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Formal title:
William Arnold Autograph Collection
Extent:
1.0 Linear feet
Date range:
1655-1922
Abstract:
The William Arnold Autograph Collection is part of a larger collection of books and manuscripts dealing with American, especially Rhode Island, history. The entire collection was donated to the Providence Public Library in 1923 by Mr. Frederick Augustus Arnold. In an effort to support collections at other Providence libraries, the following transfers of materials were made: items representing “Americana” before the year 1801 were transferred to the John Carter Brown Library; items relating to American poetry were transferred to the John Hay Library; and publications concerning the Arnold family were transferred to the Rhode Island Historical Society. The remaining materials constitute the William Arnold Autograph Collection. The collection was named for William Arnold, an ancestor of Frederick A. Arnold. The collection consists mainly of legal documents and correspondence, but also includes poems, portraits, business records, and ephemera dating from 1655 to 1922.
Repository:
Providence Public Library, Special Collections
Collection call no:
MSS016
Formal title:
Newport Historical Society collection of music
Extent:
3 oversize box(es)
Date range:
1643-1975, undated
Abstract:
This collection contains music manuscripts, books, full and condensed scores, and sheet music, much of which was written, printed, or performed in Newport and Rhode Island.
Repository:
Newport Historical Society
Collection call no:
MS.1854.6
Formal title:
Samuel Wyllys papers
Extent:
3.5 Linear feet
Date range:
1638-1757 (bulk 1663-1698)
Abstract:
Annmary Brown Hawkins inherited from her father a collection of colonial documents compiled by Samuel Wyllys, a magistrate of Connecticut from 1654 to 1684, and other members of his family. The collection, covering the period from 1638 to 1757, comprises half of the original collection; the other half (1694-1726) is owned by the Connecticut State Library. These early papers pertain to Indian affairs, colonial wars, civil and criminal cases. The witchcraft trials of 1692 to 1693, as revealed in the testimony of witnesses in the Oyer and Terminer Courts, are of particular interest.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.Wyllys
Formal title:
Nicholas Brown papers
Extent:
70 items
Date range:
1690-1889 (bulk 1844-1849)
Abstract:
Consists of letters, poems, and autographs received by Nicholas Brown and his wife Caroline Matilda Clements Brown, primarily during Brown's term as U.S. Consul to Italy.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
MS-1U-B2
Formal title:
Fones Records
Extent:
.10 linear feet
Date range:
1659-1679
Abstract:
The Fones Record consists of deeds and other land records, dating from 1659-1679, pertaining to a portion of the Colony of Rhode Island that was known as Narragansett country.
Repository:
Rhode Island State Archives
Collection call no:
C#00209
Formal title:
Mel B. Yoken collection
Extent:
84.0 Linear feet
Date range:
1683-2012 (bulk 1900-2012)
Abstract:
This collection was assembled over a period of fifty years by Mel B. Yoken. The primary focus is 20th century pieces of correspondence and documents by and related to French, Québécois, British, and American authors, artists, politicians, and public figures. Numerous letters written by significant figures of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries enhance the historical, literary and political interest of the collection. Notes, typescripts, photographs and personal papers complement the archive.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.2011.038
Formal title:
Rhode Island State Records Collection
Extent:
5.5 linear feet
Date range:
1661-1979
Abstract:
Records of the Rhode Island General Assembly, Governor, state agencies, administrative units, and courts.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 231 SG 3
Formal title:
Body of Laws of the Colony of Rhode Island
Extent:
.10 linear feet
Date range:
1663-1705
Abstract:
The Body of Laws of the Colony of Rhode Island consists of statutes and other legislation enacted by the General Assembly of the Colony of Rhode Island from 1663 to 1705.
Repository:
Rhode Island State Archives
Collection call no:
C#00208
Formal title:
Lauren Berlant papers
Extent:
3.5 linear feet
Date range:
1607-2015
Abstract:
Lauren Berlant’s papers survey her interest in the mechanisms of power relating to juridical and institutional “boundary-drawing” between public and private, white and non-white, and other types of socio-political relationships. These papers consist of diverse artifacts including published articles, unpublished creative-writing (poetry and prose), correspondence, conference notes, photographs, ephemera, syllabi and documents of relevance to her research and pedagogy on gender, sexuality, race and feminist theory. Many of the documents found in this collection are heavily annotated copies of Berlant’s teaching materials for her courses on Afro-American Women Writers, Early American Novel, and Feminism and the Public Sphere. While many of the documents of Berlant’s papers are photocopies of 19th and 20th century texts, the lion share of this collection contains her work on feminism, gender, sexuality, and race from the 1980s to the early 2000s.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.2015.009
Formal title:
Cortazzo autograph collection
Extent:
0.83 linear feet (2 document cases)
Date range:
1656-1916 and undated (bulk 1880-1900)
Abstract:
Autographs, letters and letter fragments, postcards, notes, calling cards, poems, military orders, and other official documents collected by Emma Cullum Cortazzo and her daughter, Katherine Cortazzo, from various literary, historical, and royal figures.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.027

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