In 1933, George Howard Richardson became the official surveyor of the town of Littleton, NH. A native of the state of New Hampshire, George had followed in his father’s footsteps when, after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1914, he became a surveyor. He worked primarily in Coos and Grafton Counties and over the years accumulated a large collection of survey plans, not only from surveys that he conducted but also from surveys conducted by his father William, Ray T. Gile and many others. By the time of his death in 1979, the collection contained more than 3000 survey plans and plat maps covering private and public properties throughout northern New Hampshire and Vermont, including properties in the White Mountains such as the Mt. Washington Observatory and the Mt. Pleasant Hotel. Towns surveyed include Littleton, Lisbon, Haverhill, Dalton, Easton, Franconia and Bethlehem, NH.

The surveyors whose maps were collected by Richardson did not often venture south. However, between 1909 and 1918, the Richardsons spent some time in Windsor, Vermont, where they surveyed the Evarts property, the LaFountain Woolson property and the Toll Bridge property, off the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge.

In addition to the survey plans, the collection contains deeds and land descriptions – some dating back to the late 18th and early 19th century – as well as field notebooks by Richardson, William Richardson, Chester Abbot, Percy E. Smith and Ray T. Gile whose work included the setting of the boundary between New Hampshire and Massachusetts during 1891-1901.

You can find the finding aid under MS-740, The George H. Richardson Surveying Collection.

Differential Diagnosis Tool: Now on Trial

isabelISABEL is a differential diagnosis tool now on trial through October 26. It allows you to enter factors like age, gender, and clinical findings such as fever, hypertension, chills, and more. It then suggests diagnoses and links to additional information to help narrow the diagnosis. Try ISABEL.

More information about ISABEL.

Note that the entrance page has ISABEL on the left, and other products on the right. This is just the trial entrance: the front page is customizable. It does integrate with DynaMed, but it can also interfaces with other information resources such as UpToDate, Cochrane Library, and PubMed.

It should be self explanatory, but here is a quick look at how it works:

  • Choose an age group and type in clinical features in the box provided. Use other fields as needed. Click “get checklist.”
  • A list of possible diagnoses will be shown on the right. Clicking on one takes you into DynaMed’s “Making the Diagnosis” section for that disease.
  • You can also use it to diagnose from symptoms caused by drug reactions or bioterrorism
  • In the trial version, when you are looking at DynaMed’s diagnosis section you will see links to other resources at the left. Not all of these will work. If we purchased this product the list would be customized with resources available at Dartmouth.

Please try ISABEL and then let us know what you think by sending comments to Peggy Sleeth, Associate Director/Information Resources.

Why Wolves Don’t Roam Dartmouth

We just acquired a very simple little document that says so much. On one side is a statement from the constable of Chesterfield, New Hampshire, attesting that Abner Ally brought to him on December 12, 1778, one dead adult male wolf. The other side is a receipt from Nicholas Gilman dated March 13, 1779, for ten pounds given to Abner Ally for killing a wolf.

Ten pounds! That was just a little less than a sergeant in the British army would have earned in a year. Abner Ally must have protected that scrap of paper very carefully for the long winter until he could collect his bounty (marked on the document with the hole punch).

This sent us searching into our copy of the first published laws of the newly formed state of New Hampshire from 1780. Sure enough, on November 28th, 1778 (just two weeks before Abner killed his wolf), the state passed a law offering a bounty of ten pounds for a full-grown wolf, and five pounds for a whelp.

The law fulfilled its intent. The state paid its last bounty in 1895 and wolves are only just now beginning to return to the area.

We are still cataloging this one, but we will link to the record soon.

Book Arts Program Updates

Since the middle of summer there has been a busy hum of activity in the Dartmouth College Library Book Arts Studios.  The letterpress studios received a fresh coat of paint and the space was rearranged to create better work areas.  Bob Metzler obtained a Golding map press which now sits just inside the door to Rm. 21 and he also secured a donation of Garamond, Lydian, and Caslon type that had been used by the Golden Hind Press.  Bob and Won K. Chung took on the difficult job of moving our paper supplies and extra type out of an under-stair storage closet and into a much better location in Rm. 25.  Deborah Howe and Stephanie Wolff restocked the bindery studios and have everything in good order for the fall workshops.

Sarah M. Smith began her appointment as our first Special Instructor and she has been working with our current team of instructors to design workshops for the fall term.  We will be continuing Letterpress Orientation on Monday nights and adding two weekend workshops that will fulfill Letterpress Orientation requirements.  Open studio times are being offered during weekdays as well as Thursday nights in order to meet the demand for studio time.  Go to our EventBrite registration page to see complete descriptions and to register.

If you haven’t visited the Studios please drop by sometime and say hi to Sarah.  She will be in the studios most weekdays from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Written by Barbara Sagraves.

The American Art Union

The American Art-Union was founded in 1844 in New York City, with the aim of promoting the fine arts through its publication, which was available as membership subscription, and eventually through its art gallery, which was free and open to everyone.

Inspired by European models, the membership subscription entitled members to receive the annals and transactions, including prints and engravings of famous works, as well as an opportunity to participate in an annual lottery for a painting by a well-known American artist.  

The original aim was to focus on art that had an American character or appeal, and images of the American landscape and country life predominated. The American Art-Union also endeavored to provide artwork that represented all of America without a regional bias.  As this was the era of abolition, a politically charged atmosphere reigned over all public spheres, and it seems as though their aim to be unbiased created a bias.  Eventually, the union became embroiled in anti-abolitionist politics and was accused of running an illegal lottery, which led to its downfall.

However, the union had inspired other American cities to develop their own art unions, and the free and open to the public art gallery changed the greater public perception of art for the masses.  Few scholarly monographs have been published on the American Art-Union until Perfectly American was published in 2011, presenting new scholarship on this important aspect of American art history.  This volume can be found in the Sherman Art Library, N6510 .P47  

In addition, an original volume of the Transactions of the American Art-Union is available in the Sherman Art Library Special Collection, 700.51 A5122T  1845; 1849.   All issues of the Transactions of the American Art-Union, as well as the Bulletin of the American Art-Union, are freely available from JSTOR’s Early Journal Content:

Lemons for a New President

Stephen Harvard, Class of 1970

“It appears that Dartmouth has bought another lemon for President.” These words do not refer to Dartmouth’s newest President, Philip J. Hanlon, Class of 1977, but they do refer to man who was president of the College when Phil was a student, John Kemeny.

In May of 1970, just two months into his new presidency, Kemeny found himself facing a major crisis. The US incursion into Cambodia on May 1 followed closely by the shooting of four students at Kent State by Ohio National Guardsmen had students around the country, and at Dartmouth, threatening to strike. In his oral history Kemeny states “I think in a very real sense, I feel that I fully assumed the duties of president of Dartmouth College in the half hour between 8:30 p.m. that Monday and 9:00 p.m.” In following hours he made the bold decision to cancel classes for the coming week to facilitate discussion and allow tempers to cool.

The Manchester Union Leader, then a Nationally known newspaper with a reputation for being one of the most conservative news outlets of its time, ran a front page editorial with the headline “Dartmouth Buys Another Lemon.” In a perfect example of the old adage, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade, both students and faculty adopted the lemon as the symbol of the week. Students made tee shirts and posters and a delegation of faculty presented Kemeny with a miniature lemon tree.

On behalf of his colleagues, Professor of Biology, Tom
Roos presents President Kemeny with a miniature lemon tree.

The week happened to culminate with Green Key weekend and the students asked their new President to speak. At the end of his speech Kemeny threw lemons out to the crowd. Many of these were brought back to him by students to be autographed.

We certainly hope that President Hanlon will not have to face a similar crisis so early in his tenure. But if he does, he only has to look to Kemeny for an example of how best to deal with it.

Listen to Kemeny describe the “lemon incident,” or read the entire transcript.

To see the Stephen Harvard poster ask for Broadside 970240

Photography Exhibit at the Matthews-Fuller Library

Photographs by Clara Gimenez

Artist Statement:First Frost Photo

This selection of photographs reflects my interest in the texture and color of landscapes.

My method is very simple: I take my camera everywhere and wait for the opportunity to arise. Sometimes the opportunity is obvious, such as a magnificent sunset over the bay. Other times, the call is more subtle, like the print of wind-exposed sea grass on the sand.
I continue the experimentation with texture during the printing process, choosing between traditional photo paper, watercolor paper, or canvas to emphasize different aspects of the image.

For more information, contact me at


Bohemian Gravity

This video has been making the rounds on the internet recently and it’s definitely worth watching!

A Capella Science – Bohemian Gravity!

Has this inspired you to do something creative with your field? Then check out the following resources on campus:

Improved 3-D Printing

MIT-based researchers Marcelo Coelho and Skylar Tibbits have teamed up to improve the limitations that the 3-D printer’s size has on what can be printed.
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A Letter From Judy

One is repeatedly surprised by unexpected human connections that come to light among our manuscript holdings, to wit, a short letter from Judy Garland to the author, Charles Jackson, thanking him for a Christmas gift and a poem he wrote just for her. Jackson met Garland in Hollywood in 1944 when he was there for several months during the filming of The Lost Weekend, the movie version of his bestselling novel of the same title, which remains an iconic example of the literature of addiction. (One wonders if Judy read it?)

Jackson lived from 1944 – 1954 in Orford, New Hampshire, and during that time, became friends with Herbert West, Class of 1922, long a Professor of Comparative Literature here at the College and founder of the Friends of the Dartmouth College Library. That connection led to the presentation of the original manuscript of The Lost Weekend to the Dartmouth College Library in 1949.

Judy’s signed letter, as well as Jackson’s poem for her, and the manuscript of The Lost Weekend are now exhibited in the Class of 1965 Galleries in Rauner Special Collections Library as part of the exhibit, “The Lost Weekend and Dartmouth; selections from the Papers of Charles R. Jackson exhibited in commemoration of the 64th anniversary of Jackson’s presentation of the manuscript of his best-selling novel to the Dartmouth College Library on October 28, 1949.”

The exhibit will be on view through November 30, 2013.