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RG 057/RG 057.05. Department of Social Welfare, 1939-1970

 Record Group Term
Identifier: RG 057/RG 057.05
The Department of Social Welfare (1939-1968) was established as part of a major reorganization of state government into departments in the 1930s (Public Law 1935, ch. 2218, 2250.) Although the department was only created in 1939, it inherited most of the programs and records of its immediate predecessor, the Department of Public Welfare (1935-1939) which had succeeded the State Public Welfare Commission (1923-1935), formerly known as the Penal and Charitable Commission (1917-1923), and the Board of State Charities and Corrections (1869 - 1917), the state government's first social welfare agency. During its thirty year existence the department became responsible for an enormous range of social programs and medical services. By the late 1960s the state began the process of dismantling the Department of Social Welfare and parceling out its many programs and functions to two newly established departments: Its "correctional" and "community service" functions (as well as vocational rehabilitation from the Department of Education) went to a new Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services, and the programs concerning "mental retardation”, “curative services," and "mental health law" went to the new Department of Mental Health, Retardation, and Hospitals (Rhode Island. Supplement to Public Laws, 1970. January Session, 1970, "Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1970.") The Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services’ remaining responsibilities still encompassed a broad range of functions, which would eventually be distributed among several future departments, including Children, Youth and Families; Labor and Training; Probation and Parole; Elderly Affairs, Veterans Affairs, and Human Services.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Cemetery project records

 Series — Box Department of Mental Health, Retardation, and Hospitals Cemetery Project records, 1974-2009 (2009-31)
Identifier: 2009-31
Abstract

The Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals cemetery project records consist of copies of correspondence, reports and photographs compiled and/or created by Chester A. Browning, Information Specialist of the Public Information Division.

Dates: 1880-2009; Majority of material found within 2004-2008

Department of Social Welfare annual reports

 Series — Folder Department of Social Welfare annual reports, 1939-1941, 1945-1948, 1950
Identifier: 1636-1565

Division of Parole: A Protective Agency for the Citizens of Rhode Island annual reports

 Series — Folder 4. Division of Parole: A Protective Agency for the Citizens of Rhode Island annual reports, 1936-1962 (1636-1020)
Identifier: 1636-1020

Division of Probation and Parole annual reports

 Series — Folder Division of Probation and Parole annual reports, 1946, 1951, 1957-1961
Identifier: 1636-19
Scope and Contents

Seven annual reports from 1946 and 1951, 1957-1962 describing how the probation and parole programs benefit society, the state, and the prisoner, followed by a breakdown of the division's budget.

Dates: 1946, 1951, 1957-1961

State Infirmary Admissions and Deaths

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2005-41.5

State Infirmary Daily Logs

 Series — Folder 1961-1963 Daily Logs
Identifier: 2005-41.13