New Hampshire
Secretary of State

Archival Holdings

Architectural Drawings

Dodge/Scan Microfilms (1987-1993)

Index to Dodge/Scan Microfilms (1987 - 1993)


The following inventory is of 134 rolls of 35mm microfilm depicting architectural plans for approximately 550 New Hampshire projects between 1987 and 1994. Because the microfilm was created to assist in the solicitation of bids, the drawings are design renderings only and thus the completed buildings may differ significantly from these drawings. These drawings, however, can provide significant insight to architectural design of this time period as well as into the basic concepts held by building owners guiding the hands of the architects.

The film is popularly referred to as Dodge/SCAN film as it is created by the F.W. Dodge Division of the McGraw Hill Publishing Co. which provides this film as a service to the construction industry throughout the United States. The film is used to solicit bids from construction firms. Apparently, Dodge has been discarding this film regularly six months after creation. Sometime in 1993 the Company approached the Archives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in regard to preserving the film of New England projects. This followed the apparent success of such a preservation program on the Pacific coast in coordination with the Oregon State Archives. Massachusetts Commonwealth Archivist Dr. Albert Whitaker and Curator Nancy Richard met with state archivists of New England to discuss the Dodge proposal. In New Hampshire, I contacted State Architectural Historian James L. Garvin of the Division of Historical Resources to determine his evaluation of the Dodge/SCAN microfilm based on documentation received through the Massachusetts Archives. Dr. Garvin, in a letter of April 1994, acknowledged that the film should be extremely valuable to his research and to future researchers of architectural history and of building preservation. Thus, I agreed that New Hampshire would take its own film if the Massachusetts Archives would accept it from Dodge and sort it by state.

In September of 1995, on a trip to Boston on several matters, I picked up the New Hampshire film from Columbia Point. During the fall of 1995 the Archives staff spliced the pieces of microfilm into 100-foot rolls and duplicated the rolls. Thus, the 134 full rolls were created. Beginning in January 1996, I created this inventory/index a bit each day using WordPerfect 5.1 software.

The 134 master rolls are maintained in the micrographics vault at the Archives. Duplicate rolls are available for use in the research area. This has all been done here in the hope that this information will, indeed, be valuable to researchers now and in the future.

Frank C. Mevers, Director and State Archivist (1979-2010)
New Hampshire Division of Records Management and Archives



A - K

Index to Dodge/Scan Microfilms A-K

L - Z

Index to Dodge/Scan Microfilms L-Z

Dodge/Scan Microfilm Rolls 1987 - 1993

Nashua Memorial Hospital

Dodge Scans of Nashua Memorial Hospital

Archival Holdings

General Court Records (1680-current)

Journals of House and Senate Acts

Petitions Index 1680 1819

Petitions Index 1820 1824


Archival Holdings

Land Surveyors' Records


AMES, William AMSDEN, Henry H. (“Hank”) BALDWIN, Henry Ives, Plan Collection
BLAIS, Jason BROWN, Elmer D.

CHESLEY, True W., Survey Collection

CROMBIE, Franklin DAVIS & Symonds Survey Plans

DUDLEY & Sawyer Survey Plans

FITTS, John Lane (reproductions) GIENTY, Edward

GRASSO, Salvatore

HODGES & Hayden HODGINS, Elwin B.(“Spud”)
(including A.W. Dudley, Dudley & Sawyer)


HUNTER, Tyrone D. (“Abraham”) JAMES, Orren M., Survey Collection (1895 - 1938)


LANE, George LANE, Samuel (reproductions)

LEACH, Chester

        LITTLEFIELD, Ira & Lloyd LUND, R. Forace

MORSE, William G.

MORSE, William G. OSBORNE, Alfred, Survey Plans (including PATTEN, George W. )

PARSONS, George F.

PERLEY, Lew K. PERRY, William F.

PETERBOROUGH LIBRARY COLLECTION JONES, Eben Wilson & PHILLIPS, Frederick (on microfilm only)

PHIPPS, Donald S. ROSS, W. T.


(including WEBSTER, Kimball and CHAPMAN, Frank)
SCHAAL, Albert A., Collection

SOTER, Theodore J.

STATE, Secretary of, Land Records
(including SPAULDING, James H., STEARNS, John W., WEEKS, James W.)

WALLACE, Oliver P., Survey Plans

WATKINS, Howard, Survey Plans WOODWARD, Douglas


(Last update April 20, 2012)

BALDWIN, Henry Ives

Plan Collection


Survey Collection

DAVIS & Symonds

Survey Plans

DUDLEY & Sawyer

Survey Plans

JAMES, Orren M.

Survey Collection (1895 - 1938)


Survey Plans (including PATTEN, George W. )


Perley Plan Index Perley Fieldbook Index, 1914 - 1961

SCHAAL, Albert A.


WALLACE, Oliver P.

Survey Plans


Survey Plans

Archival Holdings

Land Title Research

Collections that might be useful in researching land titles:

Provincial Deeds, 1670-1772

Rockingham County Deeds, 1772-c.1840

Town Charters

Town Records (for some towns)

Masonian Plans (layouts -- some showing lots & ranges -- at time of charter of establishment of towns with Masonian Curve)

Town Plans of 1805 (shows boundaries of each town, other detail varies depending on the surveyor)

Surveyors' Records -- plans, fieldbooks, research notes

Road and Highway layouts of state roads, c.1790-c.1900. Not all cities/towns have been digitized at this time however Archives will add them to this site as we are able.

Provincial Court Records., c.1650-1772

County Court Records;
Rockingham, 1772-c.1920
Merrimack, c.1825-c.1885
Hillsborough, 1772-c.1880
Sullivan [not processed]
Strafford [not processed]

Provincial Probate;
Provincial: ca. 1650-1771
Rockingham County: 1771-1912
Hillsborough County: 1771-1932
Cheshire County: 1771-1959
Grafton County: 1773-1950
For other counties, contact the Register of Probate
for those counties for records later than these dates.

Perambulations of town boundaries (for many towns)

State boundaries with Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine

Connecticut River boundary dispute records

White Pine Blister rust maps, 1930s, 1950s, for towns affected

Railroad establishment records, c.1840-c.1920

Petitions (to Legislature, to Governor and Executive Council) (1679-1821+)

Plans of Land -- a small but useful collection of various plots

Title Deeds to state-owned property

Miscellaneous (indexes in Archives Reference Room)
Roll Files
Flat Files

New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers,
40 volumes (c.1625-c.1793 [published 1864-1942]

Index to Laws of New Hampshire, to 1883

Index to Council Records

Records of the Executive Council

Patten Papers, c.1737-1819, at the Supreme Court Law Library on Noble Drive in Concord. Matthew and David Patten were surveyors in the Bedford area.

Land Surveying Terms

N.H. Bar Title Standards

N.H. Land Surveyors Association

N.H. Board of Land Surveyors


Archival Holdings

City & Town Records

Road and Highway Layout Records

Cities and Towns A - D

Road and Highway Layout Records

Cities and Towns E - L

Road and Highway Layout Records

Cities and Towns M - P

Road and Highway Layout Records

Cities and Towns Q - Z