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Formal title:
Newport ephemera collection
Extent:
6.26 linear feet (15 document cases)
Date range:
1776-2003 (bulk 1941-2003)
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.028
Formal title:
Diary of Samuel Ward, Jr., with transcriptions
Extent:
0.15 linear feet (3 folders)
Date range:
1792-1794, 1989-1990
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.034
Formal title:
Richard L. Champlin papers
Extent:
1.0 linear feet (3/4 full record box, 1 half document case, 1 flat file)
Date range:
1747, 1973-1998 (bulk 1973-1998)
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.593
Formal title:
James H. and Candace Van Alen papers
Extent:
102 linear feet (32 records boxes, 4 document cases, 4 half document cases, 12 small flat boxes, 49 oversize flat boxes, 2 textile boxes)
Date range:
1746-2002 and undated (bulk 1949-1991)
Abstract:
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 This collection consists of personal records, correspondence, published and unpublished writings, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, audiovisual materials, artifacts, and textiles which document the lives, interests, and residences of James H.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.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.003
Formal title:
Inferior Court of Common Pleas (Newport County) records
Extent:
1.3 linear feet (1 volume)
Date range:
1754-1756
Abstract:
Record book of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas in Newport County documenting civil disputes between individuals. Also includes loose copies of court decisions.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.038
Formal title:
Samuel Brown letter
Extent:
0.01 linear feet (1folder)
Date range:
1788
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.570
Formal title:
William Coddington papers
Extent:
0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Date range:
1735, 1775
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.509
Formal title:
Turner family papers
Extent:
0.2 linear feet (5 folders)
Date range:
1797-1846 (bulk 1823-1846)
Abstract:
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).
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.573
Formal title:
Mrs. Mary Almy's account of the cannonading of the French Fleet in Newport
Extent:
0.2 linear feet (2 folders)
Date range:
1778, 1878
Abstract:
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).
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.032
Formal title:
Birckhead collection of Redwood family papers
Extent:
0.21 linear feet (1 half document case)
Date range:
1730-1866 (bulk 1730-1774)
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.025

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