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 Post Office Records


 Collection, 1764-1940

 Size: 1 linear foot

 Catalog number: MSS 232 sg 6

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, December 2001


©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division



            The 1764 Providence volume was a gift of Elisha Dyer in 1883. The Slocum reports were a gift of Arthur A. Wood in 1910. The two Providence scrapbooks were a gift of Thomas E. Greene in 1992. The Potter Hill money order book was purchased in 2001 from Frederick Lorenson. No accession record could be found for the four Providence volumes dated 1863-1878, but they were apparently cataloged by curator Nat Shipton before 1979.

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Newport Post Office

The Newport Town Records Collection (Mss 208) contains three postal record books dated 1748 to 1773 (one of them listing individual letter recipients), as well as a folder of postmaster bills from 1772.

Potter Hill Post Office (Hopkinton, R.I.)

Box 1, folder 1. Domestic money order cash book, 1914-1917

Providence Post Office

Box 1, folder 2. Record of letters, 1764-1775. Lists letters received by town, not recipients.

Box 1, folder 3. Record of lost letters, 1863-1876

Volume 1. Account book of registered letters received, 1873-1875

Volume 2. Account book of registered letters received, 1875-1878

Volume 3. Account book of money orders, 1864-1868

Volume 4. Scrapbook re President's Ball to benefit the R.I. Infantile Paralysis Foundation, 1937. Providence Postmaster Edward F. Carroll served as honorary chairman.

Volume 5. Scrapbook re alien registration held at Providence Post Office, 1940

See also the "Providence Miscellaneous Records" collection (Mss 214, sg 12), box 1, folder 16: Facsimile of Providence post office account, 1776-1779, made out for postmaster Walter Simmons, 1862

Slocum Post Office (North Kingstown, R.I.)

Records consist mainly of quarterly financial reports. Susan A. Slocum, Postmaster, 1882-1883.

Box 1, folder 4. Reports, 1857-1860

Box 1, folder 5. Reports, 1861-1865

Box 1, folder 6. Reports, 1867-1873

Box 1, folder 7. Reports, 1874-1879

Box 1, folder 8. Reports, 1880-1883

Box 1, folder 9. Accounts, 1867-1884

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Aliens - Rhode Island - Providence

Carroll, Edward F., 1871-1943

Hopkinton, R.I. - Commerce

Money orders - Rhode Island

North Kingstown, R.I. - Commerce

Poliomyelitis - Rhode Island

Postal service - Rhode Island

Potter Hill Post Office (Hopkinton, R.I.)

President's Ball (Providence, R.I.)

Providence Post Office (Provide, R.I.)

Rhode Island Infantile Paralysis Foundation

Slocum Post Office (North Kingstown, R.I.)

Women postal service employees - Rhode Island - North Kingstown

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