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Bill Finney Photograph Collection, 1957-2012, undated

Title: Bill Finney Photograph Collection, 1957-2012, undated

Creator: Finney, Bill, 1931-2016

Creator Role: Photographer

Accession / Call Number: S 2013.020

Object ID: S 2013.020

Date: 1957-2012, undated

Physical Description: 34 boxes, approximately 10,511 items ; 13.76 linear feet

Scope and Content: The Bill Finney Photograph Collection is a large collection of approximately 10,511 items consisting predominately of black and white film negatives of local politics, politicians, and political events in Concord, NH. This is primarily images of New Hampshire governors and their activities, such as signing proclamations, presenting awards, and meeting with various societies, businesses, and associations. Other political images include meetings of political parties and images of senators, representatives, and presidential hopefuls at events in the state. This collection also includes color negatives, color transparencies, and a few prints, notes, letters, and additional documents. Other subjects include New Hampshire locations, interiors and exteriors of houses, events, museums and museum objects, landscapes, and businesses. The materials in this collection provide an overview of life in New Hampshire from 1957 to 2012, with the bulk of images dating from the late 1950s through the early 1980s. There are also several images in this collection that are undated. While the majority of images are of political activities at the New Hampshire State House and other locations in Concord, this collection also includes images of houses, events, businesses, museums, and locations from numerous towns across New Hampshire. Images of locations or buildings are mostly identified by building name, town, or street address. However, images of people, particularly groups of people, largely only identify the most prominent subject (i.e. politicians, artists, etc.). Notable people represented in this collection include: Styles Bridges, James Cleveland, Norris Cotton, Gerald Ford, Lotte Jacobi, Lyndon B. Johnson, Frank Kenison, John F. Kennedy, Rose Kennedy, Chester Merrow, Nelson Rockefeller, Warren Rudman, Alan Shepard, David Souter, and Gerry Williams. New Hampshire governors represented include: Sherman Adams, Robert O. Blood, Lane Dwinell, Hugh Gallen, Hugh Gregg, Judd Gregg, John W. King, Stephen Merrill, Walter Peterson, Wesley Powell, John Sununu, and Meldrim Thomson. Notable places in this collection include: Strawbery Banke, the Pierce Manse, the New Hampshire State House, Northwood Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, the MacDowell Colony, Rockingham Park, the Currier Museum of Art, and Daniel Webster's birthplace. See the finding aid for an item-level list.

Subjects: Art, Artists, Banks and banking, Business, Church buildings, Construction, Courthouses, Courts, Dwellings, Entertainers, Farmers, Governors, Hotels, Judges, Legislators, Meetings, Museums, Photography, Politicians, Politics and government, Proclamations, Societies and clubs, Universities and colleges

Locations: Allenstown, NH
Antrim, NH
Bedford, NH
Boscawen, NH
Bow, NH
Bristol, NH
Cannon Mountain, NH
Canterbury, NH
Chichester, NH
Claremont, NH
Concord, NH
Contoocook, Hopkinton, NH
Danbury, NH
Dunbarton, NH
Exeter, NH
Franconia, NH
Franklin, NH
Goffstown, NH
Hampton Beach, NH
Hancock, NH
Haverhill, NH
Henniker, NH
Hillsborough, NH
Hopkinton, NH
Hooksett, NH
Laconia, NH
Lebanon, NH
Littleton, NH
Manchester, NH
Meredith, NH
Nashua, NH
Newport, NH
North Hampton, NH
Northwood, NH
Ossipee, NH
Pembroke, NH
Penacook, NH
Pittsfield, NH
Plymouth, NH
Portsmouth, NH
Rye, NH
Salem, NH
Salisbury, NH
Sandwich, NH
Star Island, NH
Stoddard, NH
Stratford, NH
Sunapee, NH
Suncook, NH
Tilton, NH
Warner, NH
Washington, NH
Weare, NH
White Mountains, NH
Whitefield, NH
Wolfeboro, NH

People: Adams, Rachel Leona, 1905-1979, Adams, Sherman, 1899-1986, Bass, Perkins, 1912-2011, Blood, Pauline S., 1890-1974, Blood, Robert O., 1887-1975, Bridges, Doloris, 1916-1969, Bridges, Styles, 1898-1961, Brock, David A., 1936, Broderick, John T., Jr., 1947, Bush, George H. W., 1924-2018, Cleveland, James C., 1920-1995, Cotton, Norris, 1900-1989, Cushing, Donald W., 1924-2013, Dwinell, Elizabeth C., 1908-1996, Dwinell, Lane, 1906-1997, Finney, Bill, 1931-2016, Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006, Gallen, Hugh J., 1924-1982, Gregg, Hugh, 1917-2003, Gregg, Judd, 1947-, Horton, Sherman, Jr., 1931-2014, Jacobi, Lotte, 1896-1990, Johnson, Lyndon B., 1908-1973, Kenison, Frank R., 1907-1980, Kennedy, John F., 1917-1963, Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968, Kennedy, Rose Fitzgerald, 1890-1995, King, Anna M., 1917-2006, King, John W., 1918-1996, McIntyre, Thomas J., 1915-1992, Merrill, Stephen, 1946-2020, Merrow, Chester E., 1906-1974, Murphy, Maurice J., 1927-2002, Nadeau, Joseph P., 1936, Peterson, Dorothy, 1926-2022, Peterson, Walter R., 1922-2011, Powell, Beverly S., 1918-2017, Powell, Wesley, 1915-1981, Rockefeller, Nelson A., 1908-1979, Rudman, Warren B., 1930-2012, Shepard, Alan, 1923-1998, Souter, David, 1939, Sununu, John H., 1939, Thayer, W. Stephen, III, 1946, Thomson, Meldrim, 1912-2001, Uphaus, Willard E., 1890-1983, Upton, Robert W., 1884-1972, Williams, Gerry, 1926, Wyeth, Andrew, 1917-2009

Organizations: Currier Museum of Art, Democratic Party (N.H.), New Hampshire Highway Hotel, New Hampshire Historical Society, New Hampshire State House, New Hampshire State Prison, New Hampshire. State Highway Department, New Hampshire. Superior Court, New Hampshire. Supreme Court, Pierce Manse (Concord, N.H.), Republican Party (N.H.), Strawbery Banke, Inc., United States. District Court (New Hampshire), Young Men's Christian Association

Credit Line: Gift of Alden J. Finney.

Restrictions: Available for research.

Level Description: Collection

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