Our World Fifty Years Ago - 1964


The newest exhibit at State Archives titled, Our World Fifty Years Ago - 1964, provides a snapshot of life in Rhode Island a half century ago. Featured, are an array of original manuscripts, photographs and materials relating to the election of 1964, all from the holdings of the Rhode Island State Archives.

Photographs and memorabilia from the election of 1964, include a Shoup voting machine and ballot, individual votes of the Electoral College, as well as records of the first authorized open Constitutional Convention convened in the state since 1842. There are also photographs of health care clinics, President Johnson’s visit to Brown University, the construction of Interstate 95, as well as resolutions, correspondence, and remembrances upon the death of President John F. Kennedy.

Secretary Mollis hopes everyone will try to make an effort to come down to State Archives to see the new exhibit. “This exhibit is not only interesting, but timely, since we have a general election in November. It’s fascinating to compare the tools and resources voters have access to today, with voting machines and ballots from the election of 1964,” said Mollis. “We’ve definitely come a long way!”

“Our World Fifty Years Ago - 1964” is FREE and open to the public at State Archives, 337 Westminster Street in Providence, weekdays from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. from September through December 31, 2014. Validated two-hour parking is available adjacent to the building at In-Town Parking.

Governor John Chafee, Nuala Pell, Governor Dennis Roberts and others at fundraising billboard for the JFK Presidential Library. See also:Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.Chafee, John H., 1922-1999Chafee, Lincoln D., 1953-

Governor John Chafee, the Kentish Guards and the Rhode Island Subway at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, April & May 1964.See also:Chafee, John H., 1922-1999

Governor John Chafee appoints a Director for the War on Poverty, (Economic Opportunities Coordinator Anthony J. Agostinelli of Providence), 1964.See also:Chafee, John H., 1922-1999

President Johnson’s motorcade on unfinished stretch of I-95 near Eddy Street bridge, Providence, en-route to deliver the formal address at Brown University’s Bicentennial Convocation, September 28, 1964. Includes images of President…

I-95 road and viaduct construction - views from center line from Atwells Avenue Bridge looking north, April 21, 1964.See also:Rhode Island. Department of Public Works (1935 -1969)Rhode Island. Department of Transportation.