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 Rhode Island Bible Society Records


 Records, 1813-1913

 Size: 0.25 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 922

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, January 1999

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            The Rhode Island Bible Society was founded in 1813. It was known alternately as the Bible Society of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Its mission was to distribute free Bibles to poor Rhode Islanders. Among the early leaders were Jabez Bowen (the first president), Moses Brown, his son Obadiah M. Brown (the first treasurer), and Moses Brown's son-in-law William Jenkins (the second treasurer).

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            The ledger was donated by the RIBS in 1920. The two minute books were placed on deposit by the RIBS in 1924. The loose papers were probably donated by John H. Wells in 1924.

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Volume 1. Minutes of the Board of Trustees, 1813-1851

Volume 2. Constitution and minutes of annual meeting, 1813-1884

Volume 3. Ledger, 1813-1913.

                        Mostly accounts with the treasurers and with the American Bible Society.

Folder 1. Memorandum, 1813-1816. One page of notes on the early days of the RIBS.

Folder 2. Treasurer's records, 1822-1829.

                        Accounts and correspondence kept by William Jenkins as treasurer of the RIBS.

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Bible - Publication and Distribution - Rhode Island

Bible Society of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Jenkins, William (d.1846)

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