Special Collections Update

The Special Collections room has been buzzing with activity in 2017 and the spring weather seemed like a perfect time to share what’s new! In March we received a couple of surprise gifts to our local history collection as well as a few favorite additions to the book collection. Thank you to all the donors!

Recent Acquisitions:

Portsmouth World War II Ephemera – Donated items found in a Portsmouth home include: a pair of protective eye wear, called a “plastic eye shield” that was manufactured by the Morley Company (at the Button Factory) in Portsmouth, in 1944, for shipment to the troops, with an accompanying newspaper article from the Portsmouth Herald about the eye shields [“For the Protection of the Armed Forces“, Pictorial Section — January 29th, 1944].
5 Portsmouth High School magazines – 3 “Hi-lights” magazines from the years 1942, 1944, 1945; and 2 “Purple and Gold” magazines from the years 1938 and 1939.Hi-lights
Portsmouth City Playground map that shows proposed playground areas in the city in conjunction with the populations of children in each area.
Family Genealogy – “John Pio came to Maine” – A compiled genealogy available on a flash drive and gifted to Special Collections. See the Library’s catalog for Surnames covered. Available for in-house use.
Memorial Bridge Photos – An archival sleeve of early twentieth century photographs of Portsmouth’s Memorial Bridge. Donated by a nearby library.
The Warehouses at Prescott Park – Gift of copies of architectural drawing of the warehouses at Prescott Park to be added to the Park’s Historical Report.
Warner House Pamphlet – A donated copy of the The Macpheadris-Warner House, 1716, Portsmouth, New Hampshire; a registered national historic landmark, something about it and two of its early occupants Archibald Macpheadris and Jonathan Warner, Portsmouth, N.H., 1966, by W.G. Wendell.

Favorite New Books and Media:


Queens Hampton Beach

Boomtown Portsmouth: World War II transformation of a quiet New England Seaport by Rodney Waterson, 2017.
First Nations Diplomacy Opens the Portsmouth Door by Charles Doleac, 2016. (From the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth Tri-Centennial Committee)
Fostering Family History Services: a guide for librarians, archivists, and volunteers by Rhonda L. Clark and Nicole Wedemeyer Miller, 2016.
Images of America: Portsmouth Naval Prison by Katy Kramer, 2016.
High on Poetry: Esther Buffler & Friends – The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program ‘98 [on cd]
(Did you know that the Special Collections room also houses local history media?)
The Queens of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire: The history of the carnival queens and Miss Hampton Beach Beauty Pageant, 1915-2015 by Cheryl Lassiter and Karen Raynes, 2016.
Intro to Genealogical Risk Assessment by Warren N. Patterson (coming soon!)

Don’t forget to take a look at our redesigned Digital Collections Archive and the addition of the Capt. Edward Adams Collection just launched last month! It is always available for viewing online. And one more thing to look forward to… be sure to check the archive this summer for the newly digitized Helen Pearson Bookplate Collection. We can’t wait to share it with you!

Helen Pearson’s personal bookplate, 1927

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