The Mary P. Thompson Library

For a list of books in the Mary P. Thompson Library, search the UNH Library Catalog.

Mary Pickering Thompson (1825-1894) was born in Durham, the daughter of Ebenezer Thompson (1797-1826) and Jane Demeritt (1794-1869). She was the great-granddaughter of Judge Ebenezer Thompson (1737-1802), the Revolutionary war patriot.

She received her early education in Durham and in 1845 graduated with honors from Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary. In 1847 she converted to Catholicism and entered the Notre Dame Convent in Cincinnati, Ohio. Subsequently, she taught in Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, and Maryland, and made several trips to Europe.

From 1877 until her death, Mary lived in Durham and engaged in local historical and genealogical studies. In her time, Thompson's library was thought the "finest and rarest collection of books and manuscripts" in the state, while she herself was considered the "best cultured woman in New Hampshire" (John Scales, Miss Mary Pickering Thompson).

More information about Mary Pickering Thompson can be found in the Thompson Family Papers (MC 1)