1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

6.   Subjects

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 Gino E. Conti Papers

 Artist, of Providence, R.I.

 Papers, 1922-1976

 Size: 0.25 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 1001

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, July 1997

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Artist Gino E. Conti (1900-a.1982) was born in Italy, came to America at the age of two, was raised in a working-class Providence family, attended the Rhode Island School of Design on scholarship, and graduated in 1923. He then studied painting in France, and spent over two years in an Italian monastery. On returning to Providence, he had a long and successful career as artist and teacher, and was commissioned for many public projects. Much of his work was influenced by early religious murals; he was also an accomplished sculptor. He lived in a small house on Planet Street on Providence's east side, where he taught children's art classes. In addition to his art, he was renowned for an enormous jade plant that grew in the center of his living room, which only bloomed once every ten years; Conti removed part of the ceiling to accommodate it. He last appeared in the 1982 Providence City Directory.

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Scope and content:

            This collection includes a scrapbook, loose newspaper clippings and other material relating to the art of Conti and his students.

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            This collection arrived as a gift from Millie Longo, a friend of Conti's, in 1997.

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Processing note:

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1. Scrapbook, 1922-1958

2. Loose newspaper clippings, 1937-1976

3. Miscellaneous, including:

            List of exhibitions for 1929 and 1930

            Brochures for art classes, 1968-1969

            Brochures for exhibits, 1962 and undated

            "Report on Mr. Conti's Sunday classes" by Helen Twaddell, undated

            "Report on Art Exhibit May 9-16, 1948", typescript

            Undated letter from Barbara Jencks of the Providence Visitor

            Photograph of unidentified girl, ca. 1900, Olneyville.

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Artists - Rhode Island - Providence

Italian American artists - Rhode Island - Providence

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