1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Inventory

4.   Subjects

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 Brown University Collection

 Providence, R.I.

 Collection, 1769-1952

 Size: .5 lin. ft.

 Catalog number: MSS 317

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, May 1995

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Brown University was founded as Rhode Island College by the Baptists in 1765, in the town of Warren, Rhode Island. It was moved to Providence in 1770. University Hall, its first building, was built that year. In 1804, it was renamed Brown University in honor of prominent supporter Nicholas Brown.

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Scope and content:

            This collection contains miscellaneous items relating to Brown University, including the results of a survey done to determine the residents of University Hall over the years; questionnaires collected by the music department in 1952 regarding the state's primary and secondary music education; records of two student societies (the United Brothers, and the Society for Prayer), and several miscellaneous documents. The University's full archives are kept at their John Hay Library.

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1. United Brothers Society - Scrapbook of correspondence, 1830-54

2. Society for Prayer - minutes and constitution, 1802-1818

3. University Hall Survey - Correspondence, etc., 1907-1908

4. University Hall Survey - Lists of occupants by room

5. University Hall Survey - Responses, A-H

6. University Hall Survey - Responses, I-Z

7. Questionnaires on music education, 1952 - Senior High Schools (18)

8. Questionnaires on music education, 1952 - Junior High Schools (30)

9. Questionnaires on music education, 1952 - Elementary Schools (1-75)

10. Questionnaires on music education, 1952 - Elementary Schools (76-156)

11. List of donations collected by Hezekiah Smith, in a tour of the southern states, 1769-1770

12. Medical lectures, lists of attenders, 1822

13. Commencement exercises and laws of the University, 1825

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Brown University Music Department

Music - Instruction and Study - Rhode Island

Schools - Rhode Island

Smith, Hezekiah

Society for Prayer, Brown University

United Brothers Society

University Hall, Brown University

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