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Accession number 2012.33
Call Number MS.2012.33
Collection Manuscript and Archives Collection
Title Berkeley House collection, 1881-1895
Date 1881-1895
Creator King, LeRoy
Scope & Content This collection contains 4 architectural drawings and specifications, personal artwork, and household receipts related to LeRoy King and his residence, Berkeley House.

The receipts, which make up a bulk of the collection, are a comprehensive view into the work and life of running a household and being a part of Newport Society at the turn of the 20th century. The business of everyday life is cataloged and recorded with local and national vendors, purveyors and service providers, including Western Union Telegraph Co., Caswell Massey & Co., McKim, Mead, and White, the Old Colony Steamboat Co., and the Newport Daily News. Also represented are memberships to social, intellectual and religious institutions including Trinity Church, Redwood Library, the Newport Business Men's Association, and The Newport Natural History Society. Receipts of administrative business are present including taxes and fees to the City, utility bills, servant wages, house maintenance, and horse care.

Also included are two notes of recieved payment from Edward R. Wharton, husband of Edith Wharton.
Admin/Biographical History Berkeley House is located at 1 Berkeley Avenue in Newport, RI. It is a brick, Queen Anne cottage built in 1884-1885 for LeRoy King of Newport and New York, It was designed by the firm of McKim, Mead and White. It replaced a smaller wood structure that stood on the corner site of Berkeley and Bellvue Avenues.

LeRoy King (1857-1895) was the son of Edward King and a member of the extended King family that amassed a fortune in the China Trade. Other Kings include Dr. David King (Muenchinger-King building), Edward King (King Senior Center), David King Jr. (Kingscote), George Gordon King (Edgehill) and the artist Charles Bird King. At one time the Kings were the largest land owners, ever, in Newport. LeRoy King also built the King block of shops adjacent to the Newport Casino.

The house remained in one family for one hundred years. It passed from LeRoy King to his wife Ethel Rhinelander King, then to their children including Ethel King Russell, then to her son John Stephen Howland Russell. It is presently a three family dwelling.

Ref: Lippincott, Bert. (2006 February 23). Berkeley House. (Institutional House History). Newport Historical Society, Newport, RI.
System of arrangement This collections is arranged into two series, both choronologically.
Series I. Berkeley House records, 1881-1895, undated
Series II. Artwork, undated
People Covell, William King (1833-1919)
Gay, Bradford
King, LeRoy
Martin, Thomas
Murray, Hiriam
Peckham, Jesse
Quinn, Martin
Subjects Architectural drawings
Business & finance
Commerce
Drawings
Houses
Paying bills
Watercolors
Search Terms Arctic Ice Co.
Berkeley House
C. Sherman & Co.
Caswell Massey & Company
Dudley Newton Architects
Howard & Co.
King family
McKim, Mead, and White
Newport Daily News
Newport Gas Light Company
Western Union
Finding Aids Guide to the Berkeley House collection, 1881-1895, undated (bulk 1884-1895)
Archivist Parillo, Stacie
Containers Architectural Drawings
Architectural Specifications
Artwork
Household Receipts
Household Receipts (1 of 2)
Household Receipts (2 of 2)
Household Receipts (1 of 2)
Household Receipts (2 of 2)
Household Receipts (1 of 2)
Household Receipts (2 of 2)
Household Receipts (1 of 3)
Household Receipts (2 of 3)
Household Receipts (3 of 3)
Household Receipts
Household Receipts (1 of 3)
Household Receipts (2 of 3)
Household Receipts (3 of 3)
Household Receipts
Household Receipts (1 of 3)
Household Receipts (2 of 3)
Household Receipts (3 of 3)
Household Receipts (1 of 3)
Household Receipts (2 of 3)
Household Receipts (3 of 3)
Household Receipts (1 of 4)
Household Receipts (2 of 4)
Household Receipts (3 of 4)
Household Receipts (4 of 4)
Household Receipts
Household Receipts
Household Receipts