Instructions for Becoming a Subscriber

The number of Proprietors to the Athenæum is limited in the bylaws. At present, this number is 400. Individuals wishing to become members must first apply to become a Subscriber and serve at least one year as a Subscriber. When a Proprietor share becomes available, it will be offered to the next Subscriber based on the date of original application. The fee to be a Subscriber or to be a Proprietor is currently $250 per annum. A one time fee of $500 is assessed when a Subscriber is accepted as a Proprietor.
An application form for Subscriber may be obtained from any member of the staff. The completed application, along with three endorsements from Proprietors in good standing, will be processed by the Admissions Committee when all parts of the application have been received. The endorsements must be received within 90 days of the submission of the application or the application will be returned. The Admissions Committee meets not less than quarterly. Recommendations from the Admissions Committee are presented to the Board. Upon approval by the Board, Subscribers are notified and assessed a prorated fee, depending on the time remaining in the year.

Subscribers are invited and encouraged to volunteer and become involved in the activities of the Athenæum. A list of committees and contacts is attached. Subscribers are entitled to all privileges of membership, including full access to the library during daytime hours, or by special arrangement.

Once you have completed the Subscriber's Application Form either print and:

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Portsmouth Athenæum
Attention: Keeper
9 Market Square
Portsmouth, NH 03801


Become a Friend of the Portsmouth Athenaeum

The Athenaeum is a non-profit member supported organization, established in 1816 and incorporated the following year with “the purpose of promoting learning and diffusing useful knowledge.” For nearly two centuries, the Athenaeum has made its resources available to scholars, genealogical researchers, and curious browsers in pursuit of knowledge. In recent years, the Athenaeum has greatly expanded its public outreach. In 1986, the Joseph P. Copley Research Library opened, providing regular public hours and professional staff to maintain and make available the library’s superb collections. In 1996, the Sawtelle family generously provided the Peter Randall Gallery as space for insightful and engaging exhibitions on regional subjects. Athenaeum exhibitions and lecture series are open to the public at no charge.

Friends of the Athenaeum help support our efforts to benefit the community, providing outstanding exhibits on regional subjects, holding provocative lectures and educational programs, and maintaining public access to the Athenaeum’s vast collection of books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, and artifacts, to encourage research on scholarship in subjects of regional interest.

Benefits of becoming a Friend of the Athenaeum include:

  • The Athenaeum’s quarterly newsletter, with up-to-date information on events and activities, as well as notice of recent acquisitions of books, special collections, and curatorial objects.
  • Advance notice of lectures and programs.
    Invitation to exhibit openings in the Athenaeum’s Peter Randall Gallery.

Your support is needed and greatly appreciated! Please send your Friend’s form to: Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801.


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