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
AS220 originated in Providence, Rhode Island in 1985 as an artist-run organization committed to providing an unjuried and uncensored forum for the arts. Retaining that mission, the organization has grown to over 100,000 square feet in downtown Providence representing a $25 million investment in urban revitalization. The City of Providence is now broadly recognized for its exceptional revitalization-based support for the creative economy and creative placemaking.
0.5 linear foot (1 letter-size Hollinger document case)
This collection consists primarily of personal correspondence to and from Eli Whitney Blake. The letters were written by Blake, Sophia Atwater and Stephen Atwater. Also included are several drawings and poems by Blake, one photograph of him and an undated letter from a family member to a publisher regarding their interest in publishing an article about Blake's letters.
4 linear feet (3 records center boxes, 1
legal-size Hollinger document case and 1 letter-size Hollinger document case)
This collection contains material
related to John P. Bourcier's career as a jurist in Rhode Island from 1974 to 2002. It
includes his Superior and Supreme Court decisions, instructions to juries, material related
to his service on various committees, his work with the Alternate Disput Resolution Task
Force created by Chief Justice Frank J. Williams, newspaper articles and correspondence
regarding the antinuclear Trident II Plowshares trial, and the 1984 trial of Vincent A.
Charles Wilson Brown collection of Brown and Wilson family papers
The Charles Wilson Brown collection of Brown and Wilson family papers contain correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs related to Lanta Wilson Smith (Charles Brown's aunt), Rev. Henry Wheaton Brown (Charles Brown's father) and Rev. William Jones Wilson (Charles Brown's grandfather). The correspondence is largely written to or by Lanta Wilson Smith and includes some of her poetry; the remaining correspondence is written by or related to Rev. William Jones Wilson. Autobiographies of both Rev. Brown and Rev. Wilson can be found in the collection as can parish programs and related clippings. The photographs are of Maine churches and Rev. Wilson and his wife.
The John Nicholas Brown II papers span the lifetime of John Nicholas Brown from his birth in February 1900 to his death in October 1979. While the bulk of the collection dates from the period 1960-1979, there are important materials from nearly every portion of Brown's life. The collection is comprised of manuscripts, ledgers, notebooks, journals, photographs, postcards, pamphlets, film, artifacts, architectural plans, blueprints, and other similar materials.
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.
The collection contains photographs and other memorabilia from the life of John Nicholas Brown II and his family. Materials date from John's childhood to the last years of his life, and chronicle aspects of the lives of his children and grandchildren. Also included are photographs of John's wife, Anne Kinsolving, and her family. Film, sound recordings, postcards, newspaper clippings, portraits, photograph prints and slides comprise the bulk of the collection.
29.5 linear feet (15 record boxes, 1 document case, 1 half document case, 3 small flat boxes, 11 oversize flat boxes)
1870-2009 (bulk 1950-2006)
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., (1910-2009) was a respected connoisseur and collector of American decorative arts, instrumental in various historical preservation projects throughout Newport, Rhode Island. This collection consists of his correspondence, subject files, personal records, research materials, photographs, and scrapbooks documenting his career, historical preservation pursuits, and other personal interests.
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.