Guide to the Mildred McAfee Horton Papers, 1969-1974
Collection number: UA 1/7/2
Size: 1 boxes
About Mildred McAfee Horton (1900-1994)
Mildred Helen McAfee
Horton (1900-1994) served on the University of New Hampshire's Board of
Trustees from 1963-1974, and was the Board's Chair from 1972-1974. Previously she
had been the first director of the US Navy's WAVES (Women's Reserve) program, as
well as president of Wellesley College (1936-1949). During her time at UNH, she
lived in Randolph, N.H. with her husband Douglas Horton.
Dr. Thomas N. Bonner (1923-2003)
Bonner was president of the University of New Hampshire from 1971-1974,
having previously been provost at the University of Cincinnati. His presidency came
during some of the most contentious years in the University's history, marked by
wide spread social upheavel and the extreme budget cuts imposed by then-governor of
New Hampshire Meldrin Thompson. Despite this Bonner focused his energies on public
outreach, lowering tuition, laying the foundations for the current University System
of New Hampshire, and making UNH affordable and accessible for all residents of New
Hampshire. UNH, he felt, should be the "people's university". He left UNH in 1974 to
become president of Union College. He was also an influential writer on the history
About the Mildred McAfee Horton Papers (1969-1974)
The Horton papers consist of two series: one reflecting social issues of the late
1960s-early 1970s such as UNH's efforts to recruit more African-American students,
racially motivated protests, removal of the women's curfew, and protests against the
American War in Vietnam; the second series consists of writings, press, and
correspondence from Dr. Thomas Bonner who served as president of UNH from 1971-1974.
Bonner published a weekly newsletter for the UNH faculty, staff, students, alumni,
and parents. Copies of this newsletter form the bulk of his writings in this
collection, and cover a wide array of issues which shaped the university and greater
society during the late 1960s to early 1970s. There are also several speeches.
Of particular interest to many researchers is Folder 6 on the Gay Student
Organization at UNH. This highly controversial group attracted the ire of many (and
the support of just as many others), and led to a landmark federal court case
asserting their right to exist as an organization at a public university. The
materials in this folder contain press releases and behind-the-scenes correspondence
involving NH politicians and UNH leadership, prior to the establishment of the legal
case. See also the Gay Student Organization Scrapbooks (UA 7/1/2).
This collection is open.
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], Mildred McAfee Horton Papers, 1969-1974, UA 1/7/2,
Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library,
Durham, NH, USA.
Donation from Wellesley College, 1998 (Accession no. 98.011)
1DD7.McAfee Mildred McAfee Horton Papers at Wellesley College.
The materials donated to UNH by Wellesley College primarily consisted of Board of
Trustees minutes which are duplicated elsewhere in the repository's collection, and
thus were discarded. UNH's papers were originally separated from the larger
collection at Wellesley.
The collection is arranged in two series: subject files which are roughly
alphabetical, and the writings of Thomas Bonner, which are choronological.
Series 1: Subject Files, 1969-1974
Files of correspondence, press releases, newsletters, and related materials
on specific topics of importance during Horton's time on the Board of
|Box 1, Folder 1||Materials from/about Mildred Horton, 1969-1974|
|Box 1, Folder 2||Unionization of Faculty: AAUP and UNH, 1973|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Recruitment of African-American Students, 1971|
|Box 1, Folder 4||Reports on Racially-Charged Violence on Campus, 1971|
|Box 1, Folder 5||Drug and Alcohol Raids on USNH Campuses, 1973|
|Box 1, Folder 6||Gay Students Organization, 1973|
|Box 1, Folder 7||Energy Crisis, 1970s|
|Box 1, Folder 8||Model Cities Program Controversy, 1973|
|Box 1, Folder 9||UNH's Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Great Bay
Oil Refinery, 1974|
|Box 1, Folder 10||Student's Rights, 1969|
|Box 1, Folder 11||Demonstrations (American War in Vietnam; other issues),
Descriptions of striking organizations and activities on UNH campus,
|Box 1, Folder 12||Winniford Walsh v. UNH et. al., 1973|
|Box 1, Folder 13||Removal of Women's Curfew at UNH, 1969-1970|
Series 2: President Thomas Bonner, 1970-1974
Presidental search materials, inauguration programs, correspondence (notably
with Gov. Meldrin Thompson regarding university funding), newsletters
written by Bonner on a wide array of UNH-related subjects, and press
materials. See also Bonner's vertical file available by request from Special
|Box 1, Folder 14||Presidental Search and Inauguration Materials, 1970|
|Box 1, Folder 15||Speeches and Correspondence, 1971|
|Box 1, Folder 16||Newsletters, Press, Correspondence, Feb.-July 1972|
|Box 1, Folder 17||Newsletters, Press, Correspondence, Aug.-Dec. 1972|
|Box 1, Folder 18||Newsletters, Press, Correspondence, 1973|
|Box 1, Folder 19||Newsletters, Press, Correspondence, Resignation Materials,