Digitizing Ex Libris: The Helen Pearson Bookplate Collection

The primary mission of the Digitized Collections at Portsmouth Public Library is to optimize access to our local history collections while preserving the same for future generations. Our latest project in Special Collections is the addition of the Helen Pearson Bookplate Collection. This collection consists of 336+ historic bookplates, amassed and originally organized by local … More Digitizing Ex Libris: The Helen Pearson Bookplate Collection

Research Tips From Richard: Create Your Own Encyclopedia – The Wisdom of Keeping a Journal

When I ask people if they keep a journal, they usually answer, “No, I don’t,” and the conversation drifts off to another topic. In this electronic age with computers, e-mails, recorded telephone calls, video tapes, disks and drives, and an endless arsenal of gadgetry, I suppose some technocrats consider journals obsolete, nearing even extinction. I … More Research Tips From Richard: Create Your Own Encyclopedia – The Wisdom of Keeping a Journal

Special Collections Bears a Hand: Caring for Captain Adams’ Collection

The overarching function of Special Collections at Portsmouth Public Library has always persisted in the preservation, dissemination and accessibility of our local history holdings. In recent years, Special Collections has begun to shift to the preservation of the collections through digital formats and online exhibits to make these more widely available. There are currently several collections … More Special Collections Bears a Hand: Caring for Captain Adams’ Collection

Research Tips from Richard: Ship Ahoy, Mate! Confessions of a Marine/Maritime/Naval Historian

Why would someone become a marine/maritime/naval historian? In my case, the choice of my career has seemed, in retrospect, almost preordained. My father was a career Naval Officer. I have also lived in seacoast New Hampshire for most of my life, nearby to the Port of Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Thus, the local research … More Research Tips from Richard: Ship Ahoy, Mate! Confessions of a Marine/Maritime/Naval Historian

Research Tips From Richard: The Boston Athenaeum and John F. Kennedy

Athenaeums nowadays are not ivory towers of refuge for scholars only. That image has long left the Portsmouth Athenaeum, founded in 1817, as well as the Boston Athenaeum, founded in 1807. Both are private institutions that, public relations-wise, have opened their doors for fresh air and to invite the general public for lectures, art exhibits, and various events. … More Research Tips From Richard: The Boston Athenaeum and John F. Kennedy