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Series 1. Writings and Speeches

Speeches and Addresses
Contains handwritten and typed manuscripts of William Eaton Foster’s Speeches and Addresses. The speeches are arranged chronologically.

Box 1, Folder 1 The Companionship of Books
Contents Note: Manuscript address delivered before the Young People’s Association of St. Michael’s Parish, Bristol, RI, March 29, 1883; Revised and partially rewritten and delivered before the Lonsdale Library Association, Lonsdale, RI February 3, 1885; Condensed and partially added to, and delivered before the Young Ladies’ Improvement Society of the First Baptist Church, Providence, RI March 25, 1887.

1883, 1885, 1887
Box 1, Folder 2 Qualities of Homer
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Greek Club.

1887 November 19
Box 1, Folder 3 The Rhode Charter of 1663
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Rhode Island Historical Society.

1888 November 13
Box 1, Folder 4 The Greek Mind
Contents Note: The Greek Mind As Reflected in the Greek Drama. Manuscript address read before the Greek Club.

1889 February 2
Box 1, Folder 5 Constitutional Pamphleteering
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Historical Group.

1889 December 21
Box 1, Folder 6 Constitutional Interpretation
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Historical Group.

1890 February 15
Box 1, Folder 7 The Dramatic Art of Sophocles
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Greek Club.

1890
Box 1, Folder 8 Book and Reading
Contents Note: Some Lines Of Reading And Study Practicable For Readers In General Manuscript address read before the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union. Also read before Rogers High School Alumni Association, Newport, R.I.

1889, 1890 February 17
Box 1, Folder 9 Rhode Island Boundary Disputes
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Rhode Island Historical Society.

1891 February 10
Box 1, Folder 10 How the Revolutionary Movement Was Helped On in Rhode Island
Contents Note: Manuscript address, Old South Lecture Series.

1891 February 14
Box 1, Folder 11 Some Especially Practicable Lines of Reading and Studying
Contents Note: Manuscript address spoken before Providence High School Debating Society March 18, 1891.

1892
Box 1, Folder 12 Sons of the American Revolution
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

1892
Box 1, Folder 13 The Modern Scientific Method, As Foreshadowed in Aristotle
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Greek Club.

1892 February 27
Box 1, Folder 14 Alcaeus and Horace
Contents Note: Typed manuscript address with handwritten annotations read before the Review Club.

1895 February 2
Box 1, Folder 15 Developing a Taste for Good Literature
Contents Note: Manuscript address.

1896 October 30
Box 1, Folder 16 Rhode Island’s Participation in the New England Campaigns of 1775-1781
Contents Note: Types and handwritten copies manuscript address read before the R.I. Society of the Sons of the American Revolution,; printed at p. 137-142 of “Manual” 1899, R.I.S.A.R.

1893 June 24
Box 1, Folder 17 Providence Public Library
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Unitarian Club.

1899 January 9
Box 1, Folder 18 Address at library opening
Contents Note: Typed manuscript address with handwritten corrections.

1900 March 15
Box 1, Folder 19 Address to the Apprentices’ Association
Contents Note: Manuscript address Brown and Sharpe Manufacturing Company.

1901 April 19
Box 1, Folder 20 Report on the Cooperation of the School and the Library
Contents Note: Typed manuscript address presented to Barnard Club.

1901 May 11
Box 1, Folder 21 Paul’s “Matthew Arnold”
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Review Club.

1902-1903
Box 1, Folder 22 Treatment of Little Used Books
Contents Note: Manuscript address read at Niagara Conference June 25, 1903 printed in Library Journal v.28, c.17-19.

1903 June 25
Box 1, Folder 23 Essentials of a Library Report
Contents Note: Typed manuscript outline of paper with handwritten notes read at the Niagara Conference of the ALA, June 25, 1903. Library Journal v. 28, C. 76-81 with handwritten notes.

1903 June 25
Box 1, Folder 24 Libraries and Their Opportunities
Contents Note: Manuscript address with handwritten corrections read at staff meeting.

1904 February
Box 1, Folder 25 Library Purchases
Contents Note: Where Ought the Emphasis to Be Placed in Library Purchases? Manuscript address read before Massachusetts Library Club, Pawtucket.

1904 April 12
Box 1, Folder 26 The Point of View in History
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Review Club, 1906.

1906
Box 1, Folder 27 Renaissance Tendencies Today
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Review Club.

1909 December 11
Box 1, Folder 28 The Public Library and Nature Study
Contents Note: Manuscript address.

circa 1910
Box 1, Folder 29 Books for Children
Contents Note: Manuscript address at Beneficent Congregational Church.

1911 February 11
Box 1, Folder 30 Aims and Scope of the Providence Public Library
Contents Note: Manuscript address.

circa 1912
Box 1, Folder 31 What is the Providence Public Library?
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before staff October 1, 1912.

1912
Box 1, Folder 32 Reference Work
Contents Note: Manuscript address. Answers to queries, clippings from Providence Journal Dec. 23-28, 1912, at Rhode Island Normal School.

1912, 1913
Box 1, Folder 33 The Greek Genius Restudied
Contents Note: Handwritten and typed copies manuscript addresses read before the Review Club.

1913 March 8
Box 1, Folder 34 Days Out of Doors in the English Country
Contents Note: Typed manuscript address with handwritten annotations and handwritten misc. Read at staff meeting.

1913 October 28
Box 1, Folder 35 An Adventure in Biography
Contents Note: Typed manuscript address read before the staff read before the Review Club.

1914 October 27, 1915 June 20
Box 1, Folder 36 The Evaluation of Books
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the staff.

1914
Box 1, Folder 37 Some Interesting Associations Connected With the Library Site and It’s Neighborhood
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the staff October 16, 1915 titled “On Living in a Classic Neighborhood”; Title changed to “Personal Associations of the Library site and its neighborhood.”; Title change to Some Interesting Associations Connected With the Library Site and It’s Neighborhood

1915 October 16
Box 1, Folder 38 Human Nature in War Time
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Library Staff.

1916 November 29
Box 1, Folder 39 A White Mountain Valley and Its Associations
Contents Note: Types and handwritten copies manuscript address read before the staff.

1918 December 3
Box 1, Folder 40 Readings in the Dictionary
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the staff.

1919 November 25
Box 1, Folder 41 Education Through Librarianship
Contents Note: Typed manuscript address to Staff Association.

1920
Box 1, Folder 42 The Second Reading
Contents Note: Typed manuscript address read before the staff association.

1921 January 13
Box 1, Folder 43 Some Architectural Sidelights
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the staff.

Box 1, Folder 44 Quotation, and Near-Quotation
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the staff and before the Review Club.

1924 May 30 - 1925 January 10
Box 1, Folder 45 Literary Landmarks Near Home
Contents Note: Handwritten and typed copies manuscript address read before the Rhode Island Library Association.

1926 October 29
Box 1, Folder 46 Thomas Davidson --- The Wandering Scholar
Contents Note: Manuscript address read before the Review Club.

1926 November 20
Box 1, Folder 47 Librarian’s Tour of the Town 1927
Contents Note: Typed manuscript address read at staff meeting.

1927 June
Box 1, Folder 48 The Reading of Books for Enjoyment
Contents Note: Manuscript address read at the staff meeting.

1927 October 16
Box 1, Folder 49 Barsetshire Revisited
Contents Note: Typed manuscript address and hand drawn maps read before the Review Club and before the library staff.

1927 November 19
Box 1, Folder 50 A Choice of Cyclopedias
Contents Note: Manuscript address read at staff meeting.

1928
Box 1, Folder 51 Maximum Usefulness of Public Libraries
Contents Note: Maximum Usefulness of Public Libraries notes on J.L. Wheeler’s article in the Atlantic Bookshelf Manuscript address read at staff meeting.

1928 October 3
Box 1, Folder 52 Address at opening of Tockwotten Branch
Contents Note: Manuscript address.

1928 November 30
Box 1, Folder 53 John Keats and the Books About Him
Contents Note: Manuscript address, Providence Public Library “Book Talks” .

1928 December 31
Box 1, Folder 54 Stephen Hopkins House
Contents Note: Typed manuscript address with handwritten notes. Read at the Rhode Island Historical Society.

1929 January 15
Box 1, Folder 55 Books on Rhode Island
Contents Note: Typed and handwritten copies manuscript address. Read at staff meeting.

1929 April 2
Box 1, Folder 56 John Keats
Contents Note: John Keats and His Later Fame, The Centennial of Keats’s “Poems” Poem. Typed manuscript address with handwritten appendices by Dr. H.L. Koopman. Read before the Review Club.

1930 March 15

Manuscripts
Contains manuscripts of published materials by William Eaton Foster. The manuscripts are arranged chronologically.

Box 2, Folder 1 John Adams and the Revolution
Contents Note: Printed in The Nation.

1884 April 17
Box 2, Folder 2 American Studies
Contents Note: Printed in the Providence Journal.

1889
Box 2, Folder 3 Some Rhode Island Men of Science in the Last Century
Contents Note: Warner’s Some Rhode Island Men of Science in the Last Century (18th Century). Typed bound manuscript handwritten cover.

1891 June 9
Box 2, Folder 4 Books about Books
Contents Note: Typed manuscript, printed in The Nation.

1891 August 27
Box 2, Folder 5 Point of View in History
Contents Note: Manuscript; printed in The Nation.

1897 August 27
Box 2, Folder 6 ALA paper “History”
Contents Note: (Some Bibliographical Notes on Historical Composition). Support data Colonial Society 1904-1906; Colonial Society of Massachusetts Publications Vol. 10 Transactions 1904-1906; Boston – Published by the Society 1907 ; Paper on “The Truth in history” by Lindsay Swift, at p. 101-7 [read March 23, 1905].

1904-1906
Box 2, Folder 7 Literary Memories of Newport
Contents Note: Typed and handwritten copies manuscript. Printed in Newport Herald.

1915 June 18
Box 2, Folder 8 Dearmer – services data
Contents Note: Notes on 1907 services at St. Stephen’s Church. Conversation with Everard Appleton.

1927 September 18
Box 2, Folder 9 Stephen Hopkins
Contents Note: Article for Dictionary of American Biography.

undated
Box 2, Folder 10 Books by Thomas Davidson
Contents Note: Misc. discarded sheets page 8 recopied.

undated
Box 2, Folder 11 Barsetshire Revisited
Contents Note: Handwritten manuscript, hand drawn map. Typed list of appendices and appendices.

undated
Box 2, Folder 12 Some Architectural Sidelights
Contents Note: Notes on W.E.F.’s paper “Some Architectural Sidelights” by H.L Koopman.

undated
Box 2, Folder 13 Bibliographical Dictionaries
Contents Note: Manuscript with a bibliographical list of works.

undated

Bound publications
Contains bound booklets with articles written by Foster. The booklets are arranged chronologically.

Box 2, Folder 14 Booklet publications
Contents Note: The Literature of Civil Service Reform in the United States. Published by the Young Men’s Political Club; Providence. 1881.

What to Read on the Subject of Reading. New York: F. Leypoldt. 1883.

Economic Tracts No. 11: Political Economy and Political Science. 1884.

Compiled by W.G. Sumner, David A. Wells, W.E. Foster, R.L. Dugdale, and G.H. Putnam. New York: The Society For Political Education. 1884.

References to Political and Economic Topics to accompany a series of lectures delivered in Providence, R.I. 1884-1885.

Under the auspices of the First Congregational Parish Providence: Providence Press Company, Book Printers. 1885.

John's Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science, Herbert B. Adams, Editor. Fourth Series II Town Government in Rhode Island by William E. Foster, A.M. Baltimore N. Murray, Publication Agent, Johns Hopkins University, 1886. With handwritten annotations. 1886 February, 1889.

References to the Constitution of the United States. New York: The Society for Political Education. 1890.

Public Support for Public Libraries by William E. Foster. Printed from a paper read before the American Librarian Association at San Francisco, CA, 1891. 1891 October 15.

Address before the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution at the Annual Dinner February 17, 1891. New York: The Republic Press. 1892.

1881-1892
Box 2, Folder 15 Booklet publications
Contents Note: How to Develop Interest in the Library by William E. Foster. Published in University of the State of New York [Extracts from the Proceedings of 34th Convocation] University Convocation Library Session. 1896.

Questions and Answers . Submitted to the Library Committee, 1896. 1896 April 2.

University Convocation New York, 1896 with handwritten cover page. 1896 June 25.

Developing a Taste for Good Literature by William E. Foster. Reprinted from The Library Journal, 1897. 1897 May.

Use of a Public Library by Artisans. Reprinted from the Library Journal, 1898. 1898 May.

The School and the Library. Reprinted from Educational Review, 1900. 1900 March.

Standard Library Alphabetical Catalogue of the Editions in the Standard Library of the Providence Public Library, 1901. 1901 May.

How To Choose Editions. Reprinted from New York Libraries, April 1910. W.E. Foster, Providence, R.I. Public Library with introduction by Martha T. Wheeler, New York State Library. 1910 April.

Sam Walter Foss. Printed in Brown Alumni Monthly April 1911, v. 11 p. 229-230 with handwritten cover page. 1911 April.

Library handbook, No. 8. How to Choose Editions by William E. Foster, Providence Public Library American Library Association Publishing Board: Chicago. 1912.

Five Men of ’76 by William Foster. Reprinted from Bulletin of the American Library Association. 1926 October.

Charles Alma Cutter: A Memorial Sketch. Undated.

U.S. Constitution Information Desk booklet. Undated.

Providence Public Library General Rules and Information. William Binney, an appreciation. Undated.

1896-1926, undated

Series 2. Correspondence

Sherman
Contains letters written To Mr. Clarence E. Sherman, Assistant Librarian, Providence Public Library between July 6, 1924-August 9, 1924 while Foster was on vacation. The letters are arranged chronologically.

Box 2, Folder 16 Correspondence – Sherman
1924 July 6-1924 August 9
Box 2, Folder 17 Correspondence – Sherman
1926 June 26-1926 October 10

Anniversaries, Honors and Memorials
Contains letters and telegrams for Foster from notable figures and librarians as well as letters to and from Foster’s widow about planned memorials. The letters are arranged chronologically.

Box 2, Folder 18 Correspondence – Anniversaries – 35th
Contents Note: George Carken Winship, Library of Congress. 1913 January 17.

To Mr. George P. Winship, John Carter Brown Library from Beverly Updike, Merrymount Press. 1913 January 17.

Sarah E. Doyle. 1913 February 3.

Walter G. Everett, President, Brown University to H.L. Koopman RSVP regrets to dinner honoring Foster. 1913 February 4.

Telegram from J.L. Harrison to Koopman for Foster. 1913 February 4.

H.L. Koopman. 1913 February 7-March 13.

Herbert Putnam, Library of Congress. 1913 February 10.

William Hyde Appleton. 1913 February 11.

Alden Bloomer, 2 p. 1913 February 17.

Mary E.S. Root. 1913 February 17.

C. Langdon with 2 p. typed. Poem dated Feb. 4th. 1913 Febrary 17.

John Cotton Dana, Librarian of the Free Public Library of Newark, NJ. 1913 March 12.

W.H. Appleton. 1913 February 24.

J. Clare Huddon. 1913 March 7.

Edward Fuller. Undated.

John Cotton Dana, Librarian of the Free Public Library of Newark, NJ. 2 typed notes. 1913 March 12-May 1.

William F. Abbot. 1913 May 17.

Edmund Fuller. Undated.

Ernest E. Lemcke. Undated.

Walter G. Everett to Harry L. Koopman. Undated.

Herbert Putman, Library of Congress. 1913 February 10-March 13.

Letter to George Winship from Roger C. Adamson[?] RSVP regrets. Undated.

1913 January 17-1913 March 13, undated
Box 2, Folder 19 Correspondence – Anniversaries – 50th
Contents Note: Augustus W. Lord. 1927 May 30.

Margaret Weeton Richards. 1927 May 31.

Abby Eddy. 1927 May 31.

Sarah Ann Fiske, Bertha Hill, Lyman, Huntington Elizabeth Marjorie, Alma Smith, Thomas Stockard. 1927 May 31.

Francis G. Allinson. 1927 June 1.

Arthur M. Ancoett, All Saints Memorial Church. 1927 June 1.

Isabelle N. Binney. 1927 June 1.

Mabel Emerson Colwell. 1927 June 1.

T. Harrison Cummings, Librarian Public Library Fall River, MA. 1927 June 1.

Alice Collins Cheeson. 1927 June 1.

Grace Leonard, Providence Athenaeum.1927 June 1.

Dorothy R. Keacle. 1927 June 1.

Dr. G. Alder Blumer. 1927 June 2.

Sarah M. Gough. 1927 June 2.

Clarence Sherman. 1927 June 13.

James I. Wyer, Director New York State Library. 1927 June 29.

Frank P. Hill, Brooklyn Public Library. 1927 July 13.

George H. Tripp, Librarian, New Bedford Free Library. 1927 July 13.

1927 May 30-July 13
Box 2, Folder 20 Correspondence – PPL 50th Anniversary
Contents Note: Kendall K. Smith. 1926 February 8

H.L. Koopman to Foster re: Kendall Smith’s Elegiac Couplet. February 20, 1926

American Library Association requesting photo. 1926 March 12.

1926-1927
Box 2, Folder 21 Correspondence – Retirement, Resignation, Librarian Emeritus
Contents Note: Henry Gardner, 2 p. 1930 February 8.

Ruth Crawford Coombz, 2 p. 1930 February 8.

Mary C. Essex. 1930 February 8.

Gertrude E. Brown, President, Staff Association. 1930 February 8.

Bertha H. Lyman. 1930 February 10.

H.L. Koopman. 1930 February 10.

I.O. Winslow, Superintendent Emeritus, Department of Public Schools, Providence. 1930 February 12.

Arthur R. Blessing, Librarian, Naval War College. 1930 February 12.

Harry Parsons Cross. 1930 February 13.

Lydia C. Beckwith. 1930 February 13.

H. Freeman, City Library Association Springfield, MA. 1930 February 14.

R.R. Bowker. 1930 February 14.

Frank P. Hill. Chief Librarian Brooklyn Public Library. 1930 February 15.

Walter G. Everett. 1930 February 16.

Ruth, niece. 1930 February 17.

W.W. Keen, Typed. 1930 February 17.

Carl Milam, secretary ALA, Typed. 1930 February 17.

Irving B. Richman. 1930 February 18.

Francis G. Allinson. 1930 February 18.

William V. Weller? 1930 February 18.

William G. Law. 1930 February 28.

Walter S. Biscoe. 1930 March 10.

Hlare Hudsow. 1930 March 13.

George H. Tripp, Librarian, Free Public Library New Bedford, MA. 1930 March 14.

Sarah M. Gough. 1930 March 15.

James I. Wyer, Director New York State Library. 1930 March 24.

L. Stanley Jast, Chief Librarian, Manchester Public Libraries, England. 1930 March 28.

E.E. Lowe, Director City of Leicester Museum, Art Gallery and Public Libraries, England. 1930 March 31.

H.A. Fussell. 1930 March 31.

3 p. Mary Eileen Ohern. 1930 April 1.

Zach Chafee, Jr. 2 p. typed. 1930 April 2.

William V. Kellen. 1930 April 6.

W.M.C. Carlton, Williams College Library. 1930 April 8.

S.C Mitchell, University of Richmond. 1930 April 12.

J.F. Jameson Library of Congress. 1930 April 14.

Charles Nowell, Coventry England. 1930 April 19.

J.F. Jameson Library of Congress. 1930 May 9.

J.B. Richmond. n.d

1930 February 8-May 9, undated
Box 2, Folder 22 Correspondence - Honors
Contents Note: Letter from Carl H. Milam, honorary Vice-President of the American Library Association 50th Anniversary Conference. 1925 December 21.

Election as Fellow of American Library Institute for a term of ten years from January 1, 1927. 1926 December 1.

Rhode Island School of Design Honorary Membership letter. 1930 April 10.

1925-1930
Box 2, Folder 23 Correspondence - Memorials
Contents Note: from Julia Foster to Board of Trustees. 1930 September 15.

from Julia Foster to Board of Trustees. 1930 December 4.

from Julia Foster to Mr. Sherman. 1931 April 7.

1930 September 15-1931 April 7
Box 2, Folder 24 Correspondence - Estate
Contents Note: Cover letter: To Eleanor Pyne from Stuart Sherman re: Foster correspondence. 1964 May 27.

Letter to Mr. Sherman from Julia Foster. 1936 March 6.

Typed letter to Mr. Everard Appleton, nephew of Mrs. William Foster, extending sympathies on her death. 1938 December 19.

Typed letter to Mr. Everard Appleton, nephew of Mrs. William Foster from librarian. Appreciation of Mrs. Foster and hope of building William E. Foster Wing. 1939 February 6.

Typed letter to Providence Public Library from Mr. Clarence E. Sherman.

Release to be signed in consideration of Mr. Appleton as the Executor of the Will of Julia A. Foster books bequeathed to the library. 1939 June 20.

Letter to Mr. Appleton from librarian. 1940 May 24.

1936 February 6-1940 May 24

Literary correspondence
Contains letters acknowledging Foster's publications and letters regarding works in progress. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Box 2, Folder 25 Correspondence – Literary Four/Five Men of ’76
Contents Note: H.L. Koopman. 1926 June 8, 1926, 1926 June 21.

Frank B. Gay, The Watskinson Library, Hartford, CT. 1926 June 10.

Frank H. Chase, Boston Public Library. 1926 June 14, 1926, 1926 June 21.

To Mr. Cutter from Assistant Librarian, typed note. 1926 July 3.

To Sherman from W.P. Cutter of Arthur D. Little Inc. 1926 July 9.

To Foster from Walter Lincoln. 1927 April 23.

Howard M. Chapin, Librarian, RIHS. 1927 May 17.

W. R. Callender. 1927 May 17.

Postcard from GAB?. 1927 May 17.

Dr. G. Alder Blumer. 1927 May 17.

William P. Cutter, Cambridge, MA. 1927 May 18.

Frank H. Chase, reference librarian Boston Public Library. 1927 May 18.

Clarence S. Brigham, Librarian, American Antiquarian Society. 1927 May 18.

Clarence H. Manchester, Principal Providence Technical High School. 1927 May 18.

Harrison J. Conant, Vermont State Library. 1927 May 18.

Herbert O. Bingham, RI State Library. 1927 May 19.

Leonard H. Campbell, Principal Commercial High School, Providence. 1927 May 19.

H.L. Koopman, Librarian, Brown University. 1927 May 19.

Grace F. Leonard, Providence Athenaeum. 2 letters. 1927 May 19.

George H. Evans, Librarian Public Library, Summerville, MA. 1927 May 19.

W.H.P. Faunce, President Brown includes poem. 1927 May 19.

F.K.W. Drury, American Library Association. 1927 May 28.

Walter G. Everett. 1927 May 19.

Carl H. Milam Secretary ALA. 1927 May 19.

John Howard Appleton. 1927 May 20.

Postcard from W.W. Ken? 1927 May 20.

William V. Kellen. 1927 May 20.

J.L. Farnum, Library of Congress. 1927 May 20.

Charles L. Nichols. 1927 May 21.

Postcard C.K. Bolter? Boston Athenaeum. 1927 May 21.

Charles F.D. Belden Director, Boston Public Library. 1927 May 21.

Grace B. Chace? 1927 May 21.

Copy letter from Arnold B. Chace. 1927 May 21.

Anna C. Koeper? Acting Chief Division of Accessions Library of Congress. 1927 May 21.

William G. Law. 1927 May 21.

Name illegible. 1927 May 22.

Lawrence C. Wroth, John Carter Brown Library. 1927 May 23.

Richard B. Watrous, Providence Chamber of Congress. 1927 May 23.

G.E. Woodben. 1927 May 24.

T.F. Green. 1927 May 24.

Charles F.D. Belden, director Boston Public Library. 1927 May 24.

Virginia Metcalf. 1927 May 24.

William C. Poland. Two pages, typed. 1927 May 24.

President and fellows of Harvard College. 1927 May 25.

Francis G. Allinson. 1927 May 25.

William G. Peck. 1927 May 25.

Franklin O’Poole, Librarian, The Association of the Bar, NYC. 1927 May 25.

Elliot Snow. 1927 May 25.

Mary Eileen Ahern, editor Libraries. Typed. 1927 May 26.

William Warner Bishop, Librarian University of Michigan. Typed note. 1927 May 26.

Katherine P. Louis? 1927 May 26.

Wargund Stillwell, Annmary Brown Memorial, Brown University. 1927 May 26.

Charles Nowell, City of Coventry (England) Public Libraries. 1927 May 27.

F.K.W. Drury ALA. 1927 May 28.

S.A. Pitt, City Librarian, Glasgow Scotland. Typed. 1927 May 30.

Walter G. Everett. Two pages. 1927 May 30.

James E. Dunne, Providence mayor. Typed. 1927 May 31.

Robert S. Fletcher, Librarian Converse Memorial Library, Amherst College. 1927 May 31.

William C. Lane, Librarian Harvard College Library. 1927 June 1.

George F. Tucker, Counsellor at Law. 1927 June 1.

G. Vine, Librarian The John Rylands Library, Manchester. 1927 June 3.

Gregory D. Walcott, Department of Philosophy Gamline University, St. Paul, MN. Typed. 1927 June 6.

Alice I. Hagrteme? 1927 June 6.

I.B. Lichman. 1927 June 7.

Card Thorvald Solberg. 1927 June 13.

George Aes, Montreal Canada. Typed. 1927 June 14.

J. Franklin Jameseon, Director Cargengie Institute. Typed. 1927 June 16.

Sarah F. Cutter. 1927 June 17.

E. Pratt Hyde. Two pages. 1927 June 19.

H. Alexander Fussell. 1927 June 23.

R.R. Bowker. Two typed pages. 1927 July 1.

R.R. Bowker. Typed. 1927 July 23.

Albert Bushnell Hart, Professor of Government Emeritus in Harvard University. Typed. 1929 April 19.

1926-1929
Box 2, Folder 26 Correspondence – Publishing
Contents Note: Irving B. Richman, Attorney at Law, Irving B. Richman, Attorney at Law, Samuel S. Green. 1904 March 29.

Department of Historical Rsch Carnegie Institution of Washington. 1904 May 27.

Edward Brown, The Yale Review. 1906 April 17; 1906 April 25; 1906 April 27.

The Nation. 1906 May 19.

The Davis Press. 1906 June 18, 1906 August 26.

The Public Library District of Columbia. 1906 October 18.

C.W. Andrews, president ALA. 1906 December 19, 1907 February 8, 1907 April 5.

William McDonald, professor of History Brown University. 1907 April 11.

Allen D. Severence, Associate Professor of Church History Western Reserve University. 1907 April 24.

H. L. Koopman notes on W.E.F.’s paper. 1908 April 27.

Correspondence on Stephen Hopkins for Dictionary of American Biography. 1910 March 8.

1904-1910, 1922, 1927

Misc. correspondence
Contains various incoming and outgoing correspondence between Foster and other librarians and notable people. Also includes correspondence regarding items of interest to Foster and thank you letters. The correspondence is arranged chronologically within each folder.

Box 2, Folder 27 Misc. correspondence – Incoming
Contents Note: Edward F. Stevens, Director and Librarian Pratt Institute Free Library. n.d.

Francis G. Allinson. 1897 April 9.

Edmund Fuller. 1899.

Wendell P. Jamison. 1900 October 26.

Thomas L. DeVine. 1904 November 2.

Irving B. Richman, Attorney at Law. 1906 July 2.

Benjamin Wheeler, President University of California. 1911 May 26.

Robert K. Shaw, Worcester Free Library. 1913 September 22.

William Faunce. 1914 June 27.

R.R. Bowker. 1915 August 21.

William Faunce. 1915 November 6.

Herbert Autman, Library of Congress. 1916 May 13.

Benjamin Wheeler. 1919 March 10.

William Beer, Librarian Howard Memorial Library, New Orleans. 1922 May 30.

Ernest Spoffard, Recording Secretary, the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania to Mr. Chapin re: Tousard papers. 1922 June 19.

E.L. Pearson The New York Public Library. 1922 May 12.

Miss Gardner. 1925 November 8.

Wilson G. Wing, President, Providence Institution For Savings. 1928 January 24.

William Davisville. February 13.

1897-1930
Box 2, Folder 28 Misc. correspondence - Richard Rum pamphlet
Contents Note: From Foster to Mr. Tuttle. 1914 April 9.

Mr. John M. Faswell. 1914 April 22.

Mr. Julius H. Tuttle, Massachusetts Historical Society. Includes transcript of p.1 and preface of “Sir Richard Rum” Undated.

1914 April 9-April 22, undated
Box 2, Folder 29 Misc. Correspondence --Canon Wordsworth
Contents Note: Letter from Charles Wordsworth. 1927 October 24.

Transcript to Mr. Hudson. 1927 October 24.

1927 October 24
Box 2, Folder 30 Misc. correspondence – Thank you letters
Contents Note: To Prof Gardner. Draft of thank you letter. 1930 February 5.

To Board of Trustees. Draft of thank you letter. Feb 7, 1930.

G, Alder Blumer, M.D,. RISD Draft of thank you letter. April 10, 1930.

Mr. Green. Draft of thank you letter. Aug 19, 1930.

Dr. Lord Draft of thank you letter. Undated.

Dr. Allinson. Draft of thank you letter. Undated.

Box 2, Folder 31 Misc. correspondence – Outgoing
Contents Note: Postcard to unknown. Undated.

Mrs. Charles A. Cutter. Undated.

Postcard from Foster with limerick. Undated.

Unknown. 1878 April 29.

Mr. Bixby, Miss Bonner at Providence Athenaeum. 1898 November 17.

Bishop Burgess. 1906 November 4.

Miss Bonner at Providence Athenaeum. 1911 June 3.

Miss Bonner at Providence Athenaeum. 1914 November 26.

Miss Bonner at Providence Athenaeum. 1918 November 11.

1878-1930, undated

Series 3. Anniversaries, Commemorations, Memorials

Anniversaries
Containing information regarding planned commemorations and memorials for Foster. Items are arranged chronologically.

Box 2, Folder 32 Anniversaries
Contents Note: Seating plan for dinner. 1913.

Order of speakers. 1913.

H.L. Koopman’s translation of Horace’s Prayer to Apollo. 1913.

Letter regarding Dante. 1913.

1913

Retirement and Resignation
Containing planned retirement gifts for Foster.

Box 2, Folder 33 Retirement and Resignation
Contents Note: Retirement gifts from staff. Handwritten cover page to William R. Foster – With all good wishes of your Staff and their genuine if belated Christmas Greetings. 1930 March 29

Handwritten list of annotations.

Handwritten list of illustrations.

The Merrymount Press of Boston.

An Account of the Work of Daniel Berkley Updike by George Parker Winship, Assistant Librarian of Harvard College Library, Honorary Member of the Bibliographical Society London.

With a list of one hundred and fifty Merrymont Press Books.

Printed for Hurbert Reichner 1929.

1930 March 29

Memorials

Box 2, Folder 34 Memorials
Contents Note: Gregor Krichbaum, President Providence Speaking Club. Resolution to make a collection as part of a fund to be tended by the Trustees of the Providence Public Library for purchase of memorial tablet for William E. Foster. 1930 November 19.

List William E. Foster Wing Special Gift Possibilities. Two typed pages.

List of possible donors. Four typed pages.

Donors and memorials. Two typed pages

Four typed pages. Eulogy by Clarence E. Sherman.

Typed note from Julia Foster to Mr. Sherman about article in Journal from Fifty-Fifth Annual Report: Lest We Forget re: dedication of Memorial Tablet.

In Memoriam William E. Foster Drawing For a Book Plate. A Small Tribute from Walter O. Holt. Foster Book Plate (Oversize).

1930 November 19

Series 4. Miscellaneous Items
Contains miscellaneous materials that don’t fit in any of the other series. This consists of newspaper clippings of Foster’s articles, clippings of items of note that Foster found interesting or useful, as well as reference materials and advertising materials for a talk Foster gave at the Rhode Island Historical Society.

Books Belonging to Foster

Box 2, Folder 35 Foster’s Books
Contents Note: The Homing by Caroline Hazard New York, The Harbor Press 1929. With note from Miss Hazard

1929

Clippings
Containing Foster’s Providence Journal articles, clippings about literature, clippings relating to Foster’s anniversaries, commemorations, retirement and memorials. Items are arranged chronologically.

Box 2, Folder 36 Providence Journal Series
Contents Note: Photocopies of Foster’s articles on libraries and librarianship

Getting Acquainted with the Providence Public Library. 1913 April 10, 1913 April 14, 1913 April 17, 1913 April 21, 1913 April 24, 1913 April 28.

Forming the Library Habit At the Providence Public Library. 1913 May 19, 1913 May 22, 1913 May 26, 1913 June 4.

Library Resources (letter to the editor). 1913 May 2.

Growth and Use of the Public Library. 1913 June 29.

Library Statistics and Growth of Use. 1913 August 5.

Use of Public Library Books. 1913 August 18.

1913 April 10-August 18
Box 2, Folder 37 Clippings - Literary
Contents Note: Envelope with newspaper clippings about Barsetshire.

Paper on Library site folder of notes and newspaper clippings.

Misc. notes.

Clippings Quotation, and Near-Quotation read before the staff May 30, 1924; read before the Review Club January 10, 1925 Some Literary Memories of Newport in Newport Herald, June 18, 1915. 1915 June 18.

1915-1925
Box 2, Folder 38 Anniversaries, Commemorations, Retirement Memorials
Contents Note: Description Clippings on Foster’s anniversaries Commemorations, Memorials.

Newspaper clipping congratulations to Foster. 1913 February 5.

Newspaper clippings February 5, 1913 Providence Journal; Evening Tribune; Evening Bulletin. 1913 February 5.

Newspaper article: Foster Retires as Library Head. 1930 February 9.

Notice in The Library Journal. 1913 March.

Newspaper clippings on University Club Dinner(3). 1913 March.

Newspaper clipping on Foster. 1913 March.

Newspaper photos of Foster and Sherman. A Great Librarian retires. 1930

1.25 newspaper column Evening Bulletin Memorial of Dead Librarian Adopted. 1931 January 15.

1913-1931

Miscellaneous Reference Materials
Includes items Foster chose to use as reference materials. Items are arranged chronologically.

Box 2, Folder 39 Miscellaneous reference materials
Contents Note: Handwritten notes from Foster, newspaper clippings, correspondence.

Letter to Providence Journal correcting house number in which Lincoln stayed in 1860. On reverse handwritten reply Clipping of newspaper item in question.

Appraisal notes

Manuscript William Morris

Information Desk materials

Letter to Mr. Sweetland re article on Sprague Estate in Providence Journal. With handwritten reply.

Copy of letter declining purchase of “The Book of Knowledge”.

Notes and correspondence relating to N.Y. Assoc. for Improving the Condition Of the Poor.

Library fiction The Clue of Shelf 45 1919 written by Mr. Foster (newspaper) given to Ref. Dept. 1933 December 16.

Handwritten notes and newspaper clipping on “Norris Amendment” line of succession if President-elect dies before taking office.

Letter to Mr. Lyman re: lot of land Greene St. School built on May 25, 1916.

Letter to Miss Lyman re: circular letter to high school teachers. Typewritten letter.

Fragments newspaper clippings.

Note and newspaper clippings on Pres.

Note and letter from T.F. Green regarding book his sister had printed as a memorial to their aunt and father.

Note and newspaper clipping on world records in swimming the English Channel.

Note and newspaper clipping re: National Anthem.

Note and newspaper clippings in Mayflower passengers and descendents.

Note and newspaper clipping on song “John Brown’s Body”.

Miscellaneous materials
Contains miscellaneous materials gathered by Foster.

Box 2, Folder 40 Miscellaneous
Contents Note: Card of portrait of Ambrose Burnside.

Clippings, advertising postcard for RI Boundary Disputes read before RIHS February 10, 1891.

Handwritten list of books in Foster’s personal library.

Biographical notes.

Keats prices various lists.

1891-1930