Warner Historical Society Collections

The Collections at the Warner Historical Society consist of some 200 books covering Warner and surrounding town histories, regimental histories, books by past and present local authors, pamphlets about local events and organizations, and gazetteers; town and school reports, and early tax records; 18th, 19th, and 20th Century manuscripts, personal and official military records; Civil War letters, personal diaries and social calendars; miscellaneous deeds and bills of sale; cemetery records from the 31 Warner cemeteries; vital, church and baptismal records; some early family Bibles; genealogical files on Warner families (see under Genealogy); 19th and 20th Century adult and children clothing; textiles, quilts, and craft-work from the late 19th Century; photographs and postcards of people, places, houses, and events in Warner history; portraits of early settlers and paintings by local artists; early maps of the town and state; broadsides and posters announcing events and programs; scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and magazine articles; a few copies of the Kearsarge Independent newspaper; and artifacts produced and collected by the citizens of Warner. The following list represents major parts of the collections.

Joshua George Family Papers, 1821-1990.

Photographs, journals, deeds, letters, textiles, and papers of the George family of Warner, N.H.; Nancy Sibley Wilkins, Joshua George, Nehemiah Ordway, John George, Harriet Potter, and Frank Wilkins

Ralph Pratt Photograph and Paintings Collection, 1890-1960.

Postcards of buildings and scenic areas in Warner; class photographs of the elementary and high school classes; paintings, watercolors, colored postcards, and photographs

Fred Myron Colby Writings

Orton Hill Collection of History and Photographs of Warner (copy of original set)

Charlie Brown Photograph Collection (copy of original set)

Annie Upton Cogswell Photograph Collection of Old Houses and their History

Simonds Free High School Collection, 1871-1970

Photographs, yearbooks, scrapbooks, class rings, china, baseball gloves and bats, trophies, memorialbelia, videos and reunion histories relating to Simonds and its 99 year history

Fall Foliage Festival Collection, 1950- to present. (on deposit)

Business records, programs, brochures, and photographs

Warner Historical Resource Inventory, 1989-1991.

A photographic and written survey of all buildings in Warner, NH. as of 1990/1991

Warner Women’s Oral History Project, 1983-1991.

Audio tapes and transcribed interviews of sixty women in Warner; video tap of dramatic reading "It had to be done, so I did it" (winner of AASLH Merit Award 1991); copies of grants and reports included

Grange Collection of Rebecca Lodge #

Warner Woman’s Club Collection (on deposit)

Books
200+ books ranging in subject and scope to include:
Collectibles
Covered Bridges
Genealogy
Railroads
Reference books about Photography, Furniture & Period Clothing, Regimental Histories
Toys
Warner Authors
Warner & Local Town Histories

Cemeteries in Warner – Name, lot number, and location map lists in the following cemeteries:

Bartlett  Lower Warner Pumpkin Hill
Bean Melvin Sanborn
Coal Hearth Morse Seavey
Colby/Collins New Waterloo Sisco Corner
Davisville Old Warner Tory Hill
Ferrin Page  Waterloo
Gore/Flanders Parade Ground Welchans
French’s Brook Peaceful Retreat Wheeler
Hoyt Pine Grove Johnson
Poor Farm Kittredge Poverty Plain

 

Photographs
Warner Families, Houses, Schools & Fall Foliage Festival

Postcards
People, Places and events in Warner History

Scrapbooks
Consist of newspaper clippings and magazine articles from the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries.

Special Large Warner Family Collections
Bartlett
Brown
Cogswell
Colby
Davis
Hill
Wilkins