Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture: New Hampshire Collections
The Archive of Folk Culture holds approximately 2700 collections consisting of more than 150,000 sound recordings and 3 million items. At this time only a portion of them have catalog records and finding aids. Contact the Folklife Reading Room for additional information about collections.
Folklife in Your State:
The collections of the American Folklife Center include
a wide variety of materials from New Hampshire and the New
England region. Among its unique recordings are folksongs,
fiddle tunes, oral histories, and traditional dance music.
New Hampshire's Local
Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions
and celebrations is available on the Center's Web page.
America's Library is especially designed for elementary and
middle school students.
Explore the States:
Back in Time: Reverend Eleazar Wheelock Started Dartmouth
College, December 13, 1769
American Treasures of the Library of Congress
Port Royal Band Books
These items belong to a rare set of part books copied
and used by the band, made up of selected New Hampshire
and Massachusetts musicians, during the period 1861-65.
A Shaker Community
This manuscript map shows a large community of English
Shakers in Canterbury, New Hampshire.
B. B. French's Diary
The journals of Benjamin Brown French, New Hampshire
politician, clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives,
and commissioner of public buildings in Washington, D.C.
A Century of Creativity: The MacDowell
Provides a unique opportunity to appreciate the MacDowell
Colony experience and success, from its earliest fellows
to the most recent.
Founded by American composer Edward MacDowell and his
wife Marian on their farm in Peterborough, New Hampshire,
the Colony's underlying philosophy is based on the MacDowells'
belief that artists working in different disciplines can
benefit from contact with one another.
Language of the Land: Journeys Into Literary
Offers a tour of four sections of the United States through
literary maps that focus on geographical areas, individual
authors, and particular works. Although it is the smallest
region featured in Language of the Land,
the Northeast has deep
literary roots, reaching back to New England's seventeenth-century
France In America
Conceived in partnership with France's national library,
the Bibliothèque nationale de France, France in America
/France en Amérique is a bilingual digital library
made available by the Library of Congress. It explores
the history of the French presence in North America from
the first decades of the sixteenth century to the end
of the nineteenth century. Search the project
to find items related to New Hampshire, including Plan
du port de Portsmouth levé à vue.
Meeting of Frontiers:
Siberia, Alaska, and the American West
Meeting of Frontiers tells the story of the
American exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel
exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian
Far East, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier
in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Project partners
include the Library of Congress, the University of Alaska
Fairbanks, the Russian State Library, the National Library
of Russia, and more than twenty libraries, archives, and
museums located in cities in Siberia and the Russian Far
East. Search on New
Hampshire to find seventy five items, including an image
Plenipotentiaries Arriving at Portsmouth.
Bibliographies and Guides
This site provides the names of all current state poets
laureate of the United States. It also includes a history
of the laureateship in each state, as well the District
of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing
of all prior state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate in New Hampshire.
The Guide to Law Online
Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of
Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide
to sources of information on government and law available
online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable
sites for legal information on U.S states and territories,
including New Hampshire.
Prints and Photographs Online
Search PPOC using the subject heading United
States--New Hampshire to find over 1,500 digital images
related to Alabama, such as prints, photographs, and political
cartoons. Search in PPOC
using the term New Hampshire or names of cities,
towns, and sites to locate additional images.
Primary Sources by State
The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts
from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District
of Columbia. Click on New
Hampshire to view historic artifacts and cultural
materials from the state.
All History Is
Examine the interplay between national,
state, local, and personal history. Students produce a
digital collection of primary sources from their family
or local community based on the collections in American
Linking the Past
to the Present: The Legacy of French Canadian Immigrants
in New England
Investigate primary sources from the American Memory
collections to learn about French Canadian immigrants
and their contributions in New England.
Students learn how to analyze life histories from American Life Histories, 1936-1940
in American Memory. They apply their experience by conducting
interviews with people in the community and collecting
their life histories.
Sea Changes: A Study
of a New England Industry
Students study photographs, maps and interviews with
two New England fishermen of the early twentieth century,
construct "found poetry," and conduct research
in THOMAS to understand legislation restricting
the fishing industry.
On December 13, 1769, Dartmouth College obtained its
Franklin Pierce, fourteenth president of the United States,
was born on November 23, 1804, in Hillsboro, New
Hampshire. Pierce, whose father had been governor of
New Hampshire, was elected to the New Hampshire legislature
at the age of twenty five. He went on to represent New
Hampshire in Congress (1829-33) and in the U.S. Senate
Veterans History Project Home Page
The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves
the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian
workers who supported them. Browse the database by state of
residence to locate veterans from New