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Rhode Island. Department of Public Works (1935-1970)

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1935 - 1970

Historical Note

The Department of Public Works was created in 1935 as part of a major state government reorganization (Public Law 1935 chapter 2250, section 60) and enshrined in the Chapter 5, Section 38 of the 1938 Rhode Island General Laws. Under this law, the department's director was given "supervision over all contracts for public works, the construction, reconstruction and maintenance and repairs of public works." Toward this end, the statute called for the creation of a Division of Roads and Bridges, a Division of State Airports, a Division of Harbors and Rivers, and a Division of Public Buildings. The department's structure and responsibilities remained largely unchanged until it was dissolved in 1970 (Chapter 111 § 1 of the Public Laws of 1970). Its functions were then distributed among several new agencies, principally the newly established Department of Transportation.

Found in 29 Collections and/or Records:

A Highway Program for Rhode Island: The Five Year Program of the Public Works Department, 1959

 Item — Folder 30. A Highway Program for Rhode Island: The Five Year Program of the Public Works Department, 1959 (1636-884)
Identifier: 1636-884

Bridge plans (copies)

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2010-11
Abstract

This series is of Department of Public Works map copies of bridge plans from the WW II era.

Dates: 1939-1946

Department of Public Works annual reports, 1935-1967

 Sub-Series — Box Department of Public Works annual reports, 1935-1967
Identifier: 2010-29

Department of Public Works Bridge and Road Project proposals

 Series — Folder Department of Public Works Bridge and Road Project proposals, 1935-1939
Identifier: C#00468
Abstract

Proposals for road and bridge construction projects. These proposals called for the expenditure of federal funds for at least part of thecost of the project. Many of the projects were to be funded under programs of the Works Progress Administration. Proposals include location of work, type of work to be done, estimated costs of th project and usually the amount of that cost wanted from the federal government. Included are documents related to the construction of the Jamestown Bridge.

Dates: 1935-1939

Department of Public Works Division of Roads and Bridges sample field notes, undated

 Item — Folder Department of Public Works Division of Roads and Bridges sample field notes
Identifier: C#01805

Department of Public Works Engineering Division scrapbook, 1949

 Item — Box Department of Public Works Engineering Division scrapbook, 1949
Identifier: 2001-37
Scope and Contents Scrapbook of news clippings from the Providence Journal, Evening Bulletin, Pawtucket Times, Newport News and others. Covers various subjects relating to program and construction development. Topics include: Controversy surrounding the construction of the North-South Freeway (Interstate 95); installation of six statutes of military figures in the State House rotunda; the opening of new facilities at TF Greene (Hillsgrove) Airport; renovations to the Masonic Temple in Providence;...
Dates: 1949

Department of Public Works hurricane damage photographs, 1938

 Sub-Series
Identifier: C#00637; 2001-19
Abstract

This series contains photographs created by the Rhode Island Department of Public Works documenting the hurricane that struck Rhode Island in 1938.

Dates: 1938

Department of Public Works maps, 1937

 Sub-Series
Identifier: C#00637
Scope and Contents From the Series:

This series contains photographs, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks created by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The include photographs documenting the hurricane that struck Rhode Island in 1938 and the blizzard that struck Rhode Island in 1978. The images show the effects of these storms on various municipalities throughout the state. In addition, there are photographs showing the various Transportation projects throughout the state.

Dates: 1937

Department of Public Works State Highway films, 1929-1964, bulk: 1949-1964

 Series
Identifier: 2002-22
Scope and Contents From the Series: Archive includes 16mm black and white and color double perf and single perf (sound) cinefilm (safety film), 1 reel of 35mm black and white cinefilm and several reels of 16mm black and white cinefilm with sound. Many films produced by Leo P. Reardon. Subjects include: Tuna Derby, engineering, bridges, traffic views, aerial views, beach scenes, parks and recreation, aeronautics, harbors and rivers, Rhode Island highways, Democratic State Convention June 2, 1952, Cranston Bicentennial, Route...
Dates: 1929-1964; Majority of material found within 1949-1964

Department of Transportation rules and regulations, 1959-2000

 Digital Work
Identifier: 18d8dbc0-09af-4971-8a29-b3105b253e22
Dates: 1959-2000

Expressway System for Metropolitan Providence, 1947

 Item — Folder 13. Expressway System for Metropolitan Providence, 1947 (2 copies)
Identifier: 2012-44

Location and Basic Design Report on Upgrading of Segments of Interstate Route 95-Second Stage, 1965

 Item
Abstract

Location and Basic Design Report on Upgrading of Segments of Interstate Route 95 - Second Stage Towns of Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich, East Greenwich and Coventry in the Counties of Washington and Kent.

Dates: 1965

Location Study and Design Report, Rhode Island Route and Expressway, Rhode Island - Connecticut Boarder at US Route 6, 1962

 Item
Identifier: 1636-1551
Abstract

Location Study and Design Report: Rhode Island Route and Expressway, Rhode Island-Connecticut Boarder at US Route 6 to North Scituate, Rhode Island

Dates: 1962

Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council records

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1995-464
Abstract

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Coastal Resources records include a wealth of information related to the activities of the Harbor Commission, the Commission of Dams and Reservoirs, The Division of Harbors and Rivers and the Division of Coastal Resources. The records comprising this collection include reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, maps and aerial photographs.

Dates: 1883-1974

Rhode Island Division of Airports records

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2015-22

State Board of Public Roads/Department of Public Works negatives and photographs, c. 1913-1968

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#01851
Scope and Contents From the Series:

This series contains photographs, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks created by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The include photographs documenting the hurricane that struck Rhode Island in 1938 and the blizzard that struck Rhode Island in 1978. The images show the effects of these storms on various municipalities throughout the state. In addition, there are photographs showing the various Transportation projects throughout the state.

Dates: c. 1913-1968

Transportation, Department of (includes predecessor Department of Public Works), 1959-2000

 Sub-Series
Scope and Contents From the Series:

The rules and regulations promulgated by various state agencies, boards and commissions are filed with the Secretary of State per the Rhode Island Administrative Procedures Act, R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 42-35.

Dates: 1959-2000

Transportation photographs, newspapers and scrapbooks

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#00637-C#01851-2001-19-2004-62
Abstract

This series contains photographs, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks created by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

Dates: c. 1912-1980; Majority of material found within c. 1940-1960