The Mt. Pleasant Campus of Rhode Island College started with six buildings in 1954. ln a few short years the campus began to see expansion and it has been growing ever since. The growth of the campus reflects the excellence in the educational programs offered at Rhode Island College. The library would like to present A History of Named Places and Architectural Development: Rhode Island College 1958-2012 by Elizabeth Warburton to the college community and to the community at large. This is part of Adams Library’s eff0rt to reach out through the newsletter and other publications like this one.
This project traces the historical background of our campus buildings to enrich our institutional memory and serves as a reference tool for generations to come. It is meant to contribute to our students’ college experience and we are confident that our alumni will enjoy it as well. For these reasons, the library is fortunate that this task of researching the history of places and the architectural development of Rhode Island College was undertaken by Elizabeth Warburton ’10. She also holds a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont.
I am pleased that we embarked on implementing the research that began as a conversation during Liz’s senior year while working in Special Collections and I am impressed by the result. It is no surprise that through diligence and professionalism Liz has provided a superb work. Thank you, Liz. Of course, I also thank our very able Special Collections Librarian, Marlene Lopes for her editing skills and her mentoring.
Adams Library invites you to peruse and enjoy this fine publication!
Director of James P. Adams Library