The New London Town Archives preserves municipal records and manuscript materials documenting the history of New London, New Hampshire. Its mission is to collect 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 in preserving the town’s historical resources. The Archives is staffed by volunteers, appointed by the Selectmen to three-year terms.

The archival collection continues to grow through new donations from individuals. In 2016 we recorded 18 separate gifts comprising hundreds of letters, photographs, and other materials. We have also worked with other institutions to obtain copies of records, letters, and images related to the town of New London.

We often share these collected materials in the form of public presentations. Illustrated talks on the Samuel Carr scandal and the Brocklebank Hotel were given to local groups, while presentations on the publishing house of Ticknor & Fields, the digitization of glass lantern slides, and the history of stereography were given at meetings of the New Hampshire Archives Group. We also conducted a local driving tour for visiting descendants of John K. Law, and held an informal presentation for descendants of Mrs. Jane Tracy, who purchased Law’s Willow Farm in the 1890s, and whose extensive glass lantern slide collection was recently digitized at the Archives (many were seeing those images for the first time).

Our 2016 log book shows 30 visitors to the Archives; another 35 emailed questions and research requests. Volunteers logged 515 hours answering research questions, processing new acquisitions, and completing other projects — among the more recent: Nancy Dutton cataloged an extensive collection of personal letters donated by the Taylor family (formerly of Elkins); Maureen Prohl created walking tours of Elkins and Main Street on Google Maps; Connie Reece researched the life and travels of Jane Tracy in preparation for our upcoming series of presentations; Pam Bright sorted and drafted a new finding aid for records of the former New London Women’s Club; Ginny Foose organized records of the New London schools and Kearsarge Regional School District; Linda Miller merged our backlog of obituaries, newspaper clippings, and miscellany into the family records collection.

Current members of the Town Archives Committee are: Verne Barrett, Pam Bright, Nancy Dutton, Ginny Foose, Deb Hall, Will Kidder, Laurie Lauridsen, Tom Little, Linda Miller, Jim Perkins, Maureen Prohl, and Connie Reece. We note with great sadness the loss of Lloyd Littlefield — a family archivist, historian, collaborator, and friend.

To learn more about the Town Archives, please stop by the Old Academy on any Wednesday morning or visit www.NLarchives.org.

To learn more about the Town Archives, please stop by the Old Academy on any Wednesday morning or visit www.NLarchives.org.

Respectfully submitted,

James M. Perkins
December 31,  2016

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