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Rhode Island School for the Deaf records and photographs

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


Series 1. Annual Reports
Box 1, Folder 1-18

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 1-18 Annual Reports
Contents Note: Annual reports of the Principal and then the Board of Trustees of the Rhode Island School/Institute for the Deaf. The annual reports include reports of the principal, dentist, aurist (A specialist of the diseases of the ear), and physician. The report includes the financial statement for the past year; school calendar, daily program, classes and coursework; accomplishments and products produced from the industrial arts and domestic science classes; and a listing of all board members, officers and teachers of the school; and photographs.

1877-1934 (with gaps)

Series 2. Rosters
Box 1, Folder 19-30

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 19-30 Rosters
Contents Note: A listing of all students for each academic year. Includes the student's name, date entered, name of parent(s), address and religion (C - Catholic, J - Jewish, P -Protestant).

1923-1973 (with gaps)

Series 3. Student Registrations
Box 1, Folder 39

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 39 Student Registrations
Contents Note: Information on students who entered the school from its inception in 1877 to 1905. Data includes name, date of birth, place of birth, age at which the child became deaf, cause of deafness, address, date entered school. Includes index.


Series 4. Teachers' School Registers/Attendance Lists [Restricted]
Box 1/2, Folder 31-38/5

Container Description Date
Box 1/2, Folder 31-38/5 Teachers' School Registers/Attendance Lists [Restricted]
Contents Note: Attendance list of students for the academic year. September 1924 - June 1928, September 1972 - June 1973. Master Attendance, February - June 1972. Master Attendance, September 1973 - January 1974. Absence Lists - A record of each student's absences listed by teacher and academic year. May include date entered the school and dated graduated and summary of days present, absent and tardy. Students are listed alphabetically. Mac - Z, 1943-1972. This series is restricted per RIGL § 42-8.1-7 (b). Direct all queries to the State Archivist.


Series 5. Admissions [Restricted]
Box 2 and 4

Container Description Date
Box 2 and 4 Admissions [Restricted]
Contents Note: Data gathered on each student that seeks admission to the school. Data includes name, date and place of birth, cause of deafness, communication skills, vaccination data, and nativity. 1889-1899 (boards and binding separated from spine), 1900-1922 (boards and binding separated from spine), 1922-1940 (boards and binding separated from spine), 1940-1948 (portion of index, A-D, missing), 1952-1967. This series is restricted per RIGL § 42-8.1-7 (b). Direct all queries to the State Archivist.


Series 6. Minutes of the Board of Trustees
Box 3, Folder 1-2

Container Description Date
Box 3, Folder 1-2 Minutes of the Board of Trustees
Contents Note: May 19, 1891 to January 7, 1908 and January 7, 1908 to December 3, 1919 - includes financial statements and by-laws.


Series 7. Photographs
Box 5-6

Container Description Date
Box 5-6 Photographs
Contents Note: Black and white 8x10 photoprints used in the Board of Trustees Annual Reports. See Photograph database for further description. The photographs are mounted on archival mat board. Photographs first appear in the Annual Reports in 1895.