Nesmith Library Local History Collection
Purpose and Scope of the Local History Collection
The purpose of the local history collection is to preserve
materials that document the history of Windham, New Hampshire and to make these
materials available to researchers and the general public. The library holds
these materials in trust for future generations, and therefore they can be
examined in the local history room only.
The major emphasis of the collection is historical and
current information about the town of Windham, New Hampshire and its sister
city, Suzdal, Russia. Subject areas include: early settlers, ethnic groups,
family, business, work, organizations, and prominent individuals and events.
Published histories of the State of New Hampshire and cities and towns in
New Hampshire are also collected as time and resources allow.
Materials on these subjects will not be refused based on language.
The collection houses materials in a variety of formats
including, but not limited to: books, pamphlets, posters, diaries, letters,
maps, photographs, three dimensional artifacts, and scrapbooks. The collection
does not house materials in the following formats: original government records,
posters larger than 36" x 48," or electronic records.
Purchases over $500.00 must be approved by the Library
Director. Donations will be accepted provided that (a) there is a signed Deed of
Gift form that legally transfers ownership of the materials to the Nesmith
Library, and (b) the donor does not require excessive restrictions on use. Items
will not be accepted on deposit except by separate signed agreement that is
approved by the full library board. The only exception is the temporary loan of
items for exhibition. Under special circumstances, items from the Nesmith
Library will be loaned to other institutions for exhibition.
The Nesmith Library reserves the right to dispose of materials inappropriate to our collections. Options include returning materials to donors, offering collections to other institutions when feasible, and selling items.
Related resources are also located at theWindham Town Hall, the Windham Historical Museum, the Windham Historical Society, the New Hampshire Historical Society, and the New Hampshire State Library.
Occasionally, the Nesmith Library enters into cooperative arrangements with other organizations in order to preserve historical materials and / or to make them more widely available.
Adopted this day 18th of March, 2003 by the Nesmith Library Board of Trustees.