Guide to the Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., collection of manuscripts
0.42 linear foot (1 document case)
1711-1920 and undated (bulk 1711-1870)
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.
1.8 linear feet (1 half document case, 1 flat box)
1710-1999 and undated (bulk 1729-1796)
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.
This extensive collection focuses on the life of Samuel Pomeroy Colt (1852-1921) who lived most of his life in Bristol, Rhode Island. Colt was an active lawyer, politician, businessman, and philanthropist. Of particular interest in the collection are the personal records of Colt and his family, Colt's financial and business records, and the records of his political life and legal practice. The collection also contains several photographs, maps, and blueprints. The study of this collection reveals much about the political, social, and economic history of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Rhode Island.
The Rush Hawkins collection (1750-1951(bulk 1830-1917)) contains personal,
family, financial, and military correspondence and documents; photographs; and a
variety of museum objects ranging from dinnerware and household items to clothing
and personal accessories belonging to the Hawkins and Brown families. Most of the
collection reflects the life and interests of Hawkins himself, with some items
related to his wife Annmary Brown Hawkins and her family. Included in the papers are
two significant sub-collections of correspondence: a collection of antebellum
historical letters and documents from earlier generations of the Brown family, as
well as individual letters from Thomas Jefferson, Nathaniel Greene, Edgar Allan Poe,
and Napoleon I; and a collection of Civil War-related correspondence and documents
that contains records of Hawkins’ Zouaves and much Confederate material, including a
subseries of Jefferson Davis’s communications to the Senate of the Confederate
Elinor A. Leonberger collection of Redwood, Ellery, and other related families
0.21 linear feet (1 half document case)
1746-1895 (bulk 1789-1809)
This collection consists of letters, family papers, and newspaper clippings regarding the Redwood, Ellery, and related families such as the Weissenfels and Andersons from the 1746 through 1895. All of the represented families are lineal descendants of Abraham Redwood (1709-1788), the founder of the Redwood Library and Athenaeum.
The Lovell Family Papers (Ms.89.4) were compiled by Malcolm R. Lovell, Jr. They range in date from 1790 to 1911, with the primary focus being the period between 1800 and 1860. The range of subjects covered is equally broad, including religion and spirituality, slavery, family life, and student life at Brown University.
Manuscript copies of 18th and 19th century broadside verse, made by members of the Newton family, chiefly Mrs. Miriam Newton and Miss Nancy Newton, with an occasional original piece; accounts, genealogies, verse and prose; copies of sermons; excerpts from religious books; biographies of famous people; accounts of local weather; newsworthy local events. Compiled mostly in Southboro, Massachusetts, and Marlboro, New Hampshire.
The idea for the formation of a charitable society to help "indigent women and children" was first proposed by a group of well-known Providence women in March of 1800. The Providence Female Charitable Society was formed April 2nd the same year. This collection contains correspondence and other records related to the organization.