, Folder 8 Distribution Offers
Box 16, Folder 9 Office Documents
Box 16, Folder 10 Transition, 1992
Box 16, Folder 11 Publications and Press Releases, 1912-1935
Box 16, Folder 12 Publications and Press Releases, 1958-1991
Box 16, Folder 13 Publications and Press Releases, 1992-1996
Box 16, Folder 14 Anniversary Celebrations
Box 16, Folder 15 Community Survey of New Hampshire
Box 16, Folder 16 General Bible Information
Box 16, Folder 17 Edwin J. Aiken: Correspondence
Edwin J. Aiken: Diary
Box 16, Folder 18 Edwin J. Aiken: Frank Coffin Estate
Box 16, Folder 19 Edwin J. Aiken: Ministers and Widows Charitable Fund
Box 16, Folder 20 Edwin J. Aiken: Newspaper Clippings
Box 16, Folder 21 Edwin J. Aiken: Personal Papers
Box 16, Folder 22 Mildred C. Dame
Box 16, Folder 23 E.N. Pearson
Box 17
Box 17, Folder 1 Copping Bible Pictures

Series VII: Photographs

Box 17, Folder 2-3 Bible House, Warren Street, Concord, NH. 40 3×4 color images, largely of damage and repairs
Box 17, Folder 4 Displays, Meetings, and Board Members. 19 images

Series VIII: Audio-Visual

Box 18
Box 18, Folder 1 “Persistent Problems Confronting the Bible Translator,” Dr. Bruce Metzger, Video Cassette
“God’s Word in Human Speech,” Video Cassette
Robert Saul lecture, Video Cassette
“Handing Down the Bible Through the Ages,” Dr. Bruce Metzger, Cassette Tape
New Hampshire Bible Society Annual Meeting, 1992, Cassette Tape
Robert Saul, New Hampshire Bible Society Annual Meeting, 1995, Cassette Tape

Series IX: Oversized

Oversize Box 1
New Hampshire Bible Society Life Members, 1911
New Hampshire Bible Society, Cash, 1909-1937
Oversize Box 2
New Hampshire Bible Society Ledger, 1913-1918
New Hampshire Bible Society Ledger, 1920-1921
Oversize Box 3
New Hampshire Bible Society Ledger, 1923-1973
New Hampshire Bible Society, Income and Expenditures, 1973-1990
Oversize Box 4
Miniature Chained Bible and Miscellaneous

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