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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.5

Baxter (David) Papers -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS.13-3

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.40

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 -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS.13-4

Coombs (Eva) Papers -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS.13-6

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.10

DeCiantis (Michael) Papers, MSS.1

Edmonds Family Papers, MSS.27

Fain (Irving Jay) Papers, MSS.3

Forman (Helen) Collection, MSS.34

Gomnes (Clare) letters to Caroline DiOrio, MSS.31

Gonsalves (Virginia Neves) Collection -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS.13-8

Gross (Dr. Carl Russell) Papers, MSS.2

International Institute Records, MSS.11

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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Kevorkian (Zenas) Photographs and Other Material, MSS.42

Livramento (Joseph) Papers -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS.13-1

Lopes (James) Papers -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS.13-11

Collection includes postcards of Cape Verde.

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Mariposa Collection, MSS.25

Martin (Carla) Collection on Cape Verdean Language and Culture, MSS.13-22


McGowan (Louis) Rhode Island Postcard Collection, MSS.32

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McLarty (Ron) Papers, MSS.21

Muratore (Joseph) Collection, MSS.12

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.13-16

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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Prophet (Nancy Elizabeth) Collection, MSS.28

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Smolski (Chester) Photographic Slides & Publications, MSS.41

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Soares Family Papers -- Cape Verdean Collection, MSS.13-20

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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Vendettuoli (Maurice and Vera) Papers, MSS.4