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Fifty Washington Square is the address of an imposing Neo-Renaissance building occupying a prominent position diagonally across from the Colony House at the head of Washington Square, in the heart of old colonial Newport. Since 1989, it has also been Newport’s low-income Single Room Occupancy housing and homeless shelter. Many are unfamiliar with the numerous arts programs that flourished at Fifty Washington Square during the early 1990s. In this issue of Newport History, Jan Shapin details these activities and illustrates them with many previously unpublished images from the archives of the Community Development Training Institute (CDTI), one of the founding organizations of the building. The Naval Historical Collection, housed in the library of the Naval War College at Newport, is the main repository for documents relating to the naval history of Narragansett Bay. Dr. Evelyn M. Cherpak, Head of the Naval Historical Collection since 1974, provides a comprehensive breakdown of the contents of the collection, with illustrations drawn from the collection and the files of the Naval War College Museum.