The Robert F. Cohen, Jr. papers relate to his activist work as a student at Brown from 1964-1968, and as a community organizer in Providence and other Rhode Island communities, and New York City around welfare rights, housing discrimination and education between 1966-1972. The collection contains original materials created in the context of this work, including press releases, research notes, minutes of meetings, leaflets, and other organizing materials, as well as news clippings covering the actual events. There is also an extensive collection of publications from progressive organizations.
The Samuel Sullivan Cox papers consist mainly of correspondence sent and received by Samuel Sullivan Cox from his constituents while serving as a Democratic Congressman from Ohio (1857-1865) and later from New York (between 1869-1889). In addition there is correspondence to and from his wife Julia A Cox and other Cox family members. Most of the correspondence is political in nature, consisting of the office correspondence of a U.S. Congressman and diplomat.
These papers document James C. Dickson's career as an activist and organizer for disabled individuals and the founding and development of the American Association of People with Disabilities. It includes materials Dickson used in his efforts to insure the voting rights of disabled persons and their access to polling places, especially in the VOTE!2000 Campaign. Later materials cover electronic voting issues and the lead in to the 2008 presidential election. The collection also contains documentation of other organizing efforts involving the rights of children, especially children with disabilities, and the medical care of the elderly and people with disabilities. Extensive additions to the collection include material on the development of the American Association of People with Disabilities and the organization's involvement with voting issues, as well as Dickson's attempt to sail across the Atlantic.
The collection is comprised of family and business correspondence, printed materials, newspapers clippings, meeting minutes, photographs, and memorabilia. Business correspondence is represented by carbon copies of the letters from 1881 to 1923 that are bound into 9 letter books.
The Charles Woodberry McLellan papers (1780-1953 (bulk 1901-1927)) consist primarily of correspondence between Charles McLellan, his sons Hugh and Malcolm, and collectors and dealers of Lincoln memorabilia. Also included is the correspondence between the McLellan family and Brown University regarding Brown's acquisition of the collection in 1923. In addition to a small collection of personal documents, the papers also include an assortment of facsimiles of documents in Lincoln's handwriting; transcriptions (typed and handwritten) of various documents by or about Abraham Lincoln; and inventories, want lists, and bibliographies of Lincolniana.
The William Henry Hoffman Collection on Napoleon I contains over 200 manuscripts pertaining to the First French Republic and the Napoleonic era, some of which are signed by the Emperor, and 400 rare books, prints, art objects, and examples of fine bindings.
The National Youth Administration files contain the agency's office files, dated from 1935 to 1943. The files include correspondence, information about government grants for jobs, minutes of meetings, and payrolls.
The James J. Robinson papers consist of legal documents, manuscripts, notes on legal cases, speeches, and research and drafts of a published book. The bulk of the collection pertains to the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE).
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.