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.
Morris Abner Barr was an author, lyricist, and poet
whose poems tended towards nature, love, God, friendship, and Barr's
own life. A craftsman, Barr wrote about his experience creating
stools, gavels, and letter openers from the wood of the Sentry Tree
in "Immortalizing the Sentry Tree of George Washington." The
collection contains his writings, a scrapbook related to the George
Washington Sentry Tree, and correspondence with friends and
The John Hay
papers microfilm consist of over 9100 items encompassing Hay's correspondence with his
family and with literary, diplomatic, and political contemporaries; diaries kept by Hay
as Lincoln's White House aide and as Secretary of the Legations in Paris, Vienna, and
Madrid, 1866-1870; manuscript poems; galley proofs; personal letterpress copy books.
Subjects include: Civil War; Lincoln and his administration; Reconstruction; court life
in Paris; the bi-metal monetary standard; the Canadian boundary settlement; the fur seal
question; Japanese naval activity; Chinese-American relations; the Spanish-American and
Philippine-American Wars; British and American politics.