Most of the material in the Alva Woods papers consists of correspondence, documents, publications and writings that belonged to the Alva Woods family and the Brown family of Providence, Rhode Island. Most of the material is dated between 1812 and 1918. The papers also include architectural drawings, ephemera, one map, newspaper clippings, handwritten recipes, and some photographs. The material is housed in two letter-size Hollinger document cases, one legal-size Hollinger document case and one triple oversize box.
Appointed chargé d’affaires
in Paris in 1810 by President Madison, Russell served as one of
five U. S. negotiators for the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the
War of 1812. He subsequently served as United States minister to
Sweden and Norway from 1814 to 1818. Collection consists of
correspondence, documents, ledgers, passports, and an account
book created or received by Jonathan Russell during his career
as merchant and diplomat between 1810 and 1818.