Guide to the Merrimack Valley Branch Directors and Deans Files, 1967-1977
Collection number: UA 20/1/2
Size: 1 box
About the University of New Hampshire, Marrimack Valley Branch
The Merrimack Valley Branch of the University of New Hampshire was established in
Manchester in September 1967. The branch started as an extension center. There were
thirty-one credit courses, taught almost entirely by regular faculty members from
the main campus, and enrolling 590 students. There also were seven short-term
certificate courses enrolling 231. The first branch director, Frederick J. Robinson
'49, had a small office in the Manchester Memorial High School and the classes met
evenings in the high school. A year later, a house in the neighborhood was rented as
an office and library building, while the growing number of classes continued to
meet in Memorial High School and in nearby Southside Junior High. The unit got its
first recognition as a separate entity when the 1969 legislature voted an
appropriation of $60,000 for planning a campus. During the next few years, with the
assistance of interested citizens, members of the Board of Trustees, and
legislators, several sites in the region were investigated to determine their
suitability for a commuter campus. A site within the City limits of Manchester was
finally selected after a Feasibility Study of the site proved that it was
satisfactory. The first building, named French Hall in honor of J. Fred French, a
trustee for the University System for 11 years, opened on Hackett Hill Road in 1975.
In 1977, the Legislature passed the House Bill 1006 establishing the MVB as a
college in its own right with all the necessary powers and duties. Renamed the
Merrimack Valley College, it became the fourth institution within the University
About the Merrimack Valley Branch Directors and Deans Files
This collection contains correspondence and papers from the various directors and
deans of Merrimack Valley Branch. The list of names includes: Gordon O. Thayer,
Director of the Division of Industrial and Community Services, Director Frederick
Robinson, Chairman Raymond Hubbard, Dean Roger Bernard, Associate Dean William A.
Cook, and Assistant Dean Frances A. Mahoney.
This collection is open. Please note, the MVB files are housed in the Library
Storage Building and require 24 hour notice for retrieval.
Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.
[Identification of item], Merrimack Valley Branch Directors and Deans files, 1967-1977,
UA 20/1/2, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire
Library, Durham, NH, USA.
These records were transferred from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester
Library in March 2002.
|Box 1, Folder 1||1967||Dr. Gordon O. Thayer Proposal: A Branch of UNH in
|Box 1, Folder 2||1968||Dr. Gordon O. Thayer: Recommendations for Further Development of
|Box 1, Folder 3||1970||Dr. Gordon O. Thayer : Papers|
|Box 1, Folder 4||1968||Dr. Frederick Robinson, Director: Address from 2nd Annual Public
|Box 1, Folder 5||1974||Dean Roger Bernard: Open the Doors of Learning|
|Box 1, Folder 6||1975||Dean Roger Bernard: Supplement to Annual Report on Forum|
|Box 1, Folder 7||March 1975||Dean Roger Bernard: Union Leader Interview News Article|
|Box 1, Folder 8||1975||Dean Roger Bernard: The Beginning of a College Report|
|Box 1, Folder 9||1975-1977||Dean Roger Bernard Papers: Policy & Procedures Manual|
|Box 1, Folder 10||Dean Roger Bernard Papers: M.V.B. Library Technical Assistants
|Box 1, Folder 11||1976-1977||Dean Roger Bernard Papers: Reports to System Trustees|
|Box 1, Folder 12||1976-1977||Dean Roger Bernard Papers: Administrative Board Minutes|
|Box 1, Folder 13||1973-1977||Associate Dean William A. Cook Papers|
|Box 1, Folder 14||1974-1975||Assistant Dean Dr. Frances A. Mahoney Papers|
|Box 1, Folder 15||1974-1975||Chairman Dr. Raymond Hubbard, Coordinator of Career Studies