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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Coastal Resources records include a wealth of information related to the activities of the Harbor Commission, the Commission of Dams and Reservoirs, The Division of Harbors and Rivers and the Division of Coastal Resources. The records comprising this collection include reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, maps and aerial photographs.
The Harbor Commission and the Commission of Dams and Reservoirs existed as independent agencies until 1935 when all related commissions came under the Department of Public Works and one division became known as Harbors and Rivers. By 1965, this division was under the Department of Natural Resources and by 1971 Harbors and Rivers became the division of Coastal Resources. By October 1, 1977, all related divisions, including Coastal Resources, were administered under the Department of Environmental Management. Author: KT
Scope and Contents: The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Coastal Resources records consists of reports, meeting minutes, and records of commissions. Within the correspondence series are many maps and ephemera. Other record series relate to specific activities of the division (e.g. files of dams, survey station data, tidal bench marks and beach erosion reports), and specific types of records (e.g. permission slips, licenses, general highway maps and calculation books). The extensive map series has been processed and the maps are described at item level in the State Archives’ Maps and Plans FileMaker Pro database.