Guide to the Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries records , 1987-2008

(bulk 1989-1991)


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: Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries records
Date range: 1987-2008, (bulk 1989-1991)
Creator: Rhode Island. Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries
Extent: .45 cubic feet other
Abstract: The Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries records consist primarily of meeting minutes, meeting notices and correspondence.
Language of materials: English
Repository: Rhode Island State Archives
Collection number: 2009-19

Scope & content

The Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries records consist primarily of meeting minutes, meeting notices and correspondence. The records also include copies of the Commission newsletters, clippings of historical cemetery-related articles, copies of related statutes and general records.

Arrangement

The Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries records are arranged into the following series:
  • Series 1. Meeting Minutes and Meeting Notices, 1989-2008
  • Series 2. Correspondence, 1990-1991
  • Series 3. Newsletters, 1992-1994
  • Series 4. Statutes, 1987-1989
  • Series 5. Clippings, 1984-1991
  • Series 6. General files, 1989

Historical note

The Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries is a permanent advisory commission to study the location, condition, and inventory of historic cemeteries in Rhode Island and to make recommendations to the General Assembly relative to historic cemeteries in Rhode Island. The Commission aims to formulate and develop plans and programs to restore, rehabilitate, and maintain historical cemeteries and locate sources of funds such as grants and individual or corporate sponsors. Rhode Island contains at least 2833 historic cemeteries, from small family burial grounds to landscaped garden cemeteries.

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: Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries records, 2009-19, 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 Evelyn Wheeler, Chair of RI Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries on June 16, 2009.
ABOUT THE FINDING AID  
Author: Finding aid prepared by Kate Telford.
Encoding: Finding aid encoded by Kate Telford 2009 June 19
Descriptive rules: Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

Additional Information

Inventory


Series 1. Meeting Minutes and Meeting Notices
Box 1, Folder 1-4
Includes meeting minutes from 1989-2000 and 2006-2008. Also includes RI Roots meeting minutes from 1989 and meeting notices from 1989-1991.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 1 Meeting Minutes (1 of 2)
1989-2000
Box 1, Folder 2 Meeting Minutes (2 of 2)
2006-2008
Box 1, Folder 3 RI Roots Meeting Minutes
1989
Box 1, Folder 4 Meeting Notices
1989-1991

Series 2. Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 5

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 5 Correspondence
Contents Note: Includes Rep. Leona A. Kelley, Chairwoman of the RI State Historic Cemetery Commission correspondence related to historic cemeteries in Rhode Island. Also includes correspondence with Mr. Vincent Dexter, Town Historian for North Providence related to the clean-up effort of the historical cemetery on Falco Street.

1990-1991

Series 3. Newsletters
Box 1, Folder 6

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 6 Newsletters
Contents Note: Includes a copy of the May 8, 1992 (Vol. 1 No. 1) and the February 15, 1994 (Vol. III No. 1) RI Historical Cemetery newsletter. Also includes mailing list.

1992-1994

Series 4. Statutes
Box 1, Folder 7

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 7 Statutes
Contents Note: Includes copies of statutes of interest to the commission. Includes correspondence between the Office of the Attorney General and Valerie Felt, President of the Southern Rhode Island Old Cemeteries Association.

1987-1989

Series 5. Clippings
Box 1, Folder 8

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 8 Clippings
Contents Note: Contains copies of newspaper and magazine articles related to areas of interest to the commission including local cemetery cleanup projects and reports of vandalism in local cemeteries.

1984-1991

Series 6. General Files
Box 1, Folder 9

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 9 General Files
Contents Note: Includes information sheet and a map of cemetery #82 in Exeter, a listing of 126 historical cemeteries, contact list for members of the Commission to Study Historical Cemeteries in Rhode Island, a list of those attending an April 8, 1989 seminar, a copy of the deed for cemetery in Johnston, a copy of a mortgage deed for a parcel in North Kingstown and a copy of "Do’s and Dont’s of Cemetery Cleaning".

1989