1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

6.   Subjects

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 Robert H.I. Goddard Jr. Papers

 Investor, Providence, R.I.

 Papers, 1950-1980

 Size: 3 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 1004

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, August 1997

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Robert Hale Ives Goddard Jr. was born in 1909, the son of R.H.I. Goddard (1880-1959) and Margaret Hazard Goddard (1885-1969) of Providence. He was involved in the family investment firm of Brown & Ives.

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Scope and content:

            This collection consists of Goddard's records while serving on the board of several different charitable organizations. There are no papers relating directly to Goddard in this collection, except for his personal fundraising files for some organizations, United Fund lectures, and his notes on some draft minutes.

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            This collection was delivered to the R.I.H.S. in 1997 by Sam Hough, who was employed by the firm of Brown & Ives to catalogue their business records. These papers were deemed personal, and can be considered a gift of the Goddard family.

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Processing note:

            This collection has been only partially processed. Some printed newsletters and reports have been placed in the Printed Collection. A file of RIHS Executive Committee minutes dated 1954-1957 was placed in the RIHS Archives. A single folder relating to the Commecial Club, 1915-1950, was placed in Miscellaneous Manuscripts.

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Box 1: Rhode Island Community Chest / United Fund, 1950-1966

Goddard served as President of this umbrella organization that raised funds for more specialized charitable groups. Records include minutes, fundraising files, personnel files, correspondence, financial records and speeches given by Goddard.

Box 2: Various groups

            Arts Rhode Island / United Arts Fund, 1971-1977

Goddard served on the Board of Trustees for this organization, which raised funds for a variety of arts organizations. Records include minutes, correspondence, fundraising files and the 1974 search for an executive director.


Mayor's Port Development Task Force, 1975.

Goddard served as chairman of this committee, which was appointed by the city to develop plans for the Port of Providence. Records include minutes and correspondence, including frequent correspondence with mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci.

            United Way, 1974

            Goddard did corporate fundraising; we have one folder of his results.

            Urban Task Force on the Administration of Justice, 1970

            Notes and reports from this committee studying police violence and racial tensions.

Box 3: Rhode Island Group Health Association, 1973-1980

Goddard served on the board of trustees of this pioneering community health plan. The records include minutes, statistical summaries of member companies, reports and correspondence.

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x Arts Rhode Island

Charities - Rhode Island

Cianci, Vincent A. "Buddy"

x Community Chest

Health maintenance organizations - Rhode Island

Port Development Task Force

Providence, R.I. - Social services

Race relations - Rhode Island - Providence

x Rhode Island Community Chest

Rhode Island Group Health Association

United Arts Fund

United Fund

Urban Task Force on the Administration of Justice

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