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Formal title:
George James Adams papers
Extent:
15 linear feet
Date range:
1795-1890
Abstract:
These papers span much of George James Adams’s long career as a textile manufacturer and agent. Included are personal and business correspondence, invoices and receipts, inventories, payroll and supply lists, deeds and contracts, and photographs.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.2010.021
Formal title:
Isaac Backus papers
Extent:
185 items
Date range:
1717-1835
Abstract:
The Isaac Backus Papers consists of family letters (dating from the years 1750 through 1806), travel journals, a listing of his library, church minutes, book manuscripts, sermons, and family genealogy. Backus was a Baptist preacher, historian and advocate of religious freedom in New England before, during and after the American Revolution.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.Backus
Formal title:
Brown University Treasurer Receipts
Extent:
12.5 Linear feet
Date range:
1757-1891, undated
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
MS-1D-R1
Formal title:
Brown University Treasurer reports
Extent:
1.0 linear foot
Date range:
1768-1882, undated
Abstract:
The Brown University Treasurer reports comprise annual reports of the University treasurer dating from 1768 through 1864 and financial documents.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
MS.1D.R2
Formal title:
Brown University Treasurer term bills
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
Date range:
1785-1904
Abstract:
The Brown University Treasurer term bills is a collection of student bills and receipts for payment of college costs, including tuition, room and board. The bills are foldered by student name and range from 1785 to 1904.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
MS-1D-T2
Formal title:
Nathan Fellows Dixon Family papers
Extent:
6.0 Linear feet
Date range:
1721-1938 (bulk 1825-1900)
Abstract:
The Nathan Fellows Dixon Family Papers consist of letters, legal documents, personal and political memorabilia and photographs relating to the Dixon Family of Westerly, Rhode Island. The bulk of the papers date from 1825 to 1900, with some pre-Revolutionary as well as twentieth-century documents included. The majority represent the domestic and political lives of three generations of men named Nathan Fellows Dixon, all of whom served in the United States Congress.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.2006.04
Formal title:
Thomas Wilson Dorr Papers
Extent:
600 items
Date range:
1790-1897 (bulk 1826-1854)
Abstract:
The Dorr Papers consist of approximately 600 letters, speeches, notes, drafts, pamphlets, clippings and other items for the period 1826-1854. Thomas Wilson Dorr (1805-1854) was the central figure in the Dorr Rebellion of 1842. The papers include material pertaining to the equal suffrage movement, electoral politics, legislative apportionment, state militia, banking, and the adoption of a state constitution in Rhode Island.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.Dorr
Formal title:
Drowne family papers
Extent:
10 linear feet (ca. 2800 items)
Date range:
1728-1936 (bulk 1750-1885)
Abstract:
The Drowne family papers encompass the correspondence and documents of several generations of an old and distinguished Rhode Island family, with the bulk of the materials consisting of writings and other materials pertaining to the life of Solomon Drowne, M.D. (1753-1834).
Repository:
Brown University Library
Collection call no:
Ms. Drowne
Formal title:
Federal Adelphi Society records
Extent:
1 linear foot (1 letter-size and 1 legal-size Hollinger document cases)
Date range:
1796-1833
Abstract:
The Federal Adelphi Society records contain records and correspondence of the organization.
Repository:
Brown University Library
Collection call no:
MS-1Q-F1
Formal title:
Edward Fenner papers
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet
Date range:
1724-1802
Abstract:
The Edward Fenner papers consist of correspondence, family records, deeds, accounts, receipts, orders, invoices, and other documents relating to Fenner's family background, his life and his service on the Town Council of Johnston, Rhode Island during the latter half of the eighteenth century.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.Fenner

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