The Fernald and Petigrew Shipyard Papers

Exploring a Piece of Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Shipbuilding Industry’s History

Fernald and Petigrew business card

Fernald and Petigrew business card, MH 3, box 12, folder 5

By the mid-nineteenth century, shifting needs within the shipping industry—the need to get to port faster not only to deliver fresher cargo, but also to be able to set higher prices (the first one to port received the highest prices for their cargo)—meant that there was a growing demand for larger and faster ships. In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the shipbuilding industry thrived during this time, with a number of firms specializing in the new faster, larger vessels.[1] Read more

Sidney Berger: A Commendation

William Strong

When I first joined the Phillips Library Visiting Committee, the Library was ailing.  Its reputation had, frankly, suffered within the U.S. library community.  We had boots on the ground in the form of an able and dedicated staff, but no general to lead them and to set a vision for what the library could be.  It had the potential to be a world-class library, but to achieve that we needed a world-class librarian.

That is what we found in Sid Berger. Read more