Portsmouth Athenæum

A non-profit membership library, gallery, and museum, incorporated in 1817 and located in the heart of historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Armsden Photographic Project

In 2018, the Athenaeum received the photographic collection of prolific photographer Douglas J. Armsden (1918-2009). This collection of mainly mid-20th century images of Portsmouth will nearly double the Athenaeum’s entire photograph collection. Find out how you can help preserve this important collection.

The Shaw Research Library is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday. No appointment necessary. Masks are required during your visit.

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 23, 2022
  • How We Can Build the Athenaeum of the Future

    May 23, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


    Join Executive Director and Keeper Tom Hardiman for the discussion “How We Can Build the Athenaeum of the Future,” which will be available in two sessions, Monday, May 23rd or Thursday, May 26th at 5 p.m. in the John R. Shaw Research Library and via Zoom.

    Tom will give an informal overview of the many unexpected challenges that the Athenaeum has faced in recent years and how we are addressing those challenges. He will also show options and opportunities for us to build on our mission and envision an Athenaeum that will enhance our service to our members and the wider community for generations to come.

    To participate, bring your questions and your best ideas for progress and come to the library on either day or request a Zoom link by emailing info@portsmouthathenaeum.org. This is certain to be just one of a series of discussions about what the Athenaeum might look like in 5, 15, or 25 years.

    With limited in-person seating, please call 603-431-2538 to reserve your spot.

May 26, 2022
  • Reading Room Tour

    May 26, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Tour the historic first-floor Reading Room. Donations suggested.

  • How We Can Build the Athenaeum of the Future

    May 26, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


    Join Executive Director and Keeper Tom Hardiman for the discussion “How We Can Build the Athenaeum of the Future,” which will be available in two sessions, Monday, May 23rd or Thursday, May 26th at 5 p.m. in the John R. Shaw Research Library and via Zoom.

    Tom will give an informal overview of the many unexpected challenges that the Athenaeum has faced in recent years and how we are addressing those challenges. He will also show options and opportunities for us to build on our mission and envision an Athenaeum that will enhance our service to our members and the wider community for generations to come.

    To participate, bring your questions and your best ideas for progress and come to the library on either day or request a Zoom link by emailing info@portsmouthathenaeum.org. This is certain to be just one of a series of discussions about what the Athenaeum might look like in 5, 15, or 25 years.

    With limited in-person seating, please call 603-431-2538 to reserve your spot.

HOURS

 

Shaw Research Library &

Randall Gallery

 

Tuesday through Saturday

 

1 to 4 p.m.

EXPLORE THE ARCHIVES

The Athenæum houses an outstanding collection of documents and artifacts relating to local history. It also preserves what is undoubtedly the finest collection in the state of materials relating to the history of New Hampshire’s only major seaport.

We, the Proprietors of the Portsmouth Athenaeum, associate to promote learning and advance useful knowledge among our constituents and the wider community by facilitating convivial interchange and intellectual discourse; maintaining our historic buildings and library; and collecting and preserving materials relevant to the history and culture of Portsmouth and the Piscataqua Region.