The State Archives is home to millions of letters, photographs, and important state documents that form a permanent, tangible record of Rhode Island’s rich history. Our holdings date back to 1638 and include Rhode Island’s copies of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. The State Archives preserves and makes Rhode Island historic records accessible to the public. We welcome researchers to engage with our collections on Rhode Island history, government, and culture.
Our holdings are available to the public for research at our Westminster Street facility where State Archives staff offer on-site assistance. Research guides and finding aids to the collections are accessible through our online catalog, and researchers can view our Digital Archives holdings online 24 hours a day. Our staff is available to assist you by mail, phone, and e-mail.