2018 ANNUAL REPORT

About the Archives

The New London Town Archives holds municipal records and manuscript materials documenting the history of New London, New Hampshire. It collects materials related to the government, landscape, events, and people of New London; it preserves, organizes, and provides access to the collection; it compiles and publishes town histories; and it assists in preserving the town’s historical resources.

The Archives is staffed by volunteers, all of whom currently serve on the larger Town Archives Committee: Verne Barrett, Pam Bright, Nancy Dutton, Ginny Foose, Deb Hall, Will Kidder, Laurie Lauridsen, Linda Miller, Jim Perkins, Maureen Prohl, and Connie Reece. Filling a vacancy, Emma Crane will join the committee in 2019.

Year in Review

In 2018 a fire suppression system was installed throughout the Old Academy building. This wet sprinkler system poses a new risk to our collections (but preferable to the risk of fire), and its exposed piping has claimed some former storage space. Meanwhile the collection has grown through 15 new donations comprising hundreds of letters, photographs, postcards, books, maps, paintings, posters, minutes, memoirs, and more. Our digital collection also expanded, as we digitized over 500 family photos previously donated by descendants of Stephen Dean. The number of JPG or TIFF images in our databases now stands at 19,643 — a number which excludes other electronic formats like PDF (documents) or MP4 (video).

Outreach presentations this year included: the Whipple Hall Centennial (Town Hall and Woodcrest); In Their Words (Historical Society); The Westside Social Club (Tracy Library); The Rocking Chair Brigade (Hilltop Place); Mapping New London (NLHS docents); Jane Tracy’s Travels in Asia (Harvest Hill); Provocative Materials (Colby-Sawyer Archives); and Some Pig! (NH Archives Group). Each presentation combined materials from our collection with other research sources.

We hosted 47 visitors in 2018 and assisted another 31 individuals via email. Much of the research activity focused on the New London Hospital and Whipple Hall centennials. Volunteers recorded 523 hours answering research questions, processing acquisitions, and completing longer-term projects — among them: Nancy Dutton has been arranging the vast Mildred Tunis collection; Maureen Prohl and Connie Reece have been working on an Elkins cemetery census and guide map; Pam Bright has been documenting Burpee Hill house histories; Ginny Foose inventoried our public library materials; and Linda Miller has resolved our backlog of old newspaper clippings.

The Year Ahead

To mitigate the risk of water damage from the new sprinkler system, we will look into compact moveable shelving units to replace fixed, open shelves, and we will assess the storage needs for our maps and oversize materials, photographic prints, and book library.

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,  2018

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