Guide to the Office of the Secretary of State James R. Langevin records , 1995-2000


Rhode Island State Archives
Rhode Island State Archives
337 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Tel: 401-222-2353
Fax: 401-222-3199
email: statearchives@sos.ri.gov

Published in 2009

Collection Overview

Title:Office of the Secretary of State James R. Langevin records
Date range:1995-2000
Creator:Rhode Island. Dept. of State
Extent:57.32 cubic feet other
Abstract:The Office of the Secretary of State James R. Langevin records include subject files, case files, videos, photographs and publications (created by the Office of the Secretary of State and outside agencies) memoranda and correspondence relating to various issues and events.
Language of materials:English
Repository:Rhode Island State Archives
Collection number:2000-70

Scope & content

The Office of the Secretary of State James R. Langevin records include subject files, case files, videos, photographs and publications (created by the Office of the Secretary of State and outside agencies) memoranda and correspondence relating to various issues and events. A notable issue relates to the attempt by the General Assembly to remove General Officers from their offices in the State House (see Office Space files, 1996-1997).

Arrangement

The Office of the Secretary of State James R. Langevin records are arranged into the following series:
  • Series 1. Records of Rebecca Mattos - Special Projects Coordinator
  • Series 2. Records of Peter Kerwin - Communications Director
  • Series 3. Correspondence
  • Series 4. Records of Richard Glucksman - Policy Coordinator 1995-2000, Deputy Chief of Staff 1999-2000
  • Series 5. Records of John Tabella - Chief of Staff 1995-1999
  • Series 6. General Files from Room 218
  • Series 7. Correspondence - James Langevin, Secretary of State 1995-2000
  • Series 8. Records of John Palangio, Deputy Chief of Staff, 1995-1999, Chief of Staff 1999-2000
  • Series 9. Videotapes
  • Series 10. Photographs
  • Series 11. Records of Norman Beauchemin, Policy Analyst
  • Series 12. "Access Denied" Records
  • Series 13. Speeches (1995-1998), Governor’s Portrait Commission files (2003-21)

Historical note

The Department of State is the general recording officer and serves as the secretary of the senate, prepares all ballot labels and maintains the central voter registry, keeps all corporate records, registers notaries, administers the commercial code, has custody of the state seal, keeps original copies of all enacted laws and administers the state archives and state library.

James R. Langevin served as Secretary of State from 1995 until January 10, 2001 when he was sworn in as Congressman from the 2nd Congressional District in Rhode Island. His administration is credited with replacing antiquated (Shoup lever) voting machines with the optical scan ballot system; promoting open government with access to public records and open meetings; publishing “Access Denied: Chaos, Confusion and Closed Doors,” a report on the General Assembly’s Compliance with the Letter and Spirit of the Open Meeting Law in conjunction with the Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University; and providing the public with online, comprehensive, daily and weekly reports on the activities of the General Assembly through the department’s website and public kiosks.

Access & Use

Access to the collection:No special restrictions unless otherwise specified.
Use of the materials:Copyright is in the public domain unless otherwise specified. We reserve the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to preservation concerns.
Preferred citation:Office of the Secretary of State James R. Langevin records, 2000-70, Rhode Island State Archives.
Contact information: Rhode Island State Archives
Rhode Island State Archives
337 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Tel: 401-222-2353
Fax: 401-222-3199
email: statearchives@sos.ri.gov

Administrative Information

ABOUT THE COLLECTION 
Acquisition:Transferred from Nancy Beattie (Room 218) and Steve Elmasian, (Room 6), State House, Providence, R.I. 02903 on December 22 and 28, 2000.
Accruals: Accession: 2002-02. Received: January 7, 2002. Cubic Feet: .08 cubic feet. Transferred: Ana Cabrera, Communications Director Accession: 2002-12. Received: February 27, 2002. Cubic Feet: .60 cubic feet Accession: 2003-15. Received: January 15, 2003. Cubic Feet: 2.4 cubic feet. Transferred: Stacy DiCola, Public Information Accession: 2003-41 Accession: 2005-48. Cubic Feet: .5 cu. ft. Accession: 2006-44
ABOUT THE FINDING AID 
Author:Finding aid prepared by Kate Telford.
Encoding:Finding aid encoded by Kate Telford 2009 May 20
Descriptive rules:Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

Additional Information

Inventory


Series 1. Records of Rebecca Mattos - Special Projects Coordinator
Box 1-4

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 1-4Records of Rebecca Mattos
1984-2002

Series 2. Records of Peter Kerwin - Communications Director
Box 3

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 3Records of Peter Kerwin
1995-1996

Series 3. Correspondence
Box 4

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 4Coorespondence
1995-2002

Series 4. Records of Richard Glucksman - Policy Coordinator 1995-2000, Deputy Chief of Staff 1999-2000
Box 5-24

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 5-24Records of Richard Gluckman
1995-2000

Series 5. Records of John Tabella - Chief of Staff 1995-1999
Box 25-31

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 25-31Records of John Tabella
1995-1999

Series 6. General Files from Room 218
Box 32-33

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 32-33General Files
1993-2000

Series 7. Correspondence - James Langevin, Secretary of State 1995-2000
Box 34

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 34Correspondence - James Langevin
1995-2000

Series 8. Records of John Palangio, Deputy Chief of Staff, 1995-1999, Chief of Staff 1999-2000
Box 34-35

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 34-35Records of John Palangio
1995-2000

Series 9. Videotapes
Box 36

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 36Videotapes
1994-1998

Series 10. Photographs
Box 37-39

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 37-39Photographs
1994-1998

Series 11. Records of Norman Beauchemin, Policy Analyst
Box 40

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 40Records of Norman Beauchemin
1995-1996

Series 12. "Access Denied" Records- Includes underlying and supporting documentation that produced the report “Access Denied” from the Department of State, Office of the Secretary of State James Langevin. This report was done with Brown University students and professors and aimed to document the workings of the legislative committees of the 1997 legislative session. With staff of the Office of the Secretary of State (Administration, Public Information and State Library) its purpose was to document those committees that did and did not followed the letter and spirit of the Open Meetings Law.
Box 40

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 40"Access Denied" Records
1995-1996

Series 13. Speeches (1995-1998), Governor's Portrait Commission files (2003-21)
Box 43

ContainerDescriptionDate
Box 43Speeches
1995-1998