Guide to the Luther Franklin Locke Papers, 1761-1864
Collection number: MC 121
Size: 1 box
About Luther Franklin Locke
Luther Franklin Locke was born on November 3, 1820, the son of Luther and Hannah
Willard Locke. Locke left his home in Langdon, NH to attend Phillips Academy in
Andover, MA. He graduated from Middlebury College (1845) and Harvard Medical School
(1849) prior to a long career as a dentist and physician in Nashua, NH. His marriage
to Sarah Follansbee Williams ended with her death in 1861. Although exempt from the
draft during the Civil War, Locke volunteered for temporary duty as a U.S. Army
surgeon. Locke married Caroline Diana Barrett in 1865. The marriage produced six
daughters, four of whom reached adulthood. Two became physicians, one became a
dentist, and the fourth was an architect. Locke died in February 1892, a few days
after suffering a stroke.
(Biographical information taken from F. B. Kingsbury’s History
and Genealogy of Langdon, N.H., 1787-1930 and Locke’s obituary in the
Manchester Union, 16 February 1892.)
About the Luther Franklin Locke Papers
The Luther Franklin Locke Collection contains manuscript letters, patient lists, and
supply requisition forms, primarily related to Locke’s temporary service as a U.S.
Army surgeon during the Civil War. The collection also includes earlier
correspondence, both from his first wife’s family and between Locke and his parents.
Also included are three pamphlets written by Locke.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], Luther Franklin Locke Papers, 1761-1864, MC 121, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Purchased: New Hampshire Book Auctions, Oct. 25, 1992 (Accession number:
The collection is arranged into three series.
Series 1: Correspondence
|Box 1, Folder 1||Correspondence from the family of Sarah Follansbee Williams,
Luther Franklin Locke’s first wife, 1791 and 1793|
|Box 1, Folder 2||Correspondence between Locke and his parents, 1836-1845|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Two wartime letters to Locke and one letter from a Union soldier
to an unidentified woman|
|Box 1, Folder 4||Correspondence and military passes related to Locke’s travel
between military hospitals in Maryland and Virginia. Also contains his
discharge certificate, March 16, 1864|
|Box 1, Folder 5||Two wartime envelopes addressed to Locke, one
Series 2: Lists and Forms
|Box 1, Folder 6||Contains lists of soldiers treated by Locke during May 1864.
Soldiers are identified by name, unit, wound and treatment received.
Some lists are undated. Also contains notes concerning soldiers detailed
to Locke for service as nurses.|
|Box 1, Folder 7||Requisition forms and expense reports, some undated and two
Series 3: Publications
|Box 1, Folder 8||Three pamphlets written by Locke: Geographical Manual or Outlines of Modern Geography Being an
Arrangement on the Classification System Adapted to the Most
Approved Atlases Now in Use. Andover, MA: William Peirce,
1839. The Preservation of Teeth. Boston:
William White, 1854. The Roll of Honor of the
City of Nashua, N.H. Being a List of Volunteers for the War of
1861-2-3.Boston: Alfred Mudge and Son, 1863.|