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Formal title:
Robert Cloutman and Elisabeth Anthony Dexter papers
Extent:
12.0 Linear feet
Date range:
1797-1971 (bulk 1935-1968)
Abstract:
The Dexter Papers are a wide-ranging collection of letters, diaries, reports, manuscripts, research notes and photographs dating from the early 19th to the late 20th century. The material represents Elisabeth and Robert Dexter’s humanitarian work in Europe with the Unitarian Service Committee, their respective historical and sociological research projects, and the life and work of Elisabeth’s father Alfred Williams Anthony, a Baptist minister and educator.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.2005.029
Formal title:
Thomas Rodney papers
Extent:
0.5 linear feet (103 items)
Date range:
circa 1774-1810
Abstract:
Personal papers and records of Thomas Rodney, including letters, essays, notes on court cases in Mississippi and Delaware (1791 to 1810), a journal about personal matters and Delaware politics (1792-1800), and manuscript poetry.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.Rodney
Formal title:
Shawomet Baptist Church records
Extent:
11.0 Linear feet
Date range:
1727-2011 (bulk 1945-1999)
Abstract:
The Shawomet Baptist Church records include founding documents, publications, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, membership lists, club and activity records and photographic materials documenting the 170-year history of the congregation, which was founded in 1842 and dissolved in 2011. The bulk of the material covers the period from 1945 through 1999. This is part of the Rhode Island Baptist Heritage Center collection.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
MS.2011.018
Formal title:
Stuart C. Sherman papers
Extent:
5.0 Linear feet
Date range:
circa 1720-1980 (bulk 1957-1980)
Abstract:
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
MS-1U-S5
Formal title:
Dr. Nathaniel M. Sims collection of Sims and Hitchcock family papers
Extent:
10.5 linear feet
Date range:
1797-1993 (bulk 1906-1945)
Abstract:
This collection consists of correspondence, logbooks, photographs, publications, and other papers relating to the Sims and Hitchcock families, particularly Admiral William S. Sims, his wife Anne Hitchcock Sims, and her father Ethan Allen Hitchcock. These papers detail the families’ personal lives and relationships as well as the careers of Adm. Sims and Ethan Allen Hitchcock.
Repository:
Naval War College (U.S.). Naval Historical Collection
Collection call no:
MSC-354
Formal title:
H. Adrian Smith Magic Objects collection
Extent:
25 linear feet
Date range:
1771-1984 (bulk 1904-1982)
Abstract:
The Smith Magic Objects Collection consists of a number of objects pertaining to magic, collected by Smith over the course of his life. It includes memorabilia from other magicians, various awards and trophies, games, cards, magic tricks, and props for magic performances. There are also a number of wands, as well as a number of decorative objects with a magical theme.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.2011.001.objects
Formal title:
Rhode Island State Prison and Providence County Jail records
Extent:
95.8 cubic feet other
Date range:
1789-1972
Abstract:
The Rhode Island State Prison and Providence County Jail records contain information on all aspects of the administration of the Providence County Prison and the Rhode Island State Prison over a span of nearly two hundred years. It also provides a wealth of information on those incarcerated. The collection contains correspondence, legal papers, reports, logs and registers, medical records and financial papers.
Repository:
Rhode Island State Archives
Collection call no:
490
Formal title:
John Austin Stevens, Jr. family papers
Extent:
1.668 linear feet (4 boxes)
Date range:
approximately 1777-1941 (bulk 1863-1907)
Abstract:
The personal papers of the John Austin Stevens Jr. family of New York and Newport, including correspondence, historical research, published articles and poetry and other papers by various family members. This collection notably contains a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge possibly created by Louis Lebègue Duportail, dated approximately 1777.
Repository:
Newport Historical Society
Collection call no:
MS.43.2.1
Formal title:
Sullivan Dorr Papers
Extent:
0.75 linear feet
Date range:
1799-1852
Abstract:
Sullivan Dorr (1778-1858) was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Ebenezer (1739-1809) and Abigail (Cummingham) Dorr (1762-1796).Early in life Sullivan was engaged in the fur trade on the northwest coast of the United States and at the age of twenty, he went to Canton, China to follow mercantile pursuits. Much of his business was for the firm of J.& J. Dorr; based in Boston and owned by his brothers, Jonathan and Joseph. He stayed in Canton for five years (1799-1803) and upon returning to the States he settled in Providence and became a prosperous merchant. He resided in a home he built in 1811 on the northeast corner of Benefit and Bowen Streets.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 390
Formal title:
George D. Sweet bill of lading
Extent:
0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Date range:
1776
Abstract:
Bill of lading for George D. Sweet (fl. 1774-1775), master of the Brig Othello, to Francis Mairez at an unidentified destination.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.578

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