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Click on image to enter galleries The Lewis M. Stark Early New Hampshire Imprint Collection

In May of 1978, Lewis Stark, a 1929 alumnus of UNH, donated his extensive collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century New Hampshire imprints to the Special Collections Department. As early as 1933, Stark had begun collecting books and pamphlets that were printed in the state of New Hampshire. Focusing primarily upon materials printed before 1830, the collection now boasts more than 1,300 titles.


Good News from a Far Country (Portsmouth: Daniel Fowle, 1756) - the first book printed in New Hampshire

The Early New Hampshire Imprint Collection covers a broad range of topics, including biographies and memoirs, travel and captivity narratives, sermons and theological discourses, speeches and essays, political tracts and books of etiquette, novels, histories, and textbooks. In addition to early NH imprints, Mr. Stark also gave the University collections relating to the Isles of Shoals and the notorious eighteenth century New Hampshire-born criminal Stephen Burroughs.

Galleries of title pages of the first 50 years of the Stark Collection have been created, with links to the library catalog records. The title pages were scanned without enhancements, to reflect as closely as possible the quality and style of the original printing. Although non-circulating, the collection is available for viewing in the University Library Milne Special Collections and Archives Department.

In addition, the UNH Library provides access to the full text of early NH imprints with the Evans Digital Edition, one of the most important sources ever produced on microform. Based on Charles Evans’ bibliography of Early American Imprints, it and its digital successor include virtually all known printed books and pamphlets in British North America and the United States from 1669 to 1800.

Of related interest is the online exhibit The Popular Press in New Hampshire, 1756-1800 which presents samples of colonial and early republic printing.

The Lewis M. Stark New Hampshire Broadside Collection

In addition to his extensive collection of books and pamphlets, Lewis M. Stark gave U.N.H. his collection of broadsides printed in the state of New Hampshire. This collection of 76 items is an especially vital source of information about New Hampshire's early history as a state (more than 40 of the broadsides were printed before 1830).


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