The Ladd School


The Ladd School

Glass Plate Negatives

Revealing History: The Glass Plate Chronicles

Step into the extraordinary world captured by the ancient art of glass plate negatives, as we unlock the forgotten tales of the renowned Ladd School. This extraordinary collection of photographic treasures, carefully preserved for over a century, offers a rare window into the hidden corners of this iconic institution.

Prepare to be transported to the early days of the Ladd School, where the Gleason House emerged in 1911. Initially designed as an educational haven, it soon transformed into a multifaceted space, seamlessly blending academia and industry. Delve into the depths of the basement, where classrooms mingled with vital spaces such as the scullery and sewing room, each holding its own story.

Within this captivating assemblage, discover the sole surviving images of the Gleason House expansion, undertaken between 1920 and 1924. These remarkable glass plate negatives freeze in time the remarkable construction that breathed new life into the building, forever changing its architectural landscape. Immerse yourself in the intricate details, envisioning the dedicated hands that shaped the institution's physical form.

As we venture further into the depths of these glass plate chronicles, a precious gem awaits—an unparalleled photograph capturing Rhode Island's earliest schoolroom dedicated to the feeble-minded. This singular image serves as a testament to the evolving educational approaches within the Ladd School, providing a poignant glimpse into the lives of its students.

Amidst this visual treasure trove, witness a tapestry of the Ladd School's nascent years. Feast your eyes upon images immortalizing the first men's dormitory, women's dormitory, power plant, and original laundry building. Among them, a hidden jewel emerges—the only known photograph of the modest clapboard shanty, symbolizing the institution's humble beginnings.

Embark on a journey of discovery as we unravel the enigmatic narratives concealed within these glass plate chronicles, breathing life into the forgotten whispers of the past. Each image serves as a portal, bridging the gap between the present and the bygone era, illuminating the intricate human tapestry woven within the walls of the Ladd School.


 Collection Details

Six genuine glass plate negative photographs of the first buildings at the Ladd School.

Photography, Artifacts
ca. 1920 — 1924
6 gelatin dry plate negatives, 4"x3.25"
Fair, Good, digitally restored
The Ladd School

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