New Hampshire Room Mission

Preserving Derry’s past and informing its future.

The New Hampshire Room of the Derry Public Library is the repository for archival materials pertaining to the history of Derry and surrounding towns, local residents, and to a lesser extent, New Hampshire and New England. Our main goal at the Derry Library is provide access to information. The New Hampshire Room, as the historical room at the DPL, shares that goal with preservation in mind. We aim to preserve Derry’s Past and inform its future. In that spirit, all materials in the New Hampshire Room are open to the public and can be accessed by appointment. Some materials– especially fragile or rare items– are restricted to staff retrieval or handling, but may be viewed by patrons. The collections are non-circulating materials and cannot be removed from the room.

The NH room features a prominent stained glass window showcasing the MacGregor coat of arms in memory of the library benefactor Henry F. MacGregor. It features portraits that are pertinent to town history including a portrait of Henry F. MacGregor, Robert Frost, Alan Shepard, George “Lefty” Tyler, General John Stark, Colonel William Stark, signed illustrations from Ocean Born Mary by Lois Lenski, an Adams Female Academy diploma and two historic Derry maps.