National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Portsmouth Branch (Portsmouth, N.H.) Records

  • 1963-1966
  • 1 box (0.25 linear foot)
  • Call no.: MS 1006

The first New Hampshire branch of the NAACP was formed in Portsmouth in 1958, meeting initially in the home of its first president, the local businessman Thomas Cobbs. Growing steadily during the 1960s, the Portsmouth membership were engaged in addressing local concerns over discrimination in housing and employment and were stalwart supporters of the national civil rights struggle.

This small collection of records from a local New England branch of the NAACP consists of minutes of meetings between 1963 and 1966 and a relatively miscellaneous assortment of fliers and other materials from the national organization. Although the collection is slight, it includes records NAACP actions in Portsmouth and, notably, the minutes were kept by Betty Hill and her husband Barney, who became well known for their claim to having an encounter with a UFO.

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Background on NAACP Portsmouth Branch

The first New Hampshire branch of the NAACP was formed in Portsmouth in 1958, meeting initially in the home of its first president, the local businessman Thomas Cobbs. Growing steadily during the 1960s, the Portsmouth membership were engaged in addressing local concerns over discrimination in housing and employment and were stalwart supporters of the national civil rights struggle.

Scope of collection

This small collection of records from a local New England branch of the NAACP consists of minutes of meetings during the critical years of the civil rights struggle between 1963 and 1966 and a relatively miscellaneous assortment of fliers and other materials from the national organization. Although the collection is slight, it includes records NAACP actions in Portsmouth and, notably, the minutes were kept by Betty Hill and her husband Barney, who became well known for their claim to having an encounter with a UFO.

Inventory

Brochures: Fair housing
1965-1966
Box 1: 1
Correspondence (including Betty and Barney Hill)
1963-1966
Box 1: 2
In Memoriam: Medgar Wiley Evers
1963
Box 1: 3
NAACP: Annual Convention resolutions
1966
Box 1: 4
NAACP fundraising appeals
1965-1966
Box 1: 5
NAACP Memoranda and administrative material
1963-1966
Box 1: 6
NAACP newsletters
1966
Box 1: 7
NAACP. Portsmouth Branch: Minutes
1964-1965
Box 1: 8
NAACP. Portsmouth Branch: Minutes
1966
Box 1: 9

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Ben Forbes, Dec. 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Aug. 2017.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Portsmouth Branch (Portsmouth, N.H.) Records (MS 1006). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • African Americans--New Hampshire
  • Civil rights movements--New Hampshire
  • Discrimination in housing--New Hampshire

Names

  • Cobbs, Thomas
  • Hill, Barney, 1922-1969
  • Hill, Betty (Eunice)

Genre terms

  • Minutes (Administrative records)

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