Guide to the Norman Stevens Collection on Old Home Day, 1899-1999
Collection number: MC 325
About Norman D. Stevens:
Norman Stevens is a retired librarian, library historian, and has collected and
researched extensively on various folklore and folklife topics. He is a member of
the University of New Hampshire’s Class of 1954.
About the Old Home Day Collection:
This collection consists of history, research and memorabilia related to Old Home
Day/Week in across New England, New York, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. A very
small amount of material relates to Maritime Canada. Old Home Day was started by New
Hampshire Governor Frank W. Rollins in 1899 as a way to promote local history,
traditions, and family connections in individual towns. The collection includes Old
Home Day pins, paper ephemera, literature related to the topic, research/lecture
notes by Stevens and others, bibliographic searches, and related material.
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], [Folder Number], [Box Number], Norman Stevens
Collection on Old Home Day, 1899-1999, MC 325, Milne Special Collections and
Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Gift of the creator, 2002
The American Library Association Archives: Norman D. Stevens Papers, 1813-1995
Some newspaper clippings were deaccessioned for preservation reasons.
Collection is organized alphabetically by state, then by alphabetically by town
within each state.
|Origins of Old Home Week, States of Connecticut & New Hampshire,
This box contains extensive materials collected by Stevens on the origins of
Old Home Week, including addresses by Gov. Rollins (1899), essays by Stevens
himself, discussion of the use of phrases “just like old home week” and
“like old home week”, exhaustive bibliographic searches for the phrases and
concepts, and two songbooks of Old Home Day songs.
Folders 6-7 relate to the state of Connecticut’s Old Home Week celebrations.
These are East Hampton (1987) and Union (1998).
Folders 8-10 relate to the state of New Hampshire overall, including
state-wide Old Home Day/Week reports for the years 1900, 1909, 1921, 1923,
1929, 1936, & 1983.
|New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, 1899-1999
Materials include articles, programs, and postcards for the following New
Hampshire towns: Acworth, Candia, Compton, Fitzwilliam, Grantham, Kingston,
Lempster, Littleton, Louden, Nashua, Newport, Ossipee, Peterborough,
Pittsfield, Swanzy, Washington, and Wilton.
Massachusetts towns: North Adams, Boston, Charleston, Centerville, Lunenburg,
Medway, North Hampton, and Wales. A copy of Phoebe Atwood Taylor’s 1937
novel “Figure Away” (set during Old Home Week in the fictional town of
Billingsgate MA) is included.
Maine towns: Clinton, Hope, Kennebunk, Portland, Monson, and Sullivan.
|Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont,
Michigan: Materials are statewide, and there is only one folder.
Pennsylvania: Allenstown, Centerville, Doylestown, Hazleton, Green Castle,
Rhode Island: Providence
Vermont: state-wide, Montpelier, Rockingham, and Waterford.
|Oversize Box 1|
|Paper Ephemera, 1900-1990
Old Home Week posters for several New Hampshire towns, and a children’s book
on Old Home Week.
|Oversize Box 2|
This box contains three display cases of pins from Old Home Day celebrations
across New England, maritime Canada, and beyond. These objects are highly
fragile and should not be lifted from their cotton cushioning during
here for a .pdf list of objects and places represented.