Guide to the Papers of Nathaniel L. Goodrich, 1914 - 1931Manuscript MS-1220

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Guide to the Papers of Nathaniel L. Goodrich, 1914 - 1931

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1220

Collection Dates:

1914 - 1931

Size of Collection:

1 box (.2 linear ft.)


Nathaniel Goodrich, born 1880, in Concord, New Hampshire, was an Amherst graduate in the class of 1901. He became the Dartmouth College librarian in 1912, and retired 38 years later. The papers contain articles, maps, and notes pertaining to the "Governor's Road," which ran from Hanover to the home of Governor John Wentworth, comprising Goodrich's research on the road.

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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.

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The records consist of articles, maps, and notes pertaining to the "Governor's Road," which ran from Hanover to the home of Governor John Wentworth. The records are part of the research done on the road by Nathaniel L. Goodrich, the Librarian at Dartmouth College, and are dated from 1914 to 1931.


Nathaniel Lewis Goodrich was born on February 9,1880, in Concord, New Hampshire. He graduated from Amherst College in 1901 with a B.A., and earned a Bachelor's of Library Science from the New York State Library School in 1904. In 1908 Goodrich married Alice Lyman. He served as Librarian at West Virginia University from 1907-09, and at the University of Texas from 1910-12. In 1912, he was appointed Librarian at Dartmouth College, a position he would hold for 38 years. Goodrich served as a captain of military intelligence in Washington, D.C. in 1918, and then returned to Dartmouth, where he received an honorary M.A. in 1920. Goodrich was elected Vice President of the New Hampshire Library Association in 1924, and supervised the Dartmouth library's move from Wilson Hall to the new Baker Library in 1928. In 1941 Amherst College made Goodrich an honorary Doctor of Letters, and in 1943 he was given a full professorship at Dartmouth. A skilled skier, mountaineer, and outdoorsman, Goodrich wrote numerous articles for various publications chronicling his travels, and served as the editor of the American Ski Annual. Goodrich retired in 1950, becoming librarian emeritus, and died on April 30,1957.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Dartmouth Highway research materials, 1914 - 1931

Articles, maps, notes on the Dartmouth College Highway, the Governor's road between Dartmouth and Wolfeboro.

Box: 1, Dates: 1914 - 1931

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Articles concerning the Governor's Road, mostly in the "New Hampshire Highways" magazine, 1920-1931
  • Folder: 2, Maps of the Governor's Road, 1923; undated
  • Folder: 3, Nathaniel Goodrich's notes on the Governor's Road, 1914-1922

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