24.8 linear feet; 29 boxes, 1 oversized folder and 2 card catalogs
This collection consists of material compiled and written by James N. Arnold, between 1860-1927 and of typescripts by volunteers continuing his work until 1935. This collection contains numerous research topics and writings related to the history of Rhode Island.
Providence Public Library Special Collections, Rhode Island Collection
The collection encompasses the years 1832-1886, consisting of personal correspondence comprised of loose letters, drafts of various manuscripts and clippings, two hundred and thirty-six watercolor paintings and drawings from the Mexican Boundary Commission Survey and eleven folio volumes from the Mexican Boundary Commission.
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Brown papers, dated from 1878 to 1920, include legal and business documents, personal and business correspondence, two unpublished manuscripts, miscellaneous bills paid, two cashbooks and an inventory of Harold Brown's estate.
1.0 linear feet (3/4 full record box, 1 half document case, 1 flat file)
1747, 1973-1998 (bulk 1973-1998)
Richard L. Champlin was one of the foremost experts on clocks made by Newport clockmaker William Claggett and other clockmakers in the Claggett family. This collection consists of photocopies of primary source material, correspondence, photographs, notebooks and other research materials collected or created by Mr. Champlin in the process of writing articles on Claggett clocks for various publications, including Newport History, the Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society.
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.
Financial records and correspondence related to Ogden Goelet and his family members, including his brother and his son, both named Robert. Much of the material relates to the family's real estate holdings in New York City and Odgen's Newport residence, Ochre Court.
Guide to the Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals cemetery project records
1880-2009 (bulk 2004-2008)
The Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals cemetery project records consist of copies of correspondence, reports and photographs compiled and/or created by Chester A. Browning, Information Specialist of the Public Information Division.
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 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.