About the Sweetser Family
The majority of this collection contains information on Harold Caswell Sweetser, son of John P. Sweetser, who was born May 19, 1897 in Portsmouth, N.H. He was employed as a Helper General at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in May of 1917 and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1918. He enlisted in the Army in August 1918 and was discharged in December of the same year. In April 1918 he was promoted to Copyist Ship Draftsman, then to Chief Engineering Draftsman in 1944, and eventually to Naval Architect in 1950. By 1958, when he retired after forty years service, he was the Supervising Naval Architect. He won “The Plack” for long service at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
About the Sweetser Family collection
The Sweetser Collection contains the personal papers of Harold C. Sweetser, much of it school and work related material dating from 1904-1974, as well as a Sweetser genealogy and miscellaneous family related items, such as correspondence, autograph books, and scrapbooks spanning the years 1847-1971. The genealogy includes both maternal and paternal sides of Harold’s family and was compiled in large part by his half-sister Katherine Sweetser. Further information can be found in the William L. Hill Collection (MC 115). Hill was Katherine Sweetser’s husband.
- Harold C. Sweetser
- Sweetser Family Genealogical Materials
- Sweetser Family General Materials
- Miscellaneous Materials
- Oversized Materials
I. HAROLD C. SWEETSERBOX 1 f.1 Harold Sweetser M S School Notebook, 1906. f.2 Spelling Notebooks, 1911-12. * Scrapbook of Harold C. Sweetser, 1916-1918 (See Oversize Box 1, f.2) f.3 U.N.H. Exams, 1918. f.4 Correspondence School (April 1918- July 1918) (Folder 1 of 3). f.5 Folder 2 of 3. f.6 Folder 3 of 3. f.7 Correspondence School (Jan. 1919-June 1919) (Folder 1 of 2). f.8 Folder 2 of 2. f.9 Correspondence School (Feb. 1920-April 1920). f.10 Correspondence School (Feb. 1921-Oct.1921) f.11 Folder 2 of 3. f.12 Folder 3 of 3. f.13 Correspondence School (Jan. 1922-and undated material). f.14 Vocational Education Notebook. f.15 Official Correspondence to Harold C. Sweetser, 1904-58 (concerning military service). f.16 Mass. Memorial Hospital Blood Types of several men including Harold Sweetser. f.17 Work-related notebooks, Ship Calculations 1922 & 1950's. (Folder 1 of 2). f.18 Folder 2 of 2. f.19 Work-related notebooks, Submarines Plan Nos. 1925 & 1933. f.20 Folder 2 of 2. f.21 Work-related notebooks, undated. BOX 2 f.1 Work-related notebooks, undated. f.2 Work-related notebooks, undated. f.3 Work-related notebooks, undated. f.4 Work-related notebooks, undated. f.5 Notebooks, 1930-50. f.6 Folder 2 of 2. f.7 Boat Diary, 1959-74. f.8 Folder 2 of 3. f.9 Folder 3 of 3. f.10 Personal Correspondence to Harold C. Sweetser, 1924-25 & 1964. f.11 Guest List and Marriage Certificate of Harold C. Sweetser and Mildred Alberta Todd (Sept. 11, 1926). f.12 Folder 2 of 3. f.13 Folder 3 of 3.
II. SWEETSER FAMILY GENEALOGICAL MATERIALSBOX 3 ff.1-6 Family Tree Data (Daughters of the American Revolution), 1920-47. ff.7-9 Family Tree Data. ff.10-12 Family Tree Data. f.13 Notebook on Hay and Sweetser Genealogy (ends May 1929). f.14 Notebook on Sweetser Genealogy. f.15 Red Letter Birthday book for Mrs. John P. Sweetser, 1918.
III. SWEETSER FAMILY MATERIALS
A. Papers and CorrespondenceBOX 4 f.1 Misc. Correspondence to Geraldine Sweetser, Alberta Todd, and unidentified Parties, 1857-1909. f.2 Financial Ledgers of Myra Hayes, 1863. f.3 Folder 2 of 5. f.4 Folder 3 of 5. f.5 Folder 4 of 5. f.6 Folder 5 of 5. f.7 A.L.S. To Ida Caswell from Abbie M. Ross, May 14, 1890. f.8 Misc. Correspondence, Notices, and Invitations. To Geraldine Sweetser and Unidentified Parties,1919-35. f.9 Personal and Business Correspondence to Mrs. Harold Sweetser and Ida C. Sweetser, 1930-46. f.10 Folder 2 of 3. f.11 Folder 3 of 3. f.12 Patricia Sweetser: Birth Certificate and Other Certificates, 1938-42. f.13 Baptism of Patricia Sweetser, June 9,1940. f.14 Alberta Todd Sweetser, Feb.1919-Feb.1942. f.15 Settlement of Estate of Frank Lester, a.k.a Frank Sweetser, 1951. f.16 M. Sweetser, Farragut School, Portsmouth, N.H.(n.d.)
B. Autograph albums, Scrapbooks and Diariesf.17 Autograph album of Edith B. Johnston, 1879-80. f.18 Autograph book of Ida C. Caswell, 1880-82. f.19 Autograph album Katherine Sweetser, December 25, 1881. BOX 5 f.1 Autograph books of Ida C. Caswell, 1882. f.2 Folder 2 of 2. f.3 Autograph album of Myra Sweetser, 1886. f.4 Diary (owner unknown), 1901. f.5 Autograph album of Alberta Todd Sweetser, 1920-36. f.6 List of Wedding Gifts (Bride: Katharine Sweetser, Groom: unknown), (no date). f.7 Address Book (undated; owner unknown). f.8 Xerox copies of Bertie Sweetser's Scrapbook, (Alberta T. Sweetser), (no date). f.9 Folder 2 of 2. f.10 Newspaper clippings from Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser: "Lonely Stories " and "Presence of Christ." f.11 Newspaper clippings from Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser: "Power in the name of Jesus" and "Beauty for Ashes." f.12 Newspaper clippings from the Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser. f.13 Newspaper clippings from the Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser: "Judgement," "God's Man at the Throttle" & "God Advice and Prayer". f.14 Newspaper clippings from the Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser: "Only Trust Jesus" & "Concerning The Sabbath" etc. f.15 Scrapbook of Bertie Sweetser. f.16 Folder 2 of 4. f.17 Folder 3 of 4. f.18 Folder 4 of 4.
IV. MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS
A. Religious MaterialsBOX 6 f.1 Memorial Literature on : Edward Beaks,John P. Clark, Deacon Joshua Lane, and Ranger Memorial Tablet, 1885-1941. f.2 Folder 2 of 2. f.3 Memorial Literature on Rev. Lucius H. Thayer, 1857-1931. f.4 Folder 2 of 2. f.5 Materials on North Congregational Church of Christ, Portsmouth: 1) 1861 pamplet [2 copies in folder 6] 2) "Box Club of the North Church," Account Book, c.1900-19. f.6 Folder 2 of 2, 1861 pamplet. f.7 Publications c.1913-28 by Rev. Lucius H. Thayer, Pastor of North Congregational Church, Portsmouth. f.8 Folder 2 of 2. f.9 North Church of Portsmouth Commemorative Materials, 1915, 1921, and 1940. f.10 Folder 2 of 2. f.11 Misc. Religious Pamphlets, 1920-28. f.12 Folder 2 of 3. f.13 Folder 3 of 3.
B. Poems and Speechesf.14 Poem by Jacob Sweetser. f.15 "The Wanderer Returned," by Henry Sweetser, June 1847. f.16 "On The Road to Bimini," typed poem c. 1920-33. f.17 "The Plains Gem", February-March 1861. f.18 Typed Summaries of Speeches presented at Fifth Annual Forum on Current Problems. From New York Herald Tribune, 1936. (transferred to William Hill collection).
C. Social Events, Clubs etc.f.19 Misc. Items: Letters, Cards, and Invitations etc.,1890-1947. f.20 Folder 2 of 2. ff.21-25 removed to William Hill Collection f.26 Masons, Clubs, and Social Events, 1911-39. f.27 Folder 2 of 4. f.28 Folder 3 of 4. f.29 Folder 4 of 4. BOX 7 f.1 Masons, Clubs, and Social Events, 1940-71. f.2 Folder 2 of 3. f.3 Folder 3 of 3. f.4 Pamphlets - School Plays and Programs, 1910-20. f.5 Misc. Correspondence, Notices, Invitations etc., 1930's f.6 Folder 2 of 3. f.7 Folder 3 of 3.
D. Portsmouth Naval Shipyardf.8 Centennial History of the U.S. Naval Shpiyard, Portsmouth, NH (1775-1875). f.9 "Two Historic Days...Portsmouth Harbor", July 1898. f.10 "One Hundred and Fifty Years of Accomplishment at the Portsmouth Naval Base," 1800-1950. BOX 8 f.1 Navy Day at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Oct.21, 1937. f.2 Squalus Memorial Benefit Concert, July 30, 1939. f.3 The Portsmouth Periscope, May 25, 1945-Dec.21, 1945. f.4 Folder 2 of 3. f.5 Folder 3 of 3.
E. Otherf.6 Misc. Items. f.7 Blueprint, unidentified. * An example of Jacob Sweetser's Penmanship, January 27, 1814. (See Oversize Box 1, f.4) f.8 Souvenir Postcards c. 1900. * Diploma of Katherine Sweetser for completion of studies at Portsmouth High School, June 26, 1890. (See Oversize Box 1, f.5) f.9 Scrapbook on Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933
V. OVERSIZED MATERIALSOVERSIZE BOX 1 f.1 Plans for Submarine Refigerator. f.2 Scrapbook of Harold C. Sweetser, 1916-1918. f.3 Certificate of Approval of Katherine Sweetser into the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. f.4 An example of Jacob Sweetser's Penmanship, January 27, 1814. f.5 Diploma of Katherine Sweetser for completion of studies at Portsmouth High School, June 26, 1890.