Over the years many have come to the library seeking information about the buildings of Rhode Island College and the people for whom they are named. Whether working on class assignments, researching college history, or simply curious, they have had to sift through multiple bits of information.
This publication brings together facts and anecdotes about the college architecture that have been gathered from many sources. It identifies each building on the Mount Pleasant campus, from its inception in 1958 until today, and provides information about its history, naming, and architectural features. In doing so it highlights the development of Rhode Island College and documents its growth from a small educational college to a comprehensive public in situation. At the same time it showcases the College Archives and offers a taste of its richness.
The project started with a simple idea, a buildings notebook into which we placed items of information as the y were uncovered from departmental records, college publications, dedication program booklets, college catalogs, newspaper clippings, and more. The notebook became a reference tool, to be handed to researchers. Thanks to the talents of Elizabeth Warburton ’10 and her willingness to return to Special Collections to take on this project, the loose leaf binder has evolved into this history of the Mount Pleasant campus, made available in digital and paper format, and accompanied by an easy to access and less detailed LibGuide edition.
I thank Liz for sharing with us her research skills, technical expertise, enthusiasm, and knowledge of architectural history. I am also grateful to Hedi BenAicha, Director of the James P. Adams Library, for providing from the beginning, the encouragement and support that enabled this project to come to fruition.
Marlene L. Lopes
Special Collections Librarian