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2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Inventory

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 Block-Aid Records

 Charitable group, Providence, R.I.

 Records, 1922

 Size: 0.25 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 1073

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, June 2001

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Block-Aid was a fund-raising street festival held on June 2 and June 3 of 1922 to benefit the financially troubled Rhode Island Hospital. It was held on Brown Street in the wealthy College Hill neighborhood, but drew in participants from community groups in every part of the city. The local Swedish and Italian communities each sponsored a booth, and many of the outlying towns participated as well. The event featured street dancing, a "gypsy tent," vaudeville acts, a circus, and a French cafe. A victory ball was held at the Biltmore Hotel. It was billed as "the biggest event ever staged for charity." When the final receipts were tallied up, a gift of $106,000 was made to Rhode Island Hospital.

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Scope and content:

            This collection consists of the files kept by the chair of the Block-Aid Executive Committee, Isabel (Harris) Metcalf. She was the daughter of Woonsocket industrialist Edward Harris, and generally used the name Mrs. I. Harris Metcalf. The files include minutes, committee membership lists, reports, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, all dating from 1922.

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These records were donated in 1992 and 2001 by Daphne Metcalf Mowett.

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Folder 1. Minutes, 1/13/1922 - 3/24/1922

Folder 2. Minutes, 3/31/1922 - 6/9/1922

Folder 3. Committee membership and reports (filed after the 3/24/1922 minutes)

Folder 4. Reports, etc., 6/1922 - 8/1922

Folder 5. Scrapbook, 1922

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Brown Street (Providence, R.I.)

Charities - Rhode Island - Providence

Fairs - Rhode Island - Providence

Metcalf, Isabel (Harris), 1854-1943

Providence, R.I. - Social life and customs

Rhode Island Hospital (Providence, R.I.)

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