The Thomas Banchoff papers on the fourth dimension (1843-2013) contain his research and writing on the mathematical and philosophical theories of the fourth dimension, its visualization, and historical conceptions of it. Included are correspondence, conference proceedings, articles, manuscripts, clippings, CD's, and DVDs. The material covers mathematical, artistic, religious, and philosophical concepts of hyperspace and the higher dimensions from the mid-nineteeth century to the present, along with Banchoff's research on Edwin Abbott Abbott and his nineteenth-century novella,
The George W. Benedict papers document Professor Benedict's academic career including his teaching at Brown University. Materials include writings, lecture notes, essays, examinations, and research notes, as well as a series of letters of recommendation written in support of Benedict.
The Harold Brown papers, dated from 1878 to 1920, include legal and business documents, personal and business correspondence, two unpublished manuscripts, miscellaneous bills paid, two cashbooks and an inventory of Harold Brown's estate.
The Butler Hospital records contain many of the hospital's records from its founding in 1841 to approximately its 50th anniversary in 1891. These records document the changing attitudes toward the mentally ill in Europe and the United States in the early 19th century as well as communal responsibility for the less fortunate, the responsibility of the wealthy for sharing both their wealth and their expertise, the financial practices of the period, detailed specifications on the construction of the first hospital of any kind in Rhode Island, the hospital's expansion, and the day-to-day expenses of such an institution.
The collection consists of manuscript notes written by Lysander Dickerman for lectures about Egypt and Egyptian life. In addition , there are materials relating to Dickerman's lectures which include miscellaneous notes; numerous clippings; notebooks, booklets of notes; correspondences; and other printed materials which include receipts, addressed envelopes, and invitations.
Correspondence from George Blinn Francis and Henry Newton Francis to their family members in West Hartford, CT. Both George and Henry worked as civil engineers on reservoir projects in Rhode Island during the entire time period of this correspondence, 1875-1882.
The Theodore Francis Green papers is a significant collection of correspondence, reports, speeches, financial and legal records, notes and newspaper clippings that relate to the life and career of the Rhode Island governor and United States Senator, as well as to his father, lawyer Arnold Green. The material dates from 1821 through 1961, with the bulk from 1900 through 1961.
The Albert Granger Harkness papers comprise correspondence and research notes documenting Professor Harknesses academic interests. Research materials cover topics largely related to Classics scholarship and teaching.
The John Hay papers consists of Hay's correspondence with his family and with
literary, diplomatic, and political contemporaries; diaries kept by Hay as Lincoln's
White House aide and as Secretary of the Legations in Paris, Vienna, and Madrid,
1866-1870; manuscript poems; galley proofs; personal letterpress copy books;
photographs of Hay, his family, and various political figures; political cartoons;
sound recordings; and a small collection of objects. Subjects include: Civil War;
Lincoln and his administration; Reconstruction; court life in Paris; the bi-metal
monetary standard; the Canadian boundary settlement; the fur seal question; Japanese
naval activity; Chinese-American relations; the Spanish-American and
Philippine-American Wars; British and American politics.