James Browne (1666-1732) was born in Providence in 1666, the son of John and Mary (Holmes) Browne, and grandson of Chad Browne, the original settler of the Brown family, who came to Rhode Island in 1638 from England. He ended his name with an "e", a practice that was discontinued by his descendants.
James Browne, born in 1724 to James (1698-1739) and Hope (Power) Browne (1702-1792) of Providence, took up the family business of trading to the Caribbean. This collection consists of two cyphering and navigation books, dated 1743. The first, dated from January to February 1742/3, is a primer of Geometry and Trigonometry, which also contains lessons in Plain Sailing and Mercators Sailing. The second volume, dating from February 1742/3 to April 1743, is lessons in Mercator’s Sailing, Latitude, and Traverse Sailing, and ends with the day to day journal of his voyage to the island of Barbados in 1742/3.
Deeds, accounts, court martial proceedings, and correspondence concerning various members of the Turner family of both East Greenwich and Newport, Rhode Island, particularly Dr. Peter Turner (1751-1822), Dr. William Turner (1757-1837), and Commodore Peter Turner (1803-1871).
102 linear feet (32 records boxes, 4 document cases, 4 half document cases, 12 small flat boxes, 49 oversize flat boxes, 2 textile boxes)
1746-2002 and undated (bulk 1949-1991)
James H. Van Alen (1902-1991) and Candace Van Alen (1912-2002), were a well-known high society couple who were instrumental in establishing the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. This collection consists of personal records, correspondence, published and unpublished writings, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, audiovisual materials, artifacts, and textiles which document the lives, interests, and residences of James H. Van Alen and Candace Van Alen both separately and as a couple.
This collection is comprised of letters sent by Gideon Wanton of Newport, Rhode Island, to members of his family detailing his experiences as a young man learning the mercantile trade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1782-1786.
Diary with financial accounts kept by Samuel Ward, Jr., (1756-1832), officer in the American Revolutionary War and later a merchant, while traveling to Paris on business. Two typed transcriptions of his diary are also included.
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.
Collection of 275 letters and manuscripts for the period 1786 to 1926, chiefly correspondence of Henry Wheaton and his family in Europe and America concerning personal, diplomatic, legal, and political affairs, especially during the War of 1812. Also Wheaton's diary during 1827-1835, a diary kept by his daughter, Abby during 1835 and biographical notes about Wheaton and his uncle, Dr. Levi Wheaton, who was Professor of Medicine at Brown University.
Correspondence and related documents of two generations of the family of Obadiah Williams (1767-1848), Quakers, of Newport and Providence, R.I., New Bedford, Mass., and New York State, chiefly reflecting family matters; connections with the Rotch and Rodman families, whalers and merchants from New Bedford and the Brown family, of Providence, famous for their stand against slavery and founders of Providence Boarding School and Brown University; and the changes, principally those in the first half of the 19th century, involved in the history of the U.S. Subjects include the capture by the British of a ship mastered by Nicholas Williams in 1807, which led to financial disagreements with his brother, David Williams, a clockmaker in Newport; and the War of 1812, particularly pertaining to the death of James Hadwin, a relative, the capture of a family ship by a British privateer, and the embargo in Newport and subsequent difficulties experienced by Quaker merchants which led to the move of Obadiah Williams, merchant, farmer, and businessman, and other family members to Bridgewater and other farming towns in New York State, and Ohio.
Other subjects include the utilization of ties in Newport by family members in New York to conduct trade via the Erie Canal; lands owned in New York State, Ohio, and Massachusetts; political and religious revivalism in New York in the 1820s, including family criticism of the Hicksite movement; the support of Obadiah's son, Henry Williams, of the Whig Party and Martin Van Buren; Quaker women, as exemplified by Ruth Hadwin Williams, second wife of Obadiah and their daughter, Catharine (Williams) Carman, an early student at Providence Boarding School; and descriptions of Newport (ca. 1848), as seen through the eyes of Henry Williams, a visitor, reflecting its people, events, and attitudes. Other family members represented include Dorcas Hadwin Brown, Obadiah Brown, and Mary Rotch.