Frequently Asked Questions

What is the New Hampshire History Network?

The New Hampshire History Network (NHHN) is a public access digital collections database of items from cultural heritage organizations located all over New Hampshire. NHHN provides centralized access to New Hampshire's rich history and historical collections through partnerships between local historical societies and other collection institutions. NHHN was developed by the New Hampshire Historical Society in collaboration with ten founding participating organizations. NHHN is administered by the New Hampshire Historical Society and its staff.

What types of materials will I find on NHHN?

On NHHN you will find images of and information about objects, archives, books, and photographs. Objects like silver, furniture, art, clothing, and tools are what you find in a museum. Archives are rare and unique manuscript materials that you will typically not find anywhere but the institution that holds them. Books are what you find in the library, some of which are rare, old, or difficult to find. Photographs are images originally printed from negatives or captured digitally.

Who are the current participating organizations?

A list of organizations contributing collections records to NHHN is on the participating organizations page.

Will I find every item in an organization's collection on NHHN? Is everything digitized?

No, not all of the collections at every organization will be found on NHHN. Unfortunately, not all the collections are digitized. Please contact or visit each local institution to find out more about their collections.

Where are the physical items located?

Each item you see on NHHN is owned by the individual participating organization and ownership information can be found in the text describing each item. In order to see a physical item, you will have to visit the specific participating organization.

What if I want a copy of an image of one of the items?

Please use the request image button found with each item in NHHN. Clicking this button will take you to an image request form. Once you fill out the form, your contact information will be given to the participating organization that owns the item. The organization will contact you with details about the cost, payment, and delivery options.

What if I want to publish an image or use it commercially?

To publish or use an image commercially you will need to obtain permission from the participating organization that owns the image. A request for the image and how you wish to use it can be made through the image request form on NHHN, or by directly contacting the participating organization. Once contact has been made, the participating organization will work with you regarding permission, cost, payment, and delivery options.

What if I notice a mistake in the information about the item or if I have additional information?

Please directly contact the organization that owns the item to let them know of any errors you find in the item's record or to share additional information.

How can I donate an item to a participating organization?

Thank you for your interest in donating an item to the collections of an organization participating in NHHN. Please directly contact the organization to which you are interested in donating. Contact information can be found on the participating organizations page.

Who can participate in the New Hampshire History Network?

Cultural heritage institutions throughout New Hampshire are invited to share collections information through NHHN. This includes local historical societies, museums, archives, and libraries that collect materials related to the history of New Hampshire.

Where can I find information on how my organization can contribute?

Visit the how to join NHHN page for information on how to contribute your institution's collections records to the New Hampshire History Network.