The Rhode Island Baptist Heritage Center, an affiliate of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island [ABCORI], was established in 2004 to create an official Baptist presence in Providence, Rhode Island. It provides substantive information regarding early English and American Baptists and documents traditional forms of worship and doctrine in the Baptist Church. The collection includes a wide array of church materials documenting organizational and administrative operations, religious practices and beliefs, and the history of the Baptist Church in Rhode Island. It includes registers, reports, correspondence, photographs and church publications dating from as early as 1867 to the late 1980s.
This collection consists of administrative records, correspondence, newsletters, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, and proclamations from the Rhode Island Writers' Guild, founded by Ruth Eddy in 1950 . The collection also includes original poetry, prose and music written by Guild members.
Robert Cloutman and Elisabeth Anthony Dexter papers
12.0 Linear feet
1797-1971 (bulk 1935-1968)
The Dexter Papers are a wide-ranging collection of letters, diaries, reports, manuscripts, research notes and photographs dating from the early 19th to the late 20th century. The material represents Elisabeth and Robert Dexter’s humanitarian work in Europe with the Unitarian Service Committee, their respective historical and sociological research projects, and the life and work of Elisabeth’s father Alfred Williams Anthony, a Baptist minister and educator.
Blondie Robinson collection of African-American Minstrel and Vaudeville photographs
0.5 Linear feet
1890-1925 (bulk 1915-1925)
A collection of 77 vintage photographs, primarily from the early 20th century, the bulk of which is dated between the years 1915 and 1925, formerly owned by Blondie Robinson, an accomplished African-American vaudeville performer of that era. The heart of this collection is comprised of photographs directly associated with Robinson himself that represent a visual composite of his professional life on stage, both as a solo performer and in collaboration with others. It offers substantive documentation about Robinson's repertoire of stage acts and his versatility as a vaudevillian -- the various characters he portrayed on stage, including blackface caricatures, his comedic sensibility, the sheer physicality of his performances, and the various costumes and props that he used. This collection also contains a significant number of photographs of other vaudeville performers, primarily but not exclusively African American, all of whom were professional associates of Robinson. Also of note in this collection are a few informal photographs of Robinson, alone and with others, some of whom are presumed to be members of Robinson's family and may even include images of his wife and daughter. Last but not least, this collection also includes useful pieces of textual information found on some of the photographs in the form of signatures, inscriptions, photographers marks, and annotations.
The Nancy Lyman Roelker papers include research notes, photocopies, manuscripts, publications, letters, and teaching materials from her classes at Tufts University, Boston University and Brown University. Also included are juvenilia and memorabilia from her secondary school teaching career. Roelker's field was sixteenth century France and her subjects included Henry of Navarre and Jeanne d'Albret, as well as sixteenth century French noblewomen and French Huguenots. The material dates from 1929 to 1993, with the bulk of it from 1963 to 1985.
The administrative records, committee minutes, publications, photographs and historical information documenting the history and activities of this Baptist church in Providence, RI. This is part of the Rhode Island Baptist Heritage Center collection.
John E. Rovensky (1880-1970) was a successful businessman and philanthropist who spent his time between New York, New York, Palm Beach, Florida, and Newport, Rhode Island. These papers document his career and personal life from 1901-1970 with correspondence, photographs, his own personal memoir and other miscellaneous materials.
The Nancy Rubin Stuart papers include notes, drafts, audio tapes, video scripts, correspondence, and printed materials, chiefly relating to her professional activities as a writer of non-fiction books, magazine articles, and television programs, along with a smaller quantity of personal papers. The material dates from 1979 to 2011.
2 linear feet (2 records center boxes, 1 letter-sized document case)
1975-1999 (bulk 1987-1993)
The John C. Russell papers are a collection of the late playwright’s scripts, notebooks, journals, correspondence, photographs and personal documents, most of them produced during the six years before his death in 1994.