The Anne S. K. Brown collection contains various correspondence, writings, family papers, financial information, and documentation of Brown’s active social life collected by Brown and her family from 1912 until her death in 1985.
Natalie Bayard Brown (1869-1950) was the wife of
John Nicholas Brown (1861-1900) and mother of John Nicholas Brown
(1900-1979), members of the prominent Brown family of Providence,
Rhode Island. The papers reflect Natalie Bayard Brown's interests in
politics and charitable causes through correspondence with family
and friends, writings and speeches, scrapbooks, and photographs. The
papers contain detailed financial and legal records related to John
Nicholas Brown's (1900-1979) large inheritance from his father and
uncle, Harold Brown. The papers also hold travel diaries and
photographs from Natalie Bayard Brown and John Nicholas Brown's
(1900-1979) travels in Europe, Asia, and Middle East.
This collection traces the evolution and production of the play "Porgy" and its operatic expression, "Porgy and Bess". The collection is composed of the professional and personal papers of the assistant stage manager, Frances Herriott (later Frances Herriott Sargent), and provides insight into the major elements of production as well as the personal relationships of cast members and stage professionals.
Mary Ann Sorrentino papers regarding her excommunication
1.75 linear ft. (2 legal size clamshell boxes)
The Mary Ann Sorrentino papers about her excommunication from the Catholic Church consist of correspondence, clippings, and other materials. These papers relate to the practice of abortion, the authority of the Catholic Church over its members, and general discussion of religion and morality with respect to abortion. The correspondence with Sorrentino (who was Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island from 1977 to 1987) includes responses from proponents of both the pro-choice and pro-life movements, Catholics, non-Catholics, public officials, and others. The collection also includes an oral history interview of Sorrentino recorded in 2012 and a Master of Arts in History thesis written by Rhonda J. Chadwick about Sorrentino's experiences.
6.5 linear feet (6 records center boxes and 1 oversize box)
Papers of three 20th century New England sisters, Elizabeth Goddard, Genevieve Cass and Norma Geraldine Weeks, the only children of William B. and Mabel Cass Weeks. The collection includes legal documents, baby books, travelogues, diaries, photographs, newspaper clippings, letters and published books.