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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/