The May House

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Title

The May House

Description

This building is not owned by the State. It is the home of the Misses May whose father was former Deputy Super­intendent of the State Infirmary. One of the May girls, the elder, works in New York City. The younger one works at Brown University. She is very much handicapped physically, the result of an attack of infantile paralysis occurring to her when she lived in the State Infirmary with her parents.
This home was formerly owned by Deputy Warden Slocum of the State Prison. I would advise the purchase of this property as it adjoins #16 [The Conn House] and is in very good repair.
Excerpt from: Scrapbook, c. 1930 of properties at Howard (Accession 1998-121)

It was the infusion of large amounts of federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) funds that dramatically altered the appearance of the Howard complex and permitted, if briefly, appropriate physical accommodation for patients, inmates, and attendants. Overcrowding has been a chronic problem at Howard and only the large-scale construction program of the WPA could solve it. Despite the building effort of the 1920s, in 1933 the State Hospital, with accommodations for 1,550, housed 2,235 and was labeled the most overcrowded mental hospital in the northeast.
Excerpt from: Historical Preservation Commission’s Statewide Historical Preservation Report P-C-1 on Cranston, 1980

See also:
Cranston: National Register of Historic Places, 1984

Report of the Committee of State Charities and Corrections Upon the State Institutions at Cranston, Made to the Senate, at its January Session, 1883

Report of the Joint Special Committee on the State Asylum for the Insane Made to the General Assembly at its January Session, A.D. 1868

Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission:  Statewide Preservation Reports, 1975 - 1982

Article Written by William F. Gleason, M.D....on a State School for Feeble-Minded Children, 1907

Report of State Commission on Public Welfare Institutions, 1943

Special Legislative Commission to Study the Howard Complex records, 1970-1972

Annual Report of the State Hospital for Mental Diseases, 1922-1935

Mother's Aid Annual Report of the State Public Welfare Commission to the General Assembly, 1923 - 1935

State Home and School Annual Report, 1898-1935

External Related Resources:
Rhode Island Historical Society: Rhode Island State Institutions Records, 1839-1968 (bulk 1885-1944)

Missouri State Archives exhibit- Quest for a Cure: Care and Treatment in Missouri's First State Mental Hospital

Source

Accession 1998-121 - Scrapbook of [Photographs], c. 1930 of properties at Howard (Cranston)

Publisher

Rhode Island State Archives

Date

c. 1930

Rights

Copyright is in the public domain unless otherwise specified. We reserve the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to preservation concerns.

Format

jpeg

Language

eng

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Original Format

photo

Citation

Rhode Island. State Public Welfare Commission, "The May House," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #814, http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/814 (accessed November 21, 2017).