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Carrington Papers

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Acquisition:This collection was donated by Margarethe L. Dwight (Edward Carrington's sole surviving descendant) to the Rhode Island School of Design as part of their acquisition of the Carrington House. The Rhode Island School of Design placed the papers on deposit at the Rhode Island Historical Society in 1960, and made a full gift in 1961. Two letters to Edward Carrington (from Alsop, Wetmore & Co. in Lima, 4/7/1828; and from Russell & Co. in Canton, 2/27/1831) were donated by Frances Talbot in 1973 as part of the Charles Nicholl Talbot Papers.
Processing information:This collection was partially processed circa 1960-1962 through a grant from the American Philosophical Society. The effort was led by scholar Jacques Downs, with the help of Nino Scotti, Mrs. J. Carrol Fulkerson, and Elizabeth W. Downs. A box and volume inventory reflecting their organization was compiled in 1993. Probably circa 1960-1962, many related papers were separated out from the original gift and made into distinct collections, including the Samuel Wetmore Records (Mss 799); Wetmore, Hoppin & Co. Records (Mss 797); Sullivan Dorr diary and related papers (in Mss 390); David Howell memorandum book (in Mss 496); Charles L. Hyatt Papers (Mss 503); and numerous ship's logs of the Essex, 1810-1812; Christopher, 1819; Franklin, 1827-1829; Panther, 1828-1830 and 1833; Joan, 1813; Lion, 1830-1832, 1832-1833, and 1835-1836; Nancy, 1821-1822; Providence, 1829-1830; Superior, 1824-1826 (2) and 1826-1827 (in Ships' Logs Collection Mss 828). In 2003, volunteer Greg McGurin organized the bound volumes into subgroups and series. The remainder of this collection has still not been fully processed, but the 1993 inventory has been arranged to reflect the series arrangement. Items with the "RB" designation are fully organized and housed in archival records storage boxes. Other items are for the most part loosely organized in non-archival flat-storage boxes. Approximately 12 linear feet of loose financial papers such as invoices and receipts were received by the RIHS still tightly tri-folded and tied into "bricks." Volunteers over the years have unfolded them and placed them in archival folders. However, as of July 2010, they remain unsorted. In May of 2005 the newspapers contained in Sub-Group I, Series 6: Prices Current and Commercial Information were processed, rehoused and the individual issues were recorded in an inventory.
Author:Finding aid prepared by Greg McGurin and Rick Stattler.
Encoding:Finding aid encoded by Mark Chepkwony 2009 June 25
Descriptive rules:Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)