The James Manning papers consist primarily of
correspondence dating from 1765-1791 with prominent British and American Baptist
ministers. Much of the correspondence involves the early history of Brown University
or various issues regarding the Baptist religion and the growing tide of religion in
Providence, Rhode Island.
Francis Wayland was the fourth president of Brown University from 1827-1855 and a Baptist clergyman. Papers consist primarily of letterbooks and correspondence, as well as sermons and a diary, of Francis Wayland (1796-1865), his sons Francis Wayland (1826-1904) and H.L. (Heman Lincoln) Wayland (1830-1898), and other members of the Wayland family, dating from 1754 to 1941.