1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

6.   Subjects

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 Hazard Trust Records

 Family trust fund, Peace Dale, R.I.

 Records, 1932-1949

 Size: 1 linear foot

 Catalog number: MSS 483 sg 46

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, March 1999

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            This trust was created in 1932 by Mary P.B. Hazard, the widow of Rowland G. Hazard II (1855-1918). It included cash, stock holdings, accounts receivable (mostly from other family ventures) and extensive real estate holdings. The real estate included 27 lots of land in South Kingstown, as well as property in California and Vermont. It apparently did not include Holly House, the family home, which operated under the related Holly House Trust.

            The trust supported Mary P.B. Hazard for the remaining four years of her life. After her death in 1936, the trust continued to generate income for her heirs. It served as a major creditor of Rowland Hazard III's various business ventures, and also of the Caro Cloth Company. Apparently, Holly House was maintained as a vacation home for family members on a rotating basis, and expenses were charged against their trust accounts.

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Scope and content:

            The most important item in this collection is a large account book of expenditures and receipts for the trust, as well as Mary P.B. Hazard's personal accounts. Also included are the original trust indenture listing its assets, correspondence, the trustee's minute book, and tax records. Some of the correspondence discusses damage to family property in the Hurricane of 1938. A small amount of records from the Holly House Trust are also included.

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            These papers were donated by the Hazard family as part of the Hazard Family Papers in 1985. They had been deposited in 1975 and 1983.

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Processing note:

            This collection is part of the Hazard Family Papers, which were processed with support from the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, the Beinecke Foundation, and the extended Hazard Family.

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Oversized volume 1. Cash journal, 1932-1946

Box 1, folder 1. Correspondence, 1932-1937

Box 1, folder 2. Correspondence, 1938-1939

Box 1, folder 3. Correspondence, 1940

Box 1, folder 4. Correspondence, 1941-1943

Box 1, folder 5. Correspondence, 1944-1950

Box 1, folder 6. Deeds - Polodore lot, South Kingstown, 1936

Box 1, folder 7. Financial reports and memoranda, 1936-1940

Box 1, folder 8. Holly House Trust - Minutes and accounts, 1938-1941.

Box 1, folder 9. Inventory and distribution of Dial House furnishings, 1937

Box 1, folder 10. Minute book, 1932-1947

Box 1, folder 11. Notes payable, 1932-1935

Box 1, folder 12. Personnel records, 1936-1942

Box 1, folder 13. Taxes - U.S. Fiduciary income tax returns, 1936-1948

Box 1, folder 14. Trust indenture, Mary P.B. Hazard, 1932

Box 1, folder 15. Trust reorganization, 1938

Box 1, folder 16. Trust documents, 1937, 1940

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Caro Cloth Company

Hazard, Mary P. (Bushnell) (1859-1936)

Hazard, Rowland III (1881-1945)

Holly House Trust

Hurricane of 1938

La Luz Clay Products, Inc.

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