John Foster papers, 1870-1919 Rauner Manuscript MS-808

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John Foster papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-808

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

1 linear ft., 2 boxes


John Foster (1852-1914), attorney. Dartmouth College Class of 1876. The collection contains legal and personal correspondence, primarily relating to Foster's legal practice. Accounts, bills, depositions, and other legal documents as well as several speeches delivered in Manchester, NH are also included, as is a small quantity of correspondence with fellow Dartmouth College classmates.

Access to Collection:


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


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of John Foster consist primarily of legal papers including correspondence, both professional and personal, court papers, depositions, accounts as well as speeches Foster gave in Manchester, NH. A small quantity of correspondence with classmates from Dartmouth College, Class of 1876 is also included.


John Foster was born in Warner, New Hampshire in 1852. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1876. In 1878, Foster was admitted o the New Hampshire Bar and opened a law practice in Manchester, NH. In 1879, he was elected to the state legislature where he served one term. In 1866, Foster's health began to fail and in 1890, he retired from his law practice. He died in 1914.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1870-1889

Access Restrictions



Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, 1870-1874
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, 1875
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence, 1876
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence, 1877
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence, 1878
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence, January-June, 1879
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence, July-August, 1879
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence, September, 1879
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence, October, 1879
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence, November-December, 1879
  • Folder: 11, Correspondence, January-April, 1880
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence, May-June, 1880
  • Folder: 13, Correspondence, July-August, 1889
  • Folder: 14, Correspondence, September-October, 1880
  • Folder: 15, Correspondence, November-December, 1880
  • Folder: 16, Correspondence, 1881
  • Folder: 17, Correspondence, January-June, 1882
  • Folder: 18, Correspondence, July-December, 1882
  • Folder: 19, Correspondence, January-June, 1883
  • Folder: 20, Correspondence, July-December, 1883
  • Folder: 21, Correspondence, 1884-1889

Box: 2, 1890-1919

Access Restrictions


Correspondence, depositions, speeches and bills

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, 1890-1919
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, undated
  • Folder: 3, Bills accounts and other financial documents, undated
  • Folder: 4, Depositions, undated
  • Folder: 5, Depositions, undated
  • Folder: 6, Depositions, undated
  • Folder: 7, Depositions, undated
  • Folder: 8, Miscellaneous legal documents, undated
  • Folder: 9, Speeches, undated

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