1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

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Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Small, mostly uncataloged collections arranged by personal name.

Records and personal papers, 1640s - present

Size: 142 linear feet

Catalog number: MSS 9001

Processed by: Rick Stattler, Kristina Piecyk, and Desiree Kenny 1995-1996

Partially restricted






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Manuscripts Division

Historical Note:

 The earliest system for dealing with miscellaneous manuscripts was pasting them into scrapbooks. Two large series were compiled: Rhode Island Historical Society Manuscripts and Rhode Island Manuscripts, totaling 28 volumes. The creation of scrapbooks ended around 1940. Single items and small collections arriving after 1940 have generally been arranged alphabetically. In addition, some larger collections have been broken up and distributed by name. Until 1994, there was no formal "collection" of these small files; they were shelved individually in loose folders, and interfiled with much larger collections.

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Scope and content:

 The Miscellaneous Manuscripts collection includes these loose files compiled since 1940. The contents vary widely, and could typically include: a single deed; a small collection of family correspondence; an account book; a military commission; a diary; a handful of shipping receipts. None of these small collections contain much more than a hundred items, or a couple of large volumes. The dates span from the seventeenth century to the present, though the bulk are probably from about 1750 to 1900.

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The items comprising this collection are from hundreds, probably thousands, of different accessions. A few general comments can be made. The bulk of these items were probably donated after 1940. Small accessions from before that date tended to be placed in scrapbooks under the heading of Rhode Island Historical Society Manuscripts. However, some of the earlier collections were broken up at a later date and dispersed by name throughout this collection, mostly during the early 1980s. This occurred with many family collections; another example is a collection of Barrington historical papers that were broken up at that time.

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Inventory (Arranged Alphabetically):

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

MSS 9001 - I Box List
# of folders/ Volumes Last Name or Title First Name Call Number Dates and further information
1 Ide Albert MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Ide Hiram T. MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Ide Jacob MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Ide John MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Ide William MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Immigrant Worker Freedom Ride   MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Independent Order of the Sons of Malta   MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Indian Genealogy Notes   MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Indian Manuscripts   MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Industrial Aid Society   MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Ingall Marjorie MSS 9001-I RESTRICTED RESTRICTED UNTIL 2062, or death of donor 
1 Ingram Nellie MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Inman Edward MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Inman Edward MSS 9001-I Oversize Agreement, April 26, 1682
1 Inman Elisha MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Inman John MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Inman Joseph MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Inman Rachel MSS 9001-I Box 1  
2 Inman Samuel  MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Inman Valentine MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Inman William MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Insurance Association of Providence   MSS 9001-I Loose Volume  
1 Insurance Policies - Misc.   MSS 9001-I Oversize Misc. Policies. 8 Items.
1 Interfaith State Bicentennial Committee   MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 International Socialist Organzation   MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Irons Samuel MSS 9001-I Box 1  
1 Irons Family   MSS 9001-I Box 1  

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