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Formal title:
Charles V. Chapin Papers
Extent:
11 linear feet
Date range:
1880-1941
Abstract:
Charles V. Chapin (1856-1941) served as Superintendent of Health in Providence, RI from 1884-1932 and as City Registrar from 1889-1932. Chapin was well known nationally and internationally for his public health work related to contagious diseases, such as diphtheria, scarlet fever, and typhoid. In 1910, he was instrumental in setting up City Hospital, where people who had contagious diseases could get medical care. This collection contains biographical information, certificates, commissions, correspondence, manuscript material, physician's reports and scrapbooks related to Chapin's work.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 343
Formal title:
Francis Family Papers
Extent:
5 linear feet
Date range:
1783-1901 (bulk 1783-1838)
Abstract:
Correspondence, financial records and diaries, mostly of merchant John Francis, his wife Abigail (Brown) Francis, their son Gov. John Brown Francis, and his wife Ann B. (Carter) Francis. Among the most important items are John Francis's two 18th century mercantile diaries; Abigail (Brown) Francis's diary/memorandum book from 1792-1815; and eight of John Brown Francis's political letters from his tenure as Governor of Rhode Island.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 426
Formal title:
Glenlyon Dye Works
Extent:
25.5 linear feet
Date range:
1883-1950 (bulk 1883-1938)
Abstract:
The Glenlyon Dye Works began as a minor department relegated to operating wherever space could be found or made within the confines of Sayles Bleacheries Plant A at Saylesville. This department began as early as 1876, for the purposes of bleaching and dyeing wool yarn and piece goods. It was not formalized until 1882 when it turned entirely to processing goods for the new Lorraine Manufacturing Company, and the volume of work increased considerably. Later, as Glenlyon Print Works, the plant specialized in printing and finishing fine cotton and silk blend fabrics.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 6 sg 13
Formal title:
John Brown Papers
Extent:
1 linear foot
Date range:
1743-1829
Abstract:
John Brown (1736-1803) was born in Providence, R.I., the fourth son of merchant James Brown II (1698-1739) and Hope (Power) Brown (1702-1792). He began his working life in partnership with his three brothers (Nicholas, Joseph and Moses) and his uncle as Obadiah Brown & Co., a mercantile firm that traded in rum, slaves, molasses and other goods. The firm was renamed Nicholas Brown & Co. after the death of Obadiah in 1762.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 312
Formal title:
Joseph W. Blaine Family Papers
Extent:
10.5 linear feet
Date range:
1868-1986
Abstract:
This collection consists of the papers of three generations of the Blaine and MacLellan families, who resided in Newport from 1882 to 1986. Alexander MacLellan (1856-1939) emigrated from Scotland in 1882, and served as a head gardener at several large estates. His daughter Rowena (1886-1965) married jeweler Joseph W. Blaine (1875-1953). Their son Joseph W. Blaine Jr. (1920-1986) was an electrical engineer who retired young to devote himself to the study of history.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 1079
Formal title:
Lonsdale Company Records
Extent:
45 linear feet
Date range:
1831-1946
Abstract:
The Lonsdale Water Power Company, an unchartered corporation founded by the firm of Brown & Ives with Edward Carrington and others, was organized in 1825. The company proceeded to buy up estates and water rights along the Blackstone River in the towns of Smithfield and Cumberland, Rhode Island. In 1831, the company began construction of a mill - later called Lonsdale Mill No. 1- and organized around that mill the village they named Lonsdale in Smithfield. Included in this collection are: administrative records, 1834-1924; general accounts, 1831-1944; production records, 1836-1916; correspondence, 1832-1921; miscellany, 1910-45. Especially important are the minute of company meetings, 1834-1906.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 9 SG 2
Formal title:
Obadiah Brown I (1712-1762) Papers
Extent:
5 linear feet
Date range:
1719-1776 (bulk 1740-1762)
Abstract:
Obadiah Brown I (1712-1762) was born in Providence. His father was Elder James Brown (1666-1716), a pastor on the First Baptist Church; his mother was Mary (Harris) Brown. Upon reaching adulthood, Obadiah joined his older brother James Brown II (1698-1739) in the mercantile trade, which included traffic in cocoa, rum, molasses and slaves.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 315
Formal title:
Obadiah Moses Brown Papers
Extent:
0.75 linear feet
Date range:
1782-1823
Abstract:
Obadiah M. Brown was born on July 15, 1771,* the only son of Moses (1738-1836) and Anna (Brown) Brown (1744-1773) of Providence. In adulthood he added Moses as a middle name and used the signature Obadiah M. Brown to distinguish himself from his cousin Obadiah Brown, son of Joseph Brown.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 941
Formal title:
Papers of James Brown (1761-1834)
Extent:
2.5 linear feet
Date range:
1773-1834
Abstract:
The personal papers of James Brown, the son of John (1736-1803) and Sarah (Smith) Brown (1738-1825), who was born on September 22, 1761 and died December 12, 1834.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 310
Formal title:
Paul Campbell Research Notes
Extent:
8 linear feet
Date range:
1976-1985.
Abstract:
In January, 1975, the Narragansett Indian tribe filed suit in federal district court to regain lands in southern RI which they claimed were illegally taken from them in 1880. In May, 1976, Paul R. Campbell and Glenn LaFantasie were hired by the RI Attorney General's office and the law firm of Tillinghast, Collins and Graham as historians for the defense, initiating research on the tribe which spanned over two years and several states. By the time their work for the court case was completed, the two historians had collected photocopies of over 9,000 documents dating as far back as 1524.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 369

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