The New London Town Archives serves as the repository for town records and manuscript materials documenting the history of New London, New Hampshire. Its mission is to collect records and materials related to the government, landscape, events and people of New London; to preserve, organize, and provide access to the collection; to compile and publish town histories; and to assist the town in preserving historical and cultural resources. Located in the Old Academy Building, the Archives occupies over 1,000 square feet, accommodating research, conservation, and materials storage.

Among the notable events of 2013 was a presentation and walking tour of Elkins (and its 19th century scythe works) for the Society for Industrial Archeology, and the hosting of a day-long workshop for the New Hampshire Archives Group. At Tracy Memorial Library we also exhibited a collection of photographs, broadsides, and advertisements related to New London’s old Four Corners at the intersection of Main and Pleasant streets.

During the year, fifteen donors contributed materials to our collection, and many of those items provide new information about New London’s past. The items range from a large collection of glass plate negatives depicting local scenes, to the account books of C. A. Todd’s store at the old Four Corners, to schoolbooks and music belonging to the Perley Burpee family on Main Street.

Our visitor log book shows 62 in-person visits to the Archives, while 50 others submitted questions and research requests by e-mail. The combination of assimilating new acquisitions providing research assistance to visitors, and making headway on a number of other archival projects, has kept us well occupied. Volunteers this year have included Verne Barrett, Kathleen Belko, Nancy Dutton, Linda Miller, Connie Reece, and Heather Stoddard.

Contributing their expertise to the Town Archives Committee have been Verne Barrett, Nancy Dutton (recording secretary), Deb Hall, Howard Hoke, Will Kidder, Laurie Lauridsen, Lloyd Littlefield, Connie Reece, Bob MacMichael, Linda Miller, Arrolyn Vernon, Charlie Whittemore, and Sumner Woodward. We thank them all for sharing their wealth of knowledge about the people, businesses, dwellings, and events that have shaped New London.

A number of projects are already well underway for completion in 2014. If you are interested in learning more about the Archives, please stop by the Old Academy on any Wednesday morning or visit www.NLarchives.org to view the breadth of our collection, see our on-line photo exhibits, and read blog entries about New London’s past and present.

Respectfully submitted,

James M. Perkins
December 2013

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