337 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-2353
Fax: (401) 222-3199
Open to the public
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
By state law, the Treasury department is required to submit an annual report to the General Assembly. This requirement dates at least to an 1857 statute appearing in the General Laws for that year. Earlier reports from the Treasury exist (at least as far back as 1800), but these vary in content. The 1857 statute provides the first evidence of specific reporting requirements. Until the late nineteenth century, the General Treasurer’s annual reports were included in the annual schedule of state public laws. Not until the late nineteenth century did the General Treasurer produce reports separate and apart from the printed laws/schedules. From this point on, the reports consistently contain information concerning total state receipts (revenues) from various sources (from taxes and state fees.) (See Series 6.7); statements of expenditures for products and services purchased by the state, all classified by type, as well as information on government indebtedness (See Series 6.8.) The reports also provide information pertaining to funds established from time to time for special purposes (for example, a Special School Fund and the Touro Synagogue fund. (See Series 6.10).
This series consists of Treasury department annual reports spanning the years 1898 and 1933, and one report for 1994. Annual reports dating back to the mid-1850s may be found in the state’s annual schedules (public laws).
See also Town Treasurers' Records, which currently include a small selection of annual reports and one or two other items.