New Hampshire
Secretary of State

Publications & Collections

New Hampshire State Papers

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Index to the New Hampshire State Papers (4.17 MB)

Volume 1 (19.7 MB)

Volume 21 (25.7 MB)

Volume 2 (22.7 MB)

Volume 22 (25.3 MB)

Volume 3 (23.8 MB)

Volume 23 (11.2 MB)

Volume 4 (24.3 MB)

Volume 24 (27.7 MB)

Volume 5 (32.2 MB)

Volume 25 (28.9 MB)

Volume 6 (33.0 MB)

Volume 26 (24.5 MB)

Volume 7 (26.2 MB)

Volume 27 (18.0 MB)

Volume 8 (30.7 MB)

Volume 28 (15.4 MB)

Volume 9 (29.9 MB)

Volume 29 (21.8 MB)

Volume 10 (20.2 MB)

Volume 30 (15.3 MB)

Volume 11 (27.0 MB)

Volume 31 (25.9 MB)

Volume 12 (22.7 MB)

Volume 32 (25.9 MB)

Volume 13 (22.6 MB)

Volume 33 (24.3 MB)

Volume 14 (17.8 MB)

Volume 34 (16.9 MB)

Volume 15 (18.2 MB)

Volume 35 (18.3 MB)

Volume 16 (23.2 MB)

Volume 36 (16.3 MB)

Volume 17 (23.1 MB)

Volume 37 (12.9 MB)

Volume 18 (29.8 MB)

Volume 38 (12.0 MB)

Volume 19 (23.0 MB)

Volume 39 (13.8 MB)

Volume 20 (26.2 MB)

Volume 40 (14.7 MB)


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Dedication of the Remodeled State House 1910



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1 Dedication Of Remodeled State House 10.25.1910

2. Executive Council Photograph following 1910 Addition

3. Senate Chamber Photograph Following 1910 Addition

4. House Chamber Photographed Following 1910 Addition

5. Portrait: Governor, Council, Secretary of State in Office During 1910 Dedication

View of the State House, N. State Street entrance and statue, prior to 1910


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Lane Dwinell

Governor of New Hampshire, 1955-1959
United States Assistant Secretary of State   
    for Administration, 1959 - to 1961
Director, Agency for International Development, 1969-1971
Member, New Hampshire Constitutional Convention, 1984
State Representative from Lebanon and   
    Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee, 1949-1951
Speaker of the NH House, 1951-1953
President of the NH Senate, 1953-1955


1 Governor Dwinell at his desk in the State House Corner Office, 1956

2 President Eisenhower with Governor Dwinell at a Gilford public barbeque, June 1955

2a Eisenhower Letters To Dwinell about 1955 New Hampshire visit

3 Senate Appropriations Committee: Sen Lyndon Johnson, chair, Sen Styles Bridges, ranking member, Dwinell, US Secretary of State Christian Herter, September, 1960

4 Senate Appropriations Committee hearing press caption

5 Letter From President Kennedy, January 28, 1961

6 Letter From Secretary Of State Dean Rusk, February 3, 1961

7 NH House Speaker Campaign from Dwinell Scrapbook, 1951

7A Dwinell in Speakers Chair 1951 Session - Dean Dexter Collection

8 Dwinell signs contract for new US Embassy, Mexico City 1960


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Colonel Frank Knox

Rough Rider, Spanish American War, 1898
   (served under Col. Leonard Wood and Lt Col Theodore Roosevelt)
Founder Manchester Leader, 1912
Founder, Union-Leader Publishing Co., 1913
Bought rival Daily Union, 1913,
   (later became Manchester Union Leader, then NH Union Leader)
Major, 78th Army Division, World War I, 1917
Lt Colonel US Army Reserve, 1923, Colonel 1937-1944
Republican Candidate for NH Governor, 1924
   (defeated in the primary by John Winant)
Republican nominee for vice president, 1936
Secretary of the Navy, World War II, 1940-1944


1 The Indomitable Colonel Frank Knox

Knox Manchester Newspaper Corporation Papers 1912, 1913

Knox Nominated For Vice President, 1936

Wartime Secretary Of The Navy, 1940-1944


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New Hampshire's Unique Japanese Charitable Fund

New Hampshire governor's welcoming reception for Russian and Japanese delegates upon their arrival in Portsmouth to negotiate a peace accord to end the Russo-Japanese War, on August 9, 1905

The event was held at the Rockingham County Courthouse, downtown Portsmouth, following a festive parade through the city that morning. The delegates from the two nations had met the day before with President Theodore Roosevelt at Sagamore Hill, his Oyster Bay, New York, residence. Roosevelt was brokering the peace talks and would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts a year later. Both delegations were guests of the state, lodging at the Wentworth-by-the-Sea hotel at New Castle, while negotiations were conducted at the nearby Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, across the Piscataqua River in Kittery, Maine. The Treaty of Portsmouth was signed, just short of a month later on September 5. Here, the Japanese delegates are pictured above at right, the Russians, who had sued for peace, are at left.

Among the guests were members of the state's congressional delegation, executive council, and a number of the governor’s uniformed ceremonial aides-de-camp. Those circled are NH Secretary of State Edward N. Pearson (Yellow), Portsmouth Mayor William E. Marvin (Brown), Congressman Cyrus A. Sulloway (Orange), US Senator Jacob H. Gallinger (Blue), Col. John H. Bartlett, a future governor (Green), US Assistant Secretary of State Herbert H.D. Pierce, Roosevelt’s personal representative at the talks (Purple), Governor John McLane (Red), and George Higgins Moses, the governor’s liaison to the visiting diplomats and future US Senator, (White). Sergius Witte, the Czar’s chief negotiator, is at  the right of Secretary Pierce. Chief Japanese diplomat, Baron Jutaro Komura, is at Governor McLane’s left.

Both nations donated gifts of $10,000 dollars each to the State in appreciation for hosting the talks, which in turn the state invested in government bonds of both countries, creating a fund for charitable purposes that continues to this day. Following the 1917 revolution, the new Soviet government ceased making interest payments on their bonds, which they have since refused to resumed. During World War II, the Japanese government also stopped interest payments, but in 1952, payments were both resumed, and made up for nine years of lost interest. In 1963 the legislature changed the official name from the "Russian-Japanese Fund" to the "Japanese Charitable Fund."

The fund is managed by the Secretary of State and State Treasurer, with a third appointed chairman by the other two, whenever the position becomes vacant

NH Japanese Charitable Fund Anniversary Booklet


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Civil War Research

The following information is available:
1. Enlistment Cards
2. Enlistment Papers [separate sets for officers]
3. Augustus Aylings' Soldiers & Sailors
4. Muster-in/Muster-out Rolls [by regiment]
5. State financial aid [filed by town in separate collection]
6. Wounded and Death Lists
7. Governor's Papers for Civil War era
8. Index to Executive Council Minutes
9. County Court records index [if in Rockingham or Merrimack counties]
10. Miscellaneous papers (Secretary of State)
11. Civil War Centennial Papers [in file cabinet in vault]


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Vintage New Hampshire Party Tickets, 1863-1884



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Before Secret Ballots, Vintage New Hampshire Party Tickets, 1863 1884


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Guide to Archives

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Guide Sheet To NH State Archives


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Mystery of the Legislature's Lost Scroll


The Mystery of The Legislature's Lost Scroll


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1892 Historic New Hampshire Ballot Boxes


Prior to voting in the February 11, 2020 NH Presidential Primary, veteran Windsor Town Moderator Patrick Hines demonstrates the workings of the antique ballot box Windsor has used in every election since secret ballots were mandated in state elections in 1892. The counting device still functions perfectly, he explained to visitors and news  reporters, including the bell that sounds whenever a ballot is inserted.


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Historic 1892 New Hampshire Ballot Boxes


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First 50 years of State Archives


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The First 50 Years Of The New Hampshire Archives


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The Year New Hampshire Became First in the Nation: 1920


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1920: The Year New Hampshire Became First-in-the-Nation


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Columnist Bob Novak Comments on New Hampshire US Senator Styles Bridges


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50th Anniversary Forum, 1968 NH Primary


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Presentation of Portrait Honoring Former NH House Speaker George B. Roberts (1975-1980)


A portrait of former NH House Speaker George B. Roberts, Jr., R-Alton, was unveiled during ceremonies at the Legislative Office building, Concord, on October 25, 2019. Among those present were Governor Chris Sununu, Lee Marden, chair of “Friends of George Roberts,” sponsor of the portrait by Stoddard artist Richard Whitney, many friends, former and current legislators and staff, including past speakers, and family. As Speaker (1975-1980) and before, Roberts was the key figure in rescuing the building, the former US Federal Courthouse and Post Office, from demolition in the early seventies, transforming into an elegant facility housing legislative hearing rooms and offices. The painting now hangs in the building’s lobby, christened “George B. Roberts Hall” by legislation passed in the 2016 session. Pictured with Roberts is Gov. Sununu, the artist, Secretary of State William M. Gardner, Deputy Secretary David Scanlan, and Terence Pfaff, chief operating officer, NH General Court.


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Presentation Of Former Speaker George Robert Portrait


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2020 Presidential Primary Sample Ballots

2020 Presidential Primary REPUBLICAN Sample Ballots

2020 Presidential Primary DEMOCRATIC Sample Ballots


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Candidates Who Filed for President in the 2020 NH First-in-the-Nation Primary


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2020 First-in-the Nation Presidential Primary Candidates List

Republican National Convention Pledged Delegates


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Marilla M Ricker

March 18, 1840 - November 12, 1920
Lawyer, Author, Speaker, Pioneer Women's Rights Advocate
Denied right to vote 1870, Dover, NH, and thereafter 
  (Believed too ill to vote in the November 2, 1920 elections, after ratification of the 19th Amendment*)
Admitted to Practice Law, Washington, DC, 1882
  (Practiced pro-bono criminal law there)
US Commissioner & Examiner, DC Chancery Court, 1884
Credentialed First Female Attorney in New Hampshire, 1890
Credentialed to argue before the US Supreme Court, 1891
First woman to seek a major diplomatic post, 1897
  (envoy to Columbia, passed over by Pres. William McKinley)
Denied effort to register as a candidate for NH governor, 1910
  (Unable to register to voter, as required to be a candidate)


State House Portrait, by Kate Gridley




*Ms Ricker passed away at her Dover, NH, home at 7 Ham Street, "about two years" after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. Contributing cause is listed as: "senile changes in brain, heart and kidneys about 4 months," according to her death certificate on file at the NH Secretary of State's Division of Vital Records.

1 Woman Suffrage by Marilla M Ricker, Granite Monthly, January, 1907

2 Legal & Constitutional Rights Of Women by Marilla M Ricker, Granite Monthly, January 1908

Marilla Ricker Votes For NH Governor 1910

Mrs Marilla M Ricker Obituary, Granite Monthly, 1920


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Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Campaign biography of New Hampshire’s only president. Following Pierce’s nomination by the Democratic Party in 1852, Hawthorne, a friend and classmate at Bowdoin College, volunteered to write the "necessary biography." Hawthorne had enjoyed recent national success with the publication of The Scarlett Letter (1851) and House of the Seven Gables (1852), now classics. The Pierce book cost Hawthorne's standing among New England contemporaries due to the candidate's anti-abolitionist positions and Southern sympathies. Hawthorne wrote a friend: "the biography has cost me hundreds of friends, here at the consequence of what I say on the slavery question..Pierce owes me something." After taking office, Pierce appointed Hawthorne American Consul to Liverpool. The friendship continued throughout their lives. While returning from a trip through the White Mountains, to boost Hawthorne’s spirits, who was in failing health, the two stopped for the night at the Pemigewasset House Hotel in Plymouth. On the morning of May 19, 1864, Pierce found his friend had died sometime in his sleep during the night in an adjacent room.



Library of Congress


1 Preface And Table of Contents

2 Chapters I And II

3 Chapter III

4 Chapter IV

5 Chapters V and VI

6 Chapter VII And Notes


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Governor Wesley Powell's Unique Inauguration

Governor Wesley Powell, 1959-1963, official state house portrait

Governor Samuel Wesley Powell of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Served two terms, 1959-1963
Official State House Portrait by George Augustas, 1990


Autograph card, private collection


A film documenting Governor Powell's first inauguration, held under the State House portico overlooking State House Plaza on January 8, 1959, is available for viewing at this link:

Powell's second inauguration was held at the Manchester Armory