1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance           

4.   Inventory

5.   Subjects

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 North Benefit Street Association Records

 Providence neighborhood association

 Records, 1962-1986.

 Size: .5 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 960

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, August 1995

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            The Benefit Street Association was founded in December of 1962 as a neighborhood organization. It served the north end of Benefit Street on the east side of Providence, as well as a one-block radius on either side. The issues it has addressed include crime, parking, traffic, and historic preservation. They played a role in the creation of Roger Williams National Park. The early leaders of this organization, including Antoinette Downing and Joseph K. Ott, have also played a major role in the area's other preservation groups, including the Providence Preservation Society and the Hill Realty Company. The name of the organization was changed to the North Benefit Street Association in 1977.

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Scope and content:

            This collection contains mostly minutes and correspondence of the organization from 1962 through 1979, as well as scattered later records through 1986. There are no treasurer's records. There are also several files with uncertain connection to the Association.

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            The collection was given by Karen Fleming on behalf of the Association in 1995.

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Folder 1. Minutes and correspondence,1962-1973

Folder 2. Minutes and correspondence, March 1973 - April 1974

Folder 3. Minutes and correspondence, May 1974 - May 1975

Folder 4. Minutes and correspondence, May 1976 - May 1977

Folder 5. Minutes and correspondence, May 1977 - May 1978, 1983

Folder 6. Injury claims of police officer Ernest Ricci and fireman Dino Quaglietta, 1970-1975

Folder 7. Rhode Island Solid Waste Management Corp. - Promotional pack, 1980-1983

Folder 8. Governor's Justice Commission, 1983-1985

Folder 9. Crime Watch, 1983

Folder 10. College Hill Task Force, 1986

Folder 11. News clippings, 1962-1983

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Benefit Street Association

Downing, Antoinette

Governor's Justice Commission

Neighborhood associations - R.I. - Providence

Ott, Joseph K.

Providence, R.I. - Neighborhood associations

Rhode Island Solid Waste Management Corporation

Roger Williams National Memorial

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