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Obadiah Brown I (1712-1762) Papers

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Acquisition:The provenance of this collection is unknown. The bulk may have arrived as part of the Moses Brown Papers, as Moses Brown was his nephew, protégé and a major heir of his estate. Many of the loose papers certainly did; Hedges in his 1952 Browns of Providence Plantations cites some of these items as being in “the unbound Moses Brown Papers at the RIHS”. He also cites several of the volumes. These were all apparently donated as Moses Brown papers, but never fully organized as such, and later pulled out to make a separate collection. Many of the volumes are marked with a catalog number beginning “2-W”, indicating that they were housed in the west wing of the old Cabinet building, and thus donated before 1945. Other volumes have catalog tags without such a designation, and were likely cataloged between 1945 and 1965.
Processing information:Processed by Pam Narbeth, 1995. One item, a day book kept by Nicholas Brown & Company for the period 1762- 1789, has been transferred to the Nicholas Brown Collection, MSS 314. The John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization at Brown University, in partnership with the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University and the Rhode Island Historical Society, conducted a two year collaborative project starting in1995 to arrange, describe and catalog records relating to the Brown family of Providence, Rhode Island. The Brown Family Papers Project was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Author:Finding aid prepared by Rick Stattler.
Encoding:Finding aid encoded by Mark Chepkwony 2009 June 25
Descriptive rules:Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)