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Introduction to local history research Introduction to local history research Presentation Transcript

  • Introduction to Local History Research
    David Smolen
    Senior Reference Librarian
    Londonderry Leach Library
  • What do I hope you get out of this talk?
    Feel more confident when handling local history questions
    Have a better grasp of the sources used in local history research
    Possess a better knowledge of the institutions engaged in local history
    Understand the value of local history to your community
    Examples of local history on the Internet
  • What is local history and why should we care?
    Local History Defined: the study of the people, places, and events of a particular geographic area.
    Importance: allows us to study national events within the context of local communities
    Identifies unique qualities and stories of our communities
    Acts as a source of local pride
    Effective way of teaching history to students
    Creates possibility for partnerships with like-minded institutions
  • Sources and Institutions
    Local history librarianship requires you to know who are the key institutions for the study of local history in the State and what are their holdings.
    In many instances you will be referring researchers to other institutions.
  • Primary and Secondary Sources
    Primary sources: original source materials (i.e. manuscripts, diaries, photos, business records , etc.)
    Secondary Sources: books and articles that are created through the interpretation of primary sources
  • The Limits of Sources
    There are just some questions that don’t have an answer
    Primary sources are bias towards wealthy, literate, and urban populations.
  • What are the Key Sources?
    Town histories
    Vital records
    Cemetery records
    Church records
    Business Records
    Town Reports /Records
    Directories
    Court records
    Land records
    Maps
    Newspapers
    Rare Books /Pamphlets
  • Institutions
    New Hampshire Historical Society – www.nhhistory.org
    New Hampshire State Library -- http://www.nh.gov/nhsl
    New Hampshire State Archives -- http://www.sos.nh.gov/archives/
    Portsmouth Athenaeum -- http://www.portsmouthathenaeum.org/
    Historical Society of Cheshire County -- http://www.hsccnh.org/
    Rauner Special Collections - http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/rauner/
    UNH Special Collections -- http://www.library.unh.edu/milne/
    City and Town Government offices (Clerk and Planning Departments)
    Historical Society Directory: http://www.historicalsocietiesnh.org/