The Newport ephemera collection, created and maintained by the Redwood Library and Athenaeum for reference purposes, consists of printed ephemera such as annual reports, brochures, bylaws, pamphlets, postcards, and programs documenting the people, society, historic homes and buildings, maritime activities, civic organizations, public celebrations, sporting events, commerce, art, and history of Newport, R.I.
Diary with financial accounts kept by Samuel Ward, Jr., (1756-1832), officer in the American Revolutionary War and later a merchant, while traveling to Paris on business. Two typed transcriptions of his diary are also included.
1.0 linear feet (3/4 full record box, 1 half document case, 1 flat file)
1747, 1973-1998 (bulk 1973-1998)
Richard L. Champlin was one of the foremost experts on clocks made by Newport clockmaker William Claggett and other clockmakers in the Claggett family. This collection consists of photocopies of primary source material, correspondence, photographs, notebooks and other research materials collected or created by Mr. Champlin in the process of writing articles on Claggett clocks for various publications, including Newport History, the Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society.
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 This collection consists of personal records, correspondence, published and unpublished writings, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, audiovisual materials, artifacts, and textiles which document the lives, interests, and residences of James H.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.
Letter from Samuel Brown (1753 or 1754-1825), a prominent Boston merchant, to William Vernon (1719-1806), regarding papers received from William Tudor (1750-1819) and a letter from a man called “Gray” about his slaves.
This collection consists of a copy of the Brenton family marriage and birth records and minutes from town meetings in Newport, Rhode Island, both transcribed by William Coddington (b. 1710), town clerk.
Deeds, accounts, court martial proceedings, and correspondence concerning various members of the Turner family of both East Greenwich and Newport, Rhode Island, particularly Dr. Peter Turner (1751-1822), Dr. William Turner (1757-1837), and Commodore Peter Turner (1803-1871).
Mrs. Mary Almy's account of the cannonading of the French Fleet in Newport
0.2 linear feet (2 folders)
Account of the cannonading of the French Fleet in Newport, Rhode Island, while the city was occupied by the British Army written by Mary Almy (1735-1808), a Loyalist, to her husband, Benjamin Almy (1724-1818).
This collection consists mainly of letters, receipts, and accounts relating to Abraham Redwood (1709-1788), the founder of the Redwood Library, and his business dealings in Newport, Rhode Island. Also included are documents concerning the Redwood Library, Abraham Redwood’s contemporaries in Newport, and later letters from David King, a former president of the Redwood Library.