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Special Collections

Manuscript collections, rare books, realia, and other resources of research interest but not related to the history of Salve Regina are available through Special Collections. Books in Special Collections have entries in the library catalog and have Salve Special Collections or Salve Newport Collection location designations.

Special Collections are as follows:

  • The Hugh D. Auchincloss Collection on the Middle East is held by the McKillop Library in conjunction with the Pell Center for International Relations. This collection was given to the university by Hugh D. Auchincloss, and it reflects his long-standing interest in the Middle East from the time he was a student until he retired from an active public career. The collection includes books, serials, pamphlets and ephemera.

  • Jean Brown Papers on the William Watts Sherman House contain research materials and notes on the William Watts Sherman House, the Sherman family, architecture, and interior design collected or generated by Jean Margaret Young Brown as part of the Circle of Scholars at Salve Regina University.

  • The collection of Faculty Publications consists of books written or edited by university faculty, journals where a faculty member is listed as the senior editor, sound recordings on which a faculty member is a primary performer, and moving image recordings directed by a faculty member or featuring a faculty member as a primary performer.

  • The Goelet Family papers contain financial records and correspondence related to Ogden Goelet and his family members. Much of the material relates to Ochre Court, which was Odgen's Newport residence, and to the family's real estate holdings in New York City. This collection is viewable in Digtal Commons @ Salve Regina

  • The Collection on Goelet Furnishings contains photocopies documenting the provenance and disposition of furnishings, art, and other objects purchased by Ogden Goelet for his homes in New York City and Newport. It includes English translations of French receipts and correspondence.

  • The Monumenta Collections document an enormous outdoor exhibit of modern art that was held in Newport in 1974. The show had a lasting impact on Newport's cultural and artistic scene, as evidenced in materials from the 30th anniversary celebration, Re:Monumenta. The collections include articles, photographs, exhibit labels, an interview transcript, and miscellaneous records.

  • The Newport Casino Theatre Photographs includes cast and performance photographs from Newport Casino Theatre productions from 1948 to 1977, including both its tenures as professional and community theatre.

  • The Newport Collection is a dynamic book collection built through purchases and gifts. The focus of the collection is on materials that illuminate the history and culture of Newport, Aquidneck Island, and Jamestown, including also fiction set in Newport, movies filmed in Newport, and books written by Jamestown and Aquidneck Island authors.

  • The Newport Ephemera Collection [pdf] contains documents, posters, advertisements, photographs, and other items from Newport’s history. Items in the public domain are available digitally through Digital Commons.

  • The Newport Map Collection is presented in a dynamic viewer which allows the user to zoom in for more detail. The collection consists of six plates of the City of Newport and one aerial photograph.

  • Newport Music Festival posters and programs: This collection is not yet processed.

  • The Stephen R. Pastore Collection on Sinclair Lewis is a bibliophile's collection related to the life and works of the Nobel Prize-winning American author. In addition to an exhaustive collection of Lewis's books, there are articles, correspondence, scripts, recordings, and ephemera related to his work.

  • The Rare Book Collection consists of books that have special significance to the institution based on subject matter, association, scarcity, or specific physical properties. Among the items in the collection are limited editions, miniature books, and books on travel and Rhode Island history.

  • The Sisters of Mercy Collection consists of books related to the history and mission of the order, including books written by or about individual sisters.

  • The Whitaker Collection consists of more than 15,000 long play recordings of jazz, classical and contemporary music. After collector Russell C. Whitaker died in 1992, Mark Malkovich, the director of the Newport Music Festival and an avid record collector himself, realized the depth of the collection and helped arrange its donation to Salve Regina. [View the PDF article from the Providence Journal.]

  • The Winslow Family papers were donated in 2009 by Newport resident John G. Winslow. A significant portion of the collection consists of correspondence from the 1830s between Winslow's ancestor Henry Brevoort, Jr. and his children, who were attending an experimental school in Switzerland. The collection contains many other notable pieces, including documents signed by Alexander Hamilton, painter Rembrandt Peale, author James Fenimore Cooper, and Charles Carroll of Carrolton, last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. Read more about the collection in the Fall 2010 issue of Report from Newport [PDF].
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