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The Records of Henry J. Pariseau, January - May 1970


Henry Pariseau's tenure as Mayor was brief. There are 3 cubic feet of records.

Biographical Note

Mayor Henry J. Pariseau
Mayor Henry J. Pariseau
Photograph courtesy of
the Pariseau Family

Henry J. Pariseau, Jr. was Mayor of Manchester for only five months. He died of a heart attack on May 30, 1970 at the age of fifty-two. The first child of Henry J. and Margaret Connolly Pariseau, he was born in Manchester on April 1, 1918. Employed by Auclair Trucking, he worked his way up from errand boy, to president, to chairman of the Board. He also owned and served as president of two other businesses: P & S Leasing and Atlas Warehouse.

Pariseau served as Fire Commissioner from 1962 to 1970. During his short time as Mayor, he was instrumental in obtaining fire fighting apparatus for the city. Concern for the environment led to his involvement in the Urban Beautification project, designed to create a pollution-free environment.

Mayor Pariseau was president of the Holy Name Society, St. Vincent de Paul and the New Hampshire Truck Owner's Association. He was a founding member of the 100 Club of New Hampshire and was active in the Pine Haven Home for Boys.

Scope and Content

The Pariseau papers consist of correspondence with a small amount of reports, invitations and publicity notices. There is an inventory of the Natural, Scenic and Historic Areas in Hillsborough County. The Manchester Planning Board files contain material on the Cohas Brook Swamp and a copy of the Urban Beautification Program. The Model City files are extensive and include material on the Community Guidance Center, the National League of Cities and the Model City Youth Programs. The files all end abruptly with the untimely death of Mayor Pariseau.


The Pariseau collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically within each folder.

Administrative Information

The collection was processed by archivist Sally Stephensen in 2000 with biographical information provided by Kathie Gardner.


The records are open for research without restrictions under the conditions of the Archives' access policy. Records may be copied for use in administrative, scholarly or personal research. Researchers are responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use the material from the archivist.


The records of Henry J. Pariseau, Office of the Mayor, City of Manchester, New Hampshire.
Accession 2000.15


  • Air Pollution
  • Community Action Program
  • Grenier Industrial Association
  • Highway Department, Kelley's Falls
  • Manchester Planning Board
  • Manchester Taxpayer's Association
  • Manchester Yankees
  • Model City Agency
  • Rimmon Heights Neighborhood Association
  • Sweepstakes
  • Youth Services Office