Welcome to the Archives of New London, New Hampshire.
The New London Town Archives holds municipal records and manuscript materials documenting the history of New London, New Hampshire.
ADVENTURES IN LEARNING / Fall 2022
Through Adventures in Learning at Colby-Sawyer College the Town Archives is conducting a five-week course on archives and local history. View COURSE SYLLABUS.
Archival materials related to Colby-Sawyer College and its predecessors, as well as papers from the Colby-Colgate-Cleveland family are found at the college archives.
Two historical museums are located in New London: the New London Historical Society (19th c. village and carriage museum) and the Kidder Ice House Museum (20th c. automobiles and Americana). Note: These museums collect, preserve, and exhibit objects; they do not hold archival research collections.
We are generally open on Wednesday mornings (10 AM - noon) or other times by appointment. Advance notice is requested in order to expedite your visit. Online research inquiries are welcome at any time and answered within 48 hours of receipt. Please use the button below to submit a research question and/or schedule a visit.
Histories of New London and its institutions have been published periodically since the town's 1879 centennial. A bibliography of these publications is available below.
SHELVING PROJECT / 2022–23
In order to provide more space and security for our growing collection, the Town Archives embarked on a 2-year project to upgrade its storage from fixed open shelving to compact mobile shelving. This project will expand our capacity by 70% within the same footprint.
In September 2022 we cleared and disassembled our fixed shelves, sending them offsite for reuse by the town. The new mobile units were then delivered, assembled, installed, and loaded with archival materials. The proposed second phase of this project, which covers our annex storage, will be completed by October 2023 if funded at Town Meeting.
Depending on community risk and room occupancy, we may request that visitors wear masks (properly fitted) in the Reading Room for the protection of our volunteer staff and other visitors. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.