Primary Day

The College, as you know, is located in a lovely little corner of New England. Most specifically, the college is in New Hampshire. Every 4 (or so) years, we find ourselves at the center of the media spotlight as candidates dutifully troop through, hoping to garner a vote. It is odd, at least to me, that a state so small should have such a glare on it. I figured I was far from the only one with that question. In addition, this year is the 100th anniversary of the First in the Nation Primary. So, in the spirit of furthering knowledge, I present you with a smattering of resources about the First in the Nation primary and the politics of a presidential election:

In the Library:

The Stacks are were you should go for any resources on political science or political philosophy. I happily spent hours (days… weeks even) down in the stacks doing research for my Junior Project and Senior Thesis, being of a political philosophy bent. It didn’t hurt that the Stacks are easily the coolest place in the library during our warmer months.

Specifically, you will want to browse the E and F sections, and keep a weather eye out for books of interest in J and K.


  • The State of New Hampshire has a good write up on the history of the First in the Nation Primary.
  • The New Hampshire Historical Society up in Concord has a virtual exhibit “New Hampshire: A Proven Primary Tradition.” If you get a chance to go up and visit them in Concord, there are objects that you can view in person, as well as a wonderful research library.
  • New Hampshire Public Radio has a number of features and articles of interest. In particular, there is a piece on the history of the first FITN primary, a series of articles on the history of the Primary in New Hampshire, and run down of a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Primary and its history which will be offered by University of New Hampshire.
  • Check out the Secretary of State’s site, which has a new poster designed for this year with replicas of the ballot and all the old ballot boxes that were used in each town.
  • If you’re looking to keep an eye on things online, you’ll want to follow two hashtags: #FITN and #NHPrimary.
  • Finally, our friends up at Saint Anselm house the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Most of you will have seen them host debates in this election cycle as well as previously, but did you know that the Political Library is houses the most comprehensive collection of objects relating to the primary?