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Formal title:
Guide to the Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., collection of manuscripts
Extent:
0.42 linear foot (1 document case)
Date range:
1711-1920 and undated (bulk 1711-1870)
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.040
Formal title:
John Carter family papers
Extent:
.5 linear foot
Date range:
1769-1917 (bulk 1769-1844)
Abstract:
Correspondence and other papers related to Providence printer and newspaper publisher, John Carter (1745 - 1814), and his family.
Repository:
John Carter Brown Library
Collection call no:
Ms. Carter
Formal title:
Collection of Redwood family papers
Extent:
1.8 linear feet (1 half document case, 1 flat box)
Date range:
1710-1999 and undated (bulk 1729-1796)
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.029
Formal title:
Colt Family Papers
Extent:
100.25 linear feet
Date range:
1793-1961
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
University of Rhode Island Library
Collection call no:
Mss. Gr. 78
Formal title:
Rush Hawkins collection
Extent:
71 linear feet
Date range:
1750-1951 (bulk 1830-1917)
Abstract:
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 States.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.2006.05
Formal title:
Elinor A. Leonberger collection of Redwood, Ellery, and other related families
Extent:
0.21 linear feet (1 half document case)
Date range:
1746-1895 (bulk 1789-1809)
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Collection call no:
RLC.Ms.026
Formal title:
Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection
Extent:
16 box(es)
Date range:
1703-2004
Abstract:
The Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, letters, postcards, ledger books, ephemera, and artifacts the majority of which relate to Rhode Island subjects.
Repository:
University of Rhode Island Library
Collection call no:
Mss. Gr. 20
Formal title:
Newton Family Papers
Extent:
.25 linear feet (ca. 50 items)
Date range:
circa 1780-1856
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.Newton
Formal title:
Providence Female Charitable Society Records
Extent:
1.5 linear feet
Date range:
1799-1952
Abstract:
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.
Repository:
Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection call no:
MSS 642
Formal title:
John Austin Stevens, Jr. family papers
Extent:
1.668 linear feet (4 boxes)
Date range:
approximately 1777-1941 (bulk 1863-1907)
Abstract:
The personal papers of the John Austin Stevens Jr. family of New York and Newport, including correspondence, historical research, published articles and poetry and other papers by various family members. This collection notably contains a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge possibly created by Louis Lebègue Duportail, dated approximately 1777.
Repository:
Newport Historical Society
Collection call no:
MS.43.2.1

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