The papers pertain primarily to Bacon's personal and business activities, 1876-1926. His personal papers reflect his interest in politics, economics, science and linguistics; the business papers document his association with several companies, most notably Rowland Hazard's Solvay Process Company of Syracuse, New York. In addition, the collection contains personal papers of other Bacon and Hazard family members, including Rowland Hazard, 1763-1835; Joseph Peace Hazard, 1807-1894; Thomas Rutherford Bacon, 1850-1913; Caroline Hazard, 1856-1945; Helen Hazard Bacon, 1861-1925; and Leonard Bacon, 1887-1954. Material concerning these individuals is incomplete. The researcher is referred to the National Union catalog of Manuscript Collections for information on additional holdings of Bacon and Hazard family papers.
The papers pertain principally to DeCiantis' career as a lawyer. There is information on Rhode Island politics, 1930's-1960's; the Rhode Island Family Court, 1961-1974; and personal matters, 1920's-1970's. Material on politics in Rhode Island for the period 1936-1940 is of particular interest.
This register of the papers of Dr. Carl Russell Gross is one of a series of finding aids describing the manuscript and archival holdings of the James P. Adams Library at Rhode Island College. It is intended to acquaint the public with the library's holdings and provide aid to scholars interested in using primary source material concerning Rhode Island history and ethnic studies.