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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:
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 This collection consists of personal records, correspondence, published and unpublished writings, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, audiovisual materials, artifacts, and textiles which document the lives, interests, and residences of James H.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:
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:
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
Formal title:
William Greene letter
Extent:
0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Date range:
1784
Abstract:
This letter from Governor William Greene (1731-1809) to the sheriff of Newport County, William Davis (fl. 1784), gives direction on when and how to announce the success of the Treaty of Paris (1783) between the United States and the King of England.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.576
Formal title:
Henry Ledyard collection
Extent:
0.2 linear feet(1 oversize folder)
Date range:
1726-1899 and undated (bulk 1840-1859)
Abstract:
Letters and legal documents collected and received by Henry Ledyard (1812-1880), who lived in Newport, Rhode Island, during his later years.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.565
Formal title:
Account of the destruction of the British armed sloop Liberty at Newport, Rhode Island
Extent:
0.2 linear feet
Date range:
1769 and undated
Abstract:
Anonymous letter written to Edes and Gill, printers of the Boston Gazette, describing the destruction of the Sloop
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.591
Formal title:
Collection of Redwood family papers
Extent:
1.8 linear feet (1 half document case, 1 flat box)
Date range:
1710-1999 and undated (bulk 1729-1796)
Abstract:
This collection consists of letters, legal documents, accounts, family histories, and other papers related to the Redwood family and its descendants, particularly Abraham Redwood (1709-1788), the founder of the Redwood Library and Athenaeum.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.029
Formal title:
Guide to the Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., collection of manuscripts
Extent:
0.42 linear foot (1 document case)
Date range:
1711-1920 and undated (bulk 1711-1870)
Abstract:
This collection consists mainly of letters, receipts, and accounts from 1711-1920 that were collected by Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr. (1910-2009). The majority of these documents regard various people, places, and events in Newport, Rhode Island, from the colonial period through the early twentieth century.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.040

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