Lew K. Perley was a civil engineer and land surveyor in Laconia, N.H. He was born on July 27, 1890, the son of Lewis S. and Clara K. Perley. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1912. The first entry in his fieldbooks was on March 16, 1914 and the final entry was in 1961 - 47 years in the career. During that time, Perley was a respected professional whose knowledge of property boundaries and legal rights grew vast. He died in Laconia on August 8, 1969.
Gordon Ainsworth Associates, an engineering firm with an office in Littleton, purchased the records and shortly thereafter donated them to the New Hampshire State Archives. The collection contains several types of media including blueprints, linens and paper prints. Each medium was indexed separately but have now been consolidated into a single index with the media marking in separate columns. For individuals needing more details than those shown on the plans, they should also then check the fieldbook index. The fieldbooks are indexed in a separate index. They contain the mathematical notes of the raw measurements made.
Perley Plan Index
Perley Fieldbook Index, 1914 - 1961