This extensive collection focuses on the life of Samuel Pomeroy Colt (1852-1921) who lived most of his life in Bristol, Rhode Island. Colt was an active lawyer, politician, businessman, and philanthropist. Of particular interest in the collection are the personal records of Colt and his family, Colt's financial and business records, and the records of his political life and legal practice. The collection also contains several photographs, maps, and blueprints. The study of this collection reveals much about the political, social, and economic history of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Rhode Island.
The collection contains letters of correspondence, memoranda, newspaper articles, and press releases, which pertain to different legislative or political topics that were of interest to Mr. Dumas during his time as a State Representative.
The Department of Alumni Affairs include files from the department from 1958 to 2004. These files are arranged into seven series and cover many aspects of the department including information on special university events, bond issues, budget task force recommendations, centennial materials and various university related memorabilia.
Between 1956 and 1960 citizens of Jamestown, R.I. successfully fought the construction of an oil refinery along Narragansett Bay. Commerce Oil Refining Corporation of New York and its executive vice president Harold M. Geller, with the backing of Gulf Oil and Lehman Brothers, attempted to build the refinery. Leading the opposition was Jamestown resident Dr. William Miner, who formed the Jamestown Protective Association and retained Attorney Cornelius C. Moore as counsel. The material in this collection was used by authors Mary Stearns McGaughan and Terrence F. McGaughan in writing their book, Dismissed With Prejudice: the Epic Battle Against Construction of an Oil Refinery in Jamestown, Rhode Island, published in 1994.