Public Libraries of New Hampshire

Cities A-J

Think Romanesque, think New Hampshire. There are a lot of nice buildings here.

Alstead (Shedd-Porter Memorial Library)

A fairly late (1910) Beaux-Arts library building, designed by Wm. H. McLean and Albert H. Wright. It stemmed from donations by John Graves Shedd and Mary Roenna Porter. It is still in use.

I surmise that the photo card's vignette is that of J.G. Shedd.

Shedd-Porter Memorial Library, Alstead, NH
Antrim (James A. Tuttle Library)

The Library's history was written by 5th graders. They called it a Colonial Revival building, and I concur. Edwin R. Clarke was its architect (1908).


Photo postcard mailed in 1908. Its sender alludes to the new library building.

James A. Tuttle Library, Antrim, NH
Ashuelot (Thayer Public Library)
Thayer Public Library, Ashuelot, NH

Appears, from its Facebook page photos, to be still in use.

The postcard was printed by C.B. Webster & Co. for Mark S. Mann.


Either recently replaced, or else it has a fabulous addition to the rear.


The J.V. Hartman card states that the building also serves as the town hall.

Bethlehem, NH public library

This 1913 building, on the National Register of Historic Places, was replaced in 2006, and appears to be in limbo. It bears a strong resemblance to Allan D. Conover's Antigo Carnegie Library, but was designed by Guy Lowell in Colonial Revival Style (Antigo's is Georgian Revival). 

Boscawen, NH public library

(L) Merrimack Post Card, never mailed.

(R) This postcard was mailed in 1944, and is unattributable. Its 1944 sender comments:

April 5, '44

I think this building is ill-proportioned; but it is beautiful inside. ... A suggestion for East Hardwick.

Boscawen, NH public library
Bradford (Brown Memorial Library)
Brown Memorial Library, Bradford, NH

This building today has an 1999 addition to its right, carefully designed, but somehow strange looking.


Unattributed, unmailed, and undated photo postcard.

Bristol (Minot-Sleeper Library)
Minot-Sleeper Library of Bristol, NH

Dates to 1884-5, with a 2012-3 addition.
My best architectural guess is Gothic.


R.W. Musgrove postcard.

Center Harbor (Nichols Memorial Library)

Built in 1910: still in use. This was founded in memory of James Edwin Nichols, not the James Lawrence Nichols of Naperville, Illinois.

Its architect was Charles Brigham; its builder, T.J. Guay. Its design, at least on the exterior, appears similar to the Carnegie Classical Revival Type A structures.


C.E. Nichols postcard: there may or may not be a connection between him and the Library's Nichols.

Nichols Memorial Library of Center Harbor, NH
Center Sandwich (Wentworth Library)
Wentworth Library, Center Sandwich, NH

Still in use. It looks even more charming today.

The Meriden Gravure postcard was mailed in 1952.


Built as a WPA project, which I would never have guessed. The Library's branches were closed, and this building became too small.


Eastern U.S. photo postcards seldom have publisher's attribution, but this was by C. Ernest Walker of Contoocook, a specialist in covered bridges and churches.

Chesterfield, NH public library, with an old church at left

Built in 1927-8, although the town had some level of library service beforehand. In a convoluted arrangement with the Masons, a large addition was made in 1990.

The Bisbee Brothers printed this card for the WMPCL--The White Mountain Post Card Line.

Colebrook, NH public library
Fowler Library Building

Much background is from Exercises at the Dedication of the Fowler Library Building, Concord, New Hampshire, October 18, 1888. C. Howard Walker and E.B. Hutchinson converted the residence into a public library. It served until 1939, when a Deco building replaced it. Nearing the end of the Fowler Building's tenure, a nearby house was converted to serve the children of the city as the Boys and Girls House, in 1934.

Concord, NH first library building, replaced and demolished

(L) Another Chas. F. Nichols postcard. This also has an Albertype attribution in its postage box.

(R) Woolworth postcard. Many of these were printed by Curt Teich.


Demolished ca. 1938 for the State House Annex.

Concord, NH first library building, replaced and demolished
Concord Public Library
Concord, NH public library, still in use.

Virginia Babczak's 2005 sesquicentennial history fills in information about this 1940 Art Deco building. Oddly, its architect is unrecognized, but we learn that a 1966 addition was built. A 2002 renovation also took place. It is still in use today.


This linen finish postcard was printed by Tichnor Bros.


Not associated with the North Conway Library.

Surrounded by huge additions, this building is still in use.

This Frank W. Swallow postcard was published by Stone, the Druggist (with a careful comma).

Conway, NH public library
Danbury (George Gamble Library)

Built 1911. Very simple building of cement block. Still in use, except that a very long ramp has been added to the front.
I use 'in use' very loosely, as it seems to be open only 10 hours per week, perhaps fewer.


Frank W. Swallow card mailed in either 1918 or 1919, using a 3 cent stamp for no apparent reason.

Geo. Gamble library, of Danbury, NH

Another Tudor/stonework building, this time with Prairie overtones. 
This is a photograph I dearly wish was in color. It's really not much of a card, all in all. 


This building still stands, looks fabulous, and is in use. With a fax machine.

Dublin, NH public library, built of rocks.
East Jaffrey (Clay Library)
Clay Library, E. Jaffrey, NH

(L) American Art Post Card.
(R) C.T. Johnson photo postcard, mailed in 1910.

Clay Library, E. Jaffrey, NH, also showing statue on plinth

Municipality now known as just Jaffrey. The Library's dedication booklet, Dedication of the Clay Library building at East Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Saturday, July 4, 1896, is available through Google Books. Mine is a perfunctory treatment.

Clay Library, E. Jaffrey, NH on chrome postcard

Chrome postcard.


The Library has an impressive Romanesque design: this building is still in use. Its architect was H.M. Francis.


The Whitney Hall building is still in use, but as of 2019, since 2008, the town actively sought to replace this inefficient facility.


This card is part of the OMCCO Series, published by W.A. Abbott. It was printed in Germany.

Whitney Hall, Enfield (NH) public library

1894 building, said to have celebrated the many local Civil War veterans. It was replaced in 1987; building fate unknown.


Entire back card, printed in Germany and never mailed.

Exeter, NH Public Library
Farmington (The Goodwin Library)
The Goodwin Library, Farmington, NH

ca. 1929 building, still in use. It appears to have had a huge addition.


Postcard mailed in 1943.

Franconia (Abbie Greenleaf Library)

1912 building, orignally built without electricity or even piped gas. Its architect was W.H. McLean.
Although the library lacked the features thought necessary by then, it had stained windows, mahogany woodwork, and a mosaic marble floor.

Abbie Greenleaf Library, Franconia, NH

(L) RPPC dated between 1907-1918.

(R) This card needed a lot of tinkering in Paint to make it clearer. It was published by the Eastern Illuminating Co. of Belfast, Maine.

Abbie Greenleaf Library, Franconia, NH
Hampstead, NH's 1897 library building.

The legible date (1897) on the clapboard building (with decidedly non-Puritanical stained glass windows) tells us that this was the Ordway building. It was in use until 1994. I don't know if it still stands.

Another N.E. Paper & Stationery postcard. Unlike Raymond's ink flaws, this was printed a trifle askew. The scan is corrected.

Hampton (Lane Memorial Library)

Founded in 1881. It almost became a Carnegie library, but local citizen Howard Garland Lane stepped in to produce a memorial to his father. I think Joshua Lane would have approved!

As it stands today, the building appears to be in imminent need of replacement.

Colt News Agency 'linen' postcard, printed by the Tichnor Brothers.

Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, NH
Hancock, NH public library

I'm perplexed. This image looks nothing like that shown on the Town Library page. Instead, it resembles this building.


The early postcard was mailed in 1905.

Henniker (Tucker Free Library)
Tucker Free Library, Henniker, NH

Linen finish card mailed sometime after 1954.


The library was built in 1903, and is still in use. The Library has an amazing slide show which celebrates its 110th anniversary.
There's even a blueprint of the front elevation.

Hollis (Hollis Social Library)
Hollis Social Library, Hollis, NH

This library was founded in 1799. Anyone still doubting that libraries are part of our nation's very foundation?


The Greek Revival building was designed by Magee & Rowe, and opened in 1910, per the HSL web site.
Still in use.

Hudson (Hills Memorial Library)
Hills Memorial Library, Hudson, NH

Replaced 2009, but a new use is actively being sought. As a rental meeting place, its not likely to be earning its keep.

It was designed by Hubert G. Ripley, and built in 1908-9 in memory of Ida Virginia Hills by her widower and mother. Rodgers Memorial Library now provides library services to Hudson.

W. B. Hale published the postcard, and had an issue with the caption.

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