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Formal title:
Odell M. Chapman papers
Extent:
0.417 linear feet and 2 museum objects
Date range:
1882-1975
Abstract:
This collection contains photographs, music books, sheet music,a fife, as well as other documents relating to martial ensembles primarily of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Repository:
Newport Historical Society
Collection call no:
Ms.44.4
Formal title:
Arthur Commerford and Edith Wetmore papers on Stuart's Washington Portrait at the Colony House
Extent:
approximately 25 items
Date range:
1939 July 17 - 1940 May 24, undated
Abstract:
The bulk of this collection comprises of correspodence between Arthur B. Commerford and Edith Wetmore as they make efforts to reclaim the George Washington portrait by Gilbert Stuart back into the Colony House after its relocation to the Newport County Courthouse.
Repository:
Newport Historical Society
Collection call no:
MS.FIC.2013.6
Formal title:
Arthur B. Commerford Colony House scrapbooks
Extent:
3 volumes
Date range:
1925 Sept 20-1942 Feb 5
Abstract:
Three scrapbooks of the activities and news regarding the Colony House as it transitions from the Newport County Courthouse to a historic site.
Repository:
Newport Historical Society
Collection call no:
MS.FIC.2013.7
Formal title:
Newport Gardner letter to Sarah Burk
Extent:
1 folder(s)
Date range:
1821 October 16
Abstract:
This collection consists of one letter written by Newport Gardner to his niece, Sarah Burk.
Repository:
Newport Historical Society
Collection call no:
MS-2012-2
Formal title:
Newport Historical Society's Old Stone Mill collection
Extent:
1.67 linear feet
Date range:
approximately 1677-2010, undated
Abstract:
This collection contains correspondence, booklets, published works, archaeological land surveys, and other materials related to the origin, history, and lore surrounding the Old Stone Mill in Newport.
Repository:
Newport Historical Society
Collection call no:
MS.1854.8
Formal title:
Frederick W. Rhinelander family papers
Extent:
0.209 linear feet
Date range:
1842-1911
Abstract:
This collection contains correspondence, photographs, and other material from the extended family of Frederick William Rhinelander of New York and Newport.
Repository:
Newport Historical Society
Collection call no:
MS.2011.2
Formal title:
Correspondence from the Williams Collection
Extent:
1.25 linear feet
Date range:
1743-1859
Abstract:
Correspondence and related documents of two generations of the family of Obadiah Williams (1767-1848), Quakers, of Newport and Providence, R.I., New Bedford, Mass., and New York State, chiefly reflecting family matters; connections with the Rotch and Rodman families, whalers and merchants from New Bedford and the Brown family, of Providence, famous for their stand against slavery and founders of Providence Boarding School and Brown University; and the changes, principally those in the first half of the 19th century, involved in the history of the U.S. Subjects include the capture by the British of a ship mastered by Nicholas Williams in 1807, which led to financial disagreements with his brother, David Williams, a clockmaker in Newport; and the War of 1812, particularly pertaining to the death of James Hadwin, a relative, the capture of a family ship by a British privateer, and the embargo in Newport and subsequent difficulties experienced by Quaker merchants which led to the move of Obadiah Williams, merchant, farmer, and businessman, and other family members to Bridgewater and other farming towns in New York State, and Ohio. Other subjects include the utilization of ties in Newport by family members in New York to conduct trade via the Erie Canal; lands owned in New York State, Ohio, and Massachusetts; political and religious revivalism in New York in the 1820s, including family criticism of the Hicksite movement; the support of Obadiah's son, Henry Williams, of the Whig Party and Martin Van Buren; Quaker women, as exemplified by Ruth Hadwin Williams, second wife of Obadiah and their daughter, Catharine (Williams) Carman, an early student at Providence Boarding School; and descriptions of Newport (ca. 1848), as seen through the eyes of Henry Williams, a visitor, reflecting its people, events, and attitudes. Other family members represented include Dorcas Hadwin Brown, Obadiah Brown, and Mary Rotch.
Repository:
Newport Historical Society
Collection call no:
Ms.91.57.1

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