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John A. Notte Jr. records

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2010-25

Scope and Contents

The John A. Notte Jr. records include correspondence to and from John A Notte Jr., event programs and invitations to various events which John A. Notte attended over the course of his political career, state government reports and publications, campaign-related papers, newspaper clippings, photographs and slides and certificates and awards presented to Notte.


  • 1935-1974
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1962

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Conditions Governing Access

No special restrictions unless otherwise specified.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is in the public domain unless otherwise specified. We reserve the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to preservation concerns.

Biographical / Historical

John A. Notte Jr. was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Providence College in 1931, attended Cornell University from 1931 to 1932, and graduated from Boston University Law School in 1935. He went on to practice law and served as town solicitor in North Providence in 1937. He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II, following which he was elected Chairman of the Rhode Island Veterans' Bonus Board. He served on the staff of U.S. Senator Theodore Francis Green from 1948 to 1956 and at the same time was Chairman of the North Providence Democratic town committee.

Notte resigned from Senator Green's staff after winning election as Secretary of State, a position that he held until he was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1958. It was while serving as Lieutenant Governor that he ran for, and won, the post of chief state executive. During his single term as governor, a family court was established and Rhode Island held its first one-day, one-place Democratic and Republican primaries.

In his 1962 bid for reelection, Notte was the first Democrat ever to run for governor without the backing of labor, which was unhappy with Notte's withdrawal of support for a state income tax and his decision to legalize night horse racing. The loss of labor backing was considered a significant factor in Notte's defeat for reelection to a second term as governor, after which he returned to the practice of law. He sought the Democratic nomination in 1967 to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House of Representatives but lost the primary.


7.2 Cubic Feet (6 record cartons)


The John A. Notte Jr. records include correspondence, campaign-related papers, newspaper clippings and other records of John A. Notte Jr. over the course of his political career including his time as Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State and Governor.

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Custodial History

Records were created by John A. Notte Jr. and staff members in his various positions as Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State and Governor as well as records created by his campaign staff. Records were stored by the Notte family and were transferred from Barbara Notte, wife of John A. Notte, III to the Rhode Island State Archives on September 21, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Barbara Notte (daughter-in-law of John A. Notte Jr.) to the Rhode Island State Archives on September 21, 2010.


No further accruals are anticipated at this time.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rhode Island State Archives Repository

33 Broad Street
Providence RI 02903 USA