Charities & Corrections: Life at the State Institutions

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A new exhibit at the Rhode Island State Archives, entitled “Charities & Corrections: Life at the State Institutions”, features never before seen images and documents chronicling life at the institutions tasked with caring for the poor, disabled, mentally ill, and the incarcerated.

After the Civil War, facilities for these populations were established in a rural area of Cranston originally known as the State Farm. These included the state almshouse and hospital for mental diseases, the workhouse, the state prison, and youth correctional facilities. The State Institutions at Howard, as they came to be known, were considered state-of-the-art at the time.

The exhibit provides viewers with a unique look into a remarkable period in Rhode Island history.

This free exhibit runs through March 31, 2016. The Rhode Island State Archives is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 at 337 Westminster Street in downtown Providence. Validated parking available adjacent to the building at InTown Parking.


Image of a loom operator at work at one of the State Institutions located in Cranston, Rhode Island.Plans for a state farm reflect the adoption by the state of Rhode Island of some of the current thinking affecting social services. The selection of…


Image of work at one of the State Institutions located in Cranston, Rhode Island.Plans for a state farm reflect the adoption by the state of Rhode Island of some of the current thinking affecting social services. The selection of a pastoral site…


Image of some of the bathrooms at the State Institutions at the Howard Complex.In 1912, the Reception Hospital (A Building) was opened. With 184 beds it was intended to permit appropriate diagnosis and classification of patients as they entered the…


Image of the sleeping quarters at the Reception Hospital.In 1912, the Reception Hospital (A Building) was opened. With 184 beds it was intended to permit appropriate diagnosis and classification of patients as they entered the institution. This…


Images of a picnic held at the Reception Hospital in August 1914.In 1912, the Reception Hospital (A Building) was opened. With 184 beds it was intended to permit appropriate diagnosis and classification of patients as they entered the institution.…