MWM Collection Highlights
The MWM preserves and promotes the history, culture, and environmental legacy of the region, and provides collections-based, archival, and digital learning resources to researchers, students, and the public. A few of our most significant collections are:
Dan Noel Collection
The Dan Noel Collection is the Founding Collection of the Museum of the White Mountains. In 2010, the late Daniel Noel, a life-long state resident, White Mountains photographer, and collector, gave PSU his lifetime collection of White Mountains related materials. The collection includes thousands of archival materials and images, including rare glass-plate photographs, stereoscopic images, hotel ledgers, postcards, early and first edition books about the region, bird’s-eye views and maps, framed Bartlett prints, paintings, and other miscellaneous items.
Karl Drerup Collection
Plymouth State University proudly owns many works by Karl Drerup (1904-2000) who was Plymouth State Teachers College’s first art professor. When the Karl Drerup Art Gallery moved up the hill to become part of the Museum of the White Mountains in 2017, the collection moved with it. Some of his works were given directly by the artist, and some have been given over the years by alumni and friends of the artist. Several of the works from the collection are on view in various spaces on campus and in the Museum of the White Mountains. Works from the collection are being cataloged and will eventually be added to the PSU’s Digital Collections page.
John “Jack” and Anne Newton Collection
In 2012, John W. (Jack) and Anne H. Newton of South Natick, Massachusetts, gave their 6,000 volume collection of White Mountains related books, maps, and historical materials to the MWM. It includes complete or almost complete collections of various White Mountains-related publications including: Appalachia Journal, Appalachian Mountain Club Bulletin, Mount Washington Observatory Bulletin, New Hampshire Troubadour, and New Hampshire Profiles Magazine, the AMC White Mountain Guide, as well as many early and first edition books, pamphlets, trail guides, and other ephemera related to the White Mountains.
Frances “Dolly” MacIntyre Collection
In 2012, Frances “Dolly” MacIntyre of Florida donated 18 works of White Mountain art painted by female artists in the 19th and 20th century to the MWM. MacIntyre gathered these works while writing her thesis, ” Women Artists in the White Mountains, 1840-1940.” Works from this collection were most recently displayed in the MWM’s exhibition “Taking the Lead: Women and the White Mountains.”
In 2014, the English family donated six journals written by Walter H. James, Ida Rachel James, and L. Ardena Butterfield between 1899-1926. The journals contain firsthand accounts of their camping, packing, and tramping trips across New England and the White Mountains, as well as hundreds of vintage monochrome photographs, maps, and other illustrations. In 2005, Ben English, Jr. and Jane English published the journals as Our Mountain Trips.
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Steve Barba Collection
In 2018, Stephen Barba donated his personal collection of memorabilia and related materials gathered from Barba’s career spent at The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel, in Dixville Notch, NH. Items include a collection of postcards, brochures, books, notebooks, art, photographs, china, and other misc. materials related to the BALSAMS, the White Mountains, and New Hampshire.
Barba spent 48 years at The BALSAMS in Dixville Notch working his first three summers as a caddy and more than three decades as president and managing partner. In his first twelve summers Barba worked at a variety of the Hotel’s seasonal jobs where he learned the art of service and earned the rewards of hard work. Throughout his years in management he served as an active volunteer and leader in many professional and community organizations. He received numerous awards, including: the National Resort Executive of the Year; Master of New England Inn-keeping; New Hampshire Innkeeper of the Year; New Hampshire Business Leader of the Year; and he was honored for his life-time achievements by eight state and regional organizations.