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Forty-eight hour advance access notice is required for the following collections. Some collections may be closed. Contact Special Collections for further information.


Edward P. Beard papers

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:

  • Federal Departments
  • U.S. Congressional Committees
  • Democratic Party Organizations
  • Legislation by Beard and by others
  • Personal (Biographical, Staff, Invitations, etc.)
  • Campaigns
  • Alpha and Chronological Files
  • Rhode Island
  • General Subjects

Patrick T. Conley Photograph Collection

There are 460 pieces in this collection.


Joseph A Doorley Jr., papers

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.


English and Colonial 18th Century Trade Statistics

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)


Paul S. Kelly papers

There are 27,500 pieces in this collection.


J. Howard McGrath papers

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.


John O. Pastore papers

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.


Rhode Island Football Officials' Association Collection

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.).