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RG 008/RG 008.04. Department of Public Works, 1935-1970

 Record Group Term
Identifier: RG 008/RG 008.04
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 ยง 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 8 Collections and/or Records:

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 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 Transportation Bridge Section records

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1636-999
Abstract

Records of the Bridge Section of the Department of Transportation and predecessor agencies.

Dates: 1916-1972

Division of Maintenance films

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2002-22
Scope and Contents 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

Registrar of Motor Vehicles hearing transcripts

 Series — Box Registrar of Motor Vehicles hearing transcripts, 1955
Identifier: C#00323
Abstract

Transcript of a hearing before the Registrar of Motor Vehicles regarding the revocation of automobile factory representatives licenses.

Dates: April 12, 1955-April 20, 1955

Rhode Island Highway Association records

 Collection — Box Rhode Island Highway Association minutes and photographs, 1935-1977
Identifier: 2018-21
Content Description

This series of records contains meeting minutes with a small number of photographs.

Dates: Majority of material found in 1935-1977

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