The Ladd School Historical Society | Rhode Island

STORIES

Based on more than fifteen years of research, this difnitive anthology tells, in nearly one thousand pages, the dark and complex history of the Ladd School.

Exeter Girls: Letters From a Feeble-Minded School, by Jason Carpenter

Exeter Girls: Letters From a Feeble-Minded School (2014)

The life and trials of three women committed to the Exeter School for the Feeble-Minded during the Great Depression, as told through their personal letters. Amazon Barnes & Noble
Idiots, Imbeciles and Morons: Portraits of the Feeble-Minded

Idiots, Imbeciles and Morons (2012)

A haunting collection of portraits illustrates, in stark detail, the visages of former Exeter School residents as they were in the Spring of 1946. out of print
The Bones of Gary Hayman and The Search for Samuel Finn

The Bones of Gary Hayman (2010)

The strange but true story of two children who disappeared from the Ladd School in the autumns of 1952 and 1956. out of print
The Ladd School: American Gothic

The Ladd School: American Gothic (2008)

This collection of rare and unique mid-century photographs compose a pictorial history of Rhode Island's only School for the Feeble-Minded: The Ladd School.
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The Ladd School: Back Wards, Blue Rooms, by Jason Carpenter

The Ladd School: Back Wards, Blue Rooms (2008)

The 86-year history of the Ladd School, from its beginning as a school for the feeble-minded to its end as a chronic care facility for people with disabilities. out of print