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Ruth Stimson, 1919-2004

Scrapbooks, 1643-1994

MC 215
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About Ruth Stimson:

Ruth G. Stimson graduated from UNH in 1940 with a degree in Home Economics. She joined the Cooperative Extension as a Home Demonstration Agent-at-Large. Shortly after, she was assigned to the Rockingham County Office where she worked until she retired in 1982. She was a resident of Hampton, New Hampshire and was a talented artist, passionate environmentalist, educator, community leader, and expert gardener. Stimson was a member of several organizations including the Hampton Garden Club and Historical Society and she compiled numerous scrapbooks of cuttings related to various of her interests.

About the Ruth Stimson Scrapbooks:

The scrapbooks were created by Ruth G. Stimson and documented her life and service to Rockingham County, the town of Hampton, the Seacoast area and the state of New Hampshire. Of particular interest may be the scrapbooks that document the checkered career of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant from the 1970s until her death in 2004.

Read Ruth Stimson’s obituary

Series Listing:

  1. Family Histories
  2. Rockingham Craftsmen in New Hampshire
  3. Seabrook Station
  4. Mosquito Control
  5. Hampton Marsh Conservation & Municipal Development Authority
  6. History of NH., White Mountains, Notches, Old Man in the Mountain

I. Family Histories

Each of the following scrapbooks contain a detailed table of contents written by Ruth Stimson. The content listings shown here are only a small portion of what is included in these scrapbooks.
Scrapbook 1 Sumner Family Genealogy: 1643-1901; including letters, birth, death, marriage certificates, confederate paper money, pictures and personal notes of identification
Scrapbook 2 Genealogy and life of Pauline Sumner Howard: 1902-1919 until her marriage to Raymond Edward Stimson
Scrapbook 3 Stimson Genealogy: 1645-1917 including deeds, glass negatives, etc.
Scrapbook 4 Family life of Raymond, Pauline & Ruth Stimson: 1919-1936 including Ruth’s baby book, school & girl scout events
Scrapbook 4a & 4b 1932 trip made by Pauline (Ruth’s mother) to Europe while on summer vacation from teaching including letters, postcards & speech notes
Scrapbook 5a Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1919-1940 including pictures, report cards, correspondence, girl scout letters & awards, newspaper clippings, UNH & Extension experiences
Scrapbook 5b Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson, 1940-1947, including teaching certificate, articles about Woodsville, NH (where she was teaching), 1942 Rockingham County Extension certificates, correspondence and WW II Ration booklets, certificates & checks
Scrapbook 6 Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1948-1962 including a 1962 copyright on a piece of her art work, Extension paperwork, Hampton Garden Club correspondence & an outline of her trip to Alaska
Scrapbook 7 Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1962-1976 including information on the Hampton Garden Club, Hampton Marsh Preservation, Hampton Mosquito Control Commission & a letter for Gov. John King
Scrapbook 8a Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1976-1987 including information on the Hampton Garden Club, Hampton Marsh Preservation, Hampton Mosquito Control Commission, birthday cards & retirement from the Rockingham County Extension
Scrapbook 8b Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1987-1990 including 100th birthday of Pauline, birthday wishes from President Reagan, Senator Warren Rudman, Governor Sununu and insights into her activities since her retirement
Scrapbook 8c Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1990-1992 including her mother Pauline’s death in 1991 and retirement activities till 1992
Scrapbook 9 Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1948-1963, her life in Rockingham County Home Demonstration activities, correspondence, pictures of Home Demonstration Classes, newspaper articles, examples of TV scripts for WENH channel 11 in 1961
Scrapbook 10 Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1964-1976, tells of her work for Home Demonstration, Extension notes, pamphlets given out by the Extension & Home Demo., reference to several of Camp Anita Activities
Scrapbook 11 Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1977-1980, correspondence with other County Home Demonstration groups, performance evaluation forms and of Ruth receiving the USDA Superior Service Award at a ceremony in Washington, DC
Scrapbook 12 Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1981-1993, was on National Extension Homemakers Council in 1981, retired in 1982, articles on her retirement, after her retirement she was charter member of the AARP, guest speaker throughout the area
Scrapbook 13 Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1993-1995, notes on where she was guest speaker, places she visited with friends, correspondence from Senators Judd Gregg and Bob Smith & Representative Zeliff, her work on trying to stop unwanted mail, notes on her work at NH Farm museum, Hampton Library, High School Reunion, Hampton Garden Club
Scrapbook 14 Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1995-1997, NH Outstanding Municipal Volunteer Award for 1995, speech made to Dover 4-H, correspondence to Hampton School Board
Scrapbook 15 Autobiography of Ruth G. Stimson: 1998-1999, an invitation to be in the 21st edition of Who’s Who in America. Kappa Delta Sorority of UNH elected Ruth into its Emerald Circle after 60 years of membership, member of UNH President’s Council, correspondence from political figures

II. Rockingham Craftsmen in New Hampshire

The first scrapbook begins by giving a brief history of the beginning and the reason for the formation of a group to be known as the Rockingham County Craftsmen. This scrapbook and the rest of the scrapbooks in this series begin with a table of contents, listing things such as membership applications & forms, membership lists, lists of products & services, newspaper articles & pictures, pictures of craft fairs & workshops, copies of standards of workmanship, copies of magazine articles and correspondence.
Scrapbook 1 Rockingham County Craftsmen in New Hampshire, 1966-1971
Scrapbook 2 Rockingham County Craftsmen in New Hampshire, 1972-1976
Scrapbook 3 Rockingham County Craftsmen in New Hampshire, 1977-1986
Scrapbook 4 Rockingham County Craftsmen in New Hampshire, 1987-1994

III. Seabrook Station

The Seabrook Station scrapbooks primarily consist of newspaper articles, editorials, maps and photos from various newspapers, which include The Manchester Union Leader, The Portsmouth Herald, The Hampton Union, Foster’s Daily Democrat, The Haverhill Gazette, Bordertown News, The Portland Press Herald and The Boston Globe. These scrapbooks include articles from a variety of magazines, including New Hampshire Porfiles, Readers Digest, and Life. There are ads for New Hampshire Public Service, booklets (distributed by Seabrook Station), Seacoast Anti-Pollution League Newsletters, booklets from the American Nuclear Society and the American Society for Testing & Materials Standardization. Each scrapbook has a table of contents that provides titles for the articles
Scrapbook 1 Seabrook Station, Rockingham County, 1968-1972
Scrapbook 2 Seabrook Station, Rockingham County, 1973-1984
Scrapbook 3 Seabrook Station, Rockingham County, 1985-1986
Scrapbook 4 Rockingham County Craftsmen in New Hampshire, Jan-Sept 1, 1987
Scrapbook 5 Rockingham County Craftsmen in New Hampshire, Sept 2-Dec 1987
Scrapbook 6 Rockingham County Craftsmen in New Hampshire, 1966-1971
Scrapbook 7 Rockingham County Craftsmen in New Hampshire, 1988
Scrapbook 8 Rockingham County Craftsmen in New Hampshire, Jan-June 12, 1989
Scrapbook 9 Rockingham County Craftsmen in New Hampshire, 1990

IV. Mosquito Control

Primarily because of Ruth Stimson’s efforts, the state of New Hampshire created the law allowing mosquito control districts in 1965. In 1975, Hampton’s Mosquito Control Commission was established with Ms. Stimson first as a member and later as chair, from 1978-1989. The scrapbooks in this series document this history.
Scrapbook 1 Hampton Mosquito Control District, 1956-1975
Scrapbook 2 Hampton Mosquito Control District, 1976-1978
Scrapbook 3 Hampton Mosquito Control District, 1981-1984
Scrapbook 4 Hampton Mosquito Control District, 1985-1990
Scrapbook 5 Hampton Mosquito Commission, 1979-1998
Scrapbook 6 Mosquito Control in Hampton, NH and other Coastal towns, 1956-1978, with Rockingham County Extension Service
Scrapbook 7 Rockingham County Mosquito Control 1977-1979
Salt Marshes of New Hampshire
Report on the Status of Black Fly, Mosquito, Other Biting Arthropods & Arthropod-Borne Disease Problems in NH with Proposals for Research & Control Programs
Extension Service Handbook for Mosquito Control Districts
Report Detailing the Rye Salt Marsh Management Pilot Study for Mosquito Prevention & Marsh Rejuvenation
Follow-up Report Detailing Implementation of the Rye Salt Marsh Management Pilot Study
Soil Survey, Rockingham County, NH

V. Hampton Marsh Conservation & Municipal Development Authority

Scrapbooks 1 & 3 have a foreword giving a short overview of the contents. Again as in other scrapbooks in the collection, they are made up of newspaper articles, pamphlets, photos, drawings, maps & correspondence.
Scrapbook 1 Hampton Development Authority 1959-1973 & Hampton Marsh Conservation Program 1962-1965
Scrapbook 2 Hampton Conservation Commission 1965-1975
Scrapbook 3 News Articles by Hampton Conservation Committee & Hampton Municipal Development Authority (Part 1 1960-1964) and Hampton Conservation Commission News Articles (Part 2 1965-1975)

VI. Scrapbooks on the History of NH

9 volumes
14 volumes: Town Histories for Rockingham County
1 volume: Information of Rockingham County & the USA Bicentennial
1 volume: USA Constitution Bicentennial
6 volumes: Histories of Taverns, Public Houses & Tourist Industry
4 volumes: History of Portsmouth and Strawbery Bank
4 volumes: Maritime activities of Portsmouth
1 volume: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, US Coast Guard, Isle of Shoals
2 volumes: Isles of Shoals & NH Marine Resources
6 volumes: Histories of the towns in each county
2 volumes: Churches in Rockingham County
3 volumes: Other NH Churches & other religions
3 volumes: Letters of Mary Keddie Smillie Burnside
1 volume: Madonnas of the Past and Present
1 volume: Cathedrals, Byzantine Empire, Vatican City, Martin Luther, Holy Land, Last Supper Restoration
2 volumes: Reviews of Old Rockingham by Roland D. Sawyer
1 volume: History of Covered Bridges in NH
1 volume: NH Educational Developments
1 volume: Information on the Shakers
1 volume: NH’s Water Resources
1 volume: Clippings on Capt. Harl Pease Jr., Pease Air Force base, Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Base Deactivation, NH Air National Guard, Pease International Tradeport 1989-2003
Listing of assorted donated materials:
Dainty Dishes for the Queen by Scottish Education Department
What To Eat In Wartime by Dugald Semple
The Single Burner Chef Cookbook by Deborah L. Craig
The English Townsman by Thomas Burke
Travel in England by Thomas Burke
Report of of the Commissioner of Agriculture for 1863
Souvenir Book This is Britain
Souvenir Book: Dear Old London
The Faces of Hampton by Ralph Morang
Official Souvenir Program: Winnacunnet’s 350th Anniversary of Hampton, NH
Official Souvenir Program: 350 years of History, an exhibition at Lamont Gallery, Exeter, NH
Exeter & Hampton Electric Company’s Historical Review, Exeter, NH
75th Anniversary of NH Town & City, Jan 1996 Outstanding Municipal Volunteer Award Winners
Disc: The Granite State Sampler, images chronicling NH state history & government

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