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Content and Scope: The papers of Edward P. Beard (1940- ) deal primarily with his 3 terms in the U.S. Congress (1975-1980) representing the State of Rhode Island. The large amount of casework correspondence reflects his particular concern for veterans, the elderly and the handicapped.
Record groups are as follows:
There are 460 pieces in this collection.
Content and Scope: Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. (1930- ) was mayor of Rhode Island's capital city during a time of considerable urban crisis, 1964-1974. Grant files indicate the influence of Great Society legislation and the trend away from local autonomy. Relationships with prominent political figures and the inner workings of City departments are well documented by correspondence, reports and extensive clippings files. Doorley's involvement in national and State politics and in municipal associations is also well represented.
Content and Scope: This collection, originally in the form of 500,000 IBM cards, now partially transferred to disks, contains statistical abstracts from the British Customs 17 Series. The data represents trade entries with reference to year, import or export item, destination, commodity amount, and official value during the period of the American and French Revolution and the Age of Mercantilism. (500,000 IBM cards)
There are 27,500 pieces in this collection.
Content and Scope: Record groups for this collection are based on the many stages of the professional and political life of James Howard McGrath (1903-1966)-including lawyer and banker, Democratic State and National Committee Chairman, Rhode Island Governor, U.S. Senator, and Solicitor General and Attorney General of the U.S.-with his Rhode Island years being by far the most heavily represented.
There is also a large amount of personal material such as speeches, family financial records, pre-1945 legal files, memorabilia and pictures. The collection sheds light on the rough-and-tumble of the Rhode Island political scene in the 1930s.
The Truman Library holds the congressional papers of J. Howard McGrath from when he was a member of Congress.
Content and Scope: John O. Pastore (1907-2000) had a long career in public service on the State and national level. He began his political career in 1934 with election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives, never lost an election, and retired from the U.S. Senate in 1976. The bulk of the material deals with the later part of his years in Washington. Committee service is well documented-Joint Committee on Atomic Energy (e.g., early support for peaceful uses of atomic energy and influence in passage of 1963 Limited Nuclear Test Ban and 1969 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaties) and Senate Commerce Committee Communications Subcommittee (e.g., advocacy of 1962 establishment of Communications Satellite Corporation and 1967 Corporation for Public Broadcasting).
Pastore wielded considerable influence during the Kennedy presidency through Committee assignments and even more during the Johnson era, strongly supporting Great Society legislation, playing a pivotal role in passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and, in that same year, delivering a memorable Democratic National Convention keynote address. Pastore was proud of his heritage (he became the 1st Italian-American U.S. Governor and Senator, in 1945 and 1950 respectively). He paid continued attention to the interests of his constituents, introducing, for example, legislation regarding immigration affecting many ethnic groups and lobbying to strengthen the State's industrial base, especially the fading textile industry.
Content and Scope: The records of the 1986 Rhode Island Constitutional Convention were divided into 20 groups in a rough chronological order, beginning with background information through General Laws publication of the new Constitution approved by the voters. Background information, such as General Assembly enabling legislation, set the stage. Plenary Session Journals contain the official digest of the 14 meetings of the entire assembly. Committee files include the assigned resolutions, meeting and public hearing records, reports and legal staff opinions.
Through public hearings, delegates invited comment from individuals and groups on virtually all subjects before the Convention. A Public Information Office kept delegates and the general population abreast of the status of individual proposals. The Convention President's personal files enhance the categories dealing with internal workings of the Convention, such as personnel and budget records.
The ratification drive section includes the product of the Convention's deliberations, from drafts of the proposed new Constitution to the ballot put before the voters. Public relations efforts, including edited video tapes of plenary sessions, are also included. The last section contains the voting results and published copies of the Rhode Island Constitution of 1986.
Finding Aid: Researchers may download or print the following inventory at their convenience. Rhode Island Constitutional Convention of 1986 (2.96 mb).
Content and Scope: During the period 1929 to 1931, due to inconsistent officiating and a rash of ugly incidents at high school football games, the state secondary principals' association and 25 independent football referees organized the Association of Football Officials of Rhode Island.
With the goals of protecting the participants in the games and the integrity of the sport, the Association trains its members and conducts clinics. Divided chronologically, subgroups include correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, membership lists and photographs, clippings, rule books and history highlights (e.g., significant games, rules and equipment changes, etc.).