Rhode Island Capitol
Rhode Island Capitol Building, Providence, Rhode Island © Author Adventures

The John Carter Brown Library of Brown University in Providence (the capital of Rhode Island with approximately 180,000 residents) offers writing-themed exhibits open to the public. Visit the Exhibitions page of its website to see the latest.

According to the website, “The Library also holds the papers of bookseller, author, and Rhode Island Secretary of State John Russell Bartlett (1805–1886), including records and artwork generated during his tenure as Boundary Commissioner for the establishment of the border between the United States and Mexico in the 1850s. Bartlett served as a mentor to John Carter Brown in the development of the Library, and compiled its first catalog, the Bibliotheca Americana. The Library’s own archives also serve as a rich resource for the history of the book trade.”

Read more about John Russell Bartlett here: britannica.com.

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This is the first stop on our Rhode Island Trail!

Patricia Smart