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Colt Family Papers

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Sub-group One. Family Papers
Series 1: Samuel P. Colt Personal Papers, 1865-1921, 5 ft. (10 boxes).

This series consists of the correspondence with various members of Colt's family and with prominent state and local political figures of the day. Among the correspondents represented are members of his immediate family including brothers George, Edward, and LeBaron, sister Isabella, mother Theodora, wife Elizabeth and sons Russell and Roswell. The most prominent political correspondent is Senator Nelson Aldrich of Rhode Island. Also included in this series are records of household expenses, copies of insurance policies, certificates of government appointments, records of child support and alimony payments after his legal separation, and the guest register and journal of Camp Colt, his fishing camp in Maine.

Series 2: Christopher Colt, Sr. Business Correspondence, 1828-1847, 1 ft. (2 boxes).

This series contains the correspondence and business records of Samuel P. Colt's grandfather, a businessman and entrepreneur. Among the correspondence are some fifty letters between Christopher and his son Samuel (Samuel P.'s uncle) concerning Samuel's gun inventions and improvements and his attempts to gain government contracts for his fledgling Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company.

Series 3: Christopher Colt, Jr. Business Correspondence/Records, 1831-1854, 1 ft. (2 boxes).

This series contains the correspondence and business records of Christopher Colt, Samuel P.'s father, a silk manufacturer. It includes business correspondence and financial records relating to Christopher Colt, Jr.'s involvement in the silk manufacturing business in New England. Among his correspondents are Arthur and Lewis Tappan, New York dry goods merchants who were later to gain notoriety as activists in the antislavery movement.

Series 4: Theodora DeWolf Colt Papers, 1855-1901, 1 ft. (2 boxes).

This series consists of the correspondence between Samuel P.'s mother Theodora and her children George, Edward, Isabella, and LeBaron. Her correspondence with Samuel is contained in Series 1. Also included in this series is some of Theodora's correspondence with non-relatives, as well as invitations, bills and receipts, and programs for private theatricals, staged at Linden Place. Theodora was a published poet and some samples of her writings and published poems are included in this series.

Series 5: Edward D. Colt Correspondence/Business Records, 1861-1868, 6 ft. (9 boxes).

This series contains the personal correspondence and business records of Samuel's brother, Edward D. Colt. Edward was a stockbroker in Hartford, Connecticut, and the bulk of this series consists of materials relating to his brokerage business. Included are business correspondence, bank statements, cancelled checks, ledgers, and records of stock purchases and sales. Personal correspondence with members of his family is located in the series of the appropriate family member.

Series 6: LeBaron Bradford Colt Personal Papers, 1867-1905, 1.5 ft. (3 boxes).

This series contains the correspondence of LeBaron Bradford Colt (lawyer, judge, politician) with his wife, children and other family members. His extensive correspondence with his brother Samuel P. Colt is located in Series 1. Also included in this series are printed copies of some of LeBaron Colt's speeches and printed copies of briefs in the case of LeBaron B. Colt, et al. vs. Elizabeth H. Colt, et al., an attempt by the Bristol Colts (Theodora, LeBaron, and Samuel) to alter the terms of the will of Samuel Colt of Connecticut (brother-in-law and uncle respectively) to their benefit. There are no records in the collection from LeBaron Colt's thirty year tenure on the federal bench or for his eleven years as a U.S. Senator from Rhode Island.

Series 7: Mary Louise Colt Correspondence, 1865-1900, 1 ft. (2 boxes).

This series consists entirely of correspondence between Mary Louis Colt, wife of LeBaron B., and her parents Elizabeth and G.C. Ledyard. The correspondence spans more than thirty years and deals with the personal and financial problems of the Ledyards.

Series 8: Russell G. Colt Financial Records, 1902-1947, 1.5 ft. (3 boxes).

This series contains some of the business and personal papers of Samuel P. Colt's second son. It consists of personal financial records, including bank statements, cancelled checks, check registers, and quarterly statements of the trust fund established by his father. Correspondence with his father can be found in Series I. Russell G. Colt married noted stage actress Ethel Barrymore in 1909 and was the father of singer Ethel Barrymore Colt.

Series 9: Ethel Colt Miglietta Papers, 1906-1961, 3 ft. (6 boxes).

This series consists of the papers of John Romeo Miglietta (known as Romeo) and his wife Ethel Barrymore Colt, granddaughter of Samuel P. Colt. The series includes some correspondence between Ethel and Romeo, cancelled checks, bank statements, and newspaper clippings. Also included are musical scores, playbills, and broadsides relating to performances of Ethel Barrymore Colt.

Series 10: Colt/DeWolf Family Records, 1793-1935, 1 ft. (2 boxes).

This series contains miscellaneous materials relating to various members of the Colt and DeWolf families. This series includes the earliest item in the collection, the handwritten last will and testament of Mark Anthony DeWolf, dated 1793. Of particular interest is a hand illustrated journal and notebook kept by Sarah Colt between 1819 and 1821. Also contained in this series is correspondence and fragments of letters of various members of the Colt and DeWolf families who visited the family home of Linden Place.

Series 1. Samuel P. Colt Personal Papers
This series consists primarily of Colt's personal correspondence, as opposed to business and legal correspondence which are located in subsequent series. Among his most frequent correspondents were members of his family, including brothers George, Edward, and LeBaron, sister Isabella (Colt DeWolf), brother-in-law Frank DeWolf, mother Theodora, wife Elizabeth, sons Russell and Roswell, and father-in-law. Russell Bullock. There is also scattered correspondence with nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Non-family correspondents include U.S. Senator Nelson Aldrich of Rhode Island, Colt's personal secretary, Merton Cheeseman, and Lillian Westby with whom Colt had a romantic relationship in the early 1900's. Also included in this series are copies of insurance policies, certificates of appointment for aide-de-camp and Assistant Attorney General, records of Colt's child support and alimony payments after his separation, receipts for groceries and other regular household expenses, lecture notes from Colt's days as a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and guest registers and journals for Camp Colt, his fishing and hunting camp in Maine.

Subjects discussed in the family correspondence are the health and financial well being of various members of the Colt family, the status of Samuel P. and Elizabeth Colt's marriage, a dispute over the division of some furniture in Linden Place between Samuel P. Colt and his sister Isabella, and problems created by Theodora DeWolf Colt's outspoken nature.

Correspondence with Senator Nelson Aldrich concerns political issues, interests, and candidates in Rhode Island. The Lillian Westby correspondence concerns the personal relationship between Colt and Westby. Subjects include their meetings and separations, and their frequent European trips. Correspondence with Colt's personal secretary, Merton Cheeseman concerns Colt's health, travel plans, family, real estate, and stock investments.

The guest register and daily journals of Colt's "Camp Colt," a hunting and fishing camp in Maine provide a glimpse of the Colt family's leisure activities. The journals describe daily fishing and canoe trips taken by the Colt family and their guests, who signed the guest register at the beginning of each visit. The visitors to Camp Colt represent a broad spectrum of business and political leaders of early twentieth century Rhode Island.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject or name of correspondent and chronologically by date within folders. Letters to Colt from non-family members less than five letters and letters bearing only a partial signature are grouped together under the folder title "Correspondence" and arranged alphabetically by name. Unsigned letters are in folders labeled "Correspondence, Miscellaneous" and arranged chronologically by date.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 1 Aide-de-Camp to the Governor: Commission
1874-1876
Box 1, Folder 2 Aldrich, Senator Nelson: Correspondence
1884-1886, 1903
Box 1, Folder 3 Assistant Judge Advocate General: Commission
1873, 1877
Box 1, Folder 4 Becker, Mrs. Lillian LeBaron: Correspondence
1897-1901, undated
Box 1, Folder 5 Bristol School Committee: Election to
1878
Box 1, Folder 6 Bristol Tax Assessor's Book (Autographed)
1880
Box 1, Folder 7 Bristol Town Council Order of Notice to Colt Re: Gun Ordinance
1869
Box 1, Folder 8 Bullock, J. Russell (S.P. Colt's father-in-law): Correspondence
1881, undated
Box 1, Folder 0 Burial Plot, receipt for purchase of
1874
Box 1, Folder 9 Butler Hospital Annual Reports (Autographed)
1879, 1887
Box 1, Folder 10 Camp Colt (Maine hunting & fishing camp)
1905-1909, undated
Box 1, Folder 11 Fishing Record & Daily journal
1906-1916
Box 1, Folder 12 Fishing Record & Daily journal
1917-1919
Box 1, Folder 13 Fishing Record & Daily journal
1920
Box 2, Folder 14 Cheeseman, Merton A. (S.P. Colt's secretary): Correspondence
1897-1909
Box 2, Folder 15 Club Memberships
1874, 1887, 1908, undated
Box 2, Folder 16 Codman, E.F.: Correspondence
1870, undated
Box 2, Folder 17 Colt, Edward D. (S.P. Colt's brother): Correspondence
1867-1868
Box 2, Folder 18 Colt, Elizabeth H. (S.P. Colt's aunt): Correspondence
1874, 1876, 1904
Box 2, Folder 19 Colt, Elizabeth M. (S.P. Colt's wife): Correspondence
1880-1889
Box 2, Folder 20 Colt, Elizabeth M. (S.P. Colt's wife): Correspondence
1890-1893, 1901
Box 2, Folder 21 Colt, Elizabeth M. (S.P. Colt's wife): Correspondence
undated
Box 2, Folder 22 Colt, Elizabeth M.: Alimony & child support, payments to
1899-1901, undated
Box 2, Folder 23 Colt, Elizabeth M.: Estate of
1935
Box 2, Folder 24 Colt, George (S.P. Colt's brother): Correspondence
1837-1892
Box 2, Folder 25 Colt, George: Indebtedness to Samuel P. Colt
1873
Box 3, Folder 26 Colt LeBaron B. (S.P. Colt's brother): Correspondence
1868-1878
Box 3, Folder 27 Colt LeBaron B.: Correspondence
1884-1892, 1902, 1905, 1906,1921
Box 3, Folder 28 Colt LeBaron B.: Correspondence
undated
Box 3, Folder 29 Colt LeBaron B.: Indebtedness to Samuel P. Colt
1873-1874, 1887
Box 3, Folder 30 Colt, Mary Louise (S.P. Colt's sister-in-law & wife of LeBaron): Correspondence
1878, 1902, undated
Box 3, Folder 31 Colt, Roswell C. (S.P. Colt's son): Correspondence
undated
Box 3, Folder 32 Colt, Russell G. (S.P. Colt's son): Academic & financial problems of
1901-1902
Box 3, Folder 33 Colt, Russell G.: Description of trip to Brazil
1904-1905
Box 4, Folder 34 Colt, Theodora DeWolf (S.P. Colt's mother): Correspondence
1874-1892, undated
Box 4, Folder 35 Colt Family: List of family members (apparently in S.P. Colt's hand)
undated
Box 4, Folder 36 Columbia Univ. Law School: S.P. Colt's class notes
1875
Box 4, Folder 37 Columbia Univ. Law School: S.P. Colt's class notes. See oversize
undated
Box 4, Folder 38 Colwell, Francis: Correspondence
1882-1887, 1904
Box 4, Folder 39 Correspondence: Alberta Hotel - Barry, Isoline
1884-1909
Box 4, Folder 40 Correspondence: Benedict, E.C. - Bunge, Edward
1876-1909
Box 4, Folder 41 Correspondence: Campbell, B. - Custom House
1881-1908
Box 4, Folder 42 Correspondence: Dardel, Jean - French, Asa
1879-1908
Box 4, Folder 43 Correspondence: Gardner, Clarisse - Henry, T.F.
1874-1908
Box 5, Folder 44 Correspondence: Hobson, J.H. - Komiss, I.M.
1870-1908
Box 5, Folder 45 Correspondence: Laplan, C.E. - Myers, Nathaniel
1882-1908
Box 5, Folder 46 Correspondence: Namquit Mill - Orphan Aid Society
1882-1884,1906-1907
Box 5, Folder 47 Correspondence: Page, Clare - Providence Bd. of Trade
1881-1885, 1907
Box 5, Folder 48 Correspondence: Reid, J.A. - Short, J.C.
1883-1886, 1905-1907
Box 5, Folder 49 Correspondence: Smith, J.H. - Sullivan, James E.
1882-1886, 1903-1907
Box 5, Folder 50 Correspondence: Swarts, Gardiner - Turner House
1877-1907
Box 5, Folder 51 Correspondence: Urquehart, Isabelle - White, Addison
1883-1908
Box 6, Folder 52 Correspondence: Whitmore, F.W. - YMCA
1883-1907
Box 6, Folder 53 Correspondence: Cousins: Alex, Daisy, Niece: Blanche
1876, 1897, 1902
Box 6, Folder 54 Correspondence: Miscellaneous
1876-1909
Box 6, Folder 55 Correspondence: Miscellaneous
undated
Box 6, Folder 56 DeWolf, Douglas: Copies of letters to his sister Charlotte Goode (copies made by Colt)
1874
Box 6, Folder 57 DeWolf, Frank (S.P. Colt's brother-in-law): Correspondence
1874-1875, 1886-1887, 1892
Box 6, Folder 58 DeWolf, Frank: California Court Case
1889
Box 6, Folder 59 DeWolf, Isabella Colt (S.P. Colt's sister): Correspondence
1874, 1886
Box 6, Folder 0 DeWolf, John See Henry Wight Diman Papers, Msg. 161
undated
Box 6, Folder 60 DeWolf, John: Proposal for landscaping Linden Place
undated
Box 6, Folder 61 DeWolf, John: Proposal for landscaping North Point Farm
undated
Box 6, Folder 0 DeWolf, John: letter from Horace Wilson Shaler Cleveland, re: Roger Williams Park See Henry Wight Diman Papers, Msg. 161
undated
Box 6, Folder 62 DeWolf, Lindsay: Correspondence
undated
Box 6, Folder 63 Dog licenses
1871-1876
Box 6, Folder 64 European Cruises
1902, 1904
Box 6, Folder 65 European Cruise, with List of clothing to buy
1905, undated
Box 6, Folder 66 Eyeglass Prescription
1895
Box 6, Folder 67 Fales, Charles: Writ of Attachment of Property
1871
Box 7, Folder 68 Gubernatorial Nomination
1903
Box 7, Folder 69 Gubernatorial Candidacy: Letter from Colt declining nomination
1904
Box 7, Folder 70 Horton, Royal D.: Petition to Colt on behalf of
1906
Box 7, Folder 71 Howe, H.M.: Correspondence
1881, 1884, 1887
Box 7, Folder 72 Insurance Policies
1871-1880
Box 7, Folder 73 Insurance Policies
1884-1886
Box 7, Folder 74 Insurance Policies, list of
1884?
Box 7, Folder 75 Inventory of house & wine cellar: Linden Place?
1875
Box 7, Folder 76 Invitations
1876-1909
Box 8, Folder 77 Justice of the Peace Commission
1876-1880
Box 8, Folder 78 Larned, E.C.: Correspondence
1906
Box 8, Folder 79 Law library of Samuel P. Colt: Catalogue of
1883
Box 8, Folder 0 Linden Place X-Ref.: DeWolf, John Proposal for landscaping Linden Place
undated
Box 8, Folder 0 Linden Place X-Ref.: Inventory of house & wine cellar
undated
Box 8, Folder 80 Linden Place: Addition to
1907
Box 8, Folder 81 Linden Place: Map of the grounds
undated
Box 8, Folder 82 Lock, Rev. G.L. (St. Michael's Church): Correspondence
1902
Box 8, Folder 83 Martin, Lillian: Correspondence
1881, undated
Box 8, Folder 84 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): Class of
1874, 1874, 1877, 1881-1882
Box 8, Folder 85 MIT: Class of 1874 Fortieth Reunion
1914
Box 8, Folder 86 MIT: Lecture Notes in Architecture
1871
Box 8, Folder 87 MIT: Lecture Notes in English Composition
undated
Box 8, Folder 88 MIT: Lecture Notes in French
1870, 1871
Box 8, Folder 89 MIT: Lecture Notes in Geology & Photography
1873
Box 8, Folder 90 MIT: Lecture Notes in Physics
1872
Box 9, Folder 91 MIT: Lecture Notes in Zoology
1872-1873
Box 9, Folder 92 North Farm (Poppasquash): Blueprints for main entrance. See Series XXIV Oversize
undated
Box 9, Folder 93 North Farm (Poppasquash): Plan for proposed road across the meadow. See Series XXIV Oversize
1906
Box 9, Folder 0 North Farm (Poppasquash): Plat map. See Series XXIV Oversize
undated
Box 9, Folder 94 Notary Public Commission
1876-1880, 1886-1887
Box 9, Folder 95 Notebook: Drafts & letters
undated
Box 9, Folder 96 Osborn's English & Classical School: Report card of S.P. Colt
1866
Box 9, Folder 97 Passport Application
1885
Box 9, Folder 98 Perry, Mary Ann DeWolf.- Correspondence
1871, 1876-1879, 1907
Box 9, Folder 99 Politics, Miscellaneous
1876, 1883, 1886, 1900
Box 9, Folder 100 Railroad Pass: New York, New Haven & Hartford
1895, 1898
Box 9, Folder 101 Receipts: Hotel Receipts
1865-1902
Box 9, Folder 102 Receipts: Miscellaneous
1903-1908, 1916, undated
Box 9, Folder 103 Recipes (handwritten)
undated
Box 9, Folder 104 Reward Poster: $ 1,000 Reward for capture of thieves who burglarized Linden Place
undated
Box 9, Folder 105 Rhode Island Suburban Railway Company: Petition Re: Locating track on Hope St., Bristol
1901
Box 9, Folder 106 St. Michael's Parish: Building committee account
1876
Box 9, Folder 107 St. Michael's Parish: Pledges
1886, undated
Box 10, Folder 108 Stone chapel specifications
1876
Box 10, Folder 109 Sharpe, Henry: Correspondence
1906
Box 10, Folder 110 State House Cornerstone Laying Ceremony: Program for
1896
Box 10, Folder 111 Telegrams
1877-1899
Box 10, Folder 112 Telegrams
1900-1907
Box 10, Folder 113 Telegrams
undated
Box 10, Folder 114 Urinalysis: S.P. Colt
1902
Box 10, Folder 115 Westby, Lillian (Colt's paramour): Correspondence
1904-1907
Box 10, Folder 116 Will of Samuel P. Colt: Empty envelope labeled "Last Will & Testament of Samuel P. Colt..."
1874 Sep 19
Box 10, Folder 117 Will of Samuel P. Colt (given by family member, 1990)
undated
Box 10, Folder 118 Will of Samuel P. Colt: Fragment of a will bequeathing his Mamaronek, NY estate to his son Russell
undated
Box 10, Folder 119 Writings, Miscellaneous
1861, undated
Box 10, Folder 120 Yacht Race
1867
Box 10, Folder 121 Miscellaneous
undated

Series 2. Christopher Colt, Sr. Business Correspondence
Christopher Colt, Sr. (1780-1850) was the grandfather of Samuel P. Colt and the father of Samuel Colt, inventor of the Colt revolver and founder of the Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company. This series contains correspondence between Christopher and his son Samuel and other officers of the Colt Company. The subject of this correspondence is the development and operation of the Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company.

By far the most significant items in the series are the some fifty letters between Christopher and his son in which they discuss Samuel's attempts to gain government contracts for his fledgling gun company. In one letter dated August 20, 1840, the young Colt described for his father just such an attempt, a demonstration of his "submarine battery" on the Potomac River in Washington. He described a flotilla of boats on the river for the demonstration, including a steamboat "fitted up" for the accommodation of "the President, [Martin Van Buren] with the Cabinet, his corporal's guard and the principal officers of the Army and Navy together with large number of ladies and gentlemen, the elite of the city." The demonstration was apparently a success. Also included is a holograph copy of Christopher Colt's will, dated 1835.

Materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject or name of correspondent and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 11, Folder 1 Brown, Hartwell, Colt & Co.
1831-1832
Box 11, Folder 2 Colt, Christopher Jr.: Correspondence. See also: Series III
1840
Box 11, Folder 3 Colt, Samuel (Founder of Colt Patent Firearms Mfg. Company): Correspondence
1836
Box 11, Folder 4 Colt, Samuel: Correspondence
1837
Box 11, Folder 5 Colt, Samuel: Correspondence
1838
Box 11, Folder 6 Colt, Samuel: Correspondence
1839-1842, 1847
Box 11, Folder x-ref Colt Patent Firearms Mfg. Co. X-Ref.: Patent Firearms Mfg. Co.
undated
Box 12, Folder 7 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1829, 1835-1840
Box 12, Folder 8 Day Book
1831-1832
Box 12, Folder 9 Ehlers, John (Treasurer, Colt Patent Firearms Mfg. Company): Correspondence
1839-1841
Box 12, Folder 10 Patent of Samuel Colt
1837, 1841
Box 12, Folder 11 Patent Firearms Mfg. Co, See also: Ehlers, John
1838-1841
Box 12, Folder 12 Receipts & Promissory Notes
1835, 1836, 1841
Box 12, Folder 13 Selden, Dudley (Treasurer, Colt Patent Firearms Mfg. Co.): Correspondence. See also: Ehlers, John
1836
Box 12, Folder 14 Selden, Dudley: Correspondence
1837-1839
Box 12, Folder 15 Washington College: Invitation to Chapel
1828
Box 12, Folder 16 Will of Christopher Colt, Sr. (holograph)
1835

Series 3. Christopher Colt, Jr. Business Correspondence/Records
Christopher Colt, Jr. (1812-1855) was Samuel P. Colt's father. This series contains business correspondence and financial records relating to Christopher Colt's involvement in the silk manufacturing industry in New England. He had interests in two companies, Colt and Company and the New England Silk Manufacturing Company.

This series contains correspondence with jobbers and dry goods merchants in the silk trade, ledgers and receipts relating to the two companies in which Christopher Colt, Jr. had an interest and three years of monthly payroll records for Colt and Company.

The subject of the correspondence relates to the manufacture and sale of silk goods. Typical of the correspondence is that with Arthur Tappan and Company in which Arthur Tappan and Christopher Colt, Jr. discussed quality of silk, cost of silk, shipment and delivery schedules, and routine problems that arose during the normal course of business.

The monthly payroll records for Colt and Company, spanning the years 1836-1838 inclusive, confirm two facts of early New England industrial life: the pay was very low and the workers were all women and young girls.

The materials in this series, particularly the correspondence, are in the poorest physical condition of any in the collection. The letters were bundled and wrapped in paper which was then coated with wax or linseed oil. The substance soaked through to the letters, leaving them with a sticky oil coating and making the paper brittle.

Records in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject or name of correspondent and chronologically by date within folder.

Container Description Date
Box 13, Folder 1 Arthur Tappan & Co.
1836-1838
Box 13, Folder 2 Clark, Ebenezer: Correspondence
1836-1837 Mar
Box 13, Folder 3 Clark, Ebenezer: Correspondence
1837 Apr-1837 Jun
Box 13, Folder 4 Clark, Ebenezer: Correspondence
1837 Jul-1838 May
Box 13, Folder 5 Colt, Samuel (Christopher, Jr.'s brother): Correspondence. See also: Series II
1848
Box 13, Folder 6 Colt & Co.: Balance Sheets
1836-1837
Box 13, Folder 7 Colt & Co.: Check Register. See oversize
1836-1837
Box 13, Folder 8 Colt & Co.: Contract to build an addition to the factory
1838
Box 13, Folder 9 Colt & Co.: Contract to provide looms for
1835
Box 13, Folder 10 Colt & Co.: Co-partnership agreement between Christopher Colt, Jr. & J.W. Nash creating Colt & Co.
1835
Box 13, Folder 11 Colt & Co.: Ledger. See oversize
1837-1848
Box 13, Folder 12 Colt & Co.: List of girls who purchased looms
1838
Box 13, Folder 13 Colt & Co.: Monthly Payroll
1836
Box 13, Folder 14 Colt & Co.: Monthly Payroll
1837-1838
Box 14, Folder 15 Connecticut Silk Manufacturing Co.
1830-1837
Box 14, Folder 16 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1831, 1834, 1836-1837
Box 14, Folder 17 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1838-1839, undated
Box 14, Folder 18 DeWolf, Theodora Goujand (future wife of Christopher, Jr.): Correspondence. See also: Series IV
1837
Box 14, Folder 19 Holbrook, Nelson, & Co.
1836-1837
Box 14, Folder 20 Invitations
1832, 1834, undated
Box 14, Folder 21 Moore, Joseph (dry goods peddler)
1832
Box 14, Folder 22 New England Silk Co.: Invoice Ledger. See oversize
1840-1848
Box 14, Folder 23 Promissory Notes
1836-1838, undated
Box 14, Folder 24 Receipts
1831, 1836 Jan
Box 14, Folder 25 Receipts
1836 Feb-1836 Mar
Box 14, Folder 26 Receipts
1836 Apr-1836 Jun
Box 14, Folder 27 Receipts
1836 Jul-1836 Dec
Box 14, Folder 28 Receipts
1837-1831, undated
Box 14, Folder 29 Receipts. See oversize
1839-1844
Box 14, Folder 30 Sargent, L.P.: Correspondence
1854

Series 4. Theodora DeWolf Colt Papers
Theodora DeWolf Colt (1824-1901) was the wife of Christopher Colt, Jr. and mother of Samuel P. Colt. She was a published poet and a member of the merchant shipping DeWolf family of Bristol. The bulk of this series contains correspondence between Theodora and her other children, George, Edward, Isabella, and LeBaron. Her correspondence with Samuel is in Series I. This series also includes correspondence with her nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and non-relatives, including her son Samuel's father-in-law, J. Russell Bullock. Other records include invitations, bills, receipts, programs for private theatrical programs which Theodora regularly staged at Linden Place, and some of Theodora's poetry, both printed and holograph. These are filed under the heading of "writings."

The subjects of Theodora's correspondence with family members cover the usual family concerns such as health, grandchildren, family, birthdays and holidays, and finances. Letters from Samuel P. Colt's father-in-law discuss what he considers to be Theodora's verbal abuse of her daughter-in-law and his daughter, Elizabeth Colt, wife of Samuel P. Colt.

Theodora was socially prominent in Bristol and consequently received numerous invitations to weddings and other social events in the community. She also regularly presented what were known as "private theatricals" at Linden Place. Formal programs were printed for these performances and some of these programs are in this series.

The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject or name of correspondent and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 15, Folder 1 Acknowledgment of Expressions of Sympathy on Theodora's Death
1901
Box 15, Folder 2 Bills & Receipts
1882-1883, 1885, 1888
Box 15, Folder 3 Bullock, J. Russell (S.P. Colt's father-in-law): Correspondence. See also: Series I
1881
Box 15, Folder 4 Colt Beatrice (Theodora's granddaughter): Correspondence
1898
Box 15, Folder 5 Colt, Edward (Theodora's son): Correspondence. See also: Series V
1867
Box 15, Folder 6 Colt, George (Theodora's son): Correspondence. See also: Series I, V, X
1855-1888
Box 15, Folder 7 Colt, LeBaron B. (Theodora's son): Correspondence. See also: Series I, II
1868-1882
Box 15, Folder 8 Colt, Theodora L. (Theodora's granddaughter): Correspondence
1899-1900, undated
Box 15, Folder 9 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1859-1887
Box 15, Folder 10 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1880-1888
Box 15, Folder 11 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1898-1900
Box 16, Folder 12 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
undated
Box 16, Folder 13 DeWolf, Frank (Theodora's son-in-law): Correspondence. See also: Series I
1875-1883
Box 16, Folder 14 DeWolf, Isabella Colt (Theodora's daughter): Correspondence. See also: Series I
undated
Box 16, Folder 15 Goode, Charlotte DeWolf (Theodora's sister): Correspondence
undated
Box 16, Folder 16 Invitation: Mrs. Christopher Colt at home
undated
Box 16, Folder 17 Passport Application
1866
Box 16, Folder 18 Perry, Mary A.: Sale of real estate to Theodora
1879
Box 16, Folder 19 Private Theatricals
1868, 1871
Box 16, Folder 20 Rhorer, J.H.: Correspondence
1852, 1857-1861
Box 16, Folder 21 Talcott & Post Dry Goods: Account with
1867
Box 16, Folder 22 Wedding Invitations
1899, undated
Box 16, Folder 23 Wilbur, Mrs. Joshua: Correspondence
1889
Box 16, Folder 24 Writings: Poems
1914
Box 16, Folder 25 Miscellaneous
undated
Box 16, Folder 26 Miscellaneous
undated

Series 5. Edward D. Colt Correspondence/Business Records
Edward D. Colt (1844-1868), brother of Samuel P. Colt, was a stockbroker in Hartford, Connecticut. He appeared to be on the verge of success when he contracted a viral infection and died at the age of twenty-four in 1868. This series contains materials relating to his brokerage business and various financial transactions. It includes business correspondence, bank statements, cancelled checks, ledgers, and extensive records of stock purchases and sales. Also included are workbooks, notes, and a report card from Edward's years as a student at Eastman National Business College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Personal correspondence with other members of his family can be found in the series of the appropriate family member. Records relating to Edward's financial transactions (i.e. loans and promissory notes) with his brother, LeBaron, and sister, Isabella, document the family involvement in various business affairs.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject, name of correspondent, or type of record and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 17, Folder 1 Accounts Ledger: Clients & Office
1860-1866
Box 17, Folder 2 Accounts Ledger: Clients & Office
1865-1866
Box 17, Folder x-ref Accounts Ledger: Clients & Office. See Oversize
1866-1867
Box 17, Folder 3 Balance Sheets: See Oversize
1864-1865
Box 17, Folder 4 Bank Account: Connecticut River Banking Co.
1860-1867
Box 17, Folder 5 Bank Account: George P. Bissell & Co., Bankers
1868
Box 17, Folder 6 Bank Account: Phoenix National Bank
1865-1867
Box 17, Folder 7 Beckwith, H.C.: Correspondence
1865, 1867-1868
Box 17, Folder 8 Brainard, C.H. (Edward's father-in-law): Correspondence
1867-1868
Box 17, Folder 9 Brodhead, Cole, & Co.: Statements of Account
1867 Feb-1867 Mar
Box 17, Folder 10 Brodhead, Cole, & Co.: Stock Purchase & Sales Orders. See also: DeFreitas, George A.
1860-1867
Box 17, Folder 11 Broker' s licenses
1865-1866
Box 17, Folder 12 Business Cards of E.D. Colt: Cards and engraver's plate
1867
Box 17, Folder 13 Chapman & Co., Brokers: Correspondence
1865-1866
Box 18, Folder 14 Chapman & Co., Brokers: Statements of Account
1865-1866
Box 18, Folder 15 Chapman & Co., Brokers: Telegrams from
1865-1866
Box 18, Folder 16 Check Register
1865 Jul 18-1866 Apr 24
Box 18, Folder 17 Check Register: See oversize
1866 May 30-1867 Feb 6
Box 18, Folder 18 Check Register: Phoenix National Bank. See oversize
1866 Dec 31-1867 Apr 22
Box 18, Folder 19 Clark, E.S.: Correspondence
1867-1868
Box 18, Folder 20 Colt, Alice Brainard (Edward Colt's wife): Correspondence. See also: Brainard, C.H.
1866-1868
Box 18, Folder 21 Colt, George DeWolf (Edward's brother): Correspondence. See also: Series I, IV, X
1865-1868
Box 18, Folder 22 Colt, LeBaron B. (Edward's brother): Correspondence. See also: Colt Patent Firearms Mfg. Co. Stock & Series VI
1864-1868
Box 18, Folder 23 Colt, LeBaron B.: Loan to Edward
1867-1868
Box 18, Folder 24 Colt, Samuel (Edward's uncle): Correspondence
1861-1862
Box 18, Folder x-ref Colt, Samuel P. (Edward's brother): Correspondence. X-Ref- Colt, Edward D. in Series I
undated
Box 18, Folder x-ref Colt, Theodora DeWolf (Edward's mother): Correspondence. X-Ref. Colt, Edward D. in Series IV
undated
Box 18, Folder 25 Colt Patent Firearms Mfg. Co.: Stock
1867-1868
Box 18, Folder 26 Contracts & Notes, Cancelled
1860-1867
Box 18, Folder 27 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Business
1865
Box 18, Folder 28 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Business
1866 Jan-1866 Jun
Box 18, Folder 29 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Business
1867 Feb-1866 Jun
Box 18, Folder 30 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Business
1867 Jul-1867 Oct
Box 18, Folder 31 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Business
1868, undated
Box 19, Folder 32 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Personal
1855, 1861-1865
Box 19, Folder 33 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Personal
1866 Jun, 1867
Box 19, Folder 34 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Personal
1867 Jul-1867 Sep
Box 19, Folder 35 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Personal
1867 Oct-1867 Dec
Box 19, Folder 36 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Personal
1868
Box 19, Folder 37 Day Book. See oversize
1866 Jul-1866 Sep
Box 19, Folder 38 Day Book. See oversize
1866 Oct-1867 Mar
Box 19, Folder x-ref Death of. Description of his illness & death. X-Ref. Colt, Edward: Series IV
undated
Box 19, Folder 39 Deeds
1864, 1866
Box 19, Folder 40 DeFreitas, George A.: Correspondence
1867-1868
Box 19, Folder 41 DeWolf, Isabella Colt (Edward's sister): Correspondence
1861-1863, 1866-1867
Box 19, Folder 42 DeWolf, Isabella Colt: Loan to Edward Colt
1867-1868
Box 19, Folder 43 Drafts & Cancelled Checks. See also oversize
1866-1867
Box 19, Folder 44 Eastman National Business College: Practice Cash Books, Inventory Books & journals. See oversize
1864-1865
Box 19, Folder 45 Practice Ledgers & Shipping Books. See oversize
undated
Box 19, Folder 46 Report card of E.D. Colt
1865
Box 19, Folder 47 Sample business forms
1864-1865
Box 20, Folder 48 Eclectic Association: Membership in
1867
Box 20, Folder 49 Elmore, Samuel. See also: Rice, John
1867-1868
Box 20, Folder 50 European Accounts: Travel Expenses
1867-1868
Box 20, Folder 51 First National Bank of Patterson, New Jersey
1868
Box 20, Folder 52 Fisher, Thomas. See also: Goode, Charlotte DeWolf
1868
Box 20, Folder 53 George P. Bissell & Co.
1867-1868
Box 20, Folder 54 Goode, Charlotte DeWolf (Edward's Aunt): Correspondence
1865-1867
Box 20, Folder 55 Goode, Charlotte DeWolf: Correspondence
1868
Box 20, Folder 56 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Correspondence
1866 Jan-1866 Feb
Box 20, Folder 57 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Correspondence
1866 Mar
Box 20, Folder 58 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Correspondence
1866 Apr-1866 May
Box 20, Folder 59 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Correspondence
1866 Jun
Box 20, Folder 60 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Correspondence
1867-1868
Box 21, Folder 61 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Statements of Account
1866 Mar-1866 Jun
Box 21, Folder 62 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Statements of Account
1866 Jul-1866 Sep
Box 21, Folder 63 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Statements of Account
1866 Oct-1866 Dec
Box 21, Folder 64 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Statements of Account
1867
Box 21, Folder 65 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Stock Purchases & Sales
1866 Jan-1866 Jun
Box 21, Folder 66 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Stock Purchases & Sales
1866 Jul-1866 Dec
Box 21, Folder 67 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Stock Purchases & Sales
1867
Box 22, Folder 68 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Telegrams from
1866 Jan-1866 Feb
Box 22, Folder 69 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Telegrams from
1866 Mar-1866 Apr
Box 22, Folder 70 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Telegrams from
1866 May
Box 22, Folder 71 Heath & Hughes, Bankers & Brokers: Telegrams from
1866 Jun
Box 22, Folder 72 Hollister, N.: Correspondence
1866
Box 22, Folder 73 Insurance Policies
1866-1867
Box 22, Folder 74 Jarvis, R.H.: Correspondence
1865-1868
Box 22, Folder 75 John B. Russell & Son
1867-1868
Box 22, Folder 76 Letterpress Copybook
1866-1867
Box 23, Folder 77 Military Pass: Granted to Edward D. Colt to visit camp of the 15th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers
1863
Box 23, Folder 78 Notes & Bills Receivable
1866-1868
Box 23, Folder 79 Olney, Jeremiah: Correspondence
1866-1867
Box 23, Folder 80 Promissory Notes
1862, 1865-1866, 1868
Box 23, Folder 81 Property: List of taxable property
1867
Box 23, Folder 82 Receipts
1862-1863
Box 23, Folder 83 Receipts
1864
Box 23, Folder 84 Receipts
1865 Jan-1865 Jun
Box 23, Folder 85 Receipts
1865 Jul-1865 Sep
Box 23, Folder 86 Receipts
1865 Oct-1865 Dec
Box 23, Folder 87 Receipts
1866 Jan-1866 Jun
Box 23, Folder 88 Receipts
1866 Jul-1866 Sep
Box 23, Folder 89 Receipts
1866 Oct-1866 Dec
Box 24, Folder 90 Receipts
1867 Jan-1867 Feb
Box 24, Folder 91 Receipts
1867 Mar-1867 Sep
Box 24, Folder 92 Receipts
1867 Oct-1868
Box 24, Folder 93 Receipts: Household expenses
1863-1864
Box 24, Folder 94 Receipts: Household expenses
1865
Box 24, Folder 95 Receipts: Household expenses
1866 Jan-1866 Jun
Box 24, Folder 96 Receipts: Household expenses
1866 Jul-1866 Dec
Box 24, Folder 97 Rice, John S.: Correspondence. See also: Elmore, Samuel
1866-1868
Box 24, Folder 98 Smith & Sanger: Accounts
1864
Box 24, Folder 99 Stock Purchases & Sales: Record of See also: Brodhead, Cole, & Co. & Heath & Hughes
1866-1867 Jan
Box 25, Folder 100 Telegrams
1865 Jun-1866 Aug
Box 25, Folder 101 Telegrams
1866 Sep-1866 Oct
Box 25, Folder 102 Telegrams
1866 Nov-1866 Dec
Box 25, Folder 103 Telegrams
1867 Jan-1867 Feb 15
Box 25, Folder 104 Telegrams
1867 Feb 16-1867 Mar
Box 25, Folder 105 Telegrams
1867 Apr-1867 Oct
Box 25, Folder 106 Telegrams: Record of
1866-1867 Mar
Box 25, Folder 107 Trial Balances
1866-1867
Box 25, Folder 108 Turner, John S. Correspondence. See also: Goode, Charlotte
1868
Box 25, Folder 109 Vanderbilt, Cornelius J.: Correspondence
1868
Box 25, Folder 110 Williams, J.D.: Correspondence
1867
Box 25, Folder 111 Woodruff, A.B.: Correspondence
1868

Series 6. LeBaron Bradford Colt Personal Papers
LeBaron Bradford Colt (1845-1924) was the older brother of Samuel P. Colt and a prominent lawyer and politician. He preceded his brother Samuel as a graduate of Columbia Law School in 1870 and succeeded him as a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from Bristol when Samuel was appointed Assistant Attorney General in 1879. LeBaron was appointed a federal judge by President William Garfield in 1881 and served on the bench as a District Court and Appeals Court judge until 1912. He won election to the U.S. Senate from Rhode Island in 1912, a position for which his brother Samuel had run unsuccessfully in 1906 and 1907. He was re-elected in 1918. LeBaron Bradford Colt died in 1924. An extensive obituary was written for the (Providence) Evening Bulletin, August 18, 1924. See Printed Material, Series XXV, for a photocopy of that obituary.

This series contains the personal papers and speeches of LeBaron Bradford Colt. Included is correspondence with his wife Mary Louise Colt, his brother George, and his children Beatrice, Primrose, Mary Louise, and LeBaron C. Colt. He and his wife had four daughters and one son (who died in 1916 in an automobile accident). Correspondence with his mother Theodora and brother Samuel is located in Series IV and Series I respectively. Printed copies of some speeches are filed under the heading of "Speeches and Addresses."

Included in this series is printed material relating to a court suit involving the Bristol, Rhode Island, and Hartford, Connecticut, branches of the Colt Family. In LeBaron B. Colt, et al. vs. Elizabeth H. Colt, et al., the Bristol Colts (Theodora, LeBaron, and Samuel) sued Elizabeth H. Colt, the widow of Samuel Colt, seeking to alter the terms of Samuel Colt's will to their benefit. After a protracted case, the courts ruled in favor of the Bristol Colts. As a result of the decision, each of the Bristol Colts was awarded a substantial number of shares of stock in the Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company. The case is documented in several printed court documents including petitions, briefs for complainant, and transcripts of trial testimony.

Also contained in this series is a scrapbook compiled by LeBaron's daughter Beatrice from her early years through her formal debut into society. It documents the personal life and interests of a young woman growing to maturity at the turn of the twentieth century.

The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by name, subject or type of record and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 26, Folder 1 Accounts
1873-1881, 1897
Box 26, Folder 2 Address Book
1877
Box 26, Folder 3 Colt, Beatrice (daughter of LeBaron B. and Mary Louise Colt): Account Book
1906 Dec-1908 May
Box 26, Folder 3a Colt, Beatrice: Correspondence
1899, undated
Box 26, Folder 4 Colt, Beatrice: Scrapbook. See oversize
1905
Box 26, Folder 5 Colt, Edward D. (LeBaron's brother): Appointment as Executor of Edward's estate. See also: Series V
1868
Box 26, Folder x-ref Colt, Edward D.: Correspondence. X-ref. Colt, LeBaron in Series V
undated
Box 26, Folder 6 Letter to LeBaron describing Edward's illness & death
1868 Oct 15
Box 26, Folder 7 Colt, George DeWolf (LeBaron's brother): Correspondence. See also: Series I, IV, X
1878, 1885, 1892
Box 26, Folder 8 Colt, LeBaron C. (son of LeBaron B. & Mary Louise Colt): Correspondence
1897, undated
Box 26, Folder 9 Colt, LeBaron C.: Journal of a canoe trip on the West Branch of the Penobscot River
1897
Box 26, Folder 10 Colt, Mary Louise (LeBaron's wife): Correspondence
1877, 1898
Box 26, Folder 11 Colt, Primrose (daughter of LeBaron & Mary Louise Colt). Correspondence
1893-1903
Box 26, Folder 11a Colt, Mary Louise (daughter of LeBaron & Mary Louise Colt): Wedding Invitation
undated
Box 26, Folder x-ref Colt, Samuel P. (LeBaron's brother). X-Ref Colt, LeBaron B. in Series I
undated
Box 26, Folder x-ref Colt, LeBaron B. in Series I X-Ref Colt, Theodora DeWolf (LeBaron's mother). X-Ref. Colt, LeBaron B. in Series IV
undated
Box 26, Folder 12 Colt, Theodora L. (LeBaron & Mary Louise Colt's daughter): Correspondence
1883, 1900, undated
Box 26, Folder 13 Colt, Patent Firearms Mfg. Co.: Stock
1875
Box 26, Folder 14 Columbia University: One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary Observance
1904
Box 26, Folder 15 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1868-1878
Box 26, Folder 16 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1881-1906
Box 26, Folder 17 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
undated
Box 27, Folder 18 Deeds
1867, 1870, 1882
Box 27, Folder 19 DeWolf, Frank (LeBaron's brother-in-law): Correspondence. See also: Series I
1888
Box 27, Folder 20 DeWolf, Isabella Colt (LeBaron's sister): Correspondence. See also Series I, IV & V
1868-1869, 1871-1872
Box 27, Folder 21 LeBaron B. Colt, et al. vs. Elizabeth H. Colt, et al. (Court case involving distribution of shares Colt Patent Firearms Mfg. Co.)
1879-1880
Box 27, Folder 22 LeBaron B. Colt, et al. vs. Elizabeth H. Colt, et al. Brief for Complainants (Annotated copy)
1881
Box 27, Folder 23 LeBaron B. Colt, et al. vs. Elizabeth H. Colt, et al. Brief for Complainants (Copy 1)
1881
Box 27, Folder 24 LeBaron B. Colt, et al. vs. Elizabeth H. Colt, et al. Brief for Complainants (Copy 2)
1881
Box 27, Folder 25 LeBaron B. Colt, et al. vs. Elizabeth H. Colt, et al. Brief for Complainants
1884
Box 27, Folder 26 LeBaron B. Colt, et al. vs. Elizabeth H. Colt, et al. Evidence in Chief for the Complainants
1880
Box 27, Folder 27 LeBaron B. Colt, et al. vs. Elizabeth H. Colt, et al. Testimony for Complainants in Rebuttal
1880
Box 28, Folder 28 Ledyard, Elizabeth (LeBaron's mother-in-law): Correspondence. See also: Series VII
1875-1876
Box 28, Folder 29 Palmer & Colt, Attorneys at Law: Advertising
1872
Box 28, Folder 30 Platt vs. Massachusetts "Real Estate Company: Opinion written by judge L.B. Colt
1900
Box 28, Folder 31 Receipts
1870, 1873
Box 28, Folder 32 Speeches & Addresses: "America's Solution to the Problem of Government"
1905
Box 28, Folder 33 Speeches & Addresses: "The Contributions of R.I. to the American Union"
1904
Box 28, Folder 33a Speeches & Addresses: "John Marshall Day in Rhode Island"
1901
Box 28, Folder 34 Speeches & Addresses: "Law & Reasonableness"
1903
Box 28, Folder 35 Speeches & Addresses: "The Protection of the President of the United States"
1902
Box 28, Folder 36 United States vs. American Bell Telephone Co. (opinion written by judge L. B. Colt)
1894

Series 7. Mary Louise Colt Correspondence
Mary Louise Colt (Mamie) (d. 1922) was the wife of LeBaron Bradford Colt. This series contains mostly correspondence between her and her parents, G.C. and Elizabeth Ledyard of Chicago. The majority of the letters are from Mary Louise's mother who invariably focuses on one of three themes: requesting Mary Louise to come back to Chicago, asking Mary Louise for money, and discussing her health and the general state of her existence. The correspondence with her father is not significantly different in content, but substantially less in volume. Routine family matters are also discussed in this correspondence spanning nearly thirty-five years.

The correspondence of each parent is filed by the parent's name and arranged chronologically by date. A few letters from people other than Mary Louise Colt's parents have been placed at the end of the series in a folder labeled "Miscellaneous Correspondence." Correspondence with her husband, LeBaron, is in Series VI filed under her name. This series also includes journals kept by Mary Louise Colt's parents, as well as a Cash Book kept by Mamie.

Container Description Date
Box 29, Folder 1 Colt, Mary Louise (Mamie): Cash Book
1878-1886
Box 29, Folder 1a Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
1864-1868
Box 29, Folder 2 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
1874-1876
Box 29, Folder 3 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
1877-1878
Box 29, Folder 4 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
1879
Box 29, Folder 5 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
1880-1881
Box 29, Folder 6 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
1882-1883
Box 29, Folder 7 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
1884-1887
Box 30, Folder 8 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
1888-1889
Box 30, Folder 9 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
1890-1892
Box 30, Folder 10 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
1893-1898
Box 30, Folder 11 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
undated
Box 30, Folder 12 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
undated
Box 30, Folder 13 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Correspondence
undated
Box 30, Folder 14 Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother): Letter Fragments
undated
Box 30, Folder 14a Ledyard, Elizabeth?: Journal "Inventory of household Furniture Bot [sic] of Wm. H. Metcalf"
1850
Box 30, Folder 14b [Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother)]: Journal
1894
Box 30a, Folder 14c [Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother)]: Journal
1895
Box 30a, Folder 14d [Ledyard, Elizabeth (Mary Louise Colt's mother)]: Journal
1896
Box 30a, Folder 14e Ledyard, Guy & "Lizzie" [Ledyard]: Notebook
1844?
Box 30a, Folder 15 Ledyard, G.C. (Mary Louise Colt's father): Correspondence
1865-1868
Box 30a, Folder 16 Ledyard, G.C. (Mary Louise Colt's father): Correspondence
1875-1884
Box 30a, Folder 17 Ledyard, G.C. (Mary Louise Colt's father): Correspondence
1894-1899
Box 30a, Folder 17a [Ledyard, G.C. (Mary Louise Colt's father)?]: Cash Book
1895
Box 30a, Folder 18 Miscellaneous Correspondence
1873, 1883, 1900, undated

Series 8. Russell G. Colt Financial Records
Russell Griswold Colt (1882-1959), the second son of Samuel P. and Elizabeth Colt, married noted stage actress Ethel Barrymore in 1909 and was the father of Samuel Barrymore Colt, John Drew Colt, and singer Ethel Barrymore Colt (Miglietta). This series consists of the personal financial records of Russell Colt, including bank statements, cancelled checks, check registers, and quarterly statements of the trust fund established for him by his father.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by the type of record and chronologically by date within folders. Russell's correspondence with his father is in Series I.

Bank statements

Container Description Date
Box 31, Folder 1 Irving Bank - Columbia Trust
1925-1939
Box 31, Folder 2 Mechanics Nat'l Bank of Providence
1925-1926, 1934-1936

Cancelled checks

Container Description Date
Box 31, Folder 3 Irving Bank - Columbia Trust
1924 Sep-1924 Dec
Box 31, Folder 4 Irving Bank - Columbia Trust
1925 Jan-1925 Jun
Box 31, Folder 5 Irving Bank - Columbia Trust
1925 Jul-1925 Dec
Box 31, Folder 6 Irving Bank - Columbia Trust
1926 Jan-1926 Jun
Box 31, Folder 7 Irving Bank - Columbia Trust
1926 Jul-1926 Sep
Box 31, Folder 8 Irving Trust Company
1935-1936
Box 32, Folder 9 Mechanics National Bank
1926, 1935-1936
Box 32, Folder 10 Check Registers
1902-1903
Box 32, Folder 11 Check Registers
1941
Box 32, Folder 12 Club & Organization Memberships
1934-1935, 1942-1944, 1947
Box 32, Folder 13 Colt, Elizabeth Bullock (Russell's mother). See also: Colt, Elizabeth Bullock in Series I
undated
Box 32, Folder 14 Colt, Roswell C. (Russell's brother). Correspondence. See also: Series I
1935
Box 32, Folder 0 Colt, Samuel P. (Russell's father). X-Ref to Colt, Russell G. in Series I
undated
Box 32, Folder 15 Colt Patent Firearms Mfg. Co.: Labor Troubles
1935
Box 32, Folder 16 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1904-1946, undated
Box 32, Folder 17 Customs Service Notices: Duties Due
1935, 1938
Box 32, Folder 18 Insurance: Fire Insurance Policy
1934
Box 32, Folder 19 Newspaper Clipping
1935, undated
Box 32, Folder 20 Notre Dame Univ.: Souvenir Post Card Folder
1938
Box 32, Folder 21 Receipts
1908-1941, undated
Box 32, Folder 22 Selective Service Registration Card
1942
Box 32, Folder 23 Tax Stamps for Cigarettes
1936

Trust Fund Established by Samuel P. Colt

Container Description Date
Box 33, Folder 24 Statements of Account
1927, 1935
Box 33, Folder 25 Statements of Account
1941
Box 33, Folder 26 Statements of Account
1942
Box 33, Folder 27 Statements of Account
1943-1944
Box 33, Folder 28 Statements of Account
1945
Box 33, Folder 29 Statements of Account
1946
Box 33, Folder 30 Statements of Account
1947
Box 33, Folder 31 Miscellaneous
undated

Series 9. Ethel Colt Miglietta Papers
Ethel Barrymore Colt (Miglietta) and John Romeo Miglietta (known as Romeo) were the daughter and son-in-law of Russell G. Colt and Ethel Barrymore. This series contains records that Ethel and Romeo left at Linden Place during the many summers the two spent there. Ethel Barrymore Colt was a singer and actress and that aspect of her career is reflected in the numerous musical scores, playbills, and broadsides located in this series. Romeo Miglietta was a mining engineer who traveled frequently in his work, a fact reflected in the Italian and South American return addresses on his letters to his wife. Miglietta's letters from British Guiana and Surinam detail his efforts to establish a bauxite mining exploration company in South America. He also describes life in a mining camp in the jungles of Surinam, the customs of the natives, and briefly discusses local politics. See Also John Romeo Miglietta Papers, MsG # 91. In addition to the correspondence and theatrical memorabilia, the series contains cancelled checks, bank statements, appointment calendars, a marriage certificate, an engraving of Ethel Barrymore Colt, correspondence and legal documents relating to the sale of the Colt family's Mamaroneck estate in New York and newspaper clippings. Photographs of Ethel Barrymore Colt and her family may be found in Photographs.

Years later, when the John Romeo Miglietta Papers (MsG # 91) were being processed additional correspondence between Ethel B. C. Miglietta, John, and other family members was given by the Miglietta family. This correspondence was added to the original records that had been located at Linden Place.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 34, Folder 1 American Federation of Television and Radio Artists: Newsletters
1955-1956
Box 34, Folder 2 Appointment Calendars
1952-1954
Box 34, Folder 3 Appointment Calendars
1955-1956
Box 34, Folder 4 Bank Statements: County Trust Company
1953-1957
Box 34, Folder 5 Bank Statements: County Trust Company
1958-1962
Box 34, Folder 6 Bank Statements: Industrial National Bank
1961-1963
Box 34, Folder 7 Bank Statements: National City Bank of New York
1946, 1952-1954
Box 34, Folder 8 Barrymore, Ethel (Mother of Ethel Barrymore Colt): Exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York
1953-1956, undated
Box 34, Folder 9 Barrymore, Ethel: Magazine Cover Photo
undated
Box 34, Folder 10 Bills and Receipts
1945-1946, 1951-1956
Box 34a, Folder 11 Broadsides and Playbills: See Also Oversize
1945, 1950-1957, 1962, undated
Box 34a, Folder 12 Calling Cards
undated
Box 34a, Folder 13 Cancelled Checks: County Trust Company
1951-1953
Box 34a, Folder 14 Cancelled Checks: County Trust Company
1954
Box 34a, Folder 15 Cancelled Checks: County Trust Company
1955
Box 34a, Folder 16 Cancelled Checks: County Trust Company
1956-1958
Box 34a, Folder 17 Cancelled Checks: County Trust Company
1959
Box 34a, Folder 18 Cancelled Checks: County Trust Company
1960
Box 34b, Folder 19 Cancelled Checks: County Trust Company
1961
Box 34b, Folder 20 Cancelled Checks: County Trust Company
1962
Box 34b, Folder 21 Cancelled Checks: Industrial National Bank
1961
Box 34b, Folder 22 Cancelled Checks: Industrial National Bank
1962-1963
Box 34b, Folder 23 Cancelled Checks: National City Bank of New York
1945-1947, 1950-1954
Box 34b, Folder 24 Check Registers: County Trust Company
1953-1955
Box 34b, Folder 25 Check Registers: County Trust Company
1956-1958
Box 35, Folder 26 Check Registers: County Trust Company
1959
Box 35, Folder 27 Check Registers: County Trust Company
1960
Box 35, Folder 28 Check Registers: County Trust Company
1961
Box 35, Folder 29 Check Registers: County Trust Company
1962
Box 35, Folder 30 Check Registers: Industrial National Bank
1961-1963
Box 35, Folder 31 Check Registers: National City Bank of New York
1954
Box 35, Folder 32 Chiodo, Ilona (sister-in-law of Ethel Barrymore Colt): Correspondence: See Also John Romeo Miglietta Papers, MsG # 91
1945
Box 35, Folder 33 Christmas Cards
undated
Box 35, Folder 34 Concert Schedules
undated
Box 35, Folder 35 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1950, 1952-1958, 1961, 1974, undated
Box 35, Folder 36 Engraving of Ethel Barrymore Colt
undated
Box 35a, Folder 37 Fan Mail
1952, 1954-1957, undated
Box 35a, Folder 38 Industrial Trust Company: Correspondence Re. Colt Farm Land
1953-1955
Box 35a, Folder 39 Industrial Trust Company vs. Theodora DeWolf Flynn
1947
Box 35a, Folder 40 Insurance Policies
1950-1951
Box 35a, Folder 41 Mamaroneck Estate: Bills and Receipts for Maintenance
1952-1953
Box 35a, Folder 42 Mamaroneck Estate: Sale of
1953-1955, undated
Box 35a, Folder 43 Marriage Certificate: Ethel Barrymore Colt and John Romeo Miglietta
1944
Box 35b, Folder 44 Miglietta, John Drew (Son of Ethel Barrymore Colt and John Romeo Miglietta): Correspondence: See Also John Romeo Miglietta Papers, MsG # 91
1954, undated
Box 35b, Folder 45 Miglietta, John Drew: Baptismal Certificate
1946
Box 35b, Folder 46 Miglietta, John Drew: Subpoena Re. Colt Estate
1946
Box 35b, Folder 47 Miglietta, John Drew, Miscellaneous
undated
Box 35b, Folder 48 Miglietta, John Romeo (husband of Ethel Barrymore Colt): Correspondence
1951-1953
Box 35b, Folder 49 Miglietta, John Romeo: Correspondence
1954-1955
Box 35b, Folder 50 Miglietta, John Romeo: Correspondence
1954-1957, undated
Box 35b, Folder 51 Miglietta (Pontabry) Maria (daughter of J. Romeo Miglietta) Correspondence: See Also John Romeo Miglietta Papers, MsG # 91
1955, undated
Box 35b, Folder 52 Newspaper Clippings
1950-1961

Series 10. Colt/DeWolf Family Records
The Colt/DeWolf Family Records contains a variety of material relating to several generations of the Colt and DeWolf families. The records are diverse. Included is a 1793 handwritten will of Mark Anthony DeWolf and a beautiful hand illustrated journal and notebook compiled between 1819 and 1821 by Sarah Ann Colt. Also included are correspondence and legal documents relating to the estate of Dorothy Colt, wife of Samuel P. Colt's son Roswell, and the legal guardianship of Roswell's daughter Elizabeth.

The series also includes the will of Elizabeth H. Colt, the widow of Samuel Colt of the Colt Firearms Company, the divorce decree of George DeWolf Colt, Samuel P. Colt's brother, two day books from the late 1870's, miscellaneous correspondence, and fragments of letters of the Colts and DeWolfs.

The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by name and chronologically by date within folders. Miscellaneous letters and parts of letters are grouped together at the end of the series and arranged chronologically by date.

Container Description Date
Box 36, Folder 1 Colt, Dorothy B. (wife of Roswell Colt & mother of Elizabeth Colt): Estate of. See also: Elizabeth Colt: Legal Guardianship of
1920-1921
Box 36, Folder 2 Colt, Elizabeth (daughter of Dorothy & Roswell Colt, granddaughter of Samuel P. Colt): Bookplates
undated
Box 36, Folder 3 Colt, Elizabeth: Cancelled Checks & Receipts
1935
Box 36, Folder 4 Colt, Elizabeth: Correspondence
1926, 1935, undated
Box 36, Folder 5 Colt, Elizabeth: Legal Guardianship of
1920-1927
Box 36, Folder 6 Colt, Elizabeth H. (wife of Samuel Colt and Aunt of Samuel P. Colt): Will of. See also: LeBaron B. Colt, et al. vs. Elizabeth H. Colt. et al., Series VI
1905
Box 37, Folder 7 Colt, George DeWolf (brother of Samuel P., LeBaron & Edward Colt). See: Series 1, V, VI for correspondence between George & his brothers.
undated
Box 37, Folder 8 Colt, George DeWolf.- Divorce
1878-1879
Box 37, Folder 9 Colt, Gigi, "A Letter to Anne" (typescript)
undated
Box 37, Folder 10 Colt, Roswell C. (Samuel P. Colt's son): Genealogy of
undated
Box 37, Folder 11 Colt, Sarah Ann: School Notebooks
1818-1821
Box 37, Folder 12 Day Book. See oversize
1878 Mar-1879 Apr
Box 37, Folder 13 Day Book. See oversize
1878 Mar-1880 Aug
Box 37, Folder 14 DeWolf, Abby (cousin (?) of Theodora DeWolf Colt): Correspondence
undated
Box 37, Folder 15 DeWolf, Alice Martin: Wedding invitation of
1907
Box 37, Folder 16 DeWolf, Isabelle Colt: (sister of Samuel P. Colt). Correspondence. See also: DeWolf, Isabelle Colt in the following Series: I, IV, V, VI
undated
Box 37, Folder 0 DeWolf, John See Series I: Samuel P. Colt Personal Papers
undated
Box 37, Folder 17 DeWolf, Mark Anthony: Will of
1793
Box 37, Folder 18 Internal Revenue, U.S., Annual Tax Form (blank)
1868
Box 37, Folder 19 "The Little Birds," anonymous play
undated
Box 37, Folder 20 Miscellaneous Correspondence & Fragments
1819-1907
Box 37, Folder 21 Miscellaneous Correspondence & Fragments
undated
Box 37, Folder 22 Miscellaneous Correspondence & Fragments
undated

Sub-group Two. Personal Financial Papers
Series 11: Samuel P. Colt Personal Financial Records, 1873-1907, 8 ft. (16 boxes).

This series contains some of the records that document Colt's personal financial activities. Nearly half of the material in this series consists of correspondence and records of stock transactions with more than a dozen banking and brokerage houses in Rhode Island and New York City. Also included are records of his extensive real estate transactions, cancelled checks, bank statements, annual income and expenditure statements, records of loans and promissory notes, as well as receipts for household repairs and expenses at Linden Place.

Series 12: Colt Memorial School, 1904-1907, 1.5 ft. (3 boxes).

This series contains materials relating to the construction and furnishing of the Colt Memorial School, built by Samuel P. Colt as a memorial to his mother Theodora. Included are correspondence, blueprints, brochures, bids by architects, and catalogues for school furnishings and supplies.

Series 13: George Terry Papers, 1847-1901, 1.5 ft. (3 boxes).

This series contains the business and personal correspondence of George Terry, a business partner of Samuel P. Colt, as well as co-executor with Colt of the estate of Cornelius J. Vanderbilt. Included are Terry's correspondence with Colt relating to a variety of business ventures, including gold and silver mines in Nevada. Correspondence with Colt pertaining to a joint interest in a New Mexico cattle ranch and to the Vanderbilt estate can be found in the New Mexico Ranch Series and the Estate Series respectively. Also included is Terry's correspondence with other business partners and receipts for the many hotels he stayed at while travelling on business or with Cornelius J. Vanderbilt.

Series 11. Samuel P. Colt Personal Financial Records
Colt invested in real estate and particularly in the stock market. Nearly half the records in this series consist of correspondence and records of stock transactions with more than a dozen banking and brokerage houses in Rhode Island and New York City. These records are grouped together under the general heading of "Banking and Brokerage Houses" and then alphabetically by the name of the firm. Included are correspondence with the brokers, buy orders, sell orders, margin calls, and periodic statements of his accounts with the various banking and brokerage houses.

Colt's real estate investments were primarily in Rhode Island and New York City. In addition to Linden Place, he owned a townhouse in New York City, a hunting and fishing camp in Maine, a 450 acre farm on the Bristol, Rhode Island waterfront, and land on Hogg Island in Narragansett Bay. Included are deeds, title searches, mortgages, and correspondence relating to the various properties which Colt acquired. The records relating to North Farm document the manner in which Colt acquired, over a period of years, the 450 shorefront acres in Bristol. This acquisition became the showcase Poppasquash Point Farm and is now Colt State Park.

Included in this series are annual summaries of income and expenditures which Colt compiled. The statements provide detailed day by day lists of income and expenses, as well as listing investments, loans, household expenses and repairs for Linden Place, the New York townhouse, and his Maine Camp, political contributions ($121,743 in 1906) and miscellaneous expenses. Also included in this series are financial records such as bank statements, pass books, cancelled checks, check registers, and daily deposit and check statements.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of record and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 38, Folder 1 Account Book
1873-1875
Box 38, Folder 2 Anderson, James: Correspondence
1878-1880
Box 38, Folder 3 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Allen A. Ryan & Brothers
1905-1907
Box 38, Folder 4 Banking & Brokerage Houses: DeWolf & Parsons: Buy & Sell Orders
1879-1882
Box 38, Folder 5 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Statements of Account
1880-1882
Box 38, Folder 6 Banking & Brokerage Houses: G.M. Haffards
1882-1886, 1900
Box 38, Folder 7 Banking & Brokerage Houses: H.L. Horton & Co.: Buy Orders
1894, 1904 May-1904 Sep
Box 38, Folder 8 Banking & Brokerage Houses: H.L. Horton & Co.: Buy Orders
1904 Oct-1904 Dec
Box 38, Folder 9 Banking & Brokerage Houses: H.L. Horton & Co.: Buy Orders
1905-1907
Box 38, Folder 10 Banking & Brokerage Houses: H.L. Horton & Co.: Ciphers & Cipher Book
1897-1899
Box 38, Folder 11 Banking & Brokerage Houses: H.L. Horton & Co.: Correspondence
1885-1907
Box 39, Folder 12 Banking & Brokerage Houses: H.L. Horton & Co.: Sell Orders
1891, 1904 May-1904 Sep
Box 39, Folder 13 Banking & Brokerage Houses: H.L. Horton & Co.: Sell Orders
1904 Oct-1907
Box 39, Folder 14 Banking & Brokerage Houses: H.L. Horton & Co.: Statements of Account
1901-1904
Box 39, Folder 15 Banking & Brokerage Houses: H.L. Horton & Co.: Statements of Account
1906-1907 Mar
Box 39, Folder 16 Banking & Brokerage Houses: H.L. Horton & Co.: Statements of Account
1907 Apr-1907 May, undated
Box 39, Folder 17 Banking & Brokerage Houses: H.L. Horton & Co.: Miscellaneous
1900-1905, undated
Box 39, Folder 18 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Morton Trust Co.: Buy Orders
1903-1907
Box 40, Folder 19 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Morton Trust Co.: Correspondence
1902-1903
Box 40, Folder 20 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Morton Trust Co.: Correspondence
1904
Box 40, Folder 21 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Morton Trust Co.: Correspondence
1905
Box 40, Folder 22 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Morton Trust Co.: Correspondence
1906-1907
Box 40, Folder 23 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Morton Trust Co.: Sell Orders
1903-1906
Box 40, Folder 24 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Morton Trust Co.: Statements of Account
1902-1906
Box 40, Folder 0 Banking & Brokerage Houses: C.L. Rathbone & Co. X-Ref. Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wetmore & Rathbone
undated
Box 41, Folder 25 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Vermilye & Co., Bankers: Correspondence
1876-1877
Box 41, Folder 26 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Vermilye & Co., Bankers: Correspondence
1878-1883
Box 41, Folder 27 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Vermilye & Co., Bankers: Correspondence
1884-1886
Box 41, Folder 28 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Vermilye & Co., Bankers: Buy Orders
1876-1882
Box 41, Folder 29 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Vermilye & Co., Bankers: Sell Orders
1877-1882
Box 41, Folder 30 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Vermilye & Co., Bankers: Statements of Account
1876-1880, undated
Box 41, Folder 31 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wetmore & Rathbone: Buy orders
1876-1883
Box 42, Folder 32 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wetmore & Rathbone: Correspondence
1884 Jan-1884 May
Box 42, Folder 33 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wetmore & Rathbone: Correspondence
1884 Jun-1884 Jul
Box 42, Folder 34 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wetmore & Rathbone: Correspondence
1884 Aug-1886, undated
Box 42, Folder 35 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wetmore & Rathbone: Correspondence
1873, 1877-1883
Box 42, Folder 36 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wetmore & Rathbone: Sell Orders
1878-1883
Box 42, Folder 37 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wetmore & Rathbone: Statements of Account
1878-1880
Box 42, Folder 38 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wetmore & Rathbone: Statements of Account
1881-1882
Box 43, Folder 39 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wetmore & Rathbone: Statements of Account
1883
Box 43, Folder 40 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wetmore & Rathbone: Statements of Account
1884
Box 43, Folder 41 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wetmore & Rathbone: Telegrams
1882-1884
Box 43, Folder 42 Banking & Brokerage Houses: White, DeFreitas & Rathbone: Correspondence
1870
Box 43, Folder 43 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wilbur, Jackson, & Co.: Correspondence
1886, 1890-1892
Box 43, Folder 44 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wood & Davis: Correspondence
1876-1878
Box 43, Folder 45 Banking & Brokerage Houses: Wood & Davis: Statements of Account
1876-1879
Box 43, Folder 46 Banking & Brokerage Houses, Misc.
1868-1905
Box 43, Folder 47 Banks: Bank Statements & Pass Books
1871/1878
Box 43, Folder 48 Banks: Bank Statements & Pass Books
1885-1887, 1897, 1902
Box 44, Folder 49 Brown & Roese, Custom House Brokers
1906-1907
Box 44, Folder 50 Cancelled Checks: Farmer's Loan & Trust Co.
1870-1876
Box 44, Folder 51 Cancelled Checks: First Nat'l Bank of Prov.
1882-1883, 1887
Box 44, Folder 52 Cancelled Checks: Industrial Trust Co.
1890, 1901
Box 44, Folder 53 Cancelled Checks: Industrial Trust Co.
1901
Box 44, Folder 54 Cancelled Checks: Merchants National Bank
1881
Box 44, Folder 55 Cancelled Checks: Old Boston Nat'l Bank
1871-1872
Box 44, Folder 56 Cancelled Checks: Rhode Island Hospital Trust
1870-1878
Box 44, Folder 57 Check Register
1895 Dec-1896 Jul
Box 45, Folder 58 Check Register
1897 Feb-1897 Jul
Box 45, Folder 59 Check Register
1898 Mar-1898 Sep
Box 45, Folder 60 Check Register
1902 Jan-1902 Sep
Box 45, Folder 61 Check Register
1903 Dec-1904 Jun
Box 45, Folder 62 Check Register
1905 Feb-1905 Nov
Box 46, Folder 63 Check Register
1905 Nov-1906 May
Box 46, Folder 64 Check Register
1903-1906
Box 46, Folder 65 Check Register
1903-1906
Box 46, Folder 66 Check Register
1905-1906
Box 46, Folder 67 Check Register
1905-1906
Box 46, Folder 68 Check Register: British
1905-1906
Box 47, Folder 69 Cheeseman, Merton (Colt's Secretary): Correspondence
1901, undated
Box 47, Folder 0 Code Book, Pocket (lists code names for companies and code words for messages)
undated
Box 47, Folder 70 Colt Patent Firearms Mfg. Co: Accounts with
1866, 1873-1875
Box 47, Folder 71 Colt Patent Firearms Mfg. Co.: Correspondence
1874-1882, 1884-1886
Box 47, Folder 72 Correspondence
1869-1891, 1907
Box 47, Folder 73 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1899 Jan-1899 Jun
Box 47, Folder 74 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1899 Jul-1899 Dec
Box 47, Folder 75 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1900 Jan-1900 Apr
Box 48, Folder 76 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1900 May-1900 Aug
Box 48, Folder 77 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1900 Sep-1900 Dec
Box 48, Folder 78 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1901 Jan-1901 Apr
Box 48, Folder 79 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1901 May-1901 Aug
Box 48, Folder 80 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1901 Sep-1901 Dec
Box 48, Folder 81 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1902 Jan-1902 Jun
Box 48, Folder 82 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1902 Jul-1902 Dec
Box 49, Folder 83 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1903 Jan-1903 Jun
Box 49, Folder 84 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1903 Jul-1903 Dec
Box 49, Folder 85 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1904 Jan-1904 Jun
Box 49, Folder 86 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1904 Jul-1904 Dec
Box 49, Folder 87 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1905 Jan-1905 Jun
Box 49, Folder 88 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1905 Jul-1905 Dec
Box 49, Folder 89 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1906 Jan-1906 Jun
Box 50, Folder 90 Deposit & Check Statements: Daily Balances
1906 Jul-1906 Dec
Box 50, Folder 91 Financial Doodles
undated
Box 50, Folder 92 Household Expenses
1867-1890
Box 50, Folder 93 Household Expenses
1904-1905
Box 50, Folder 94 Household Expenses
1906-1907
Box 50, Folder 95 Income & Expenditures: Annual summaries
1873, 1899-1902
Box 50, Folder 96 Income & Expenditures: Annual Summaries
1903-1906
Box 51, Folder 97 Ledger: Bills & Notes Payable
1887-1895
Box 51, Folder 98 Letterpress Copybook
1898-1899
Box 51, Folder 99 Lewis, George A.: Correspondence
1904
Box 51, Folder 100 Livestock Purchases
1877, 1887
Box 51, Folder 101 Loans. See also: Promissory notes
1872-1907
Box 52, Folder 0 Poppasquash Point Farm. X-Ref Real Estate: Poppasquash Point Farm
undated
Box 52, Folder 102 Promissory Notes. See also: Loans
1866-1870
Box 52, Folder 103 Promissory Notes
1871-1877
Box 52, Folder 104 Promissory Notes
1878
Box 52, Folder 105 Promissory Notes
1879-1890
Box 52, Folder 106 Property Statements: Assets & liabilities
1871-1877
Box 52, Folder 107 Providence Bd. of Trade: Membership Certificate
1876
Box 52, Folder 108 Real Estate: Deeds & mortgages
1874-1878
Box 52, Folder 109 Real Estate: Deeds & Mortgages
1880, 1889, 1902
Box 52, Folder 110 Real Estate: Hogg Island
1872-1875, 1881
Box 52, Folder 111 Real Estate: Maintenance & Repair
1900-1904
Box 53, Folder 112 Real Estate: New York City Property
1901-1903
Box 53, Folder 113 Real Estate: North Farm (Poppasquash Point Farm)
1895
Box 53, Folder 114 Real Estate: North Farm (Poppasquash Point Farm)
1901, 1903, 1907
Box 53, Folder 115 Real Estate: Miscellaneous
1866-1890
Box 53, Folder 116 Real Estate: Miscellaneous
1891-1906, undated
Box 53, Folder 0 Stock Holdings
1903
Box 53, Folder 117 Stock Transactions. See also: Banking & Brokerage Houses
1874-1907
Box 53, Folder 118 Stock Transactions. See also: Banking & Brokerage Houses
undated
Box 53, Folder 119 Taylor, S.: Accounts of
1902, undated

Series 12. Colt Memorial School
When Theodora DeWolf Colt died in 1901, her son Samuel decided to erect a monument suitable to her memory in the town of Bristol. Samuel Colt decided that the appropriate tribute was a new high school for the town . The school was completed in 1908 at a cost of $ 300,000 and deeded to Bristol. It was at the time, and presumably still is, the only school in the country constructed of bronze and Italian marble.

This series documents the construction of the Colt Memorial School. Included is extensive correspondence between Merton Cheeseman, Colt's personal secretary, and the architects and contractors, Cooper and Bailey of Boston and Norcross Brothers respectively. Through Cheeseman, Colt kept a close eye on the construction and passed on a number of suggestions which were incorporated into the final plans.

Included in the series are blueprints, a photogravure of the completed school showing Linden Place in the background, bids of unsuccessful contractors and architects, and brochures and catalogues from a variety of suppliers of school equipment and furnishings. The catalogues and brochures depict school furnishings and equipment that were considered state of the art for the time.

The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject, type of record, or name and chronologically by date within folders.

Included with this series are photographs of the interior of Colt Memorial School taken May 2001 by David Rooney. These photographs are not part of the Colt Family Papers, but they show the extraordinary attention to detail and aesthetic considerations taken by Colt and the architects in constructing this memorial to Theodora Colt.

Container Description Date
Box 54, Folder 1 A.H. Andrews Co.: Desks & chairs
1906-1907
Box 54, Folder 2 Architects: Cooper & Bailey: Correspondence
1905-1906
Box 54, Folder 3 Cooper & Bailey: Correspondence
1907
Box 54, Folder 4 Gould & Chapman: Correspondence
1905
Box 54, Folder 5 Hugh Orr: Correspondence
1905-1906
Box 54, Folder 6 William Taylor: Correspondence
1905
Box 54, Folder 7 Miscellaneous: Correspondence
1905-1907
Box 54, Folder 8 Blodgett Clock Company
1906
Box 54, Folder 9 Blueprints
undated
Box 55, Folder 10 Brochures: Furnishings
undated
Box 55, Folder 11 Brochures: Miscellaneous
undated
Box 55, Folder 12 Brochures: Miscellaneous
undated
Box 55, Folder 13 Cheeseman, Merton (Building Committee Chairman): Correspondence
1905
Box 55, Folder 14 Contractors: Bids
1906
Box 55, Folder 15 Contractors: Norcross Brothers
1906-1907
Box 55, Folder 16 Contractors: Miscellaneous
1905-1907
Box 55, Folder 17 Dillon Steam Boiler Works
1906
Box 55, Folder 18 Fiske & Co.
1905
Box 55, Folder 19 H.B. Wiggins' Sons: Fabrics
1905
Box 55, Folder 20 H.W. Johns - Manville Co.
1905
Box 55, Folder 21 Horace K. Turner Co.
1904-1906
Box 55, Folder 22 Household Sewing Machine Co.: Furnishings
1906
Box 56, Folder 23 Knott Apparatus Co.: Laboratory equipment
1907
Box 56, Folder 24 McConnell's Maps: School supplies
1905
Box 56, Folder 25 Newspaper Clippings
1905
Box 56, Folder 26 Penn Metal Ceiling & Roofing Co.
1905
Box 56, Folder 27 Photogravure of Colt Memorial School
1906
Box 56, Folder 28 Pitt Balance Door Company
1905
Box 56, Folder 29 Receipts, Miscellaneous
1906
Box 56, Folder 30 Reynolds, John P. (Superintendent of Bristol Schools): Correspondence
1905
Box 56, Folder 31 Rutland Fire Clay Company
1905
Box 56, Folder 32 Sackett Wall Board Company
1905
Box 56, Folder 33 Samuel Cabot Co.
1906
Box 56, Folder 34 Tilley, William: Land required to build the school
1905
Box 56, Folder 35 United Metal Company
1905
Box 56, Folder 36 Addendum: Photographs of Colt Memorial School taken
2001 May

Series 13. George Terry Papers
George Terry, was a friend and business partner of Samuel P. Colt as well as being co-executor, with Colt, of the Cornelius J. Vanderbilt estate. He was the constant traveling companion of Cornelius J. Vanderbilt for ten years until Vanderbilt's death in 1882. Terry apparently had no permanent address and lived in hotels wherever his business interests and/or travels with Vanderbilt might take him.

This series consists of Terry's correspondence and miscellaneous personal financial records. Included are bank books, cancelled checks, check registers, correspondence with Vanderbilt and Colt, and twenty years of hotel receipts.

The correspondence with Colt is concerned primarily with the business and financial interests which they shared. Correspondence between Terry and Colt concerning the Vanderbilt estate, of which they were executors, and the New Mexico Ranch, in which they shared a financial interest, is located in the Estate Series and the New Mexico Ranch Series respectively.

The letters from Vanderbilt to Terry reveal a close and abiding friendship between the two men. Vanderbilt was an epileptic, subject to frequent seizures. As a result, he apparently asked his friend Terry to assist him and Terry became his constant traveling companion for ten years.

Vanderbilt expressed the true depth of his feelings for Terry in his will. He named Terry an executor of his estate and left him a bequest of $120,000, specifying that Terry's bequest be paid before any other bequests or debts were paid from the estate. He further bequeathed a $50,000 trust fund to Terry. Additional information about Terry's role in the Vanderbilt estate can be found in the Estate Files, Series XXI.

The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by name of the person or subject and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 57, Folder 1 Bank Accounts: Pass books
1882-1883, 1892-1894
Box 57, Folder 2 Bookmarks & Greeting Cards
undated
Box 57, Folder 3 Cancelled Checks: First Nat'l Bank of Lima, OH
1890-1894
Box 57, Folder 4 Cancelled Checks: Maverick Nat'l Bank of Boston
1887-1889
Box 57, Folder 5 Cancelled Checks: Vermilye & Co., Bankers
1882-1885
Box 57, Folder 6 Check Registers
1847-1848, 1885
Box 57, Folder 7 Colt, Samuel P.: Accounts with
1892-1899
Box 57, Folder 8 Colt, Samuel P: Letters to Terry
1881-1899, undated
Box 57, Folder 9 Colt Samuel P: Telegrams to Terry
1882-1887
Box 57, Folder 10 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1864-1883
Box 57, Folder 11 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1884-1894
Box 58, Folder 12 Estate, Inventory of Personal Property
1901
Box 58, Folder 13 European Trip: Itinerary and receipts
1881?
Box 58, Folder 14 Receipts: Hotel receipts for U.S. Hotel, NY
1864-1872
Box 58, Folder 15 Receipts: Hotel Receipts
1870 Jun, 1883
Box 58, Folder 16 Receipts: Hotel Receipts
1883 Jul-1899
Box 58, Folder 17 Receipts: Satisfactions of Judgment Against Terry
1870-1872, 1877, 1879, 1883
Box 58, Folder 18 Receipts: Miscellaneous
1870, 1876, 1878-1882
Box 59, Folder 19 Receipts: Miscellaneous
1883-1899
Box 59, Folder 20 Stock Transactions: McGinnis Bros. & Fearing
1879-1880
Box 59, Folder 21 Stock Transactions: Putnam, Meservy & Co.
1887-1888
Box 59, Folder 22 Stock Transactions: Miscellaneous
1869-1887
Box 59, Folder 23 Vanderbilt, Cornelius J., Jr.: Correspondence. See also: Series XXI
1870
Box 59, Folder 24 Vanderbilt, Cornelius J., Jr.: Correspondence
1871 Jan-1871 Jun
Box 59, Folder 25 Vanderbilt, Cornelius J., Jr.: Correspondence
1871 Aug-1876 Apr
Box 59, Folder 26 Vanderbilt, Cornelius J., Jr.: Correspondence
1876 May-1877, undated
Box 59, Folder 27 Wells & Richardson Co. (Wholesale Druggists): Correspondence
1886-1887
Box 59, Folder 28 Will: Drafts of
1884

Sub-group Three. Business Records
Series XIV: U.S. Rubber Company Records, 1886-1921, 12.5 ft.(25 boxes).

This series of records partially documents the rise of U.S. Rubber from the small bankrupt National Rubber Company in Bristol to an industrial giant in less than fifteen years under the leadership of Samuel P. Colt. Included are annual reports, treasurer's reports, audit reports, ledgers, materials relating to subsidiary companies, correspondence, stock certificates, and records of stock transactions. The records are incomplete, but still provide insights into the late nineteenth century business world.

Series XV: Industrial Trust Company Records, 1876-1912, 4.5 ft.(9 boxes).

This series contains Colt's copies of the early records of the Industrial Trust Company, now Fleet/Norstar. Founded by Samuel P. Colt in 1886, the Company rose under his leadership to the position of one of the largest banks in New England. included in this series are a copy of the Company's original Act of Incorporation, organizational charts, annual lists documenting the value of the company's investment securities, profit and loss statements, and materials relating to a struggle between Colt and other members of the Board of Directors for control of the Company.

Series XVI: New Mexico Ranch Records, 1884-1888, 1.5 ft. (3 boxes).

This series documents George Terry's and Samuel Colt's investment in a cattle ranch near Albuquerque, New Mexico in the mid-1880's. The bulk of the series consists of correspondence among Colt, Terry and a third partner, Edward Luxton, regarding the operation of the ranch.

Series XVII: General Business/Investment Records, 1876-1910, 3.5 ft. (7 boxes).

This series contains records that document the varied business interests of Samuel P. Colt. In addition to U.S. Rubber and Industrial Trust, Colt had a major financial interest in and/or served on the Board of Directors of more than forty companies in public utilities, mining, lumber, railroads, and publishing. Included in this series are annual treasurer's and auditor's reports, profit and loss statements, records of stock transactions, and correspondence relating to those companies in which Colt had a significant financial interest or in which he was considering investment.

Series 14. U.S. Rubber Company Records
This series documents the rise of the U.S. Rubber Company (now UNIROYAL) from the small bankrupt National Rubber Company in Bristol, Rhode Island to a major industrial power in less than fifteen years under the leadership of Samuel P. Colt. The records in this series are not the official records of the company, nor are they in any sense complete. They do, however, offer a fairly comprehensive account of Colt's role in the development of U. S. Rubber and a general overview of the company's rise to a position of dominance in the rubber boot and shoe industry.

The records in this series include annual reports, treasurer's reports, audit reports, ledgers, correspondence and financial records relating to subsidiary companies, general correspondence, stock certificates, records of stock transactions, minutes of meetings, and a variety of financial records which document the financial status and activities of the corporation. Subjects of the correspondence include expansion into new markets, costs of production, and locating new sources of crude rubber.

In 1887, Colt was appointed receiver for the bankrupt National Rubber Company of Bristol which manufactured a variety of rubber goods, including rubber boots and shoes. Within a year he had succeeded in getting the company out of debt and reorganizing it as the National India Rubber Company. The newly organized company concentrated on the manufacture of rubber boots and shoes, then a highly competitive industry. Colt gradually acquired a controlling interest in a number of smaller companies and in 1892 merged his holdings with the then fledgling U.S. Rubber Company. This conglomerate became the largest manufacturer of rubber goods in the world.

By the turn of the century, U.S. Rubber had over forty subsidiaries. Colt became the president of U.S. Rubber in 1901, an office he held until 1918, when he became Chairman of the Board of Trustees. During Colt's tenure as president, the company continued to expand its markets and sought to gain control of the crude rubber supplies as well by acquiring rubber plantations in the Amazon and in Mexico.

Among the items in this series which document the rise of U.S. Rubber are the Company's printed annual reports and its annual financial statements. The annual reports document the Company's acquisitions from year to year and the financial statements the company's annual profits. The magnitude of the company's finances are detailed in the information contained in the folders labeled "Financial Records" which contain statements of assets, liabilities and expenditures, income and gross sales statements, and sales and net profit statements. There is not a complete run of any of these Financial statements, but sufficient material exists in this series to document the company's financial health and growth.

The minutes of the annual meetings and the president's annual reports, though again incomplete, document how the company's goals and objectives changed to meet anticipated charges in its markets. The scattered records of some twenty of the more than forty U.S. Rubber subsidiaries allow some insights into the reasons behind the corporation's acquisitions of certain companies and the methods by which it acquired those companies.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by name, subject or type of record and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 60, Folder 1 Acre Company Proposal
1903
Box 60, Folder 2 Amazon Wireless Telegraph & Telephone Co.
1904
Box 60, Folder 3 American Commerce Co.
1906, undated
Box 60, Folder 4 American Rubber Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1902-1903
Box 60, Folder 5 Annual & Special Meetings of Stockholders: Agenda & minutes
1901-1906
Box 60, Folder 6 Annual Reports. See also: President's reports
1893-1901
Box 60, Folder 7 Annual Reports
1898, 1902-1905, 1907
Box 60, Folder 8 Atlantic Rubber Shoe Company
1905
Box 60, Folder 9 Banner Rubber Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1904-1906
Box 61, Folder 10 Beacon Falls Rubber Shoe Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1905-1906
Box 61, Folder 11 Board of Directors: Addresses of board & officers of the company
1906
Box 61, Folder 12 Board of Directors: Resolution in Praise of Colt. See oversize
1899
Box 61, Folder 13 Board of Directors: Miscellaneous
1901-1906
Box 61, Folder 14 Boston Rubber Shoe Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1900, 1903-1905
Box 61, Folder 15 Bourn Patents
1903-1904, 1906
Box 61, Folder 16 Brook Haven Rubber Co.
1903
Box 61, Folder 17 By-Laws
1897, 1900
Box 61, Folder 18 Cable Address of Colt
1907
Box 61, Folder 19 Canadian Rubber Co.
1904
Box 61, Folder 20 Candee & Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1897, 1903-1904
Box 61, Folder 21 Candee & Co.
1905-1907
Box 62, Folder 22 Certificate of Organization Amended
1905, undated
Box 62, Folder 23 Charles R. Flint & Associates: Correspondence
1896-1906
Box 62, Folder 24 Congo Reform Association
1906
Box 62, Folder 25 Continental Rubber Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1907-1908
Box 62, Folder 26 Contracts: European agents
1903
Box 62, Folder 27 Contracts: Miscellaneous
1902-1903
Box 63, Folder 28 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1895, 1899-1902 Jun
Box 63, Folder 29 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1902 Jul-1902 Dec
Box 63, Folder 30 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1903
Box 63, Folder 31 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1904
Box 63, Folder 32 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1905
Box 63, Folder 33 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1906 Jan-1906 Jun
Box 64, Folder 34 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1906 Jul-1906 Sep
Box 64, Folder 35 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1906 Oct-1908
Box 64, Folder 36 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1920, 1921, undated
Box 64, Folder 37 Court Cases: John Burke vs. National India Rubber Co.
undated
Box 64, Folder 38 Court Cases: Joseph Bannigan vs. U.S. Rubber Co.
1897, 1901
Box 64, Folder 39 Court Cases: National India Rubber Co. vs. Rubber Goods Mfg. Co.
undated
Box 64, Folder 40 Court Cases: National Rubber Co., vs. R.I. Hospital Trust
undated
Box 64, Folder 41 Court Cases: Shipton Green vs. Woonsocket Rubber Co.
undated
Box 64, Folder 42 Court Cases: Starr Booth vs. Nat'l India Rubber Co.
1906
Box 64, Folder 43 Court Cases: Tire Patent
1899
Box 64, Folder 44 Court Cases: U.S. Rubber, et al. No. The American Oak Leather Co., et al
1901
Box 65, Folder 45 Court Cases: Miscellaneous
1900-1907
Box 65, Folder 46 Court Cases: Miscellaneous
undated
Box 65, Folder 47 Crude Rubber: Correspondence, Reports, Publications
1902-1904 Jun
Box 65, Folder 48 Crude Rubber: Correspondence, Reports, Publications
1904 Sep-1905
Box 65, Folder 49 Crude Rubber: Correspondence, Reports, Publications
1906-1907
Box 65, Folder 50 Crude Rubber: Correspondence, Reports, Publications
undated
Box 65, Folder 51 Crude Rubber: Correspondence, Reports, Publications
undated
Box 66, Folder 52 Crude Rubber: "The Market & Its Control"
1903
Box 66, Folder 53 Crude Rubber: Mexican Guayule
1906-1908
Box 66, Folder 54 Crude Rubber: Purchase & Consumption Record
1903-1904
Box 66, Folder 55 DaCosta, Frank: Correspondence
1904
Box 66, Folder 56 Diamond Rubber Co.
1905-1906
Box 66, Folder 57 Duties of U.S. Rubber Co. Officers
1901
Box 66, Folder 58 Employees' Stock Option Plan
1904-1905
Box 66, Folder 59 Eureka Fire Hose Co.
1906
Box 66, Folder 60 European Trip by Colt
1904
Box 67, Folder 61 Executive Comm.: Mtg. with jobbers Assoc.
1905
Box 67, Folder 62 Executive Comm.: Miscellaneous
1902-1905, 1907
Box 67, Folder 63 Financial Records: Assets, liabilities, earnings & expenses statements
1902-1903 May
Box 67, Folder 64 Financial Records: Assets, liabilities, earnings & expenses statements
1903 Jul-1903 Dec
Box 67, Folder 65 Financial Records: Assets, liabilities, earnings & expenses statements
1904
Box 68, Folder 66 Financial Records: Assets, liabilities, earnings & expenses statements
1905 Jan-1905 Jul
Box 68, Folder 67 Financial Records: Assets, liabilities, earnings & expenses statements
1906
Box 68, Folder 68 Financial Records: Audits
1900, 1905
Box 68, Folder 69 Financial Records: Consolidated Income & Balance Sheets
1903
Box 68, Folder 70 Financial Records: Earnings
1900, undated
Box 68, Folder 71 Financial Records: Gross Sales Statements
1902-1904
Box 68, Folder 72 Financial Records: Income/Profit & Loss Statements
1902
Box 68, Folder 0 Financial Records: Net Production/Sales. See Series XXIV Oversize 1893
undated
Box 68, Folder 73 Financial Records: Production & Cost Statements
1902 Jun-1902 Oct
Box 69, Folder 74 Financial Records: Sales & Net Profit Statements
1900, 1902, 1903
Box 69, Folder 75 Financial Records: Sales & Net Profit Statements
1904-1905 Jun
Box 69, Folder 76 Financial Records: Sales & Net Profit Statements
1905 Jul-1906
Box 69, Folder 77 Financial Records: Summary Report of Sales
1894
Box 69, Folder 78 Financial Records: Miscellaneous
1897, 1899-1903
Box 69, Folder 79 Financial Records: Miscellaneous
1904-1905
Box 69, Folder 80 General Rubber Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1904 Jun-1905
Box 70, Folder 81 General Rubber Co.
1905 Jul-1907
Box 70, Folder 82 General Rubber Co.
undated
Box 70, Folder 83 General Rubber Co.: By Laws
undated
Box 70, Folder 84 General Rubber Co.: Indentures
1905 May
Box 70, Folder 85 General Rubber Co.: Indentures
1905 May, 1905 Jul
Box 70, Folder 86 Grand Rapids Felt Boot Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber?). See also: Hastings Wool Boot Co.
1904
Box 71, Folder 87 Hartford Rubber Works Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber): Audit
1906
Box 71, Folder 88 Hastings Wool Boot Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber. See also: Grand Rapids Felt Boot Co.
1904, 1906
Box 71, Folder 89 Hood Rubber Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1904-1906, undated
Box 71, Folder 90 International Crude Bobber Co.
1900, undated
Box 71, Folder 91 Inventory of Manufactured Goods on Hand
1902
Box 71, Folder 92 Iroquois Rubber Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber?)
1903
Box 71, Folder 93 Joseph Banigan Rubber Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber). See also: Court cases: Joseph Banigan vs. U.S. Rubber
1900
Box 71, Folder 94 Legal Dept. See also: Court cases
1900, 1902
Box 72, Folder 95 Mechanical Fabric Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1906
Box 72, Folder 96 Mechanical Fabric Co.
1902
Box 72, Folder 97 Meyer Rubber Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1903-1904
Box 72, Folder 98 Meyer Rubber Co.
1905-1906
Box 72, Folder 99 Mishawaka Woolen Mfg. Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1905-1906
Box 72, Folder 100 Monarch Rubber Co. See also: Banner Rubber Co.
1903-1905
Box 72, Folder 101 Mutual Rubber Production Co.
1903, 1905, undated
Box 73, Folder 102 National India Rubber Co. (Predecessor & subsidiary of U.S. Rubber): Correspondence
1892-1905
Box 73, Folder 103 National India Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1906-1907
Box 73, Folder 104 National Rubber Co. (Predecessor of Nat'l India Rubber Co.): Correspondence
1886 Oct-1886 Nov
Box 73, Folder 105 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1886 Dec 1-1886 Dec 15
Box 73, Folder 106 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1886 Dec 16-1886 Dec 31
Box 73, Folder 107 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1887 Jan
Box 73, Folder 108 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1887 Feb
Box 73, Folder 109 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1887 Mar
Box 74, Folder 110 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1887 Apr
Box 74, Folder 111 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1887 May 1-1887 May 15
Box 74, Folder 112 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1887 May 16-1887 May 31
Box 74, Folder 113 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1887 Jun 1-1887 Jun 15
Box 74, Folder 114 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1887 Jun 16-1887 Jun 31
Box 74, Folder 115 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1887 Jul
Box 74, Folder 116 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1887 Aug 1-1887 Aug 15
Box 74, Folder 117 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1887 Aug 16-1887 Aug 31
Box 74, Folder 118 National Rubber Co.: Correspondence
1887 Sep-1887 Oct
Box 75, Folder 119 National Rubber Co.: Accounts with Balderston & Daggett
1887-1888, 1892
Box 75, Folder 120 National Rubber Co.: Letterpress Copybook
1882 Dec 4-1882 Apr 16
Box 76, Folder 121 National Rubber Co.: Letterpress Copybook
1884 Oct 24-1884 Feb 5
Box 76, Folder 122 National Rubber Co.: Letterpress Copybook
1886 Jan 5-1886 Feb 20
Box 77, Folder 123 National Rubber co.: Receivership
1887-1888
Box 77, Folder 124 New England Rubber Club Mtg.
1904
Box 77, Folder 125 New York Belting & Packing Co.
1903
Box 77, Folder 126 Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous
1897-1905
Box 77, Folder 127 Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous
1905, undated
Box 77, Folder 128 Para Rubber Plantation Co.: Prospectus
undated
Box 77, Folder 129 Phelps, Erskine: Correspondence
1903-1905
Box 77, Folder 130 President's Reports. See also: Annual Reports
1896, 1902
Box 77, Folder 131 President's Reports. See also: Annual Reports
1905
Box 78, Folder 132 Profit Sharing Plan
1904
Box 78, Folder 133 Rubber Boot & Shoe Industry: Description of Mfg. Plants
1904
Box 78, Folder 134 Rubber Boot & Shoe Industry: National Shoe Wholesalers Assoc.: Correspondence
1903
Box 78, Folder 135 Rubber Boot & Shoe Industry: National Shoe Wholesalers Assoc.
1905-1906
Box 78, Folder 136 Rubber Boot & Shoe Industry: Output of Competitive Factories
1902
Box 78, Folder 137 Rubber Boot & Shoe Industry: Prices
1897, 1904, 1904
Box 78, Folder 138 Rubber Boot & Shoe Industry: Prices
1905-1906
Box 78, Folder 139 Rubber Boot & Shoe Industry: Miscellaneous
1904-1906
Box 79, Folder 140 Rubber Goods Manufacturing Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1898, 1900
Box 79, Folder 141 Rubber Goods Manufacturing Co.: Correspondence
1906 Dec
Box 79, Folder 142 Rubber Goods Manufacturing Co.: Correspondence
1907, 1909, 1917, undated
Box 79, Folder 143 Rubber Goods Manufacturing Co.: Correspondence
1905 Apr-1905 Dec
Box 79, Folder 144 Rubber Goods Manufacturing Co.: Correspondence
1906 Jan-1906 Feb
Box 79, Folder 145 Rubber Goods Manufacturing Co.: Correspondence
1906 Mar-1906 Apr
Box 79, Folder 146 Rubber Goods Manufacturing Co.: Correspondence
1906 May-1906 Oct
Box 80, Folder 147 Rubber Goods Manufacturing Co.: Correspondence
1906 Dec
Box 80, Folder 148 Rubber Goods Manufacturing Co.: Correspondence
1907, 1909, 1917, undated
Box 80, Folder 149 Rubber Goods Manufacturing Co.: Takeover by U.S. Rubber
1905 May-1905 Jun 19
Box 80, Folder 150 Rubber Goods Manufacturing Co.: Takeover by U.S. Rubber
1905 Jun 21-1905 Jul
Box 80, Folder 151 Rubber Market Reports
1902-1904
Box 80, Folder 152 Russian Rubber Industry
1906
Box 80, Folder 153 Salaries
1896, 1905
Box 80, Folder 154 Sales Statement for Ten Years. See also: Financial records
1893-1903
Box 80, Folder 155 Single Tube Automobile & Bicycle Tire Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1900, 1906
Box 81, Folder 156 Speeches & Addresses: Samuel P. Colt
1915, undated
Box 81, Folder 157 Squantum Club Dinner, 1902: Replies to Invitation
1905 Jun 25
Box 81, Folder 158 Squantum Club Dinner, Replies to Invitation
1906 Jun 26
Box 81, Folder 159 Squantum Club Dinner, Replies to Invitation
1902 Jun 27-1902 Jun 30
Box 81, Folder 160 Squantum Club Dinner, Replies to Invitation
undated
Box 81, Folder 161 Squantum Club Dinner, Seating Arrangement
1902
Box 81, Folder 162 Squantum Club Dinner, 1903: Guest list
1903
Box 81, Folder 163 Squantum Club Dinner, 1904: Seating Arrangement
1904
Box 81, Folder 164 Stock of U.S. Rubber
1901, 1904
Box 81, Folder 165 Stock of U.S. Rubber
1905-1907
Box 82, Folder 166 Stock of U.S. Rubber
undated
Box 82, Folder 167 Stock of U.S. Rubber
undated
Box 82, Folder 168 Stock Transfers
1905
Box 82, Folder 169 Stockholders, Lists of
1902, 1905
Box 82, Folder 170 Subsidiary Companies: Branch Stores
1903
Box 82, Folder 171 Subsidiary Companies: Descriptions of
undated
Box 82, Folder 172 Symington & Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1906 Jul-1906 Aug
Box 82, Folder 173 Symington & Co.
1906 Sep
Box 83, Folder 174 Symington & Co.
1907
Box 83, Folder 175 Symington & Co., Telegrams Re.
1906
Box 83, Folder 176 Syndicate Agreements
1905 Apr-1904 May 4
Box 83, Folder 177 Syndicate Agreements
1905 May 8, 1905 May 11
Box 83, Folder 178 Syndicate Agreements
1905 Oct-1905 Dec 21
Box 83, Folder 179 Syndicate Agreements
1905 Dec 21
Box 83, Folder 180 Syndicate Agreements
1907, undated
Box 84, Folder 181 Watkinson & Co.
1903-1904
Box 84, Folder 182 Woonsocket Rubber Co. (Subsidiary of U.S. Rubber)
1906
Box 84, Folder 183 Miscellaneous
undated
Box 84, Folder 184 Miscellaneous
undated
Box 84, Folder 185 Miscellaneous
undated

Series 15. Industrial Trust Company Records
Samuel P. Colt was the founder and first president of the Industrial Trust Company, a banking and financial organization located in Providence, Rhode Island. The Company's original Act of Incorporation in 1886, a copy of which is in this series, lists among the incorporators many of late nineteenth century Rhode Island's political and business elite. in addition to Colt, they include William and Frederic Sayles, Zechariah Chafee, Nelson Aldrich, Lucian Sharpe, Benjamin B. Knight and John B. Herreshoff.

Included in this series are Colt's copies of the early records of the Industrial Trust Company. He served as president from 1886 to 1908 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors, until his death in 1921. The records in this series include a copy of the Company's original Act of Incorporation, organization charts, annual lists of the Company's investment securities and their estimated value, profit and loss statements, correspondence and documents relating to a contest between Colt and other members of the Board of Directors for control of the Industrial Trust Company. Also of interest in this series are records relating to the subsidiary banks of industrial Trust which include annual reports, auditors' reports and use of officers for each bank. Lists of investment securities document the financial condition of Industrial Trust and indicate the diversity of its stock. These are not the official records of Industrial Trust, nor do they represent a complete record of the company's activities. They are sufficiently comprehensive, however, to present a general view of late nineteenth century banking practices.

The most completely documented event in this series relates to the struggle for control of Industrial Trust Company between Colt and the other officers and members of the Board of Directors. In 1908, Colt had agreed to resign the presidency due to ill health and accepted an appointment as Chairman of the Board with the understanding, at least on his part, that he would be the chief operating officer when his health returned. He regained his health by the fall of 1909, but discovered that the new officers and Board of Industrial Trust considered him a figurehead without any power to guide the fortunes of the company.

After biding his time for nearly two years, a frustrated Colt took his fight to the stockholders and engaged the Board in a bitter and protracted proxy fight for control of the company in the winter of 1911-1912. Colt and the Board exchanged accusatory circular letters to the company's stockholders and each side battled to gain a sufficient number of proxies to control the annual meeting of stockholders in January, 1911 After a long and bitter fight, Colt was able to control the annual meeting and elect a Board of Directors favorable to him. He was elected Chairman of the new Board and controlled the Company until his death in 1921.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of record and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 85, Folder 1 Accounts: Call accounts
undated
Box 85, Folder 2 Accounts: Lists of
1896, 1911
Box 85, Folder 3 Act of Incorporation & Amendments
1886, 1905
Box 85, Folder 4 Annual Returns to State Auditor, List of
1887-1901
Box 85, Folder 5 Banks in RI: Information Re.
1898-1900
Box 85, Folder 6 Bank Organization Charts (General)
1902
Box 85, Folder 7 Balderston & Daggett Account
undated
Box 85, Folder 8 Bank Clerks Mutual Benefit Assoc.: Annual Mtg.
1885
Box 85, Folder 0 Blueprints: Industrial Trust Company building. See Series XXIV Oversize
1893 Jun 9
Box 85, Folder 9 Board of Directors, Lists of
1900, 1903, undated
Box 85, Folder 10 Stock held by
undated
Box 85, Folder 11 Branch Banks: Profit & loss statement
undated
Box 85, Folder 12 Bristol County Savings Bank
1876-1886
Box 85, Folder 13 Bulls Head Oil Works: Loan to
1906
Box 85, Folder 14 Capital Stock: New issue
1905 Feb-1905 Mar
Box 85, Folder 15 Capital Stock: New issue
1905 Apr, undated
Box 85, Folder 16 Capital Stock: New issue: Lists of stockholders
1905
Box 85, Folder 17 Charter 61 Bylaws
1889
Box 85, Folder 18 Cheeseman, Merton (Samuel P. Colt's Secretary): Correspondence
1908
Box 85, Folder 19 Codman, Arthur: Correspondence
1890
Box 86, Folder 20 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1878, 1882-1886
Box 86, Folder 21 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1887-1902
Box 86, Folder 22 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1903-1905
Box 86, Folder 23 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1906-1912
Box 86, Folder 24 Court Case: Industrial Trust Co. vs. Barber, Rockefeller, et. al.
1904
Box 86, Folder 25 Mary L. Freund vs. J. Morris Meredith
1906
Box 86, Folder 26 Cumberland Corp.: Syndicate Agreement
1906
Box 86, Folder 27 Deposits: City Accounts (Providence?)
1892
Box 86, Folder 28 Desk Calendar Pages
1903 Apr, 1905 Apr
Box 86, Folder 29 Directors of Other RI Banks, Lists of
undated
Box 86, Folder 30 Eureka Fire Hose Co.: Indenture with Industrial Trust
1906
Box 86, Folder 31 First National Bank of Bristol: Directors of
1886
Box 87, Folder 32 Floor Plan of Industrial Trust Building in Providence
1900, undated
Box 87, Folder 33 Guaranty Trust Co. of NY: Loans for account of Industrial Trust
undated
Box 87, Folder 34 Insurance Inventory of Furnishings & Supplies
1905
Box 87, Folder 35 International Emery of Corundum Co.: Prospectus and subscription agreement
1900
Box 87, Folder 36 Investment Securities, Lists of
1897-1898, 1902-1903
Box 87, Folder 37 Investment Securities, Lists of
1905
Box 87, Folder 38 Investment Securities, Lists of
1906 Jan
Box 87, Folder 39 Investment Securities, Lists of
1911, undated
Box 88, Folder 40 Investment Securities, Profit & loss statements
1906-1907
Box 88, Folder 41 Investment Securities, Profit & loss statements
1911
Box 88, Folder 42 Loan & Mortgage Policies
1905
Box 88, Folder 43 Loans, List of Securities for
undated
Box 88, Folder 44 Loans to Other Banks, List of
undated
Box 88, Folder 45 Malden & Melrose Gaslight Co.: Stock as loan collateral
1905
Box 88, Folder 46 Meeting Notices
undated
Box 88, Folder 47 Mechanics Savings Bank
undated
Box 88, Folder 48 Morning Balances
1906, 1907, 1911
Box 88, Folder 49 Morton Trust Co.
1905
Box 88, Folder 50 NY Commercial Co: Accounts of
1893-1896
Box 88, Folder 51 Newport Trust Co.
1901 Oct-1901 Nov 9
Box 88, Folder 52 Newport Trust Co.
1901 Nov 11-1901 Nov 29
Box 89, Folder 53 Newport Trust Co.
1903-1906, undated
Box 89, Folder 54 Newport Trust Co.: Act of Incorporation
1901
Box 89, Folder 55 Newport Trust Co.: Board of Directors Mtg.
1901
Box 89, Folder 56 Newport Trust Co.: By-Laws
1901
Box 89, Folder 57 Newport Trust Co.: Organization of
1901
Box 89, Folder 58 Newport Trust Co.: Stockholder Lists
1901, 1905
Box 89, Folder 59 Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous
1886-1911
Box 89, Folder 60 Norcross Brothers: Contract for addition to Industrial Trust Bldg.
1906
Box 89, Folder 61 Norfolk & Southern Syndicate
1905-1906
Box 89, Folder 62 Participation Deposits: Comparison of
1905-1907
Box 89, Folder 63 Profit & Loss Account
1905
Box 89, Folder 64 Promissory Notes
1888, 1893
Box 89, Folder 65 Providence National Banks: Directors of
1899
Box 89, Folder 66 Providence Telegram Publishing Co.: Sale of Stock
1906
Box 90, Folder 67 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors
1910-1911 Oct
Box 90, Folder 68 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors
1911 Nov 2-1911 Nov 15
Box 90, Folder 69 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors
1911 Nov 16-1911 Nov 20
Box 90, Folder 70 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors
1911 Nov 21-1911 Nov 22
Box 90, Folder 71 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors
1911 Nov 23-1911 Nov 25
Box 90, Folder 72 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors
1911 Nov 27-1911 Nov 28
Box 90, Folder 73 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors
1911 Nov 29-1911 Nov 30
Box 90, Folder 74 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors
1911 Dec 1-1911 Dec 20
Box 90, Folder 75 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors
1911 Dec 21-1911 Dec 26
Box 91, Folder 76 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors
1911 Dec 27-1911 Dec 29
Box 91, Folder 77 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors
1912 Jan
Box 91, Folder 78 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors
1912 Jan-1912 Feb
Box 91, Folder 79 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors: Colt's Candidates for the Board
1912?
Box 91, Folder 80 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors: Colt's Circular Letters to Stockholders
1911 Nov-1911 Dec
Box 91, Folder 81 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors: Proxies Received by Colt
1911
Box 91, Folder 82 Proxy Fight Between Colt & the Bd. of Directors: Miscellaneous
undated
Box 92, Folder 83 Rhode Island Safe Deposit Co
1907, 1911
Box 92, Folder 84 Statement of Condition: Assets & Liabilities
1897, 1902-1905
Box 92, Folder 85 Stock of Industrial Trust Co.: Application forms
undated
Box 92, Folder 86 Stock of Industrial Trust Co.: List of Subscribers to
undated
Box 92, Folder 87 Stock of Industrial Trust Co.: Stock Quotations: Banks
1905
Box 92, Folder 88 Stockholders: Annual mtgs., President's Report to
1897-1900, 1904
Box 92, Folder 89 Stockholders: Lists of
1911 Oct 13
Box 92, Folder 90 Stockholders: Lists of
undated
Box 93, Folder 91 Stockholders: Lists of
undated
Box 93, Folder 92 Stockholders: Numbers of Shares Held by Colt
1905
Box 93, Folder 93 Underwriters
1905
Box 93, Folder 94 United Box Board & Paper Co.
1904
Box 93, Folder 95 U.S. Rubber Co. See also: Series XIV
1899, 1904-1905
Box 93, Folder 96 U.S. Rubber Co. See also: Series XIV: Account with Industrial Trust
1902-1911
Box 93, Folder 97 Westerly Savings Bank
1904
Box 93, Folder 98 Miscellaneous
undated

Series 16. New Mexico Ranch Records
In the mid-1880's, Samuel P. Colt, George Terry, and Edward Luxton decided at Luxton's urging to invest in a cattle ranch near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The three men had been named executors of Cornelius J. Vanderbilt's estate, although Luxton declined the honor, and all three were beneficiaries of the estate. The three determined to invest this largesse from Vanderbilt in a western cattle ranch. This series documents to some extent that investment and its ultimate failure. Apparently, the person the three chose to manage the ranch, one J.B. Bowman, was singularly inept and more concerned with his own welfare than with turning a profit for the investors. Instead of a profitable venture, the ranch turned into a financial quagmire for Colt, Luxton, and Terry who first sued Bowman and then fired him for mismanagement of the operation. Since no mention of the ranch is made after 1888, it is probable, though not certain, the three men disposed of the ranch for whatever it would bring.

Included is correspondence among the three men concerning the purchase and operation of the ranch. Also included are legal documents relating to suits filed by the three and against them as a result of their investment. The bulk of the series consists of letters from Luxton to Colt and Terry describing his efforts to first find a suitable ranch for investment and, once found, the trials and tribulations of attempting to manage it in absentia.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject or name and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 94, Folder 1 Bowman, J.B.: Correspondence
1885
Box 94, Folder 2 Childers & Ferguson, Attorneys at Law
1885-1886
Box 94, Folder 3 Colt, Samuel P. Miscellaneous Correspondence
1885
Box 94, Folder x-ref Luxton, Edward D. & Terry, George
undated
Box 94, Folder 4 Hatchitt, Clay: Correspondence
1885-1887
Box 94, Folder 5 Luxton, Edward D. (Colt's partner in New Mexico ranch venture): Letters to Colt
1884
Box 94, Folder 6 Luxton, Edward D.: Letters to Colt
1885 Jan-1885 Mar
Box 94, Folder 7 Luxton, Edward D.: Letters to Colt
1885 Apr-1885 Jun
Box 94, Folder 8 Luxton, Edward D.: Letters to Colt
1885 Jul
Box 94, Folder 9 Luxton, Edward D.: Letters to Colt
1885 Aug
Box 95, Folder 10 Luxton, Edward D.: Letters to Colt
1885 Sep
Box 95, Folder 11 Luxton, Edward D.: Letters to Colt
1885 Oct
Box 95, Folder 12 Luxton, Edward D.: Letters to Colt
1885 Nov-1885 Dec
Box 95, Folder 13 Luxton, Edward D.: Letters to Colt
1886 Jan-1886 Feb
Box 95, Folder 14 Luxton, Edward D.: Letters to Colt
1886 Mar-1886 Apr
Box 96, Folder 15 Luxton, Edward D.: Letters to Colt
1886 Mar-1886 Jun
Box 96, Folder 16 Luxton, Edward D.: Letters to Colt
1886 Jul-1886 Nov, 1888, undated
Box 96, Folder 17 Luxton, Edward D.: Letters to George Terry
1885, undated
Box 96, Folder 18 Luxton, Edward D.: Notes & Drafts
1888
Box 96, Folder 19 Luxton, Edward D.: Telegrams to Colt
1884-1886
Box 96, Folder 20 Luxton, Edward D.: Miscellaneous
1885-1886
Box 96, Folder 21 Telegrams, Miscellaneous
1885
Box 96, Folder 22 Terry, George: Correspondence with Colt
1885-1886
Box 96, Folder 23 Terry, George: Telegrams to Colt
1884-1885
Box 96, Folder 24 Terry, George: Miscellaneous
1885, undated
Box 96, Folder 25 Yost, G.W.M.: Correspondence
1885
Box 96, Folder 26 Miscellaneous
1885, undated

Series 17. General Business/Investment Records
Samuel P. Colt had a major financial interest in and/or served on the boards of directors of some forty companies in addition to U.S. Rubber, Industrial Trust Company, and the ill-fated New Mexico ranch. His particular interests were in public utilities, mining, lumber, railroads and publishing.

Included in this series are annual reports, treasurers' and auditors' reports, profit and loss statements, records of stock transactions, correspondence, prospects for companies in the industries, circular letters urging stock purchases, and financial statements relating to those companies in which Colt had a significant financial interest or in which he was considering investment.

There is extensive documentation on Colt's purchase of several gas and electric companies in Rhode Island. In the late 1890's and early 1900's Colt purchased a number of small gas and electric companies in Bristol County and formed the Bristol County Gas and Electric Company which created a monopoly on the gas and electric service in Bristol County. He also had a major interest in the Narragansett Electric Company and the Providence Gas Company.

Also of interest in the series is material relating to the Providence Journal Company. The Providence Journal's newspapers editorially opposed Colt's candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 1906 and 1907. Colt sought to silence the Journal's editors by buying a controlling interest in the Company and turning the newspapers to his support. He very nearly succeeded, falling only a few hundred shares short of control.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by the name of the company or the type of industry and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 97, Folder 1 American Bicycle Co.
1902
Box 97, Folder 2 American Butt Co.: Price List
1876
Box 97, Folder 3 American Caramel Co.
1905
Box 97, Folder 4 American Linseed Co.
1901
Box 97, Folder 5 American Woolen Co.
1902, 1904-1905
Box 97, Folder 6 Ashland Emory Co.
1901
Box 97, Folder 7 Atlantic Coast Lumber Co. See also: Export Lumber Co., Georgetown & Western Railroad
1902-1905
Box 97, Folder 8 Atlantic Coast Lumber Co.
1906
Box 98, Folder 9 Atlantic Coast Lumber Co.
undated
Box 98, Folder 10 Atlantic Coast Lumber Co.: Auditor's Reports
1905-1906
Box 98, Folder 11 Atlantic Coast Lumber Co.: Reorganization of
1903-1904
Box 98, Folder 12 Atlantic Coast Lumber Co.: Treasurer's Reports
1906-1907
Box 98, Folder 13 Bristol & Warren Waterworks
1906-1907
Box 98, Folder 14 Bristol County Gas & Electric Co. See also: Narragansett Electric Lighting Co.
1889-1985
Box 99, Folder 15 Bristol County Gas & Electric Co.
1896-1897
Box 99, Folder 16 Bristol County Gas & Electric Co.
1902, undated
Box 99, Folder 17 Bristol County Gas & Electric Co.: Charter & By-Laws
1891, 1898
Box 99, Folder 18 Bristol Pump & Engine Co.
1885-1886
Box 99, Folder 0 Bristol Electric Light Co. X-Ref.: Bristol County Gas & Electric Co.
undated
Box 99, Folder 19 Chamber of Commerce Bldg.
1903
Box 99, Folder 20 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1881-1885, 1891-1892, 1896-1897
Box 99, Folder 21 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1901-1905
Box 99, Folder 22 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1906-1907
Box 99, Folder 23 Distillers Securities Corp.: Annual Report
1905
Box 99, Folder 24 Electric Bond & Share Co.: Prospectus
undated
Box 99, Folder 25 Export Lumber Co. See also: Atlantic Coast Lumber Co.
1902-1903
Box 99, Folder 26 Export Lumber Co.
1904-1906
Box 100, Folder 27 Georgetown & Western Railroad
1903-1907
Box 100, Folder 28 Insurance, Miscellaneous
1881
Box 100, Folder 29 Lumber Industry, Miscellaneous
1904-1906, undated
Box 100, Folder 30 Mining Companies
1887, 1901-1906
Box 100, Folder 31 Mining Companies
undated
Box 100, Folder 32 Minneapolis General Electric Co.
1904
Box 100, Folder 33 Narragansett Electric Lighting Co.
1898, 1902
Box 101, Folder 34 Narragansett Electric Lighting Co.
1903-1904, undated
Box 101, Folder 35 Narragansett Electric Lighting Co.: By-Laws
1903
Box 101, Folder 36 Narragansett Electric Lighting Co.: Proposed Merger with Providence Gas
1902
Box 101, Folder 37 Newspaper Business, Miscellaneous
1905-1907
Box 101, Folder 38 Otter Creek Boom & Lumber Co.
1903-1904
Box 101, Folder 39 Otter Creek Boom & Lumber Co.
1905-1906, undated
Box 101, Folder 40 Perry, Marsden J.: Correspondence
1905
Box 101, Folder 41 Providence Journal Company
1905, 1907 Feb
Box 101, Folder 42 Providence Journal Company
1907 Mar-1907 Apr, 1910
Box 102, Folder 43 Pullman Palace Car Company
1892, 1895, 1902
Box 102, Folder 44 Railroads: Atcheson, Topeka & Santa Fe - Memphis & Charleston
1884, 1903-1906
Box 102, Folder 45 Railroads: New Jersey & Hudson River - Providence & Springfield
1882-1907
Box 102, Folder 46 Railroads: Richmond & Allegheny - Toledo Railway & Terminal Company
undated
Box 102, Folder 47 Railroads: Union Pacific - Western Railroad
1884-1898
Box 102, Folder 48 Times Publishing Co.: Financial Statements
1904-1905
Box 102, Folder 49 Times Publishing Co.: Financial Statements
1906
Box 103, Folder 50 Times Publishing Co.: Financial Statements
1907 Feb-1907 Apr
Box 103, Folder 51 Times Publishing Co.: Miscellaneous
1904, undated
Box 103, Folder 52 Title Guaranty Co. of Rhode Island: Charter & By-Laws
1905
Box 103, Folder 53 United Gas Improvement Company
1902
Box 103, Folder 54 United States Steel Corporation
1902-1903
Box 103, Folder 55 United States Steel Corporation
1905
Box 103, Folder 56 Washington Life Insurance Company
1907
Box 103, Folder 57 Woonsocket Electric Machine & Power Co.
undated
Box 103, Folder 58 Miscellaneous
undated
Box 103, Folder 59 Miscellaneous
undated
Box 103, Folder 60 Miscellaneous
undated
Box 103, Folder 61 Miscellaneous
undated

Sub-group Four. State Government
Series XVIII: State Legislature, 1875-1882, 1 ft. (2 boxes).

This series documents a portion of Samuel P. Colt's service in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Included are handwritten and annotated printed copies of bills introduced by Colt, reports of committees on which Colt served and lists of members of the House of Representatives during his years of service. Some of the material in this series postdates Colt's service in the Legislature and is probably from his brother LeBaron's tenure as a member of the House of Representatives from 1879 to 1882.

Series XIX: Assistant Attorney General/Attorney General, 1878-1887, 9 ft. (18 boxes).

This series contains materials relating to Samuel P. Colt's service as Assistant Attorney General from 1879 to 1881 and Attorney General from 1882 to 1886. Included are case files, handwritten drafts of legal briefs, printed court dockets, annual reports of the Attorney General, copies of trial transcripts, correspondence, and memos. As Attorney General, Colt played an active role in handling many of the cases, particularly those involving violent crime. Consequently, many of the cases are well documented and include his handwritten notes.

Series XX: U.S. Senate Candidacy, 1904-1907, 1.5 ft. ( 3 boxes).

This series consists of correspondence, handwritten and printed ballot tabulations, campaign strategy outlines, and Colt's speeches and addresses relating to Colt's candidacy for the U.S. Senate from Rhode Island in the years 1905 to 1907. At that time, senators were not popularly elected, but instead were chosen by members of the State Legislature sitting in grand committee. Colt challenged the incumbent Republican candidate, George P. Wetmore, and there ensued a deadlock in the Legislature which lasted for four months and called for eighty one separate ballots. The stalemate was broken only by Colt's withdrawal from the race in June 1907.

Series 18. State Legislature
Samuel P. Colt was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 1876 at the age of 24. He served in the Legislature until 1879 when he left to accept an appointment as the State's Attorney General. Colt's service in the House was brief and relatively undistinguished His brother LeBaron was elected to succeed him in 1879 and served in the Legislature until 1881.

This series documents a small segment of that service. Included are handwritten and annotated printed copies of bills introduced by Colt, reports of legislative committees on which Colt served, and lists of the members of the House of Representatives during the years in which he served. Also filed in this series are printed materials which postdate Colt's service in the legislature.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of records and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 104, Folder 1 Adjutant General: Annual Report of
1878
Box 104, Folder 2 Committees: Standing & Joint Committees of the Legislature, List of
undated
Box 104, Folder 3 Committees: Miscellaneous
1875-1881, undated
Box 104, Folder 4 Constitutional Amendment: Proposal to Outlaw Sale of Liquor in Rhode Island
1878
Box 104, Folder 5 Distinguished Rhode Islanders: List of Portraits
undated
Box 104, Folder 6 Docket of Unfinished Business
1878
Box 104, Folder 7 Holden, Charles: Investigation into his Election
1877
Box 104, Folder 8 Legislation: Handwritten Drafts & Notes
undated
Box 104, Folder 9 Legislation: Printed Copies (Annotated)
1877-1878
Box 104, Folder 10 Legislation: Printed Copies
1879, 1887
Box 105, Folder 11 Petition Re. The Commercial Bank of Bristol
1877
Box 105, Folder 12 Public Laws Passed at the January Session, 1875
1875
Box 105, Folder 13 Public Laws Passed at the January Session, 1882
1882
Box 105, Folder 14 Public Schools, Cost of
undated
Box 105, Folder 15 Rhode Island, Battle of: Proposal for a Centennial Celebration of
1878
Box 105, Folder 16 Rhode Island & Massachusetts Railroad Company
1879
Box 105, Folder 17 Rhode Island State Farm: Visit of General Assembly
1878
Box 105, Folder 18 Roll of the House of the Representatives
1878, 1879, 1882
Box 105, Folder 19 Special Joint Committee on Insurance Laws: Minutes of
1881
Box 105, Folder 20 Speeches & addresses
undated
Box 105, Folder 21 Supreme Court: Opinions requested by the General Assembly & the Governor
1877, 1882
Box 105, Folder 22 Tax Laws: Notes on
undated

Series 19. Assistant Attorney General/Attorney General
Samuel P. Colt's brief tenure in the State Legislature ended in 1879 with his appointment to the position of Assistant Attorney General. When Attorney General Willard Sayles retired in 1882, Colt ran for and was elected to the first of four one-year terms. He was defeated for a fifth term in 1886, thus beginning an eighteen-year hiatus from elective politics. The materials in this series document Colt's service in the Attorney General's office between 1879 and 1886 No attempt has been made to distinguish between his service as Assistant Attorney General and Attorney General since the materials overlap and concern the same issues.

Included in the series are case files, hand written drafts of legal briefs, printed court dockets, annual reports of the Attorney General, copies of trial transcripts, correspondence, and memos. The bulk of the series consist of case files relating to cases handled by the Attorney General's Office, particularly "liquor cases" and murder cases. The quality and quantity of material varies from case to case, sometimes consisting only of a page or two of handwritten notes, sometimes a complete printed transcript, printed briefs, appeals, and investigative reports of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, which was apparently used on a regular basis by the Attorney General's Office.

Rhode Island in the 1880's had very strict laws governing the manufacture and sale of liquor. Judging from the number of "liquor cases" represented in this series, it also had a public willing to try to evade the laws. Colt appears to have vigorously prosecuted these cases and achieved a fairly high rate of conviction, at least based on the cases represented in this series.

Colt frequently handled the prosecution of murder cases personally. These cases are the ones that are most extensively documented in this series. The case of the State vs. George Congdon for the murder of Christopher Wilcox in 1883 is fully documented. The case file includes case notes, legal briefs, witness lists, and a printed summary of the case. Other murder cases are similarly if less comprehensively documented.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of record and chronologically by date within folders. All of the case files have been grouped together alphabetically under the general heading of "Court Cases". Liquor cases and murder cases respectively have been placed alphabetically by case name following the general listing of Court Cases.

Container Description Date
Box 106, Folder 1 Albany Law Journal: Article Re. Contracts
undated
Box 106, Folder 2 Appeals
1884, undated
Box 106, Folder 3 Assistant Attorney General: Colt's Certificates of Appointment
1879-1882
Box 106, Folder 4 Assistant Attorney General: Recommendations for
1884-1885
Box 106, Folder 5 Attorney General of the U.S.: Annual Report
1879
Box 106, Folder 6 Attorney General of the U.S.: Annual Report
1881
Box 106, Folder 7 Case Notes: Newport County
1883
Box 106, Folder 8 Case Notes: Providence County
1879, 1882
Box 106, Folder 9 Case Notes: Miscellaneous
undated
Box 107, Folder 10 Case Notes: Miscellaneous
undated
Box 107, Folder 11 Case Notes: Miscellaneous
undated
Box 107, Folder 12 Case Notes: Miscellaneous
undated
Box 107, Folder 13 Citations Re. Debtor Cases
1881
Box 107, Folder 14 Correspondence: Attorneys & Judges
1879-1881
Box 107, Folder 15 Correspondence: Attorneys & Judges
1882-1885 Jun
Box 107, Folder 16 Correspondence: Attorneys & Judges
1885 Jul-1886
Box 108, Folder 17 Correspondence: Municipal & State Officials
1879-1880
Box 108, Folder 18 Correspondence: Municipal & State Officials
1881-1886, undated
Box 108, Folder 19 Correspondence: Miscellaneous
1879-1887
Box 108, Folder 20 Court Cases: Babcock vs. Larkin
1882
Box 108, Folder 21 Court Cases: W.H. Bowen Arson Case: Pinkerton Agency Reports
1883 Oct
Box 108, Folder 22 Court Cases: W.H. Bowen Arson Case: Pinkerton Agency Reports
1884 Jan-1884 Feb 19
Box 108, Folder 23 Court Cases: W.H. Bowen Arson Case: Pinkerton Agency Reports
1884 Feb 20-1884 Mar
Box 109, Folder 24 Court Cases: W.H. Bowen Arson Case: Witness Statements
1884 Jan
Box 109, Folder 25 Court Cases: W.H. Bowen Arson Case: Witness Statements
1884 Feb 1-1884 Feb 10
Box 109, Folder 26 Court Cases: W.H. Bowen Arson Case: Witness Statements
1884 Feb 11-1884 Feb 17
Box 109, Folder 27 Court Cases: W.H. Bowen Arson Case: Witness Statements
1884 Feb 18-1884 Feb 29
Box 109, Folder 28 Court Cases: W.H. Bowen Arson Case: Witness Statements
1884 Mar
Box 110, Folder 29 Court Cases: Brown vs. The Phoenix National Bank
1880
Box 110, Folder 30 Court Cases: Henry Codman vs. Walter Luff
undated
Box 110, Folder 31 Court Cases: North Smithfield Election Case
1881
Box 110, Folder 32 Court Cases: School Committee of Woonsocket vs. The State Normal School
1880
Box 110, Folder 33 Court Cases: State vs. William Ahearn (Assault)
1879
Box 110, Folder 34 Court Cases: State vs. Ballou, J.
undated
Box 110, Folder 35 Court Cases: State vs. George Barr: Brief for the State (Assault)
1886
Box 110, Folder 36 Court Cases: State vs. Lawrence Batty
1884
Box 110, Folder 37 Court Cases: State vs. John Beswick
1880
Box 110, Folder 38 Court Cases: State vs. John Block
1881
Box 110, Folder 39 Court Cases: State vs. John Bowden
1879
Box 110, Folder 40 Court Cases: State vs. Charles Brawton (keeping a brothel)
1879-1881
Box 110, Folder 41 Court Cases: State vs. Andrew Carroll: Brief for the State
1882
Box 110, Folder 42 Court Cases: State vs. William Carry (assault)
1879
Box 110, Folder 43 Court Cases: State vs. Murray Chase et.al. (Larceny)
1881
Box 110, Folder 44 Court Cases: State vs. Thomas Chenett
1879
Box 111, Folder 45 Court Cases: State vs. Charles Colwell
1883
Box 111, Folder 46 Court Cases: State vs. Asa Coon
1879
Box 111, Folder 47 Court Cases: State vs. C.G. & F.E. Corbett: (Libel)
1880
Box 111, Folder 48 Court Cases: State vs. Frank Cushman
1884
Box 111, Folder 49 Court Cases: State vs. James Dagett (Assault)
1879
Box 111, Folder 50 Court Cases: State vs. George Dittmar (Burglary)
undated
Box 111, Folder 51 Court Cases: State vs. John Drury
1881
Box 111, Folder 52 Court Cases: State vs. Benjamin Evans (Libel)
1886, undated
Box 111, Folder 53 Court Cases: State vs. William Gaylord (Assault causing miscarriage)
1879
Box 112, Folder 54 Court Cases: State vs. Frederick Glover (Manslaughter)
1882
Box 112, Folder 55 Court Cases: State vs. Moses Grinnell (Assault)
1880
Box 112, Folder 56 Court Cases: State vs. George Hill (Keeping a common nuisance)
1881
Box 112, Folder 57 Court Cases: State vs. John Hopkins
1879
Box 112, Folder 58 Court Cases: State vs. Charles Hudson (Robbery)
1884-1886
Box 112, Folder 59 Court Cases: State vs. Peter Keough (Rape)
1879
Box 112, Folder 60 Court Cases: State vs. Edward Kenny (Assault)
1878
Box 113, Folder 61 Court Cases: State vs. John McMahon (Public Nuisance)
1883
Box 113, Folder 62 Court Cases: State vs. Christopher Markey (Robbery)
undated
Box 113, Folder 63 Court Cases: State vs. Andrew Martin
1882
Box 113, Folder 64 Court Cases: State vs. William H. Mathews (Rape)
1885
Box 113, Folder 65 Court Cases: State vs. John Mayberry
1883
Box 113, Folder 66 Court Cases: State vs. Frank McAndrews
undated
Box 113, Folder 67 Court Cases: State vs. Patrick McGinn
1882
Box 113, Folder 68 Court Cases: State vs. Joseph Melville
undated
Box 113, Folder 69 Court Cases: State vs. Morton (?)
undated
Box 113, Folder 70 Court Cases: State vs. Morton & Sullivan
undated
Box 113, Folder 71 Court Cases: State vs. James Mullen
1881
Box 113, Folder 72 Court Cases: State vs. Thomas Mumbly
1884
Box 113, Folder 73 Court Cases: State vs. George Northrup
undated
Box 113, Folder 74 Court Cases: State vs. John Perry (Arson)
1882
Box 113, Folder 75 Court Cases: State vs. Joseph Remington (Theft of Oysters)
1879
Box 113, Folder 76 Court Cases: State vs. Luther Reynolds
1879
Box 113, Folder 77 Court Cases: State vs. Edward Rhudrick
undated
Box 113, Folder 78 Court Cases: State vs. George Round
1883?
Box 114, Folder 79 Court Cases: State vs. Robert Rowman
1884
Box 114, Folder 80 Court Cases: State vs. Nellie Smith (Keeping a Bawdy House)
1885
Box 114, Folder 81 Court Cases: State vs. Stillman Smith (Receiving Stolen Goods)
1879
Box 114, Folder 82 Court Cases: State vs. Isaiah Stevenson (Keeping a Public Nuisance)
1879
Box 114, Folder 83 Court Cases: State vs. Charles Stuart (Fraud)
1879
Box 114, Folder 84 Court Cases: State vs. James Tabener (Embezzlement)
1883
Box 114, Folder 85 Court Cases: State vs. Allan Tanner (Perjury)
1885
Box 114, Folder 86 Court Cases: State vs. John Tanner et.al. (Perjury)
1882
Box 114, Folder 87 Court Cases: State vs. John Taylow (Larceny)
undated
Box 114, Folder 88 Court Cases: State vs. Theresa Towler (Keeping a Common Nuisance)
1882
Box 114, Folder 0 Court Cases: State vs. Dr. Lorenzo Travers (Abortion)
1883
Box 114, Folder 89 Court Cases: State vs. John Walker (Assault)
1885
Box 114, Folder 90 Court Cases: State vs. Merrick Walling (Abortion)
1879
Box 114, Folder 91 Court Cases: State vs. George Wing & Wayland Smith (Milk Cases)
1882
Box 114, Folder 92 Court Cases: State vs. William Wilcox
undated
Box 114, Folder 93 Court Cases: State vs. Frank Wood, Alias Sarsfield Kennedy (Burglary)
1885
Box 115, Folder 94 Liquor Violations: State vs. Mr. Angsle (?): Deposition of William Shepherd
1879
Box 115, Folder 0 Liquor Violations: State vs. Thomas Baker
1879
Box 115, Folder 95 Liquor Violations: State vs. John Barber & Edward Robinson
undated
Box 115, Folder 96 Liquor Violations: State vs. James Blewett
1881-1882
Box 115, Folder 97 Liquor Violations: State vs. William Boyle
1880
Box 115, Folder 98 Liquor Violations: State vs. William Baker
undated
Box 115, Folder 99 Liquor Violations: State vs. Stephen Eddy
1879
Box 115, Folder 100 Liquor Violations: State vs. Ann Edgerton
1878
Box 115, Folder 101 Liquor Violations: State vs. Henry Eichorn
1882
Box 115, Folder 102 Liquor Violations: State vs. Edward Fidler
1885
Box 115, Folder 103 Liquor Violations: State vs. William O. Fletcher
1881
Box 115, Folder 104 Liquor Violations: State vs. Anne Foster
1879
Box 115, Folder 105 Liquor Violations: State vs. William Grimes
1881
Box 116, Folder 106 Liquor Violations: State vs. Cassius Hawkins
1882
Box 116, Folder 107 Liquor Violations: State vs. John Irish
undated
Box 116, Folder 108 Liquor Violations: State vs. Julius Kartz
undated
Box 116, Folder 109 Liquor Violations: State vs. D. Courtland Kenyon
1882
Box 116, Folder 110 Liquor Violations: State vs. Peter McGough
1882
Box 116, Folder 111 Liquor Violations: State vs. William Mellor
1882
Box 116, Folder 112 Liquor Violations: State vs. Patrick Noyle
1884
Box 116, Folder 113 Liquor Violations: State vs. Lewis Richard
1879
Box 116, Folder 114 Liquor Violations: State vs. Daniel Rush
1880
Box 116, Folder 115 Liquor Violations: State vs. Catherin Shee & James Boyle
1881
Box 116, Folder 116 Liquor Violations: State vs. Simon Sullivan
1881
Box 116, Folder 117 Liquor Violations: State vs. Frank Watson
1886
Box 116, Folder 118 Liquor Violations: State vs. George Wells
1882
Box 116, Folder 119 Liquor Violations: State vs. Miscellaneous Correspondence
1879-1880, 1882-1884
Box 116, Folder 120 Liquor Violations: State vs. Miscellaneous Correspondence
1885-1887, undated
Box 117, Folder 121 Murder: State vs. William Bacon
1880
Box 117, Folder 122 Murder: State vs. Congdon: Brief for the State
1883
Box 117, Folder 123 Murder: State vs. George Congdon: Case Notes
1883
Box 117, Folder 124 Murder: State vs. George Congdon: Case Notes
1883
Box 117, Folder 125 Murder: State vs. George Congdon: Correspondence
1883
Box 117, Folder 126 Murder: State vs. George Congdon: "Trial of George W. Congdon" by Sydney Rider
1884
Box 117, Folder 127 Murder: State vs. George Congdon: A petition for a new trial
1884
Box 117, Folder 128 Murder: State vs. George Congdon: Summaries of trial testimony
1883
Box 117, Folder 129 Murder: State vs. George Congdon: Witness lists
1883
Box 118, Folder 130 Murder: State vs. Gilbert Goyette
1881
Box 118, Folder 131 Murder: State vs. Mrs. Dennis Healy
undated
Box 118, Folder 132 Murder: State vs. Phillip LaCoste (Alias Bibby Langdeau)
undated
Box 118, Folder 133 Murder: State vs. Margaret Shaw
1879
Box 119, Folder 134 Murder: State vs. William Shea
1884
Box 119, Folder 135 Murder: State vs. Charles Skuce
1882?
Box 119, Folder 0 Murder: State vs. Charles Skuce: Newspaper accounts
1884
Box 119, Folder 136 Murder: State vs. Rocco Votta
1882
Box 119, Folder 137 Murder: State vs. Walter Winsor
1880
Box 119, Folder 138 Court of Common Pleas Trial List
1884
Box 119, Folder 139 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Bristol County
1883, 1885
Box 119, Folder 140 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Kent County
1879
Box 119, Folder 141 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Kent County
1883-1886
Box 119, Folder 142 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Newport County
1879-1882
Box 119, Folder 143 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Newport County
1883-1885
Box 120, Folder 144 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Providence County (Handwritten)
1879
Box 120, Folder 145 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Providence County
1880
Box 120, Folder 146 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Providence County
1881
Box 120, Folder 147 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Providence County
1882
Box 120, Folder 148 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Providence County (Grand Jury)
1882
Box 120, Folder 149 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Providence County
1883
Box 120, Folder 150 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Providence County
1884
Box 121, Folder 151 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Providence County (Grand Jury)
1884
Box 121, Folder 152 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Providence County (Grand Jury)
1885
Box 121, Folder 153 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Washington County
1879-1881
Box 121, Folder 154 Dockets: Court of Common Pleas for Washington County
1882-1885
Box 121, Folder 155 Dockets: Supreme Court, Bristol County
1881-1883, 1885-1886
Box 121, Folder 156 Dockets: Supreme Court, Kent County
1879-1886
Box 121, Folder 157 Dockets: Supreme Court, Newport County
1879-1886
Box 121, Folder 158 Dockets: Supreme Court, Providence County
1882
Box 121, Folder 159 Dockets: Supreme Court, Washington County
1879-1886
Box 122, Folder 160 Dockets: Supreme Court, Miscellaneous
undated
Box 122, Folder 161 Forms Used by the Office
undated
Box 122, Folder 162 Grand Jury: Lists of members
undated
Box 122, Folder 163 Holbrook, Mary Hubbard: Autopsy of
1886
Box 122, Folder 164 Hull, Benjamin: Petition Re. His Indictment
1879
Box 122, Folder 165 Indictments & Appeals: Lists of
undated
Box 122, Folder 166 Insurance Company of North America: Suit for Back Taxes
1881-1882
Box 122, Folder 167 Joint Special Committee of Inquiry into the Laws Relating to Foreign Insurance Companies
1881
Box 122, Folder 168 Medical Opinions
1882-1885, undated
Box 123, Folder 169 Middletown, Town of: Swine ordinances
1883
Box 123, Folder 170 New York & Boston Railroad: Opinion Re. Consolidation of
undated
Box 123, Folder 171 Petitions
1881, undated
Box 123, Folder 172 Prison Escapes: Opinion Re.
undated
Box 123, Folder 173 Providence County Jail: List of inmates awaiting trial
undated
Box 123, Folder 174 Receipts & Bills
1879-1883
Box 123, Folder 175 Reynolds, Charles H.: Record of a viewing of his body
1886
Box 123, Folder 176 Sayles, William, Attorney General
1879-1880
Box 123, Folder 177 Secretary of the State Board of Pharmacy
1881-1882
Box 123, Folder 178 Speeches & Addresses, Fragments of
undated
Box 123, Folder 179 State Police, Annual Report of
1887
Box 123, Folder 180 Summons
1882-1883
Box 123, Folder 181 Supreme Court: Brief for the State Re: Constitutionality of Chapter 889, Public Laws
1881
Box 123, Folder 182 Telegrams, Miscellaneous
1882-1886
Box 123, Folder 183 Vontana, Joseph: Affidavit of
1880
Box 123, Folder 184 White, Addison: Indictment of
1881
Box 123, Folder 185 Woodmansee, Moses: Indictment of
1883

Series 20. U.S. Senate Candidacy
After his defeat at the polls for re-election as Attorney General in 1886, Samuel P. Colt turned his interests from elective politics to the business world, developing U.S. Rubber and the Industrial Trust Company into powerful corporations in their respective spheres of industry and banking. In 1903, after an eighteen year hiatus, Colt ran for governor of Rhode Island on the Republican Party ticket at the request of party leaders. Though defeated, Colt came far closer to winning against the incumbent Democrat than anyone though he would and actually polled more votes for the governor than had any previous Republican candidate for the office.

Buoyed by his showing and under the impression that the incumbent U.S. Senator, George Peabody Wetmore, would not seek reelection, Colt announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate from Rhode Island in 1905. Wetmore did indeed decide to run for reelection, but by the time he made his intentions known, Colt was too deeply committed to withdraw. Thus, there ensued one of the most bitter and divisive contests in Rhode Island's political history.

Included in this series are correspondence, handwritten and printed ballot tabulations, campaign strategy memos, Colt's speeches and addresses, lists of campaign expenditures, reports from his campaign manager, S.E. Hudson, Colt's declaration of candidacy, petitions in support of the Colt candidacy, and newspaper clippings both supporting and opposing his candidacy. Among the most interesting items are the tabulations compiled for each ballot taken during this election process. In 1907 U.S. Senators were not popularly elected, but rather were chosen by a majority vote of members of the State Legislature sitting in Grand Committee. The Republican controlled State Legislature was split between Colt, incumbent Republican Wetmore, and Democrat Robert Goddard. No one candidate was able to gain a majority in eighty-one ballots cast over a four month period. In fact, only one vote changed during that time. The ballot tabulations in this series demonstrate the fierce loyalty of the legislators to their respective candidates. The deadlock was broken only by the withdrawal of Colt, presumably due to ill health, in June 1907.

Also of interest in this series are a number of letters to Colt from State Republican Party leaders substantiating his claim that he agreed to run for the Senate only after receiving assurances that the incumbent George Peabody Wetmore would not seek re-election.

The list of Colt's expenditures on behalf of himself and the Republican Party reveal that between January 1905 and November 1906, Colt contributed nearly $150,000 to the Republican Party, an astounding sum by the standards of the day. His total contributions over the term of the campaign actually exceeded $200,000 according to his income and expenditure statements found in Series XI.

Colt had a floor manager, one S.E. Hudson, running his campaign in the State Legislature. Hudson's weekly reports to Colt are a fascinating mixture of political savvy and gossip, informing Colt who was strongly for him, who was vigorously opposed to him, and who was wavering and needed some words of encouragement from the candidate. The reports provide important insights into senatorial campaigns before the advent of popularly elected senators.

Colt was ultimately denied election to the U.S. Senate and his defeat effectively marked the close of his political career. Ironically, his brother LeBaron was elected to the same seat in the U.S. Senate in 1913. Newspaper clippings relating to S. P. Colt's abortive run for the Senate may also be found in Series XXV, Printed Materials.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of record and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 124, Folder 1 Adjournment of the Legislature: Opposition to
1907
Box 124, Folder 2 Ballot Tabulation for U.S. Senate Election
1907 Jan
Box 124, Folder 3 Ballot Tabulation for U.S. Senate Election
1907 Feb-1907 Mar, undated
Box 124, Folder 4 Biographical Sketch of Colt
1906?
Box 124, Folder 5 Brayton, Charles R.: Letter from Republican Legislators in support of Colt
1907?
Box 124, Folder 6 Campaign Strategy
1907
Box 124, Folder 7 Candidacy of Colt: Circumstances Surrounding
1906-1907, undated
Box 124, Folder 8 Correspondence: Miscellaneous
1906-1907 Jan
Box 124, Folder 9 Correspondence: Miscellaneous
1907 Mar-1907 Jun, undated
Box 125, Folder 10 Declaration & Announcement of Candidacy
1907
Box 125, Folder 11 Expenses Incurred by Colt
1905-1906
Box 125, Folder 12 Hudson, S.E. (Colt's Floor Manager): Reports Re. Senate Election
1907 Jan-1907 Feb
Box 125, Folder 13 Hudson, S.E. (Colt's Floor Manager): Reports Re. Senate Election
1907 Feb 15-1907 Feb 28
Box 125, Folder 14 Hudson, S.E. (Colt's Floor Manager): Reports Re. Senate Election
1907 Mar-1907 Apr 10
Box 125, Folder 15 Hudson, S.E. (Colt's Floor Manager): Reports Re. Senate Election
1907 Apr 11-1907 Apr 24
Box 125, Folder 16 Newspaper Clippings
1904-1907
Box 125, Folder 17 Petitions in Support of Colt
1907
Box 126, Folder 18 Providence Journal: Editorials Re: Colt
1906-1907
Box 126, Folder 19 Republican State Central Committee: Correspondence
1907
Box 126, Folder 20 Republican State Central Committee: Monthly Financial Reports
1906
Box 126, Folder 21 Settlement Conference Proposal
1907
Box 126, Folder 22 Speeches & Addresses
undated
Box 126, Folder 23 Speeches & Addresses
undated
Box 126, Folder 24 Speeches & Addresses
undated
Box 126, Folder 25 Supporter, Lists of
1906-1907

Sub-group Five. Private Legal Practice
Series 21: Estate Files, 1855-1905, 9 ft. (18 boxes).

This series documents Colt's service as an executor and/or attorney for the estates of Hannah B. Smith, Ambrose E. Burnside, and Cornelius J. Vanderbilt. The bulk of the records relate to the Vanderbilt estate. Included are a variety of legal documents (briefs, transcripts, complaints), copies of wills, lists of heirs, lists of creditors, bills, receipts, correspondence, and memos.

Series 22: Private Legal Practice, 1850-1915, 2.5 ft. (5 boxes).

This series contains the records that remain from Samuel P. Colt's private legal practice. He maintained an active practice from 1877 to 1887 though he continued to do legal work for friends into the early 1900s. His private practice was largely confined to civil cases and probate work. Included are case files, drafts of briefs, copies of wills, correspondence, and memos.

Series 21. Estate Files
As a highly-respected attorney and businessman, Samuel P. Colt was sometimes called upon to serve as the executor of his late friends' and business colleagues' estates. This series contains the records concerning three such estates; Ambrose E. Burnside, Hanna B Smith and Cornelius J. Vanderbilt. Although little is known about Hanna B. Smith, both Burnside and Vanderbilt were prominent figures of their day. Burnside, whose substantial facial hair gave rise to the term "sideburns", was a Civil War general and then governor of Rhode Island from 1866-1869. Vanderbilt was best known as the wayward son of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. Included in this series are correspondence, wills estate inventories, legal case files, lists of heirs, lists of creditors, transcripts, legal briefs, court complaints, bills and receipts.

The series has been divided into three sub-series, one for each of the three estates. Burnside, though a noted figure in Rhode Island, died impoverished and his estate was relatively easy to settle. He was a native Bristol and Colt knew him well. In fact, he delivered Burnside's eulogy, a holograph copy of which is included in this sub-series. Also included are correspondence, bills and receipts, lists of claims against the estate which were paid or resigned and a fragment of Burnside's will dated October 1880, a few months before his death.

Hannah B. Smith was also a native of Bristol. Hannah and her husband, who died in 1874, had extensive real estate holdings in Cuba and California as well as the family homestead in Bristol. In 1883, Smith established a trust in which she placed all her property and named Colt and a John B. Watson as trustees, (see folder labeled "Trust Deed" for details.) She died in the spring of 1884.

The Smith sub-series consists of correspondence between Colt and various Smith children and grandchildren (Barclays, Caldwells, Doringhs and Smiths) regarding the final disposition of the estate. Also included in this sub-series are several inventories of the estate, correspondence and lists relating to the final disposition of the estate, a copy of the trust deed naming Colt a trustee of the estate, and the wills of Isaac Borden and Richard Smith, respectively Hannah B. Smith's father and husband.

The bulk of the records in this series contains material relating to the estate of Cornelius J. Vanderbilt. The son of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, Cornelius J. killed himself in a New York hotel room in the spring of 1882. He left behind considerable debt. During his lifetime he was apparently able to borrow large sums of money, which he promptly gambled away, on the strength of his family name. After his death, his creditors came looking to the executors of the estate, of whom Colt was one, for payment. Included in this sub-series are case files relating to the many suits filed against the Vanderbilt estate, the wills of Commodore Vanderbilt and Cornelius J. Vanderbilt, the inventory and settlement of the estate, documents relating to the probating of Cornelius J. Vanderbilt's will, claims against the estate, bills, receipts, and correspondence.

Vanderbilt employed Colt to draw up a new will prior to April 1882 which named Colt and George Terry as executors. Both were also named as beneficiaries. Unfortunately for the executors, they discovered after Vanderbilt's death by suicide on April 2, 1882 that his debts exceeded his assets. A trust fund that his father had established for Cornelius J. could not be used to pay his debt. Creditors, who were unaware that his brother William, and not Cornelius J., had inherited the bulk of the Commodore's estate, filed claims against the estate. When they discovered that they would likely recover only a fraction of what was owed them, they turned to the executors, Colt and Terry, for satisfaction. The two men promptly found themselves defendants in a number of lawsuits brought by Vanderbilt's creditors. The details of these suits can be found in folders labeled "Court Cases."

A document entitled "Inventory and Settlement of the Estate," a multi-part form, details the amount beneficiaries and creditors received. It appears that most legacies and claims were paid at the rate of 25 cents on the dollar, with the exception of Vanderbilt's longtime friend George Terry who received $90,000 of the $120,000 bequeathed to him. Other materials relating to the settlement of the estate can be found in folders labeled "Probate of the Will" and "Settlement of the Estate: Petitions and Releases." Other items of interest in the Vanderbilt sub-series include Cornelius J. Vanderbilt's correspondence with his brother William, and William Vanderbilt's correspondence with Colt regarding the payment of his brother's just debts.

The records in each sub-series are arranged alphabetically by name, subject or type of records and chronologically by date within folders.

Ambrose E. Burnside Estate

Container Description Date
Box 127, Folder x-ref Administrator of the Estate X-Ref: Manchester, J. Howard
undated
Box 127, Folder 1 Assignment of Property, Drafts
undated
Box 127, Folder 2 Auction of Burnside Estate
1881-1882
Box 127, Folder 3 Bills Against the Estate, Lists of
undated
Box 127, Folder 4 Bills & Receipts
1880-1881
Box 127, Folder 5 Buckner Bonds
1882
Box 127, Folder 6 Burnside, Ellen (Sister of Ambrose E. Burnside): Correspondence
1881
Box 127, Folder 7 Burnside, Mary E.: Estate of
1884
Box 127, Folder 8 Burnside, Mary R. (Wife of Ambrose Burnside): Copy of the Will of
1871
Box 127, Folder 9 Burnside Memorial Building: Program for Cornerstone Laying
1883
Box 127, Folder 10 Claims Against the Estate: Paid and/or resigned
1881
Box 127, Folder 11 Claims Against the Estate: Paid and/or resigned
1882 Oct 6-1882 Oct 20
Box 128, Folder 12 Claims Against the Estate: Paid and/or resigned
1882 Oct 25-1882 Oct 31
Box 128, Folder 13 Claims Against the Estate: Paid and/or resigned
1883-1885
Box 128, Folder 14 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1881-1886
Box 128, Folder 15 Eulogy by Samuel P. Colt
1881
Box 128, Folder 16 Funeral Arrangements, Notes on
1881?
Box 128, Folder 17 Gould, E.B.: Correspondence
1881-1886
Box 128, Folder 18 Manchest, J. Howard (Administrator of the Burnside Estate): Correspondence
1881-1884, 1886
Box 128, Folder 19 Wardwell, William T.C.: Correspondence
1880-1883
Box 128, Folder 20 Will of A.E. Burnside: Fragment
1880

Hannah B. Smith Estate

Container Description Date
Box 129, Folder 21 Administrator of the Estate: Appointment of (Samuel P Colt, John Watson)
1884
Box 129, Folder 22 Asuncion Estate (Cuban Sugar Plantation)
1883-1885
Box 129, Folder 23 Asuncion Estate (Cuban Sugar Plantation)
1886-1888, undated
Box 129, Folder 24 Banks & Banking Houses
1884-1896
Box 129, Folder 25 Barclay, Serafina B. (Daughter of Hanna B. Smith): Correspondence
1882-1884 Jun
Box 129, Folder 26 Barclay, Serafina B. (Daughter of Hanna B. Smith): Correspondence
1884 Jun-1885
Box 129, Folder 27 Barclay, Serafina B. (Daughter of Hanna B. Smith): Correspondence
1886
Box 129, Folder 28 Barclay, Serafina B. (Daughter of Hanna B. Smith): Correspondence
1887-1888
Box 130, Folder 29 Barclay, Serafina B. (Daughter of Hanna B. Smith): Correspondence
1889
Box 130, Folder 30 Barclay, Serafina B. (Daughter of Hanna B. Smith): Correspondence
1890-1892
Box 130, Folder 31 Barclay, Serafina B. (Daughter of Hanna B. Smith): Correspondence
1893-1895, 1899
Box 130, Folder 32 Barclay, Serafina B. (Daughter of Hanna B. Smith): Correspondence
1905, undated
Box 130, Folder 33 Bennett, H.P. (Bristol Town Clerk): Correspondence
1884, 1887-1888, 1891
Box 130, Folder 34 Borden, Isaac (Father of Hannah B. Smith): Will of
1865
Box 130, Folder 35 Brockway, J.W. (Cook County, ,Illinois Recorder of Deeds): Correspondence
1883-1884
Box 130, Folder 36 Caldwell, Anita S. (Daughter of Hanna B. Smith): Correspondence
1883-1886, undated
Box 130, Folder 37 Caldwell, Anita S. (Granddaughter of Hanna B. Smith): Correspondence
1894-1897
Box 130, Folder 38 Caldwell, Anita Smith: Participation Fund for her Children
1899-1900
Box 130, Folder 39 Caldwell, John Winslow (Grandson (?) of Hannah B. Smith): Correspondence
1896-1898, 1900
Box 130, Folder 40 Caldwell, Josiah (Son-in-Law of Hannah B. Smith): Correspondence
1888-1891, 1893
Box 130, Folder 41 Caldwell, Julia S. (Granddaughter of Hanna B. Smith): Correspondence
1892-1896
Box 130, Folder 42 Caldwell, Ricardo Smith (Grandson of Hannah B. Smith): Correspondence
1889-1891
Box 130, Folder 43 Caldwell, Seymour (Grandson of Hannah B. Smith): Correspondence
1887, 1893-1898
Box 130, Folder 44 Caldwell, Walter L. (Grandson (?) of Hannah B. Smith): Correspondence
1893-1894
Box 131, Folder 45 Correspondence, Attorneys
1883-1900
Box 131, Folder 46 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1883-1888, 1896, 1898
Box 131, Folder 47 Crocker, Walter: Correspondence
1888-1891, undated
Box 131, Folder 48 Doringh, C.H.R.: Correspondence
1884-1894
Box 131, Folder 49 Doringh, Pauline (Granddaughter(?) of Hannah B. Smith): Correspondence
1884-1892
Box 131, Folder 50 Doringh, Pauline: Correspondence
undated
Box 131, Folder 51 Doringh, Richard C.: Correspondence
1885, 1888-1891
Box 131, Folder 52 Estate of Hannah B. Smith: Division & Settlement of
1889-1891
Box 131, Folder 53 Estate of Hannah B. Smith: Inventory
1893
Box 131, Folder 54 Hadley & Dain (Attorneys for Seymour Caldwell): Correspondence
1883-1888
Box 132, Folder 55 Harrison, Lynde (Attorney for heirs of John H. Smith). See also: Estate of Hannah B. Smith: Division & Settlement
1893-1897
Box 132, Folder 56 Harrison, Lynde: Correspondence
1899-1894, undated
Box 132, Folder 57 Harrison, Lynde: Appointed as Guardian for Minor Children of John H. Smith
1888
Box 132, Folder 58 Hodgkin, Lenore (Daughter of Hannah B. Smith): Correspondence
1884-1895, undated
Box 132, Folder 59 Memoranda of Agreement Re-disbursement of Funds: Correspondence
1885-1886, 1893-1894
Box 132, Folder 60 Mestre, Jose Manuel. See also: Barclay, Serafina: Correspondence
1883-1885
Box 132, Folder 61 Real Estate Transactions: Chicago Real Estate
1855-1886
Box 132, Folder 62 Receipts
1884-1893, 1898
Box 132, Folder 63 San Ricardo Plantation (Cuba)
1897-1898, 1904, undated
Box 133, Folder 64 Smith, Anaide: Correspondence
1885
Box 133, Folder 65 Smith, C.D.F.: Correspondence
1886
Box 133, Folder 66 Smith, Juan A. (grandson of Hannah B. Smith): Correspondence
1888, 1893
Box 133, Folder 67 Smith, Juan H. (John) (Grandson of Hannah B. Smith): Correspondence
1883-1887
Box 133, Folder 68 Smith, Juan H. (John): Correspondence
1888
Box 133, Folder 69 Smith, Richard D. (Husband of Hannah B. Smith): Correspondence
1874
Box 133, Folder 70 Smith, Richard deB. (Grandson of Hannah B. Smith): Correspondence
1884-1893
Box 133, Folder 71 Smith Family Correspondence, Misc.
1884-1904
Box 133, Folder 72 Smith Family Homestead (Bristol): Sale of. See also Doringh, Pauline
undated
Box 133, Folder 73 Stock Holdings & Transactions
1888-1889 Apr
Box 134, Folder 74 Stock Holdings & Transactions
1889 May-1892
Box 134, Folder 75 Stock Holdings & Transactions
1893-1895, 1899, undated
Box 134, Folder 76 Touceda, Gabriel. See also: Mestre, Jose Manuel: Correspondence
1884-1885, 1888
Box 134, Folder 77 Trust Deed: Names Samuel P. Colt & John Watson as Trustees of Hannah B. Smith Estate
1883
Box 134, Folder 78 Watson, Edward L. (Co-Trustee of Hannah Be. Smith Estate): Correspondence
1901, 1905
Box 134, Folder 79 Watson, Edward L. (Co-Trustee of Hannah Be. Smith Estate): Correspondence
1884-1896, undated

Cornelius J. Vanderbilt Estate

Container Description Date
Box 135, Folder 80 Allen, Ethelinda. (sister of Cornelius J. Vanderbilt, Jr.): Correspondence
1883
Box 135, Folder 81 Anderson, Henry H.: Re Colt's Claim Against William Vanderbilt Estate. See also: Worcester, E.D.
1886
Box 135, Folder 82 Ashley, George B., Attorney: Correspondence
1882-1886
Box 135, Folder 83 Ashley, George B., Attorney: Miscellaneous Correspondence
1882-1884
Box 135, Folder 84 Assets, Lists of
undated
Box 135, Folder 85 Bankruptcy of C.J. Vanderbilt
1867, 1880
Box 135, Folder 86 Banks, Mrs. Andrew D.: Claim against the estate
1883, 1886-1887
Box 135, Folder 87 Berger, Mary LaBau (Sister of C.J. Vanderbilt): Claim against the estate
1882, 1886
Box 135, Folder 88 Broadwell, M.M.: Claim against the estate
1882, 1886
Box 136, Folder 89 Cancelled Checks
1882-1886
Box 136, Folder 90 Cash Receipts & Disbursements, List of
1882-1886
Box 136, Folder 91 Claims Against the Estate
1882
Box 136, Folder 92 Claims Against the Estate
1883
Box 136, Folder 93 Claims Against the Estate
1884-1886 Jul
Box 136, Folder 94 Claims Against the Estate
1886 Aug
Box 136, Folder 95 Claims Against the Estate
1886 Sep
Box 136, Folder 96 Claims Against the Estate
1886 Oct-1887
Box 137, Folder 97 Claims Against the Estate: List of
undated
Box 137, Folder 98 Claims Against the Estate: Lists of Claims to be Paid
undated
Box 137, Folder 99 Claims Against the Estate: Lists of Possible Settlements
undated
Box 137, Folder 100 Claims Against the Estate: Notices of Rejections
1883
Box 137, Folder 101 Claims Against the Estate: Miscellaneous
undated
Box 137, Folder 102 Colt, George DeWolf (Samuel P. Colt's brother): Correspondence
1886
Box 137, Folder 103 Colt, LeBaron B. (Samuel P. Colt's, brother): Correspondence
1885-1886
Box 137, Folder 104 Colt, Samuel P.: List of Actions in Re: Vanderbilt Estate
1882-1883
Box 137, Folder 105 Cooke, George K.: Correspondence
1881-1882
Box 137, Folder 106 Cooke, George K.: Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1882-1887
Box 138, Folder 107 Court Cases: Eugene Biggs vs. Samuel P. Colt. See also Court cases: Vanderbilt vs. Vanderbilt
1883
Box 138, Folder 108 Court Cases: Samuel P. Colt, et. al. vs. George McConnell, et. al.(printed)
1885
Box 138, Folder 109 Court Cases: John Daly & James O'Connor vs. Samuel P. Colt & George Terry
1883-1884
Box 138, Folder 110 Court Cases: Augustus P. Greene vs. Cornelius J. Vanderbilt
1881
Box 138, Folder 111 Court Cases: Brooke Postley vs. Samuel P. Colt & George Terry
1881-1884 Feb
Box 138, Folder 112 Court Cases: Brooke Postley vs. Samuel P. Colt & George Terry
1884 Mar-1884 Jun
Box 139, Folder 113 Court Cases: Zachariah Simmons vs. Cornelius J. Vanderbilt
1880 Feb-1880 May
Box 139, Folder 114 Court Cases: Zachariah Simmons vs. Cornelius J. Vanderbilt
1880 Jun-1880 Nov
Box 139, Folder 115 Court Cases: Zachariah Simmons vs. Cornelius J. Vanderbilt
1881-1882
Box 139, Folder 116 Court Cases: Zachariah Simmons vs. Cornelius J. Vanderbilt
1883
Box 139, Folder 117 Court Cases: Zachariah Simmons vs. Cornelius J. Vanderbilt
undated
Box 139, Folder 118 Court Cases: Cornelius J. Vanderbilt vs. William H. Vanderbilt
1877
Box 139, Folder 119 Court Cases: Miscellaneous
1880, 1882-1884, undated
Box 140, Folder 120 Duncan, W.H.: Correspondence
1882-1886
Box 140, Folder 121 Hartford Debts, Lists of
undated
Box 140, Folder 122 Hartford Mansion of C.J. Vanderbilt. See also: Spooner W.H.
1882-1885
Box 140, Folder 123 Hartford Mansion of C.J. Vanderbilt
1886 Jan-1886 Aug
Box 140, Folder 124 Hartford Mansion of C.J. Vanderbilt Sept.
1886-1888, undated
Box 140, Folder 125 Humboldt Queen Gold & Silver Mining Co.
1882, 1884, 1887
Box 140, Folder 126 Inventory of the C.J. Vanderbilt Estate
1886, undated
Box 140, Folder 127 Inventory & Settlement of the C.J. Vanderbilt Estate: Schedules A-G
1886
Box 141, Folder 128 Johnson, H.L.: Atcheson, Kansas Property
1879-1883
Box 141, Folder 129 Jones, William A.: Jamaica, Long Island Property
1884-1885, 1888-1889
Box 141, Folder 130 Legacies Under the Will, Lists of. See also: Inventory & Settlement
undated
Box 141, Folder 131 Lord & Lord, Attorney's at Law: Accounts with C.J. Vanderbilt
1880-1881
Box 141, Folder 132 Lord & Lord, Attorney's at Law: Correspondence with C.J. Vanderbilt. See also: Berger, Mary LaBan
1878-1881
Box 141, Folder 133 Lord & Lord, Attorney's at Law: Miscellaneous Correspondence
1881-1884
Box 141, Folder 134 Luxton, Edward D. (C.J. Vanderbilt's Private Secretary). See also: New Mexico Ranch
1880-1887
Box 141, Folder 135 Memoranda of Expenses: Samuel P. Colt
1883
Box 141, Folder 136 Memoranda: Miscellaneous
undated
Box 141, Folder 137 Moon, James L.: Correspondence
1883
Box 141, Folder 138 Morse, Jerome B.: Estate of
1886-1887
Box 141, Folder 139 New Mexico Ranch. See also: Luxton, Edward D. & Series XVI
1883-1886
Box 141, Folder 140 Newspaper Clippings
1882-1885
Box 142, Folder 141 Perrin, Edward O.: Correspondence
1882-1883, 1886
Box 142, Folder 142 Probate of C.J. Vanderbilt's Will. See also: Vanderbilt, Cornelius J.: Will of
1882
Box 142, Folder 142a Promissory notes
1876, 1879
Box 142, Folder 143 Receipts
1865, 1882-1886
Box 142, Folder 144 Sargent, Nelson. See also: VanDeWater Gold & Silver Mining Co.: Correspondence
1883
Box 142, Folder 145 Settlement of the Estate: Petition for
1886
Box 142, Folder 146 Settlement of the Estate: Releases
1886
Box 142, Folder 147 Settlement of the Estate: Statement of Settlement
undated
Box 142, Folder 148 Sperry, Aner (Administrator of Vanderbilt Estate of Hartford): Correspondence
1882-1883 Jun
Box 142, Folder 149 Sperry, Aner (Administrator of Vanderbilt Estate of Hartford): Correspondence
1883 Jul-1883 Oct, undated
Box 143, Folder 150 Spooner, W.H. (Purchaser of Vanderbilt's Hartford Home) See also: Harford Mansion: Correspondence
1884-1886
Box 143, Folder 151 Stock Transactions
1882-1886
Box 143, Folder 152 Terry, George N. (Executor of C.J. Vanderbilt's Estate). See also: Series XIII & XVI: Correspondence
1883-1897
Box 143, Folder 153 Terry, George N.: Agreement with Samuel P. Colt Re. Vanderbilt Estate
1887
Box 143, Folder 154 Terry, George N.: Cancelled Checks
1883-1886
Box 143, Folder 155 Terry, George N.: Claims Against Vanderbilt Estate Purchased by
1882
Box 143, Folder 156 Terry, George N.: Miscellaneous
1878-1887, undated
Box 143, Folder 157 Trust Fund
1878-1884, undated
Box 144, Folder 158 Vanderbilt, Commodore Cornelius (Father of C.J. Vanderbilt): Will of
1877
Box 144, Folder 159 Vanderbilt, Cornelius (Nephew of C.J. Vanderbilt): Correspondence
1882
Box 144, Folder 160 Vanderbilt, Cornelius J.: Correspondence with brother William H. Vanderbilt
1879
Box 144, Folder 161 Vanderbilt, Cornelius J.: Headstone for grave
1886-1887, undated
Box 144, Folder 162 Vanderbilt, Cornelius J.: Will of. See also: Probate of C.J.
1881
Box 144, Folder 163 Vanderbilt, Cornelius J.: Miscellaneous
1866-1881
Box 144, Folder 164 Vanderbilt, William H. (Brother of Cornelius J. Vanderbilt). See also: Vanderbilt, Cornelius J.: Correspondence
1882-1883
Box 144, Folder 165 Vandewater Gold & Silver Mining Co.
1879-1885
Box 144, Folder 166 VanFleet, Richard V.: Correspondence
1879-1882
Box 144, Folder 167 Vouchers
1882-1886
Box 144, Folder 168 Wallace Bequest (Annie Allen Wallace, a niece of Vanderbilt)
1885-1886
Box 144, Folder 169 Williams, Augusta H. & Mary H. (C.J. Vanderbilt's sisters-in-law): Correspondence
1883, 1886
Box 144, Folder 170 Worcester, E.D. (Trustee for the C.J. Vanderbilt Trust). See also: Vanderbilt, William H. & Trust Fund
1879, 1886-1887
Box 144, Folder 171 Writs Against the Estate
1883
Box 144, Folder 172 Miscellaneous
undated

Series 22. Private Legal Practice
By education and professional training, Samuel P. Colt was a lawyer. An 1876 graduate of Columbia University Law School, he was admitted to the New York Bar in the same year and to the Rhode Island Bar in 1877. He opened a private law office in Providence in 1877 and also had an office in Bristol. He maintained his law practice while he concurrently served in the Rhode Island House of Representatives and as the State's Assistant Attorney General and Attorney General. The records in the collection indicate that Colt gave up his active private legal practice in the late 1880s.

One of the cases which Colt handled involved defending his mother Theodora against a slander charge. Unfortunately, the outcome of the case is unknown since only the original summons exists in this series. It does indicate, however, that Theodora was extremely outspoken. Colt also handled estate work, divorce cases, and title searches for a variety of people in Bristol, including the estate of his cousin, Abby DeWolf, the divorce of boat designer John Herreshoff, and real estate work for his cousin, Herbert M. Howe.

What records remain of that practice are contained in this series. The records indicate that he confined himself to the probate matters and civil cases in his private practice. Included are case files, drafts of briefs, copies of wills, divorce petitions filed on behalf of clients, printed case studies and court decisions, legal publications, correspondence and memos.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by name, subject, or type of record and chronologically by date within folders.

Container Description Date
Box 145, Folder 1 Angell, James A.: Will of
1877
Box 145, Folder 2 Angell, Nancy: Will of
1877
Box 145, Folder 3 Bennett Property
1886, 1892
Box 145, Folder 4 Bradford Union Association
1881, 1883
Box 145, Folder 5 Bristol, Town of
1881, undated
Box 145, Folder 6 Business Cards
undated
Box 145, Folder 7 Cahill, Michael C.: Divorce Petition
1881
Box 145, Folder 8 Certification of Admission to the RI Bar
1877
Box 145, Folder 9 Church, Benjamin: Will of
1900
Box 145, Folder 10 Codman, Maria P.: Will of. Se also Court Cases: Codman vs. Minot
1898
Box 145, Folder 11 Coggeshall Estate
1881, undated
Box 145, Folder 12 Colwell, Francis: Correspondence
1882-1887
Box 145, Folder 13 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1876-1883
Box 145, Folder 14 Correspondence, Miscellaneous
1884-1887, 1895, 1915
Box 146, Folder 15 Court Cases: Ellen Burnside Cameron vs. Theodora DeWolf Colt
1880
Box 146, Folder 16 Court Cases: Arthur Codman vs. William Minot
1878-1906
Box 146, Folder 17 Court Cases: Samuel P. Colt vs. Sears Commercial Co.
undated
Box 146, Folder 18 Court Cases: Clarence Crafts vs. David Ray
undated
Box 146, Folder 19 Court Cases: Graham vs. Boston, Hartford & Erie Railroad Co.
undated
Box 146, Folder 20 Court Cases: William E. Hale vs. Hezekiah Conant
undated
Box 146, Folder 21 Court Cases: Isaac P. Hazard, et al. vs. Thomas C. Durant, et al.
undated
Box 146, Folder 22 Court Cases: Isaac P. Hazard, et al. vs. Thomas Hidden
undated
Box 146, Folder 23 Court Cases: Howe vs. Roberts
1877
Box 146, Folder 24 Court Cases: George Nye vs. William H. Spooner
1881
Box 146, Folder 25 Court Cases: Paull vs. Paull
undated
Box 146, Folder 26 Court Cases: Anna Pell vs. Ann Jane Mercer, et al.
1883
Box 146, Folder 27 Court Cases: People's Savings Bank, et al. vs. Zechariah Chafee et al.
1877
Box 146, Folder 28 Court Cases: Rhode Island Hospital Trust Co. vs. Commercial National Bank
1884
Box 146, Folder 29 Court Cases: Maria Wheaton vs. Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Co.
1877
Box 146, Folder 30 Court Fees, Receipts for
1881-1882, 1884-1885
Box 146, Folder 31 Deeds & Indentures
1877-1880
Box 147, Folder 32 DeWolf, Abby: Estate of
1883-1886
Box 147, Folder 0 DeWolf, Abby: Will & codicil, with correspondence re: ca.
1883
Box 147, Folder 33 Eddy, Albert: Land Sale
1883
Box 147, Folder 34 Estates, Division of
1900, 1905
Box 147, Folder 35 Hardiman Estate
1900
Box 147, Folder 36 Herreshoff, John B.: Divorce of
1887, undated
Box 147, Folder 37 Howe, H. M.: Mt. Hope Farm
1882-1886
Box 147, Folder 38 Kinne's Law Compendium
undated
Box 147, Folder 39 Law School Lecture Notes: Contracts & Torts
1875
Box 147, Folder 40 Law School Lecture Notes: Criminal Law
undated
Box 148, Folder 41 Law School Lecture Notes: Miscellaneous
1875
Box 148, Folder 42 Livingston's Monthly Law Magazine
1853, 1855
Box 148, Folder 43 Marriage Certificates, Miscellaneous
1883
Box 148, Folder 44 Monthly Legal Examiner
1850
Box 148, Folder 45 Patent Information
1905
Box 148, Folder 46 "Preliminary Examinations in Criminal Proceedings" by Simeon Baldwin
1883
Box 148, Folder 47 References: Printed Opinions & Briefs
1849-1863
Box 148, Folder 48 References: Printed Opinions & Briefs
1868-1903
Box 148, Folder 49 RI, State of: General Assembly
1877
Box 148, Folder 50 RI, State of: Public Laws
1886, 1899, 1904, 1907
Box 149, Folder 51 RI, State of: Supreme Court
1857, 1874, 1884
Box 149, Folder 52 Spooner, William H. See also: Spooner, William H. in Series XXI:Vanderbilt
1880-1883
Box 149, Folder 53 U.S. Law Association, Chart of
1887
Box 149, Folder 54 West, William H.: Estate of
1883-1884
Box 149, Folder 55 Wilbur Estate
1900
Box 149, Folder 56 Wood, Hannah L.P.: Will of
undated
Box 149, Folder 57 Miscellaneous
1882, 1891, 1906, undated
Box 149, Folder 58 Miscellaneous
undated

Sub-group Six. Photographs, Realia, etc.
Series XXIII: Photographs, circa 1880-1940, 9 ft.

This series consists of negative and positive photographs of several generations of the Colt family from the 1880's through the 1940's. A large number of the photographs are of Samuel P. Colt, members of his immediate family, and Colt family real estate holdings. Also included are photographs of Colt's Maine Camp and group picnics at the Colt farm. Many of the photographs are unidentified.

Series XXIV: Graphic Works and Realia, 4.5 ft.

This series contains a collection of greeting cards, calling cards, calendars, catalogs, and artwork from the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, in addition to some miscellaneous artifacts from the Colt Family.

Series XXV: Printed Material, 2.5 ft.

The Colt Family Papers contained many books, pamphlets, and other printed material. Many of these books were accessioned into the holdings of Special Collections. The published material that remain are listed in this series. The items consist mainly of student books, legal works, annual reports, maps, and speeches. They give some indication of topics of interest to the Colt family. This series also includes newspapers clippings that were kept by the Colt family.

Series 23. Photographs
This Series consists of hundreds of photographs of several generations of the Colt family, photographs of their friends and acquaintances, and places in the United States and Europe they visited. There are various types and formats of photographs represented, including stereoscopic slides, tintypes, negatives and prints. The prints vary in size from small pocket-size photos to large framed portrait-style photos. Some are in photo albums, but the bulk of the photographs are loose.

The photographs have been divided into five sub-series as follows: Family/Family Related, People: Non-Family, People: Unidentified, Places and Miscellaneous.

The Family/Family Related sub-series contains photographs of several generations of the Colt family, and places associated with the family such as Camp Colt in Maine, Colt Farm, Colt Memorial School and Linden Place in Bristol. Included are photographs of Samuel P Colt, his wife Elizabeth Bullock Colt, his sons, Roswell and Russell Colt, his brother LeBaron Bradford Colt, and his mother Theodora DeWolf Colt. Also included are photographs of Samuel P Colt's daughters-in-law, stage actress Ethel Barrymore and Gwendolyn M. Gray (first and 2nd wives of Russell Colt), grandchildren John Drew Colt, Samuel Barrymore Colt, and Ethel Colt Miglietta, and great-grandson, John Drew Miglietta.

The People: Non-Family, sub-series consists of photographs of people who are not related to the Colt family but whose identity is known. Included are photographs of William Abbott, D.G. Barnes, Frances Bernfor, Nellie Bradley, Marcella Kenay, and Allen McLean. Also included in this sub-series are a number of photographs of people identified only by a first name such as "Billy, "Louise," and "Ted."

The People: Unidentified, sub-series consists of photographs of people whose identity and relationship to the Colt Family is unknown. These photographs have been divided into the broad categories of Children, Females, Males, Male and Female Couples, Males and Females in Groups and Photo Albums of Personages and Friends.

The Places sub-series consists of photographs of miscellaneous places, including the Anawan Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, street views of Bristol, Rhode Island, stereoscopic photographs of European landmarks, and a souvenir photo album of the vacation resort of Indian Harbor.

The Miscellaneous sub-series consists of photographs which do not fit into any of the above categories Included are photographs of works of art, sculpture and statutory, a funeral, and industrial machinery.

The photographs in each sub-series are arranged alphabetically by name or the subject of the photograph. Oversize photographs are grouped together at the end of the series.

Family

Container Description Date
Box 150, Folder 1 Barrymore, Ethel
undated
Box 150, Folder 2 Camp Colt (Maine). See Oversize
undated
Box 150, Folder 3 Camp Colt (Maine): Photo Album
1914
Box 150, Folder 4 Camp Colt (Maine): Stereoscopic Slides
undated
Box 150, Folder 4a Charlotte, aunt
1891 Jan
Box 150, Folder 5 Colt, Beatrice (?) School Group. See Oversize
undated
Box 150, Folder 5a Colt, Christopher (father of Samuel P. Colt)
undated
Box 150, Folder 6 Colt, Converse (Granddaughter? of Samuel P. Colt)
undated
Box 150, Folder 6a Colt, Edward (brother of Samuel P. Colt)
undated
Box 150, Folder 6b Colt, Edward (brother of Samuel P. Colt) & Alice Brainard
undated
Box 150, Folder 7 Colt, Elizabeth Bullock (Wife of Samuel P. Colt). See also: Oversize
undated
Box 150, Folder 7a Colt, Gwendolyn M. Gray (2nd wife of Russell G. Colt)
1940s
Box 150, Folder 8 Colt, John Drew? (Son of Ethel Barrymore and Russell G. Colt). See also: Oversize
undated
Box 150, Folder 9 Colt, Judge LeBaron Bradford
undated
Box 150, Folder 10 Colt, Judge LeBaron Bradford
undated
Box 150, Folder 11 Colt, LeBaron Carleton
undated
Box 150, Folder 11a Colt, Lisette DeW.
1891
Box 150, Folder 12 Colt, Mary Louise
undated
Box 150, Folder 13 Colt, Primrose
1893
Box 151, Folder 14 Colt, Roswell C.
undated
Box 151, Folder 15 Colt, Roswell C.: With Football Team. See: Oversize
undated
Box 151, Folder 16 Colt, Russell G. See also: Oversize and Miglietta, Ethel Colt & Father
undated
Box 151, Folder 16a [Colt, Russell G.?]
undated
Box 151, Folder 17 Colt, Samuel Barrymore (Son of Ethel Barrymore and Russell Colt). See also: Oversize
undated
Box 151, Folder 18 Colt, Samuel P.: At Camp Colt. See also: Oversize
undated
Box 151, Folder 19 Colt, Samuel P.: Engraving
undated
Box 151, Folder 20 Colt, Samuel P.: In Groups. See also: Oversize
undated
Box 151, Folder 21 Colt, Samuel P.: Photo Album. See: Oversize
1852-1912
Box 151, Folder 22 Colt, Samuel P.: Portrait Photos. See also: Oversize
undated
Box 151, Folder 23 Colt, Samuel P.: Portrait Photos. See also: Oversize
undated
Box 151, Folder 24 Colt, Theodora DeWolf
undated
Box 151, Folder 25 Colt, Theodora DeWolf: Memorial to
undated
Box 151, Folder 25a Colt Family Photograph Album. See Oversize
1880s?
Box 151, Folder 25b Colt Family Photograph Album. See Oversize
1880s?
Box 151, Folder 25c Colt Family, miscellaneous
undated
Box 151a, Folder 26 Colt Farm[?] See also: Oversize
undated
Box 151a, Folder 27 Colt Farm: Creamery
undated
Box 151a, Folder 28 Colt Farm: Group Photo
1914
Box 151a, Folder 29 Colt School: Cornerstone Laying. See also: Oversize
1906
Box 151a, Folder 30 Colt State Park
undated
Box 151a, Folder 31 DeBrangen-Douglas, Baroness and Mrs. DeWolf
undated
Box 151a, Folder 32 DeWolf, Baroness and Mrs. DeWolf
undated
Box 151a, Folder 33 DeWolf, Bradford
undated
Box 151a, Folder 33a DeWolf, Isabella Colt (sister of Samuel Pomeroy Colt)
undated
Box 151a, Folder 34 Drew, John
undated
Box 151a, Folder 35 Linden Place: Exterior. See also: Oversize
undated
Box 151a, Folder 36 Linden Place: Interiors
undated
Box 152, Folder 37 Miglietta, Ethel Colt. See also: Oversize
undated
Box 152, Folder 38 Miglietta, Ethel Colt and Father Russell G. Colt. See also: Colt, Russell G. and Oversize
undated
Box 152, Folder 39 Miglietta, Ethel Colt and son, John Drew Miglietta. See also: Miglietta, John Drew
undated
Box 152, Folder 40 Miglietta, John Drew: Negatives and slides. See also: Miglietta, Ethel Colt
undated
Box 152, Folder 41 Miglietta, John Drew: Prints
undated
Box 152, Folder 42 Miglietta, John Drew: Prints
undated
Box 152, Folder 43 Miglietta, John Drew: With Mother and Father, Ethel Colt and John Romeo Miglietta
undated
Box 152, Folder 44 Gray, Brian Richard (stepson of R. G. Colt)
undated
Box 152, Folder 44a [Children of Russell G. Colt? & family]. See Oversize
1912?

Sub-series 2. People: Non-Family

Container Description Date
Box 152, Folder 45 Abbott, William L.
undated
Box 152, Folder 46 Barnes, D.G.
undated
Box 152, Folder 47 Berlingowhr(?), Madeline
undated
Box 152, Folder 48 Bernford, Frances
undated
Box 152, Folder 49 "Billy"
undated
Box 152, Folder 50 Bradley, Nellie
undated
Box 152, Folder 50a Bradley, Nellie, Photograph Album of Musgrave Harbor, Newfoundland. See Oversize
undated
Box 152, Folder 51 Chandler, W.E.
undated
Box 152, Folder 52 Fairchild, Carlotta
undated
Box 152, Folder 53 Lady de Gex and Dog
undated
Box 152, Folder 54 Grandma Harris
1898
Box 152, Folder 55 "Isabella"
undated
Box 152, Folder 56 Kenay, Marcella
1902
Box 152, Folder 57 Kisteley, Baron Louis de Levory
1906
Box 152, Folder 58 "Lily"
undated
Box 152, Folder 59 "Louise"
undated
Box 152, Folder 60 "Nellie and Eva"
undated
Box 152, Folder 60a Meurcson, Carrie, Auburn, N.Y.
undated
Box 152, Folder 61 McLean, Allen, Jr.
1880
Box 152, Folder 61a Muldoon, William "to Russell G. Colt"
1911 Jan
Box 152, Folder 62 "Reela"
1908
Box 152, Folder 63 "Sweetser," classmate from M.I.T.
undated
Box 152, Folder 64 "Ted"
1907
Box 152, Folder 65 "Tony"
undated
Box 152, Folder 66 Mrs. Volbon
undated
Box 152, Folder 67 General Wolden
undated

Sub-series 3. People: Unidentified

Container Description Date
Box 153, Folder 68 Children. See also: Oversize
undated
Box 153, Folder 69 Children
undated
Box 153, Folder 70 Children
undated
Box 153, Folder 71 Children
undated
Box 153, Folder 72 Females. See also: Oversize
undated
Box 153, Folder 73 Females
undated
Box 153, Folder 74 Females
undated
Box 153, Folder 75 Females
undated
Box 154, Folder 76 Females: Bridal Photos. See also Oversize
undated
Box 154, Folder 77 Males: See also: Oversize
undated
Box 154, Folder 78 Males
undated
Box 154, Folder 79 Males
undated
Box 154, Folder 80 Males: Athletes
undated
Box 154, Folder 81 Males & Females: Couples
undated
Box 154, Folder 82 Males & Females: Groups: With Flower Decorated Coach
undated
Box 155, Folder 83 Males & Females: Groups
undated
Box 155, Folder 84 Personages and Friends: Unidentified Album Photos
1830-1880
Box 155, Folder 85 Personages and Friends: Unidentified Album Photos
1830-1880
Box 155, Folder 86 Personages and Friends: Unidentified Album Photos
1830-1880
Box 156, Folder 87 Personages and Friends: Unidentified Album Photos
1830-1880
Box 156, Folder 88 Personages and Friends: Unidentified Album Photos
1830-1880
Box 156, Folder 89 Personages and Friends: Unidentified Album Photos: See oversize
1830-1880
Box 157, Folder 90 Tintypes and Memento Photos
undated

Sub-series 4. Places

Container Description Date
Box 158, Folder 91 Anawan Club, Rehoboth, MA
1912
Box 158, Folder 92 Bristol, RI: House
undated
Box 158, Folder 93 Buildings, Unidentified, See also: Oversize
undated
Box 158, Folder 94 Burnside Memorial Building: Cornerstone Laying, See: Oversize
1883
Box 158, Folder 95 Cambridgeport (MA) Savings Bank
undated
Box 158, Folder 96 European Views
undated
Box 158, Folder 96a European Postcard Album
undated
Box 158, Folder 97 Hyeres-Avenue, Victoria
undated
Box 158, Folder 98 Indian Harbor, Souvenir Views
undated
Box 158, Folder 99 Interiors and Landscapes, Miscellaneous
undated
Box 158, Folder 100 Interiors and Landscapes, Miscellaneous
undated
Box 158, Folder 101 Shottery: Interior of Anne Hathaway's Cottage
undated

Sub-series 5. Miscellaneous

Container Description Date
Box 159, Folder 102 Auction Sale Items
undated
Box 159, Folder 103 Flowers in Vase
undated
Box 159, Folder 104 Funeral
undated
Box 159, Folder 105 Machinery
undated
Box 159, Folder 105a "Souvenir of the City of N.Y." See Oversize
1900?
Box 159, Folder 106 Statuary and Paintings: Album Photos of
undated
Box 0, Folder Oversize Oversize Photographs
undated

Series 24. Graphic Works and Realia
This series contains a collection of greeting cards, calling cards, calendars, catalogs, and artwork from the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. At that time the United States was experiencing a revolution in mass printing and some beautiful lithographic prints were created. Lithography was the first fundamentally new printing technology since the invention of relief printing in the fifteenth century. Because lithographic reproductions were cheap to produce and provided an excellent vehicle for lively characterization, lithographs gained widespread favor among mid-19th-century newspaper and magazine illustrators. The greeting and social card business was born. This small series gives shows the development of this new field. It also includes some anonymous artwork found in the Colt papers and a collection of architectural blueprints.

A small collection of three dimensional objects, Realia, have also been preserved with the Colt Family Papers. The objects are eclectic and are of varying importance. Of special interest is a lock of hair in an envelope titled, "Governor Bradford's Hair, My Great Grandfather." The Colts were descended from Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Bay Colony and this may be hair from his head.

The collection also includes two boxes of assorted visiting cards. There is no folder list for these cards.

Oversize items are placed at the end of the series. Some of the material is in brittle condition. This series includes blueprints of various buildings and artwork. Very large blueprints are kept in map cases.

Container Description Date
Box 160, Folder x-ref Artwork: Charcoal drawings. See Oversize
undated
Box 160, Folder 1 Artwork: Sketches.
undated
Box 160, Folder 2 Baby book (advertising Carnrick's Soluble Food)
1888?
Box 160, Folder 3 Brooks Brothers "The Packing of Your Luggage"
1907
Box 160, Folder 4 Calendar fragments
undated
Box 160, Folder x-ref Calendar X-ref oversize
undated
Box 160, Folder 5 Calendars
1882
Box 160, Folder 6 Calendars
1890
Box 160, Folder 7 Calendars
1896
Box 160, Folder 8 Calendars
1897
Box 160, Folder 9 Calendars
1898
Box 160, Folder 10 Calendars
1899
Box 160, Folder 11 Calendars
1899
Box 160, Folder 12 Calendar, Parrot (fragile)
1899
Box 160, Folder 13 Calendars
1900
Box 160, Folder 14 Calendar (fragile)
1900
Box 160, Folder 15 Cards, Advertisement
undated
Box 160, Folder 16 Cards, Business
undated
Box 161, Folder 17 Cards, Christmas
1880?-1900?
Box 161, Folder 18 Cards, Christmas: Rowland Gibson Hazard
1903
Box 161, Folder 19 Cards, Church, Memorial & Wedding Services
1880?-1900?
Box 161, Folder 20 Cards, Easter
undated
Box 161, Folder 21 Cards, General greeting
1880?-1900?
Box 161, Folder 22 Cards, New Years
undated
Box 161, Folder 23 Cards, Valentine
undated
Box 161, Folder 24 Cards--fragments
undated
Box 161, Folder 25 Catalogs, for Rubber Companies
undated
Box 162, Folder 26 Catalogs, miscellaneous
undated
Box 162, Folder 27 Catalogs, New England locations
1899, undated
Box 162, Folder 28 Entertainment, Dining, Menus, etc.
undated
Box 162, Folder 29 Little books, Inspirational
1870?-1880?, undated
Box 162, Folder 30 Little books, Religious
1870?-1880?, undated
Box 162, Folder 31 Playing cards
undated
Box 162, Folder 32 Postcards, European
undated
Box 162, Folder 33 Realia: Copper plate, engraved "Cooke & Southwood"
undated
Box 162, Folder 34 Hair: "Governor Bradford's Hair, My Great Grandfather"
undated
Box 162, Folder 34a Hair: "Miss Jennie Kebbe-Paris Her hair was like wine in 1st flush into flower"
undated
Box 162, Folder 35 Key
undated
Box 162, Folder 36 Letter opener, Ivory and metal
undated
Box 162, Folder x-ref Medical paraphernalia, oversize
undated
Box 163, Folder 37 Records(3): (78s) "Jack"
undated
Box 163, Folder 38 Rubber (Davol) Hot Water Bottle
undated
Box 163, Folder 39 Rubber stamp, collapsible "Sam'l Colt"
undated
Box 163, Folder 40 Slipper, leather
undated
Box 164, Folder n/a Visiting cards, miscellaneous
undated
Box 165, Folder n/a Visiting cards, miscellaneous
undated
Box 0, Folder missing Blueprints: Colt Apartments
1919
Box 0, Folder drawer 5 Blueprint: U.S.S. Constitution (fragile)
undated
Box 0, Folder drawer 5 Blueprints: Entrance to Mill Gut Pond
undated
Box 0, Folder drawer 5 Blueprints: Industrial Savings Bank (fragile)
undated
Box 0, Folder drawer 5 Blueprints: Plans locating roads and bridge at Poppasquash
1905
Box 0, Folder drawer 5 Drawing: Street Plan showing Hope Block on Hope Street
undated
Box 0, Folder drawer 5 Ethel Colt Performance Poster
undated
Box 0, Folder n/a Proclamations
undated
Box 0, Folder n/a Realia, assorted
undated
Box 0, Folder n/a Recording Tapes (unknown topic)
undated
Box 0, Folder n/a Calendars, oversize
undated
Box 0, Folder n/a Caricature of Judge LeBaron Colt
undated
Box 0, Folder n/a Garment Decorations, Patriotic
undated
Box 0, Folder n/a Print: Drawing of Bristol by Wallis E. Howe (fragile)
1955

Series 25. Printed materials
The Colt Family Papers contained many books, pamphlets, and other printed material. Many of these books were accessioned into the holdings of Special Collections, in particular, a series of pamphlets and small magazines published by the Roycroft Press, a noteworthy turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts movement press which had published Theodora DeWolf Colt's Poems in 1914. Of interest is a small collection of legal briefs which were collected by Samuel Pomeroy or LeBaron Colt. The published material that remains is listed in this series divided by type of publication. They consist mainly of student books, legal works, annual reports, maps, and speeches. They give some indication of topics of interest to the Colt family. LeBaron B. Colt's published speeches are contained in Series VI, LeBaron Bradford Colt. Series XXIV, Graphic Works, also contains some published items, mostly short inspirational and religious books.

The Colt Family Papers also contains a collection of newspaper clippings, most of them from the beginning of the twentieth century when Samuel P. Colt was planning to run for the U. S. Senate. See also Series XX, U.S. Senate Candidacy. The newspapers are in brittle condition and have been photocopied to preserve them. The photocopies were then organized into subjects. If the clippings were from the Providence Journal or (Providence) Evening Journal, the original clippings were discarded after they were photocopied. If they were from another paper, they were photocopied and then retained in no particular order in a document box. The newspaper clippings are found at the end of this series.

The following series is arranged into sub-series by type of publication and then alphabetically within subject. Each entry lists the title of the publication, its place of publication, its publisher, and the number of pages.

Sub-series 1. Books or Serials

Container Description Date
Box 168, Folder 1 Book Buyer (serial), Vol. 16, no. 6; New York, Charles Scribner's Sons
1898
Box 168, Folder 2 Book Culture (serial), Vol. 1, no. 1; Boston, Edwin Buckner Hall; 16 pages
1899 Jan
Box 168, Folder 3 Casket, or Youth's Pocket Library; Boston, George Davidson; 254 pages
1830
Box 168, Folder 4 Casseday, B., Poetic Lacon, or Aphorism from the Poets; New York, Appleton; 189 pages
1847
Box 168, Folder 4a Christmas Carols and Midsummer Songs; Boston, D. Lothrop & Co.; 69 pages
1881
Box 168, Folder 5 Forum, The (serial), Vol. 5, no. 2; New York, Forum Publishing Co.; 246 pages
1888 Apr
Box 168, Folder 6 Herndon, R., Men of Progress: Biographical Sketches … of Leaders [in Rhode Island]; Boston, New England Magazine; 282 pages
1896
Box 168, Folder 7 Lawyers Club (membership list); New York, Ricoll & Roy; 92 pages
1900
Box 169, Folder 8 L'Homond, C.F., Epitome Historiae Sacrae (George Colt copy); Philadelphia, Thomas, Cowperthwait; 156 pages
1853
Box 169, Folder 9 Shakespeare, W., Select Plays: The Merchant of Venice; Oxford, Claredon Press; 130 pages
1869
Box 169, Folder 10 Short Stories: A Magazine of Select Fiction (serial), Vol. 7, no. 3; New York, Current Literature; 384 pages
1891
Box 169, Folder x-ref Technology Architectural Record (serial), Vol. 1, no. 3. See oversize; Boston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1907 Nov

Sub-series 2. Bristol, RI

Container Description Date
Box 169, Folder 11 Annual Report of the School Committee of Bristol, R.I., for the year 1879-80; Providence, E.L. Freeman & Son; 19 pages
1880
Box 169, Folder 12 Annual Report of the School Committee of Bristol, R.I., for the year 1904-1905; Bristol, Bristol Phoenix; 15 pages
1905
Box 169, Folder 13 Iris, The, Bristol High School; 16 pages
1906
Box 169, Folder 14 [Tax Book] A list … as assessed in accordance with the town tax … of Bristol, R.I.; Bristol, J.A. & R.A. Reid; 70 pages
1887
Box 169, Folder 15 [Tax Book] A list … as assessed in accordance with the town tax … of Bristol, R.I.; Bristol, Phoenix; 88 pages
1902

Sub-series 3. Episcopal Church

Container Description Date
Box 169, Folder 16 Book of Common Prayer ( Samuel P. Colt copy); Oxford, University Press; 566 pages
1897
Box 169, Folder 17 Journal of the 91st Annual Session of the Convention; Providence, Providence Press Co.; 118 pages
1881
Box 169, Folder 18 Journal of the 101st Annual Session of the Convention; Providence, Providence Press Co.; 137 pages
1891

Sub-series 4. Laws

Container Description Date
Box 170, Folder 19 Code of Procedure of the State of New York (LeBaron Colt's copy); New York, Baker, Voorhis & Co.; 292 pages
1867
Box 170, Folder 20 Official Count of the Ballots cast … at the Election Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1905; Providence, E.L. Freeman & Son; 61 pages
1905
Box 170, Folder 21 Providence Reform School, Annual Report, 27th; Providence, J.A. & R.A. Reid; 32 pages
1878
Box 170, Folder 22 Report of the Commissioners of the State Hospital for the Insane … Norristown, Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Francis Richter; 24 pages
1890
Box 170, Folder 23 Report of a Part of the Joint Special Committee on Woman Suffrage; Providence, E.L. Freeman & Son; 5 pages
1879
Box 170, Folder 24 Summary of the Standing of all the Fire and Fire-Marine Insurance Companies; [Providence]; 13 pages
1877
Box 170, Folder 25 U.S., Congressional Record, 63rd Congress, 1st Session, no. 59, 96; Washington, DC, Government Printing Office
1913
Box 170, Folder 26 U.S., Congressional Record, 63rd Congress, 1st Session, no. 117-19; Washington, DC, Government Printing Office
1913

Sub-series 5. Legal Cases

Container Description Date
Box 170, Folder 27 Act for the Suppression of Intemperance Passed by the General Assembly; Providence, E.L. Freeman & Son; 20 pages
1886
Box 170, Folder 28 Argument of Hon. Lyman Trumbull … ex parte William H. McCardle; Washington, DC, Government Printing Office; 29 pages
1868
Box 170, Folder 29 Frank DeWolf, Isabella Colt DeWolf [etc.] vs. Florence W. Hays; Providence, E.A. Johnson & Co.; 30 pages
1887
Box 170, Folder 30 Genuine Account of the Life and Trial of Eugene Aram; London, J. Clements; 71 pages
1832
Box 170, Folder 31 Goss-Udderzook Tragedy: Being a History of … Murder; Baltimore, Baltimore Gazette; 59 pages
1873
Box 170, Folder 32 LeBaron Colt vs. Elizabeth Colt; [Providence], J. A. & R. A. Reid; 71 pages
undated

Sub-series 6. Maps and Broadsides

Container Description Date
Box 171, Folder 33 Apsley Rubber Plant; Hudson
1905
Box 171, Folder 34 Burlington Route Time Tables The National Park Line; [Chicago]
1917
Box 171, Folder 35 Chicago: Northwestern Line (Passenger Schedules); Chicago, Chicago & North Western Railway
1917
Box 171, Folder x-ref Constitution ... of the Society of Colonial Wars [in RI], Proposed. See oversize; [Rhode Island]
1899
Box 171, Folder 36 Fresno, California (Bird's-Eye Map); Fresno, Daily Evening Expositor
1915?
Box 171, Folder 37 Kansas City, Missouri (Map); [Kansas City], MacCormac Eng.
1915?
Box 171, Folder 38 Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, ... [etc.], Union Pacific Railroad Co.; [Chicago]
1917
Box 171, Folder 39 New England and the West, Boston and Albany Railroad; Boston, W.A. Barrows
undated
Box 171, Folder 40 Omaha, Nebraska (Map); Omaha, McCague Brothers, Bankers
1887
Box 171, Folder 41 Providence, Rhode Island (Map); Boston, George H. Walker & Co.
1903
Box 171, Folder 42 Rhode Island (Road Map of); Providence, C.A. Pabodie & Son
1899
Box 171, Folder 43 Yellowstone National Park (Map); Yellowstone, Park Camping Co.
1917
Box 171, Folder 44 Yellowstone National Park, Union Pacific Railroad Co. (2); [Chicago]
undated
Box 171, Folder 45 Yellowstone Park Line (Northern Pacific Time Tables); St. Paul, A. M. Cleland
1917?

Sub-series 7. Speeches

Container Description Date
Box 171, Folder 46 Bayley, F.T., Address to the Society of Colonial Wars; Denver, Smith-Brooks; 33 pages
1901
Box 171, Folder 47 Butler, N.M., Address at the Unveiling of the Statue of Alexander Hamilton; 11 pages
1907
Box 171, Folder 48 Chace, J., Speech of Jonathan Chace of Rhode Island Providence; 23 pages
1884
Box 171, Folder 49 Colt, Samuel P., Echoes from the Convention (Rubber Footwear Salesmen); [Boston]; 12 pages
1915
Box 171, Folder 50 Cushing, C., Address … Annual Commencement Exercises of the Columbian Law College; Washington, DC, McGill & Witherow; 18 pages
1868
Box 171, Folder 51 Dooley, J. H., Has our Country Passed the Climax of its Prosperity?; 8 pages
1902?
Box 171, Folder 52 Gorman, Arthur P. Executive Usurpation and Official Corruption; 16 pages
1903
Box 171, Folder 53 O'Brien, M.J., Address … on the Civilization of the Twentieth Century; 29 pages
1909
Box 171, Folder 54 Webster, D., His Speeches and Writings; Boston, Little, Brown; 237 pages
undated
Box 171, Folder 55 Williams, John Sharpe. Tariff Revision; 32 pages
1904

Sub-series 8. Newspaper Clippings

Container Description Date
Box 172, Folder 56 Banks & Railroads, Clippings on (photocopies)
1884-1905, undated
Box 172, Folder 57 Fragments of clippings (photocopies)
1900-1905, undated
Box 172, Folder 58 Personal interests, Clippings of (photocopies)
1900-1905, undated
Box 172, Folder 59 Politics, Clippings on (photocopies)
1904-1907
Box 172, Folder 60 Politics, Clippings on (photocopies)
1904-1907
Box 172, Folder 61 Rubber Plants in U.S. & Brazil, Clippings on (photocopies)
1900-1906
Box 172, Folder 62 Social news, Clippings on (photocopies)
1904-1905, undated
Box 172, Folder 63 Original Clippings
1884-1907
Box 172, Folder 64 Original Clippings
1884-1907
Box 172, Folder 65 Original Clippings
1884-1907
Box 172, Folder 66 Original Clippings
1884-1907
Box 172, Folder 67 Original Clippings
1884-1907
Box 172, Folder 68 Original Clippings
1884-1907
Box 172, Folder 69 Original Clippings
1884-1907