1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

6.   Subjects

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 Albert N. Brown Papers

 Merchant/playwright, Westerly, R.I.

 Papers, 1873-1913

 Size: 0.25 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 882

 Processed by: Kelly Byrne, August 1997

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Albert N. Brown (1843-1920) was a merchant as well as a playwright. He was in business with Judson B. Slocum in Westerly, R.I., and together they sold groceries, fruit, and seafood. He moved to Providence with his wife Elizabeth M. (1848-1908) in 1894 where he became a clerk for the Providence Gas Company.

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Scope and content:

            This collection contains many account books and bills from Brown's time as a merchant. It also contains letters from various people (mostly from his uncle Frank Brown of New York City), and plays written by Brown.

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            This collection was donated on June 4, 1981 by Mrs. Muriel Bourne.

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Processing note:

            Papers were sorted through and put into acid-free folders which are listed alphabetically. The folders were then placed into an acid-free box.

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Folder #1: Account books of grocery store (1879-1889)

Folder #2: Ledger, seafood sales (1889-1890)

Folder #3: Waste book, seafood sales (1891-1892)

Folder #4: Bills (1886-1891)

Folder #5: Correspondence (1873-1884)

Folder #6: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (1884)

Folder #7: Plays (undated)

Folder #8: Miscellaneous (1907-1913)

Notice from the Massachusetts Collecting and Rating Agency,

            Letter from John B. Noyes, 1825, to unknown, no apparent Rhode Island relation.

            Wedding invitation, 1914

            Providence street directory, 1913.

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Grocery trade - Rhode Island

Seafood industry - Rhode Island - Westerly

Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Theater - Rhode Island

Westerly, R.I. - Business records

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