Typed research notes prepared by Nancy Love covering
the period between 1878 and 1952 are based on Elsie Bronson's manuscript ("RISD: A
Half-Century Record, 1878-1928," 1932) as well as catalogues, yearbooks,
correspondence, and corporate/administrative records. Narrative reports provide
information about the development of Departments, Divisions, and Administrative
offices, 1945-1950. The materials in this collection were gathered in preparation
for the RISD's 75th Anniversary.
The James Manning papers consist primarily of
correspondence dating from 1765-1791 with prominent British and American Baptist
ministers. Much of the correspondence involves the early history of Brown University
or various issues regarding the Baptist religion and the growing tide of religion in
Providence, Rhode Island.