Though closely connected, reapportionment and redistricting are different processes. Reapportionment refers to Congress’ division of congressional districts among the states based on the decennial census. Redistricting follows from reapportionment and involves the actual division (or drawing) of state political districts based on reapportionment.
Once the census figures are released, states are tasked with the redistricting process. In most states, the state legislature and governor take up redistricting. The Rhode Island Constitution includes a requirement that, after every federal census, the General Assembly undertake reapportionment so as to conform to the representational requirements specified in the constitution. In order to comply, the General Assembly has appointed commissions to reapportion representation and revise district boundaries after each census (with one exception in 1920.) This sub-group brings together records related to the several redistricting and reapportionment commissions established by Rhode Island's state legislature.
The records of the General Assembly include an assortment of documentation submitted to it by various bodies relationing ti reapportionment, including reports filed by the various reapportionment commissions.(See Black Boxes.)