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 Providence Police Department Collection


 Size: 1 linear foot

 Catalog number: MSS 214, sg 7

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, November 1995

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division



Boxes 1 through 4 (the Prohibition material) were purchased from Patrick T. Conley in 1972. The Richard Gamble notebooks were donated by Eleanor Larson in 1982. The provenance of the other items is unknown.

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Box 1 Court Cases, Prohibition, 1924

            45 folders, arranged chronologically.

The "Court Case" series consists primarily of official notices from precinct captains to the Superintendent of Police, listing cases disposed of by the courts. These list defendants and fines paid, and usually a description of the alcohol confiscated.

Box 2 Court Cases, Prohibition, 1925-1929 

            35 folders, arranged chronologically.

            Same as box 1.

Box 3 Liquor receipts, Prohibition, 1922-1927

            34 folders, arranged chronologically.

The "Liquor Receipts" series consists of copies of receipts issued to precinct officers, describing confiscated liquor, and describing where it was seized.

Box 4 Liquor destroyed, Prohibition, 1923-July 1932

            18 folders, arranged chronologically.

The "Liquor Destroyed" series list includes official notices from the Deputy Chief of Police to the Superior Court, describing liquor destroyed after no longer needed as evidence.

Box 5 Miscellaneous

1. Second Ward Volunteer Police Guards, Signature Book, 1844

            Signatures of members of the first and second companies of the       City Guards.

2. Town watchmen pay book, 1859-1860

Signatures in receipt of pay for "all watching done for the City of Providence", from Captain Avery Allen.

3-6. Richard Gamble notebooks, 1896-1903, 1909-1911

9 notebooks kept by a police officer, containing brief memoranda of duties performed, arrests made and crimes witnessed. Also 7 other miscellaneous items.

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Gamble, Richard

Police - Rhode Island - Providence

Prohibition- Rhode Island - Providence

Providence, R.I. - Police

Second Ward Volunteer Police Guard of Providence, RI

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