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Special Collections

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The following A-Z list of special collections is a work in progress, and doesn't yet represent a complete listing of our collections.

Bacon (Nathaniel Terry) Papers, MSS-0005

Baxter (David) Papers -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS-0079

Collection includes 35mm slides from photographs taken by David Baxter of Cape Verde spanning from 1980 to 1989.




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Browne (Dr. Rose Butler) Collection, MSS-0040

Memorabilia of Dr. Rose Butler Browne (1897-1986), including awards, diplomas and certificates. Dr. Browne was an alumna of RICE, and she earned her doctoral degree in education from Harvard University in 1939. She was a renowned educator, dedicated to civil rights and improving educational opportunities for children of color.

Cardozo, (Antonio de Jesus) papers, circa 1920-1985. MSS-0080

Coombs (Eva) Papers -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS-0082

Clippings, articles and printed material​ on Cape Verdean history and culture collected by Eva Coombs (1924-2010). Coombs was born in New Bedford, MA to Alfred and Maria Pina. She lived in Philadelphia, PA for 35 years, where she worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Cormack (Maribelle) Papers, MSS-0010

da Graça and Soares family papers, 1901-1994. MSS-0072

One of the items in this collection is a handwritten cookbook by Eduardo da Graça, who emigrated from Cape Verde to the United States in 1925. He worked as a chef at the Minden Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, and his cookbook has been digitized.

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DeCiantis (Michael) papers, circa 1900-1980. MSS-0001

Edmonds family papers, 1893-2012 (bulk 1904-1964). MSS-0027

Fain (Irving Jay) Papers, 1940-1974 (bulk 1959-1970). MSS-0003

Select items relating to the Rhode Island Fair Housing Bill have been digitized and are available on Rhode Island College Digital Commons under the Irving Jay Fain papers.

Forman (Helen) papers, circa 1920-1999. MSS-0034

Gomnes (Clare) letters to Caroline DiOrio, MSS-0031

Gonsalves (Virginia Neves) Collection -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS-0084

Gross (Dr. Carl Russell) papers, 1878-1971 (bulk 1935-1971). MSS-0002

Select materials from this collection have been digitized and are available online through the Rhode Island College Digital Commons

Hunt (Dorothy) records of the Mayor’s Recreation Advisory Committee, 1944-1954. MSS-0086

Hunt (Dorothy) and Williams (James) Urban League records, 1940-1975, (bulk 1941-1959). MSS-0008

International Institute Records, MSS-0011

Documentation of the educational, legal, and social services provided by this Institute to immigrants and refugees since 1921. These materials include case records, reports, minutes, correspondence, activity records, financial records, photographs, scrapbooks, and audio recordings.

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International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1329 financial ledger, 1941. MSS-0095

Kevorkian (Zenas) Photographs and Other Material, MSS-0042

Livramento (Joseph) Papers -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS-0060

Lopes (James) Papers -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS-0062

Collection includes postcards of Cape Verde.

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Mariposa Collection, MSS-0025

Martin (Carla) Collection on Cape Verdean Language and Culture, MSS-0074


McGowan (Louis) Rhode Island Postcard Collection, MSS-0032

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McLarty (Ron) Papers, MSS-0021

Muratore (Joseph) Collection, MSS-0012

An extensive collection of materials on Italian culture and the Italian-Americans of Rhode Island. It includes the personal papers and writings of Grandé Ufficalé and retired Vice Consul Joseph R. Muratore and book collections on Christopher Columbus and Italian geneaology.

Pereira (Alberto Torres) Papers -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS-0067

Collection includes materials from the Cape Verdean Oral History Project, which began in 1972 under the auspices of the Rhode Island Department of State Library Services. It was the second program of its kind undertaken by the RIDSLS, and it was conducted by Alberto Torres Pereira, a Cape Verdean historian, linguist and writer.​

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Portuguese Cultural Association Records, 1959-1980. MSS-0038

Portuguese Heritage Subcommittee records, 1971-1990, (bulk 1980-1983). MSS-0043

Prophet (Nancy Elizabeth) Collection, 1920-2002 (bulk 1920-1960). MSS-0028

Select materials from this collection have been digitized and are available online through DigitalCommons@RIC and Artstor..

Smolski (Chester) Photographic Slides & Publications, MSS-0041

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Vendettuoli (Maurice and Vera) papers, 1964-1975 (bulk 1971-1975). MSS-0004

Women’s Studies Organization, Feminist United, of Rhode Island College v. Rhode Island College records, 2005-2007. MSS-0088