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Adams, Judith. The
American Amusement Park Industry; A History of Technology
and Thrills. Boston, MA: Twayne, 1991
- An excellent overview
of the development of the amusement park. Focused on the
economics of the amusement park rather than the
sociological ramifications of the park.
Amory, Cleveland. The
Last Resorts. New York: Harper and Brothers,
- Describes the top
seven resort destinations of the late 19th and early 20th
century. Provides a historical development as well as a
detailed social discussion.
Anderson, Norman D.
Ferris Wheels; An Illustrated History. Bowling Green,
OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press,
- Quite an in depth
look at the history and development of one of the most
important parts of the amusement park midway, the Ferris
Wheel. Includes a discussion on the Ferris Wheel at Rocky
Bolotin, Norman &
Christine Laing. The Chicago World's Fair of 1893; The
World's Colombian Exposition. Washington, D.C.: The
Preservation Press, 1992
- Overall this is a
good summary of the Exposition. Filled with photographs
that provide a working knowledge of how the Exposition
worked. Provides a good bibliography.
Brown, Dona. Inventing
New England; Regional Tourism in the Nineteenth Century.
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press,
- A close examination
of the tourism industry in New England. No major
discussion of specific Rhode Island areas, but provides a
solid background of understanding about the sociological
reasoning behind recreation.
Recreation in the United States; National Historic
Landmark Theme Study. Washington, D.C.: National Park
- A review of major
landmarks in recreational history. This document provided
the general outline of types included in this
Narragansett Sea and Shore. Providence, RI: J.A.
& R.A. Reid, 1879
- Located in the
Providence Public Library's Rhode Island Collection, this
book is filled with advertisements for seaside resorts
and recreational activities. An interesting insight into
the world at 1879 and the recreational activities present
for those people.
Dulles, Foster Rhea.
America Learns to Play; A History of Popular Recreation
1607-1940. Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1963
- One of the most
important books on the development of recreation and the
society that surrounds it. A fantastic book that is well
written and provides a strong base on which the rest of
the discussion into social recreation can begin. This
book is worth reading if more work is to be done in the
area of social recreation.
Goldsack, Bob. A Century
of Fun; A Pictorial History of New England Amusement
Parks. Nashua, NH; Midway Museum Publications,
- This work provides a
look at the photographs and postcards from amusement
parks in New England. The text is sparse, but the photos
produce a strong story on their own. Goldsack covers 31
parks and provides a list of many more. A good book for
anyone doing research on amusement parks in New
Kelly, John R.
Leisure. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall,
- A textbook for
leisure studies, this book provides many of the
definitions of recreation, play and leisure. Designed for
those studying leisure studies, it is well worth reading
the first several chapters to get a background in the
history and terminology of leisure.
Krech, Shepard III.
Passionate Hobby. Washington, D.C.: The University of
Washington Press, 1994
- Although this book
provides only insight into one man, Rudolf Haffenreffer,
it has a section on how the Mount Hope Lands were used.
Included in that discussion is a portion on the former
amusement park on the land.
Providence Parks Department.
The Jewel of Providence; An Illustrated History of Roger
Williams Park 1871-1961. Providence, RI: City of
- A fantastic book on
Roger Williams Park. In depth look at the history and the
people who made the park. Provides great pictures and
discussion of the park.
Polakowski, Kenneth J.
Zoo Design: The Reality of Wild Illusions. Ann Arbor,
MI: University of Michigan, 1987
- Only a short section
was reviewed for this study, because the book is designed
as a textbook for those studying zoo design or
maintenance. Provides a short but succinct history of
Rhode Island Historical
Society. What a Difference a Bay Makes. Providence,
RI. RIHS, 1993
- What a
Difference... provides a great look at Narragansett
Bay on the whole. One section, on summer recreation, is
of most importance. Several of the articles are worth
exploring for their discussions on the history and the
sociology of amusement parks and beaches in Rhode
RI Division of Planning, RI
Department of Administration, & RI Department of
Environmental Management. Ocean State Outdoors: Rhode
Island's Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.
Providence, RI: RIDA, June 1992
RI Office of State Planning
& RI Department of Environmental Management. Plan for
Recreation, Conservation, and Open Space. Providence,
RI: RIOSP, January 1981
- These two documents
are plans for the future of recreation in Rhode Island.
Both provide a way of looking at where recreation might
be going and what can be done to preserve its history or
conserve its environments.
Rush, Barbera. The
Narragansett Pier; Towers and Casino at the Turn of the
Century. Wakefield, RI: Wakefield Publishing,
- A short book filled
with pictures and a chronology of the development and
occupation of the Casino. Provides a short synopsis for
the fire of the first casino and building of the second
casino. Filled with useful pictures.
Waiting for the Weekend. New York: Viking,
- A must read for
anyone interested in leisure or recreation. Rybczynski
provides a great review of the history and development of
the weekend and the time that people set aside for fun
and leisure. Well written, Rybczynski is constantly a
pleasure to read.
Sirkis, Nancy. Newport:
Pleasures and Palaces. New York: Viking, 1963
- This book is an
excellent source for photographs and small social
discussions. There is no real text on the development or
specific structures, but does provide some small
Society for American
Baseball Research. 14th Annual Convention
Proceedings. Providence, RI: SABR, 1984
- Information from the
convention were gathered from the Rhode Island Historical
Society Library's vertical file. Several articles and
discussions were from specific workshops and
Rhode Island Historic
Preservation and Heritage Commission (previously Rhode
Island Historical Preservation Commission). Providence, RI:
RIHPHC (RIHPC), Various
- The statewide surveys
are an invaluable resource for anyone doing research in
Rhode Island. These provide the framework for any
research. Specific books were used for this research,
following are a list of all books used. Each are followed
by the year they were published.
- Westerly, 1978 Little
- Bristol, 1990
- Jamestown, 1995
- East Side,
Providence, 1989 Cranston, 1980
- Pawtucket, 1978 East
- Elmwood, Providence,
1979 Barrington, 1993
- Narragansett, 1991
- North Kingstown, 1979
South Kingstown, 1984
- Charlestown, 1981
Stern, Robert A.M. ed.
The Architecture of the American Summer; The Flowering of
the Shingle Style. Rizzoli International,
- Filled with images
and drawings of houses designed for the summer movement.
There is a strong introduction by Vincent Scully, the
sage of shingle style. Provides an good look at the
architecture of this time.
Tanner, Earl C. Rhode
Island: A Brief History. Providence, RI: RI State Board
of Education, 1955
- A short book that
includes discussions on a myriad of topics about Rhode
Island. There is also a short section on summer visitors
and the leisure in Rhode Island.
Warburton, Eileen. In
Living Memory; A Chronicle of Newport, Rhode Island,
1888-1988. Newport, RI: Newport Savings and Loan
Company/Island Trust Company, 1988
- A concise social
history of Newport. Starts at the rise of the Gilded Age
and continues to the present. Great photographs and good
insight into the social lifestyle of
Wilson, Richard Guy, ed.
Victorian Resorts and Hotels; Essays From A Victorian
Society Autumn Symposium. Philadelphia, PA: Victorian
Society in American, 1982
- This book is a
collection of essays about the history of recreation in
the Victorian era. Provides solid background information
on such subjects as: hotel design, health resorts of New
England, wicker, resort casinos, and amusement parks. The
amusement park section is especially well written.
Overall this is a good book for those researching
leisure, recreation, and the nineteenth
Wyatt, Donald. Rocky
Point; A Rhode Island Treasure. Warwick, RI: Beacon
- Wyatt provides a
great discussion of Rocky Point and its development. A
chronology and discussion of its rise and fall are well
worth reading. Provides great photographs of the park
throughout its history.
Bell, Michael. A Living
Museum. Unpublished, 1995
- Bell, the state's
folklorist, has written a short discussion on the
folklore of carousels, specifically the Looff carousel in
East Providence. Work was done for an exhibition of his
Unpublished Paper on Amusement Parks and Bristol, RI. Roger
Williams University Preservation Research course.
Smalarz, Laura. Unpublished
Paper on Tourism and Bristol, RI. Roger Williams University,
Historic Preservation Research course. 1998.
- Both of these
documents were produced as part of Adjunct Professor
Myron Stachiw's course work. Smalarz's work provided much
of the background on Newport's recreational
Woodward, W. McKenzie.
Golf Courses. Unpublished.
- This discussion is
hopefully to be published, for it provides a good
understanding of the golf courses in Rhode Island.
Focuses on the history and specific architectural items
of the golf courses.
Each of the National
Register Nominations have produced formal recognition by the
National Park Service as historic places. Each provide a
history and background as well as discussion of specific
architectural items within each historic
Roper, Stephen. National
Register of Historic Places Nomination for Slater Park.
National Register of Historic Places Nomination for
Flying Horse carousel. Unpublished, 1985
National Register of Historic Places Nomination for Looff
carousel. Unpublished, 1985
National Register of Historic Places Nomination for
Newport Casino. Unpublished, 1985
Reading on Society and Recreation
These books may provide a
deeper understanding of society and recreation, but have not
been reviewed for this study. They were recommended by other
bibliographies in the proceeding books.
Fairground Architecture; The World of Amusement Parks,
Carnivals, and Fairs. New York: Frederick Praeger,
Cheek, Neil H., Jr. &
William R. Burch, Jr. The Social Organization of Leisure
in Human Society. New York: Harper and Row,
Dinger, Charlotte. Art of
the carousel. Green Village, NJ: carousel Art,
Lindley, Kenneth. Seaside
Architecture. London: Hugh Evelyn, 1973
Wide Web Documents
World Wide Web documents
are to be taken at face value with some skepticism inherent.
The NAPHA site seems to have solid evidence for its
information, while the others, although researched and
documented well are by unpublished authors. As always,
National Amusement Park
Historical Association. "National Amusement Park Historical
Association." 1997. <http://www.napha.org>
(6 April, 1998)
Stanton, Jeffery. "Coney
Island History Web Site." 1997. <http://naid.sppsr.ucla.edu/coneyisland/>
(9 April, 1998)
Rose, Julie K. "World's
Colombian Exposition." 1996. <http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA96/WCE/>
(9 April, 1998)