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Rhode Island State Institutions Records

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Acquisition:This collection seemed to have been removed from the records of the Dexter Asylum, a home for the destitute and mentally ill operated by the City of Providence which closed its doors in 1957. According to R.I.H.S.L. Manuscripts Curator Harold Kemble in his annual report of 1986, "The collection that was treated for years as the records of the Dexter Asylum yielded up the records not only of that institution but a Federal Prison, three state institutions and three additional Providence institutions (Dexter Asylum; State Workhouse, Almshouse, Insane Asylum and Prison, and the Reformatory for Women)." This collection was apparently donated on October 4, 1957 by the Dexter Asylum; the accession register reads only "Records", and no inventory has been done until now.
Processing information:This collection was separated from the Dexter Asylum records and labelled in 1986. It was organized and relabelled in 1995.
Author:Finding aid prepared by Rick Stattler.
Encoding:Finding aid encoded by Mark Chepkwony 2009 June 22
Descriptive rules:Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)