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.
Correspondence, financial records and diaries, mostly of merchant John Francis, his wife Abigail (Brown) Francis, their son Gov. John Brown Francis, and his wife Ann B. (Carter) Francis. Among the most important items are John Francis's two 18th century mercantile diaries; Abigail (Brown) Francis's diary/memorandum book from 1792-1815; and eight of John Brown Francis's political letters from his tenure as Governor of Rhode Island.
This collection contains examples of 26 bank notes issued in Rhode Island between 1775-1929, one bank note issued in Delaware in 1759, and 5 documents related to the history of 18th century Rhode Island.
This letter from Governor William Greene (1731-1809) to the sheriff of Newport County, William Davis (fl. 1784), gives direction on when and how to announce the success of the Treaty of Paris (1783) between the United States and the King of England.
The Rush Hawkins collection (1750-1951(bulk 1830-1917)) contains personal,
family, financial, and military correspondence and documents; photographs; and a
variety of museum objects ranging from dinnerware and household items to clothing
and personal accessories belonging to the Hawkins and Brown families. Most of the
collection reflects the life and interests of Hawkins himself, with some items
related to his wife Annmary Brown Hawkins and her family. Included in the papers are
two significant sub-collections of correspondence: a collection of antebellum
historical letters and documents from earlier generations of the Brown family, as
well as individual letters from Thomas Jefferson, Nathaniel Greene, Edgar Allan Poe,
and Napoleon I; and a collection of Civil War-related correspondence and documents
that contains records of Hawkins’ Zouaves and much Confederate material, including a
subseries of Jefferson Davis’s communications to the Senate of the Confederate
The Hunter House Collection is comprised of materials relating to the home’s various occupants, as well as some of the restoration activities carried out by the PSNC. The documents cover the period from circa 1745 until 1990.