Guide to the Alice LaFond Altieri papers, 1914-1976

Phillips Memorial Library
Archives and Special Collections
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918
Tel: 401-865-2578
Fax: 401-865-1578

Published in 2008

Collection Overview

Title: Alice LaFond Altieri papers
Date range: 1914-1976
Creator: Altieri, Alice LaFond, 1894-1976
Extent: 3 box(es)
Abstract: The papers of Alice LaFond Altieri, state legislator and public official, of North Smithfield, R.I., consists of her political and personal correspondence, scrapbooks and clippings, speeches, reports, and memorabilia.
Language of materials: English
Repository: Phillips Memorial Library
Collection number: rppc_altieri

Scope & content

Correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, speeches, reports, memorabilia, and other papers, reflecting Altieri's political, civic, and charitable activities, including her term (l935-l936) in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, duties as deputy chief of Rhode Island Dept. of Public Welfare, Division of Old Age Security, and activities as public welfare director of North Smithfield are represented in the collection.


The collection is divided into three series.
  • Correspondence
  • Clippings
  • Subject files

Biographical note

From the 1930's through the 1970's Mrs. Altieri played an active role in Rhode Island's civic and political history. Elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives from North Smithfield in 1934, she was one of the first women to hold such a noteworthy position in the State. She began serving in the State House during that period of momentous change now known as the "Bloodless Revolution." Material in the Collection reflects her participation in the Democratic coup.

Born May 1, 1895, in North Smithfield, a daughter of Ernest P. and Maria (McCarthy) LaFond, she was a lifelong resident of North Smithfield with a notable career in public service. Prior to 1927, she was a secretary for the U.S. Surgeon General and for six years was a Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue of the Treasury Department in Providence, R.I..

From 1930 to 1936 she was a member of the North Smith-field School Committee, the first woman to be elected to that committee.

From 1931 to 1933 she was an active volunteer for the Woonsocket Chapter of the American Red Cross. When elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives, she became the first woman of North Smithfield to be elected to a major office.

During her tenure of office she sponsored the Aid to Dependent Children and the Aid to the Blind law and introduced the Civil Service Act in the legislature in 1936. She was active on many committees and later helped to organize the first Old Age program in the state.

She served on the North Smithfield town budget committee from 1943 to 1944, and was a member of the R.I. State Federation of Women's Clubs Legislative Department, R.I. Conference of Social Work, R.I. League of Women Voters, R.I. Association of Public School Officials, American Public Welfare Association, and was director from 1931 to 1936 of the North Smithfield Public Health Nursing Association. For six years she was treasurer and for two years second vice president of the Woonsocket Fortnightly Club.

Mrs. Altieri was the North Smithfield Public Welfare director in 1961 and 1962 and again resumed the post in 1965. She also served as a member of the governor's advisory committee of the R.I. Social Service Index.

During her term as a Rhode Island state representative, she was chairman of the joint legislative committee on public health and vice chairman of both the House Education and Public Welfare Committees.

In addition, she was a member of the board of the Woonsocket Visiting Nurse Association, a member of the board and executive committee of the Woonsocket Chapter Red Cross and a board member and secretary of the North Smithfield Ambulance and Rescue Association.

She was also an auxiliary member of the Woonsocket Hospital Aid Association and corporate member of Butler Hospital and Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital, Providence, R.I..

Mrs. Altieri served as chairman of the North Smithfield Citizens Civic Affairs Committee and headed several drives for the Community Chest and for the North Smithfield Ambulance Association.

Her involvement in politics and career in public service was motivated by a keen and wide-ranging interest in and involvement with others. In spite of personal obligations and health problems, she belonged to many civic and charitable organizations through the years; but these enduring relationships exemplified her concern for the health, education and welfare of her fellow citizens.


Date Event
1895 May 1 Born in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, to Maria Theresa (McCarthy) Lafond and Ernest Lafond.
1914 Graduates from Woonsocket High School; later attends Boston University and works in photographer's studio.
1918 Clerks at the United States War Department Surgeon General's Office, Washington, D.C.
1919 Clerks at the U.S. War Department Medical Department at Large, Northeastern Department, Boston, Massachusetts and for the U.S. War Department Quartermaster Corps, Fort Williams, Portland, Maine.
1920 Becomes the United States Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, District of Rhode Island Deputy Collector.
1925 Admitted to a Sharon, Massachusetts sanitarium for treatment of tuberculosis.
1930 Named to North Smithfield Democratic Town Committee. Elected to North Smithfield School Committee and joins the Woonsocket Relief Committee.
1931 Named to North Smithfield Public Health Nursing Association Board of Directors and to the North Smithfield Public Health Association Board of Directors.
1931 Joins American Red Cross Woonsocket Chapter and the Rhode Island Women's Democratic Club.
1933 Joins Woonsocket Fortnightly Club and the Garden Club of North Smithfield.
1934 Seconds the nomination of Theodore F. Green for Governor of Rhode Island at Democratic State Convention and joins the Franco-American Citizen's League.
1934 Elected to Rhode Island House (Democrat--North Smithfield) of Representatives.
1935 Appointed to Rhode Island House of Representatives Education, Public Welfare, and Agriculture, the Mechanic Arts Committees, and chairs the Rhode Island Joint Committee on Public Health.
1935 Appointed to Rhode Island House of Representatives Special Committee on Development and Improvement of the State Mental Health Institute and to the Rhode Island Department of Public Welfare Division of Old Age Security Deputy Chief.
1940 Appointed to Rhode Island Children's Court Association.
1941 May 3 Marries Hercules A. Altieri (Rhode Island Department of Social Welfare Fiscal Agent).
1941 Resigns position as Old Age Security Division Deputy Chief.
1942 Appointed Council to Rhode Island Social Service Index Advisory.
1943 Named to North Smithfield Budget Committee.
1948 Partial retirement to take care of her husband, Hercules, who had suffered from a stroke.
1951 Chairs North Smithfield Community Chest Drive.
1952 Named as Woonsocket Girl Scout Council Board Member.
1953 Becomes a member of the Rhode Island Heart Fund Woonsocket Chapter Drive and a North Smithfield Ambulance Drive Member.
1954 Becomes North Smithfield Ambulance Association Secretary.
1955 Becomes Woonsocket Hospital Aid Association Member and is elected as a Rhode Island Constitutional Convention Member.
1956 Becomes a Member of St. Anne Sodality of St. John's Church, chairs North Smithfield Citizens Civic Affairs Committee and the North Smithfield United Fund Drive.
1956 Runs unsuccessfully for the Rhode Island Senate
1957 Renamed to North Smithfield Democratic Town Committee.
1959 Becomes a member of the Butler Health Center Corporation and chairs the Northern Rhode Island United Fund Drive.
1960 Becomes a member of Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital Corporation.
1961 Appointed North Smithfield Public Welfare Director.
1962 Joins North Smithfield Cerebral Palsy Association.
1965 Named to Visiting Nurse Service of Greater Woonsocket Board of Directors and reappointed as North Smithfield Public Welfare Director.
1968 Fired from position as North Smithfield Public Welfare Director.
1970 Named as North Smithfield Centennial Committee Member.
1974 May 6 Husband Hercules A. Altieri dies.
1976 July 14 Alice LaFond Altieri dies at age 80.

Access & Use

Access to the collection: Collection is open for research by appointment. Materials do not circulate. Some materials may be restricted, for further information contact the Archives and Special Collections, Phillips Memorial Library, Providence College.
Use of the materials: Researchers are advised that express written permission to reproduce, quote, or otherwise publish any portion or extract from this collection must be obtained from the Phillips Memorial Library. Although Providence College has physical ownership of the collection and the materials contained therein, it does not claim literary rights. It is up to the researcher to determine the owners of the literary rights and to obtain any necessary permissions from them.
Preferred citation: Alice LaFond Altieri papers, Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library, Archives and Special Collections.
Contact information: Phillips Memorial Library
Archives and Special Collections
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918
Tel: 401-865-2578
Fax: 401-865-1578

Administrative Information

Acquisition: In May of 1977, Mrs. Laura LaFond Livermore donated the papers of her sister, Mrs. Alice LaFond Altieri to Providence College.
Author: Finding aid prepared by Providence College Archives Staff.
Encoding: Finding aid encoded by Russell M. Franks 2008 November 12
Descriptive rules: Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

Additional Information

Related material: There are no known related materials.
Separated material: No materials have been removed from this collection.


Series I. Correspondence
This series contains correspondence from a wide range of individuals covering as many topics. While there is some correspondence with the Social Security Administration and the Rhode Island Department of Social Welfare relating to her husband, Hercules A. Altieri, the majority of the correspondence is concerned with various government and community organizations Alice LaFond Altieri came into contact with during her long public career.

Arrangement: This series is arranged chronologically.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 1 United States War Department
Jan 1919-Dec 1919
Box 1, Folder 2 United States Treasury Department
Box 1, Folder 3 Rhode Island State Sanatorium
Box 1, Folder 4 Congratulatory letters
Box 1, Folder 5 Congratulatory letters
Box 1, Folder 6 As Rhode Island Representative Elect
Box 1, Folder 7 As Rhode Island State Representative
Box 1, Folder 8 Congratulatory letters
Box 1, Folder 9 United States Civil Service Commission
1940, 1950
Box 1, Folder 10 Ray Cotton Company
Box 1, Folder 11 Rhode Island State Department of Social Welfare
Box 1, Folder 12 Pembroke College
Box 1, Folder 13 Woonsocket Trust Company
Box 1, Folder 14 Rhode Island Treasury Department
Box 1, Folder 15 Woonsocket Institution for Savings
Box 1, Folder 16 Woonsocket Girl Scout Council
Box 1, Folder 17 United Fund Volunteer
Box 1, Folder 18 Democratic State Committee
Box 1, Folder 19 United Fund 4th & 5th Annual Campaign
Box 1, Folder 20 Butler Health Center
1959, 1968
Box 1, Folder 21 Democratic National Party
Box 1, Folder 22 Rhode Island Department of Social Welfare
Box 1, Folder 23 The White House
Box 1, Folder 24 Social Securiy Administration
Box 1, Folder 25 North Smithfield Study Commission
Box 1, Folder 26 Thank you notes
Box 1, Folder 27 Harry S. Truman Library Institute

Series II. Clippings
The clippings in this series represent a wide range of topics Alice LaFond Altieri had interested in. Among the clippings are articles relating news stories about herself and family members, Rhode Island political events, and national and local Rhode Island politcial figures such as John E. Fogarty and J. Howard McGrath. In addition, news stories reporting on local organizations and government, such as the Red Cross and the Town of North Smithfield, can be found in the collection.

Arrangement: This series is arranged alphabetical by publication.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 28 The Evening Bulletin
1934 Nov 8
Box 1, Folder 29 The Evening Bulletin
1935 Jan 2
Box 1, Folder 30 The Lewiston Daily Sun
1937 Apr 13, 1940 Aug
Box 1, Folder 31 The News-Tribune
1935 Jan 2
Box 1, Folder 32 New York Law Journal
1976 Mar 4
Box 1, Folder 33 New York Law Journal
1976 Mar 5
Box 1, Folder 34 New York Times
Box 1, Folder 35 Pembroke Alumna
1958 Oct
Box 1, Folder 36 Providence Evening Bulletin
1958 Jun 20
Box 1, Folder 37 The Providence Journal
1956 Aug 1
Box 1, Folder 38 The Providence Journal
Box 1, Folder 39 The Providence Journal
Box 1, Folder 40 Today
1934 Feb 23
Box 1, Folder 41 Various articles re: Family members
Box 1, Folder 42 Various articles re: North Smithfield Schools
Box 1, Folder 43 Washington D.C. newspaper
1960 May 12
Box 1, Folder 44 The Woonsocket Call
Box 1, Folder 45 The Woonsocket Call
1954 Nov 3
Box 1, Folder 46 The Woonsocket Call
Box 1, Folder 47 The Woonsocket Call
1956 Aug 13
Box 1, Folder 48 The Woonsocket Call
Box 1, Folder 49 The Woonsocket Call
Box 1, Folder 50 The Woonsocket Call
1962 Oct 31
Box 1, Folder 51 The Woonsocket Call
1963 Jun 3
Box 1, Folder 52 The Woonsocket Call
Box 1, Folder 53 The Woonsocket Call
1965 Jan 26
Box 1, Folder 54 The Woonsocket Call
1976 Jul 15
Box 1, Folder 55 The Woonsocket Call

Series III. Subject Files
This series contains materials directly relating to various activities and organizations Alice LaFond Altieri was involved with during her long public career, as well as some materials relating to her personal life. Of particular note is the LaFond family scrapbook, which contains clippings of news stories reporting on various LaFond family members. The scrapbook spans more than half a century, from 1903 to 1958.

Arrangement: This series is arranged alphabetically.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 56 The American Red Cross - Woonsocket Chapter, Woonsocket, R.I.
1934 - 1971
Box 1, Folder 57 Certificate of Election Delegate
1928, 1936
Box 1, Folder 58 Citizens Civic Affairs Committee of North Smithfield
Box 1, Folder 59 Constitutional Convention
Box 1, Folder 60 Democratic National Convention - Office of Women's Activities
Box 1, Folder 61 Democratic Party Flyers - Town of North Smithfield
Box 1, Folder 62 Democratic State Committee - annual dinners
Box 1, Folder 63 Democratic State Committee - annual dinners
Box 1, Folder 64 Democratic Study Group
Box 1, Folder 65 Election Ballots
Box 1, Folder 66 Election Ballots
Box 1, Folder 67 Election Ballots
Box 1, Folder 68 Election Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 69 Election Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 70 Legal Aid Society
1948, 1973
Box 2, Folder 71 Manuscript - Thoughts about the life of Alice La Fond Altieri by Laura LaFond Livermore
Box 2, Folder 72 National Republican Senatorial Committee
Box 2, Folder 73 North Smithfield Ambulance Assn. - Ambulance Drive
Box 2, Folder 74 North Smithfield Ambulance Assn. - annual reports
1958, 1967
Box 2, Folder 75 North Smithfield Ambulance Assn. - Bethesada-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad
Box 2, Folder 76 North Smithfield Ambulance Assn. - by-laws
Box 2, Folder 77 North Smithfield Ambulance Assn. - newsclippings
Box 2, Folder 78 North Smithfield Ambulance Assn. - newsclippings
Box 2, Folder 79 North Smithfield Ambulance Assn. - history of
Box 2, Folder 80 North Smithfield Civilian Defense Council
Box 2, Folder 81 North Smithfield Democratic Town Committe
Box 2, Folder 82 North Smithfield Heritage Assn.
1971 Feb-1973 Dec
Box 2, Folder 83 North Smithfield Heritage Assn. - Constitution and By-laws
Box 2, Folder 84 North Smithfield Heritage Assn. - newsletters
1974 Feb-1976 Feb
Box 2, Folder 85 North Smithfield - manuscript notes
Box 2, Folder 86 North Smithfield - maps
Box 2, Folder 87 North Smithfield Public Welfare Department
Box 2, Folder 88 North Smithfield Public Welfare Department - correspondence
Box 2, Folder 89 North Smithfield Public Welfare Department - correspondence
Box 2, Folder 90 North Smithfield Public Welfare Department - financial reports
Box 2, Folder 91 North Smithfield Public Welfare Department - monthly assistance reports
Box 2, Folder 92 North Smithfield Public Welfare Department - newsclipping
Box 2, Folder 93 Notary Public Commission certificate
1935 Jul 15
Box 2, Folder 94 Notary Public stamp
1935 Jul 15
Box 2, Folder 95 Photograpghs
Box 2, Folder 96 Proposed Public Assistance Organization report
1939 May 24
Box 2, Folder 97 Rhode Island Public Welfare Department - employee evaluations
Box 2, Folder 98 Rhode Island Public Welfare Department - financial provisions and disbursement procedures
Box 2, Folder 99 Rhode Island Public Welfare Department - bronze medallion
Box 2, Folder 100 Registration Day certificate
1941 Jun 19
Box 2, Folder 101 Resolutions & Legislative Acts
1936, 1938
Box 2, Folder 1 Scrapbook, LaFond Family
Box 2, Folder 103 Slatersville School Graduation Exercise programs
Box 2, Folder 104 Speeches
Box 2, Folder 105 Speech by John J. Cooney
1934 Aug 7
Box 2, Folder 106 State & Federal Civil Service
1918, 1941-1942
Box 2, Folder 107 Woonsocket High School Diploma
1914 Jun 19