Guide to the Charles E. Hammett Jr. papers , 1831-1907, undated

Newport Historical Society
82 Touro Street
Newport, RI 02840
Tel: 401-846-0813
Fax: 401-846-1853

Published in 2013

Collection Overview

Title: Charles E. Hammett Jr. papers
Date range: 1831-1907, undated
Creator: Hammett, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1832-1902
Extent: 3 folders, approximately 24 documents and one volume
Abstract: These papers are the personal and business papers related to Charles E. Hammett Jr.
Language of materials: English
Repository: Newport Historical Society
Collection number: Ms.2013.32

Scope & content

Papers include a book/game deposit from the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute, high school diploma, bridal gift book of Alfred Lawton Hammett and Lizzie Oxx, 10/04/1875, a deed for land on Thames Street, and stock certificate from the Arctic Ice Co.


This collection is arranged in one series, alphabetical by type.
  • Personal papers

Biographical note

Charles E. Hammett Jr. was a notable Newport resident who owned and operated a stationery store at 124 Thames Street in the late 19th century. That store also tuned pianos and sewing machines, as stated by a 1867 Newport Directory. Somewhat of a Renaissance man, he was also a publisher. Hammett notably published "Reminiscense of Newport" by George Champlin Mason. Hammett amassed one of the largest libraries in Newport; the published bibliographies of which are owned by the Historical Society's library collection.

Access & Use

Access to the collection: There are no restrictions on access, except that the collection can only be seen by prior appointment.
Use of the materials: Researchers are advised that express written permission to reproduce, quote, or otherwise publish any portion or extract from this collection must be obtained from Newport Historical Society. Although NHS has physical ownership of the collection and the materials contained therein, it does not claim literary rights. It is up to the researcher to determine the owners of the literary rights and to obtain any necessary permissions from them.
Preferred citation: Charles E. Hammett Jr. papers, Ms.2013.32, Newport Historical Society.
Contact information: Newport Historical Society
82 Touro Street
Newport, RI 02840
Tel: 401-846-0813
Fax: 401-846-1853

Administrative Information

Acquisition: The Charles E. Hammett Jr. papers were donated to the Newport Historical Society in August 2013.
Author: Finding aid prepared by Stacie M. Parillo.
Encoding: Finding aid encoded by Stacie M. Parillo 2013 December 16
Descriptive rules: Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

Additional Information

Related material: The Newport Historical Society has many manuscript items belonging to the Hammett family that have not been formally processed. These include "A Sketch of the History of the Congregational Churches of Newport" by Charles E. Hammett Jr., 1891, and a photograph of Hammett in front of his Thames Street store (P1639). This material and more is accessible by appointment.


Box 258, Folder 5 Deeds and business correspondence
1831-1907, undated
Box 258, Folder 6 Family documents
1867, 1875
Box 258, Folder 7 Publication deposit acknowledgements
1852-1904, undated