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The Baker Memorial Library of Dartmouth College holds over a million and a half volumes, with special collections in American art, history, literature, and theater as well as mountaineering. UMI® distributes collections of rare documents originally filmed at Dartmouth, several of which are found elsewhere in this catalog. The smaller collections below are of particular interest to students and genealogists studying the history of New Hampshire and New England.
ORIGINALLY FILMED BY: Dartmouth College
AMONG THE CLOUDS, 1877-1917 No single file in existence appears to have the complete run of Among the Clouds, Mount Washington's famous daily newspaper established on the summit of New England's tallest mountain. This collection represents the combined efforts of the Gorham, New Hampshire Public Library; the New Hampshire Historical Society; the Appalachian Club; the Northeastern University Library; the Dartmouth College Library; and two private collections.
Mount Washington's Indian name was Agiocochook, which aptly means "home of the Great Spirit." In the early and middle 1800s this rustic White Mountain region of New Hampshire was often visited by famous writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau wrote: "I see the stanzas arise around me, verse upon verse, far and near, like the mountains from Agiocochook, not all having a terrestrial existence yet, even as some of them may be clouds."
Before the turn of the century, the area became a fashionable resort that enjoyed a popularity that endured until World War I.
Included in the newspaper collection are editions from July 20, 1877, to September 14, 1917, plus a souvenir issue.
FORMAT: 10 reels of 35mm microfilm
THE PAPERS OF JOSIAH BARTLETT A leading patriot during the Revolutionary War and the first governor of New Hampshire, Josiah Bartlett (1729-95) left an indelible mark on New England history. Bartlett was also a militia officer, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and twice a delegate to the Continental Congress. In addition to his political and military exploits, he practiced as a physician in Kingston, New Hampshire, for several years.
Many of his personal papers relate to his time in Philadelphia as a Congressional delegate. Included are letters from government officials and citizens of New Hampshire regarding shipbuilding, the raising and outfitting of troops, and local matters that required Bartlett's guidance as a national delegate.