1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

6.   Subjects

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 Roger Williams Bank Records

 Providence, R.I., bank.

 Dividend and transfer books, 1816-1845

 Size: 0.5 ft.

 Catalog number: MSS 690

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, 3/1995

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            The Roger Williams Bank was incorporated in Providence in 1803, through the influence of Thomas Jefferson, who wanted to place government deposits in a Republican-controlled bank. The bulk of the United States deposits in Rhode Island remained there until 1817. The bank continued until 1865, when it was reorganized as Roger Williams National Bank; it was absorbed by the Industrial Trust Company in 1900.

Bibliography: Obsolete Notes and Scrip of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations, by Roger H. Durand, 1981.

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Scope and content:

            This collection only contains two volumes. The dividend book lists each stockholder and their holdings for the biannual distribution of dividends, from 1816 to 1834. The transfer book documents all stock share transactions, from 1831 to 1845.

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            The stock transfer book was sold by the Ray Page Hobby Shop, 109 Empire St., Providence to Tyson's Book Shop for $5.00 in 1966, and then sold by Tyson to the R.I.H.S. for $50.00 two weeks later. See the Tyson Book Shop Records. The provenance of the other volume is unknown.

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Processing note:

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Volume 1: Dividend book, 1816-1834

                                    (previously catalogued as "Shares and Dividends")

Volume 2: Transfer book, 1831-1845

                                    (previously catalogued as "Share Book")

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Banks and banking - Providence, R.I.

Providence, R.I. - Banks and banking

Republican Party - Banks and banking

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