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.
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.
1.8 linear feet (1 half document case, 1 flat box)
1710-1999 and undated (bulk 1729-1796)
This collection consists of letters, legal documents, accounts, family histories, and other papers related to the Redwood family and its descendants, particularly Abraham Redwood (1709-1788), the founder of the Redwood Library and Athenaeum.
Elizabeth Johnson Perry was an African-American domestic worker in New York. The papers date between 1937-1967 and contain letters, greeting cards, financial records, photographs, a scrapbook, and museum objects.
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 Keddy papers contain correspondence, research notes on index cards, brochures, museum handbooks, photocopies of entire chapters from books being used for research, maps and other illustrations along with extensive drafts of a proposed 1000 plus page biography of Samuel de Champlain. Other material includes personal correspondence on topics as diverse as feminism, safe drinking water and theology, professional correspondence in Jane Keddy's capacity as the editor/owner of Parameter Press and a folder of correspondence with potential publishers of the Champlain manuscript.
Chiefly letters to teacher and poet William L. Kinter from William Everson, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Denise Levertov, and other 20th century poets; also photographs, play bills, postcards, and clippings.
11 linear feet linear feet (6 record boxes, 2 document cases, 2 flat boxes)
1859-2001 and undated (bulk 1940-1999)
James H. Van Alen (1902-1991) and Candace Van Alen (1912-2002), were a well-known high society couple who were instrumental in establishing the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. This collection documents their lives, residences and interests as well as their involvement in various activities and organizations through their own personal records, correspondence, financial and legal records, published and unpublished writings, clippings, audiovisual materials, and photographs.
William Dana Reynolds Collection of Great Kanto Earthquake Photographs
1.0 linear feet
A photograph album comprised of photographs taken by William Dana Reynolds documenting a voyage to Japan in 1923. The album focuses on images of Kanto, Japan after the earthquake of 1923 as well as memorabilia from the voyage.
The Seven Hills Garden Club of Providence, Rhode Island, was founded in 1937 to "stimulate an interest in horticulture for purposes of civic betterment, and to enable each member to enjoy her own garden more intelligently." These records were kept in two notebooks by the Seven Hills Garden Club librarian and include by-laws, programs, clippings, photographs, some minutes, membership lists, memorial tributes to past members, and reports. In addition to documenting a women's club and the horticultural activities of a number of Providence women over several decades of the twentieth century, this collection provides some information about individual members and about the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs.