Historical Records Survey (R.I.) (1939-1943) | State Archives Catalog
The Historical Records Survey (HRS) was a project of the Works Progress Administration New Deal program in the United States. Originally part of the Federal Writers' Project, it was devoted to surveying and indexing historically significant records in state, county and local archives.
Organized on November 16, 1935, it became part of the Work Projects Administration in 1939. The program was shut down February 1, 1943.
In 1939 the federal government handed off the program's activities to willing state governments. Because of the program's short lifespan, many of the indexes were not published and remain in only piecemeal form in local and state record repositories.
In Rhode Island, the project was sponsored by the Department of State, State Librarian who was also the ex-officio Record Commissioner.