Dorr (Thomas Wilson) papers, 1790-1897 (bulk 1826-1854)

The Library holds the papers of Thomas Wilson Dorr, 1805-1854, lawyer, politician, reformer, and central figure in Rhode Island's "Dorr War" of 1842. The Dorr collection contains letters and speeches on suffrage, elections, banks, and state politics. They are supported by 60 scrapbooks of Dorr's personal and political correspondence, law practice and other items relating to the Suffrage Party and Providence history in the Rider Collection. The collection includes a box containing personal effects relating to Dorr's prison stay.

Format(s): Books, Pamphlets, Museum Objects, Graphics, Letters, Documents
Library: John Hay

Access to the collection:

Online Finding Aid (BAMCO):
Guide to the Thomas Wilson Dorr papers

Online Catalog (JOSIAH):
Individual records for most printed materials available on JOSIAH
General description of the collection available on JOSIAH

In-house Access to the Collection:
Typescript Inventory

Related Collections:
Rider Collection

The papers and scrapbooks have been microfilmed.

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