Welcome to the Keene State College Archive and Special Collections website!



College Archives collects and preserves the records of Keene State College that document the history of the school from its inception in 1909 and up the present. The records include administrative and department records, reports and publications, photographs and scrapbooks, and school memorabilia. The Archives also holds a collection of course catalogs, school yearbooks, and student newspapers. 



The Special Collections consists of rare and unique books, papers, and manuscripts that were acquired for their historical, cultural, and scholarly importance and to support the college curriculum and undergraduate research. The Special Collections features a rare book library that includes the Preston New Hampshire History Collection and the Frank Shuffelton Modern Poetry Collection. The holdings also include the papers of political activist Doris “Granny D” Haddock, civil rights activist Jonathan Daniels, award-winning journalist William Seamans, NH film producer Louis de Rochemont, and NH Poet Laureates William Butts, Patricia Fargnoli, and Marie Harris. The Special Collections also houses the internationally-recognized Orang Asli Archive, a research collection dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of Peninsular Malaysia.



KSCommons is a digital resource tool used to collect and archive the electronic records of enduring value produced by the academic and administrative departments of the College. KSCommons also provides a means to accumulate and share the research, scholarly, and artistic output of the Keene State academic community.



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College Archives & Special Collections

Wallace E. Mason Library

Keene State College

229 Main Street / MS 3201

Keene, New Hampshire  03435 USA


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  • Students kneeling on stage, 1952

    Photo of 7 young women kneeling on a stage, one hand on the shoulder of the girl ahead of her, all wearing the same matching outfits, possibly costumes. They appear to be on a stage, perhaps an image from a play or a dance.
  • Students at College Camp, 1957

    Recto: Photo of large group of young people sitting in the grass holding decorated boxes that say "K.T.C" on them. Verso: Handwritten caption reading, "Box lunch at college camp, Sept 1957, Freshman week."
  • Mexican women visiting campus, 1958

    Recto: Photo of 8 young women seated on the floor, smiling for the camera. Verso: Handwritten caption reading, "8 Mexican girls visiting our campus, Jun 1958."
  • Group at dinner party

    Photo of men and women of varying ages seated at a table that appears to be set for some sort of celebrations. Ribbons and stars hang from the ceilings, and large candles and centerpieces adorn the tables.
  • Snow sculptures, 1958

    Recto: Photo of a snow sculpture of a skunk in front of what appears to be a large beer mug with Greek letters on the front. Possibly Kappa Delta Phi. Verso: Handwritten caption reading, "Winter carnival snow sculpture, Feb 1958."
  • Holiday celebration

    Photo of men and women of varying ages seated at a table that appears to be set for some sort of holiday celebration. Ribbons and stars hang from the ceilings, and large candles and centerpieces adorn the tables.
  • Student Council, 1951

    Photo of young men and women sitting for a picture. All are dressed nicely in dresses and suits.
  • Students making a snow sculpture, 1958

    Recto: Photo of students building a large heart shaped sculpture out of ice and snow. Verso: Handwritten caption reading, "Huntress Hall Snow Sculpturing, Feb 1958."
  • Students on steps of Spaulding Gym, 1951

    Recto: Photo of students sitting on the steps of Spaulding gym. Verso: Handwritten caption reading, "K.T.C. Students sitting on the steps of Spaulding gym - May 1951."
  • Kappa Delta Pi, 1942

    Recto: Photo of large group of people sitting for a picture, men and women, mixed ages. Verso: Handwritten caption reading, "Charter Members, Kappa Delta Pi, Keene State College, June 1, 1942. Charter members were: Elizabeth E. Bohanon - Contoocook, Alson Clark - Charlestown, Daniel F. Dayton - Orford, Margaret Doucoumes - Keene, Hazel E. Gibson - Plainfield, Arline Lund - Hollis, Phyllis J. McClary - Salem Depot, Francis P. McCushing - Keene, Robert G. Rausch - Manchester, Charlotte L. Reed - Newport, Marjorie F. Smith - Newport, Harold A. Streeter - Charlestown, Carlene E. Watson - Lisbon, Beth E. Whiting - Merrimac, Mass., Vera L. Wilson - Plaistow."
  • Women observing small plane

    Photo of a group of 4 young woman, 1 older woman, and a man standing around the propeller of a small plane, appearing to examine it.
  • Miss New Hampshire Competition, 1962

    Recto: Photo of seven young women wearing ball gowns and posing for a photo. The woman at the top of the tier wears a sash that reads, "Miss New Hampshire." Two of the women hold trophies. Verso: Handwritten caption reading, "Miss Margaret Wass (K.T.C. '65) chosen as Miss New Hampshire, Manchester May 18, 1962. Manchester Union Leader Photo"
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