Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Research Library

In 2018, the Athenaeum received the photographic collection of prolific, local photographer Douglas J. Armsden (1918-2009). Armsden’s portfolio captured the essence of the mid-20th century Seacoast region of New England and beyond. His work included wedding photography, family portraits, early documentation of historic houses, commercial and scenic images of Maine and New Hampshire, and editorial work for local newspapers and magazines such as New Hampshire Profile and Down East.

Armsden used hundreds of index cards to catalog thousands of images. Transcribing these index cards will allow the Athenaeum to understand the scope of Armsden’s total work and to aid in the identification of images now at the Athenaeum.

Help Transcribe the Index Cards

The Athenaeum is seeking volunteers to spend a few hours in the Research Library to transcribe Armsden’s mostly handwritten index cards. 

  • No experience necessary.
  • Light refreshments will be served.
  • Please bring your own laptop.

Help make this vital and historic resource readily available to the Seacoast community!

Registration is required. Please call (603)-431-2538 to sign up. If you have questions, e-mail our photographic collections manager, James, at

[Note: If you do not have access to a laptop, there will be a few desktop computers available.]

Above: Promotional photograph from the Portsmouth Business College, c. 1957. The college was located on Austin Street in Portsmouth. Photographer: Douglas Armsden.  [P15.074]