The Asa Messer papers document Messer's activities as President of Brown University; his sermons, prayers and religious essays; and his financial investments and inventions. Materials include letterbooks, correspondence, sermons, speeches, essays, prayers, lecture notes, diaries, and legal papers dating from 1791 to 1862 (bulk 1796 to 1836).
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.