The collection comprises historical documents related to the development of the University in the nineteenth century. It includes financial records, materials related to the Corporation, documentation of student experience, and various reports
Correspondence, memoranda, lists, contracts,
inventories, military and naval orders, and plans regarding the early administration
and curriculum of the Naval War College, new building construction, and items
relating to the establishment of a naval coaling station in Narraganset Bay. Also
included are journals and letterpress copybooks kept by past NWC presidents Charles
Stockton and French Chadwick.
Naval War College (U.S.). Naval Historical Collection
The Butler Hospital records contain many of the hospital's records from its founding in 1841 to approximately its 50th anniversary in 1891. These records document the changing attitudes toward the mentally ill in Europe and the United States in the early 19th century as well as communal responsibility for the less fortunate, the responsibility of the wealthy for sharing both their wealth and their expertise, the financial practices of the period, detailed specifications on the construction of the first hospital of any kind in Rhode Island, the hospital's expansion, and the day-to-day expenses of such an institution.
The Brown University Registrar's accounts consist of one series. The collection includes Steward accounts from 1826 to 1838; accounts of Lemuel H. Elliott, registrar, from 1858/1859 to 1861/1862 (arranged chronologically); Registrar financial accounts (1844-1864) and reports (1864-1882). The collection also contains "Charitable Account" and account of "Beneficiaries," from 1836 to 1843.
The Brown University Corporation Minutes and Reports contains minutes of Corporation meetings (1939-2001), minutes of the Advisory and Executive Committees (1929-1994), and reports produced by the Advisory and Executive Committee (1869-1992).