The Mary Anne Atwood Papers contains
letters and manuscripts for the period 1882-1910. Most of the
letters in the collection are written from M.A. Atwood to Mme.
Isabelle de Steiger. The collection also includes other letters
written and received by Atwood, manuscript drafts and notes.
According to the admirers of Mary Anne Atwood, "Mrs. Atwood was
truly an adept [of the metaphysical tradition]. The last one." "The
Atwood material is very important for the study of a vanished
Britain, when Neo-Platonism and High Ideas influenced the nation.
But, as Mrs. Atwood says, they went in for power and threw their
spiritual heritage out the window."
Ellen M. Barrett, a scholar specializing in medieval monastic history, was the first openly gay person, and one of the earliest women, to be ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. Beginning in 1975, when she was ordained deacon, through 1977 when she was ordained priest, the collection documents her path to ordination and the far reaching international reaction to her ordination. The collection covers her subsequent, nearly thirty-year career as priest in the Episcopal Church and her eventual postulancy in an Anglican women's monastic community.
This collection contains the personal papers
of Bishop James DeWolf Perry, mainly from the time of his consecration as
Bishop of Rhode Island in 1911 until his death in 1947, and especially from
his tenure as Presiding Bishop, 1930-1937.
This collection consists of one letter from Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell (1825-1921), the first woman ordained as a minister in the United States, to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a Unitarian minister, regarding her publication,
Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) was a prominent Episcopal clergyman of Boston, Massachusetts. This collection includes one letter written to Thomas M. March (1812-1903), the Bishop of Rhode Island from 1854-1903.
The papers of Rev. Eli Canfield, Episcopal clergyman and prominent member of the evangelical faction of the church, consist of sermons reflecting the religious and social beliefs of the period 1845 to 1885, personal manuscripts, and letters mainly to his son, James Hulme Canfield, educator. Canfield was born in Arlington, Vermont and served as a pastor in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.
This collection includes correspondence, Elizabeth Buffum Chace’s commonplace book and diary, family albums, scrapbooks, photographs, an album of familial hair locks, needlework (cross stitch samplers), newspaper clippings, and other material relating to the Buffums, the Chaces, the Cheneys, and the Tolmans. The papers also contain letters in response to Chace’s book "Anti-Slavery Reminiscences." Elizabeth Buffum Chace was an activist for prison reform, the rights of orphans, peace, and temperance.
Chime of Bells and Music at Grace Church, Providence, Rhode Island, 1857-1987
.75 linear feet
Collection consists of manuscript, published, and photocopied material and includes two histories of Grace Church, a history of the Grace Church chime of bells, chime program log, news clippings and correspondence pertaining to the chimes, original musical notations, pamphlets, service programs and biographical information on Bishop Thomas March Clark, rector of Grace Church at the time of the purchase and installation of the chimes as well as Dorothy Rice, bellringer from 1946 to 1989.