The History of Special Collections at Brown University

Williams Table Collection

Williams Table Collection

The College Library, stored by William Williams in Wrentham, Massachusetts during the American Revolution, returned to Providence in 1782. Shown here is Williams's library table, in which he playfully said the entire collection could be kept, and a part of the Williams Table Collection. The Collection, as reconstructed by University Librarian Henry B. Van Hoesen in 1938, is now displayed in the main reading room of the John Hay Library.

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