Vernon Hood collection on Plainfield, NH, 1852-1971 Rauner Manuscript MS-56

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Title:

Vernon Hood collection on Plainfield, NH

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-56

Collection Dates:

1852-1971

Size of Collection:

6 linear ft., 3 boxes

Abstract:

Vernon A. Hood (1914-1971), historian of Plainfield, NH. Consists of notebooks, journals, ledgers, manuscripts, photographs and maps documenting the history of the town of Plainfield, New Hampshire.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains notebooks, journals, ledgers, manuscripts, photographs and maps documenting the history of the town of Plainfield, New Hampshire. Compiled by resident and town historian Vernon Hood, the material contains, genealogy of families, town records, listings and vignettes in manuscript and typescript form beginning with the granting of the town charter in 1761.

Biography

Vernon A. Hood was born on September 6, 1914, in Fairlee, Vermont. At the age of 13, he moved to Plainfield, NH, and developed a passion for local history. For more than 30 years Hood collected information, stories and documents from town residents. Concerned about preserving anything related to the history of the town of Plainfield, he collected early maps, transcribed vital records, town meeting minutes, cemetery headstones and family Bibles. He also compiled genealogies of Plainfield families, and filled many notebooks with his typed and handwritten notes. He was working on a history of Plainfield when he died in 1971.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1852, 1941, undated

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Gravestones of Plainfield , NH, 1767-1945, undated
  • Folder: 2, Notebook 1: Manuscript on history of Plainfield, including transcripts of letters, listings of residents and "An Alphabetical List of all persons in the Town of Granthem..." (1852), undated
  • Folder: 3, Notebook 2: Manuscript on history of Plainfield, including transcript of letters, photographs and listings of residents, undated
  • Folder: 4, Notebook 3: Manuscript on history of Plainfield, including transcript of letters, photographs and listings of residents, undated
  • Folder: 5, Notebook 3: Manuscript on history of Plainfield, including transcript of letters, photographs and listings of residents, undated
  • Folder: 6, Notebook 4: Manuscript on history of Plainfield, including transcript of letters, photographs and listings of residents, undated
  • Folder: 7, Notebook 5: Manuscript on history of Plainfield, including transcript of letters and listings of residents, undated
  • Folder: 8, Scrapbook 6: Manuscript on history of Plainfield, including transcript of letters, photographs and listings of residents, photocopy, undated
  • Folder: 9, Scrapbook: "Kimball Union Bulletin", circa 1941
  • Folder: 10, Record Book 1: Vital Statistics of Plainfield, undated
  • Folder: 11, Record Book 2: Deaths, births, probate, and census records, undated
  • Folder: 12, Ledger 1: Deaths and unidentified records, undated
  • Folder: 13, Ledger 2: Births, marriages, deaths with town reports, 1887-1953, undated
  • Folder: 14, Journal: Accounts, deeds and land leases, undated
  • Folder: 15, Miscellaneous: including churches, deeds, genealogy and ministers, undated
  • Folder: 16, Miscellaneous: Manuscript including town meeting records,1766-1789, undated
  • Folder: 17, Writing Tablet 1 and 2: Manuscript including Civil War records with list of casualties, Plainfield cemetery records and Selectman's report, undated

Box: 2, 1897-1971

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, "Biographical Review: Sullivan and Merrimack Counties, NH", 1897
  • Folder: 2, Genealogy: Austin , 1967-1970
  • Folder: 3, Genealogy: Brocklebank, 1932-1964
  • Folder: 4, Genealogy: Cole, circa 1930-1931
  • Folder: 5, Genealogy: Cutler, 1968-1969
  • Folder: 6, Genealogy: Flanders-Kingsbury, 1958-1967
  • Folder: 7, Genealogy: Fox Minor or Miner, undated
  • Folder: 8, Genealogy: French, circa 1965
  • Folder: 9, Genealogy: Gates-Westgate, 1969
  • Folder: 10, Genealogy: Hadley, circa 1929
  • Folder: 11, Genealogy: Jordan, 1955-1964
  • Folder: 12, Genealogy: Russell, 1957-1958
  • Folder: 13, Genealogy: Smith, circa 1970
  • Folder: 14, Genealogy: Spaulding, 1956-1969
  • Folder: 15, Genealogy: Stickney, undated
  • Folder: 16, Genealogy: Stone, 1966
  • Folder: 17, Genealogy: Stra(w)bridge, circa 1930
  • Folder: 18, Genealogy: Strong, 1970
  • Folder: 19, Genealogy: Ward, 1953
  • Folder: 20, Genealogy: Whitaker, 1931
  • Folder: 21, Genealogy: Miscellaneous families, 1953-1964
  • Folder: 22, Genealogy: Plainfield families A-H, undated
  • Folder: 23, Genealogy: Plainfield families, J-W, undated
  • Folder: 24, Genealogical Chart including Hood family, undated
  • Folder: 25, Correspondence between Vernon Hood and Warren Westgate re. old names and terms used around Plainfield, NH, 1971

Box: 3, 1951-1970

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Maps: New Section of East Plainfield Cemetery drawn by Hood, 1957;The Dartmouth Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire, 1965; Base Map prepares by the New Hampshire State Planning and Development Commission, undated; A Plan of the Town of Plainfield, NH, drawn by Hood, 1956; Original layout (plat map) of the part of Grantham annexed to Plainfield, July 12, 1856, traced from the original by William B. Leavett, drawn by Hood, 1956; Several smaller plat map tracings, undated; Topographical map of Plainfield copied from the 1860 Wallinga map of Sullivan County, undated; "Know Your Town," Plainfield, NH, by the Plainfield Conservation Commission adapted from the original by Hood, 1970; Plat map, unidentified, undated; The Town Line between Plainfield and Cornish map, drawn by Hood, 1952; Reproduction of the original charter of Plainfield, 1961; New Cemetery Lot Deeded Town of Plainfield by Norman Wilder, 1951; A Plan of Plainfield Village Water District drawn by Hood, 1965; A Plan of a Road about 1770-1, traced by Hood, 1967; An outline of Meriden Center, undated; Miscellaneous smaller plat maps drawn by Hood, undated; Fragment of orighinal map of Plainfield; Numerical list of Real Estate Ownership, Plainfield, NH, April 1, 1964; Photograph: Warren Westgate, circa 1914

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