L. Vernon Brigg's Collection for Kent Genealogies....
I had undertaken a thorough search of the L. Vernon Brigg’s manuscript boxes (a total of five boxes) at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston (source location info at bottom of email). It was my hope that I would find miscellaneous correspondence with Kent descendants circa 1895 that he corresponded with for his book, Genealogies of the different families bearing the name of Kent in the United States together with their possible English ancestry, 1295-1898(Boston: Rockwell & Churchhill, 1898). Unfortunately nothing of significance was discovered. There were a few stray correspondence letters with members of the surviving Kent families circa 1895, but nothing of note, though I photocopied them.He has copious and well written notes on all colonial and revolutionary military service (assuming work was compiled from state archives around New England and from Washington DC archives), as it pertains to the Kent/Brigg and related families for New England that can be an asset for anyone conducting similar searches, though I did not copy these notes since it was about 200 pages (the box was labeled “Briggs Duplicate MSS and SG BRI 10B”).
Most of the papers in three boxes are disorganized, printing receipts for his publishing, accounting tallies for his book for shipbuilding and much of this was in stuffed envelopes that needed to be separated before evaluation. Again, most of his Kent correspondence related to colonial Massachusetts Kents and allied families as it pertained to his bookHistory of shipbuilding on North River, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 1640-1872(Boston: Coburn Bros., 1889),.
5th Floor, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, 5th Floor, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, (617) 536-5740, Fax: (617) 536-7307 .