The Brown University Treasurer Receipts collection is arranged in one chronological series of receipts and invoices representing University expenses from 1757 through 1891. The collection documents the financial administration of the University from it's founding through the nineteenth century. The records comprise salaries, building construction and commencement costs, scholarships, insurance, servants' wages, gymnasium and library expenditures, and printing costs.
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).