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.
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
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.
102 linear feet (32 records boxes, 4 document cases, 4 half document cases, 12 small flat boxes, 49 oversize flat boxes, 2 textile boxes)
1746-2002 and undated (bulk 1949-1991)
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 This collection consists of personal records, correspondence, published and unpublished writings, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, audiovisual materials, artifacts, and textiles which document the lives, interests, and residences of James H. Van Alen and Candace Van Alen both separately and as a couple.
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.