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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:
Nelson W. Aldrich papers
Extent:
73 reel(s)
Date range:
1777-1930
Abstract:
United States representative and senator from Rhode Island, financier, and philanthropist. Collection contains correspondence, journal, appointment books, drafts of speeches, memoranda, financial records, reports, legislative matter, scrapbooks, serial publications, and other printed material relating chiefly to Aldrich's career in Congress. This is the microfilm copy of the collection held by the Library of Congress.
Repository:
Phillips Memorial Library
Collection call no:
aldrich
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:
Register of the Papers of Nathaniel Terry Bacon
Extent:
128 boxes, 1 map case
Date range:
1763-1954
Abstract:
The papers pertain primarily to Bacon's personal and business activities, 1876-1926. His personal papers reflect his interest in politics, economics, science and linguistics; the business papers document his association with several companies, most notably Rowland Hazard's Solvay Process Company of Syracuse, New York. In addition, the collection contains personal papers of other Bacon and Hazard family members, including Rowland Hazard, 1763-1835; Joseph Peace Hazard, 1807-1894; Thomas Rutherford Bacon, 1850-1913; Caroline Hazard, 1856-1945; Helen Hazard Bacon, 1861-1925; and Leonard Bacon, 1887-1954. Material concerning these individuals is incomplete. The researcher is referred to the National Union catalog of Manuscript Collections for information on additional holdings of Bacon and Hazard family papers.
Repository:
Special Collections, James P. Adams Library
Collection call no:
MSS.5
Formal title:
Betty Williams Research Collection
Extent:
29.5 linear feet
Date range:
1796-1995
Abstract:
This collection was begun by Betty Vickery Williams (1931-1996) in 1974 and encompasses a portion of the material collected for research on the history of primarily western clothing fashions and accessories, tailoring and cutting, and documentation of commercial clothing patterns dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
Repository:
University of Rhode Island Library
Collection call no:
Mss. Gr. 213
Formal title:
Birckhead collection of Redwood family papers
Extent:
0.21 linear feet (1 half document case)
Date range:
1730-1866 (bulk 1730-1774)
Abstract:
This collection consists mainly of letters, receipts, and accounts relating to Abraham Redwood (1709-1788), the founder of the Redwood Library, and his business dealings in Newport, Rhode Island. Also included are documents concerning the Redwood Library, Abraham Redwood’s contemporaries in Newport, and later letters from David King, a former president of the Redwood Library.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.025
Formal title:
Guide to the Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., collection of manuscripts
Extent:
0.42 linear foot (1 document case)
Date range:
1711-1920 and undated (bulk 1711-1870)
Abstract:
This collection consists mainly of letters, receipts, and accounts from 1711-1920 that were collected by Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr. (1910-2009). The majority of these documents regard various people, places, and events in Newport, Rhode Island, from the colonial period through the early twentieth century.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.040
Formal title:
Carrington Papers
Extent:
122 linear feet
Date range:
1798-1911 (bulk 1802-1860)
Abstract:
Edward Carrington (1775-1843) was born in New Haven, Connecticut. As a young man, he came to Providence, R.I., where he worked as a clerk and supercargo for local merchants Seth Wheaton, Samuel Butler, and Richard Jackson. He resided in Canton, China from 1802 to 1810, serving as American Consul, acting as an agent for other American merchants, and amassing a considerable fortune by trading on his own behalf. The collection documents his mercantile and shipping activities in China, South America and Europe during 1802-1857. It also documents his other business enterprises in the textile industry in Rhode Island with the Hamlet Mill and Manufacturing Company, 1834-1860 and the Blackstone Canal Company, 1823-1831. The collection also contains the personal papers of Edward Carrington, his son Edward II, and Edward II's wife Candace (Dorr) Carrington.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 333
Formal title:
John Carter family papers
Extent:
.5 linear foot
Date range:
1769-1917 (bulk 1769-1844)
Abstract:
Correspondence and other papers related to Providence printer and newspaper publisher, John Carter (1745 - 1814), and his family.
Repository:
John Carter Brown Library
Collection call no:
Ms. Carter
Formal title:
Casey family papers
Extent:
54.13 linear ft. (125 file boxes, 2 cartons, 2 oversize boxes; 2 oversize volumes, 4 oversize folders, and vertical files)
Date range:
1705-1949, undated
Abstract:
The Casey family papers (MS008) reflect the life and work of the Casey family of Saunderstown, Rhode Island, and life at the Casey farm. The papers cover topics such as family history, trade, and agricultural activities. Additional material includes Thomas Lincoln Casey's (1831-1896) professional papers relating to his work on the Washington Monument; the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress; the State, War, and Naval Building; and other structures in the District of Columbia. The collection includes art work, correspondence, ephemera and objects, financial records, genealogical and biographical material, inventories, legal documents, military records, photographic material, printed material, scrapbooks, and site plans and drawings.
Repository:
Historic New England
Collection call no:
MS008

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