David Read’s Almanac (David Reads Alamanac - works without the apostrophe as well!).  These annotations in a 1792 Rhode Island Almanac create a unique sense of ownership.  Mr. David Read of Smithfield, RI married in 1790, had son Moses Farnum Read in 1791 and read his almanac in 1792.  He must’ve retroactively noted Moses’ birth.  #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #smithfield #almanac #18thcentury #annotations #marginalia  (at Providence Public Library)

David Read’s Almanac (David Reads Alamanac - works without the apostrophe as well!). These annotations in a 1792 Rhode Island Almanac create a unique sense of ownership. Mr. David Read of Smithfield, RI married in 1790, had son Moses Farnum Read in 1791 and read his almanac in 1792. He must’ve retroactively noted Moses’ birth. #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #smithfield #almanac #18thcentury #annotations #marginalia (at Providence Public Library)

First Draft of History? Or Maybe the Second?

I recently decided to take a look at one of the Benedict Arnold letters in our Updike Autograph Collection, and came across a curious situation. Here’s an image of the letter:

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and the verso:

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The letter is dated May 19th, 1775, just a month after the battles of Lexington and Concord, and it describes Benedict Arnold’s successful raid on Fort St. Jean in Quebec, where Arnold had captured a ship…

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Students headed back to Classical High School on Pond St in Providence in 1941.  Anyone know why the boys are entering left and girls right?   This yellow brick building was designed by local architects Martin & Hall but was outdated by the mid 20th century and replaced by the current structure designed by Walter Gropius in 1970.  #providence #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #highschool #1940s #backtoschool (at Providence Public Library)

Students headed back to Classical High School on Pond St in Providence in 1941. Anyone know why the boys are entering left and girls right? This yellow brick building was designed by local architects Martin & Hall but was outdated by the mid 20th century and replaced by the current structure designed by Walter Gropius in 1970. #providence #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #highschool #1940s #backtoschool (at Providence Public Library)