Special Collections & Archives

Donald Hall's 90th Birthday Celebration

Posted September 14, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 4-6 p.m.
Special Collections Reading Room
(Dimond Library, room 101)

The library will celebrate what would have been poet Donald Hall’s 90th birthday on Thursday, September 20th. Attendees are invited to bring their favorite Donald Hall poem, read it, and briefly talk about what it means to them. Professor Emeritus Charles Simic, Hall’s successor as U.S. Poet Laureate, will anchor the reading.

Hall, who died earlier this year, wrote dozens of books of poetry and prose; he was a longtime resident of Wilmot, NH, where he lived at Eagle Pond Farm. Hall graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University, and the University of Oxford and taught at the University of Michigan. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships and served as New Hampshire poet laureate from 1984-1989 and 1995-1999 before being named the 2006-2007 U.S. poet laureate.

The UNH Library’s Special Collections and Archives houses the Donald Hall Collection, which contains his correspondence, manuscripts, photographs and ephemera, along with his library of 7,000 volumes of poetry.

For those wanting to celebrate the life and work of this New Hampshire treasure, please feel free to join an afternoon of reading, reminiscence, and discussion of Hall’s poetry. For questions about either the reading or the Donald Hall Collection, please contact Special Collections Librarian Bill Ross at (603) 862-0346 or at bill.ross@unh.edu

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and birthday cake will be provided.

A Brilliant Life Goes on Tour

Posted November 29, 2017

photo collage of Amy beach from 3 periods of her life from young to old

A Brilliant Life: The Musical Career of New Hampshire's Amy Beach

New Hampshire Tour 2018

This is a traveling panel exhibit about the life of Amy Beach, America's first woman to write a symphony. The exhibit was planned in honor of Beach's 150th birthday by the University of New Hampshire's Special Collections and the University Museum.

Panel Set One

December (2017) - Durham Public Library
January - New Durham Public Library
February - Gilford Public Library
March - Concord Public Library
April - Gordon-Nash Public Library, New Hampton
May - Philbrick-James Public Library, Deerfield
June - Smyth Public Library, Candia
July - Langdon Public Library, Newington
August - Plaistow Public Library
September - Somersworth Public Library
October - Whipple Free Library, New Boston
November - G. H. Bixby Memorial Library, Francestown

Panel Set Two

January - Conant Library, Winchester
February - Olivia Rodham Memorial Library, Nelson
March - Tucker Free Library, Henniker
April - available
May - Campton Public Library
June - Lincoln Public Library
July - Cook Memorial Library, Tamworth
August - Goodwin Library, Farmington
September - James A. Tuttle Library, Antrim
October - New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord
November - available

More Exhibit Info

Please contact Dale.Valena@unh.edu if you would like more information.

The months of April and November are available. There is no fee for the exhibit. Each borrowing institution is responsible for delivering the panels to the next venue.

The tour can be extended into 2019 if there is interest - Amy will be just a year older!

Marie Harris Presents Amy Beach in Words & Music

Monday, December 18, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (snow date December 19)
Marie Harris, former NH Poet Laureate, brings Amy Beach to life in her original one-woman show celebrating the remarkable life and music of the New Hampshire composer. Arrive early and you can enjoy the Amy Beach exhibit before the show!