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Rhode Island State Institutions Records

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Title:Rhode Island State Institutions Records
Date range:1839-1968 (bulk 1885-1944), (bulk 1885-1944)
Creator:Rhode Island Institutions
Extent:6.5 linear feet
Abstract:The Rhode Island State Institutions, a group of correctional and charitable facilities located in the town of Cranston, have had a complex history under many different jurisdictions. The state's central prison buildings, however, have always been a common thread. Several institutions were built there, including: the State Workhouse and House of Corrections; the State Hospital for the Insane; the State Almshouse (renamed the State Infirmary in 1917); the State Prison and Providence County Jail (managed jointly); and the State Reform Schools (the Sockanosset School for Boys, and the Oaklawn School for Girls).
Language of materials:English
Repository:Rhode Island Historical Society
Collection number:MSS 231 SG 1