The State Archives is home to more than 10 million letters, photographs, and important state documents that form a permanent, tangible record of Rhode Island’s rich history. Our holdings date back to 1638. We welcome the public to engage with our collections by visiting us or exploring our holdings online. Learn more in our 2018 Annual Report.
Research and request vital records, census, and military records to build your family tree.
Access manuscripts, photographs, and historic documents that tell the story of Rhode Islanders.
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Waterways: Past and Present.
Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Our documents are at risk. Watch our video to see Secretary Gorbea's vision for a new State Archives and History Center.
Introduce your students to primary sources and see some of our state’s most important documents.
View our offering of free events to explore first hand our collections and the stories they tell.
Review resources to help State Agencies care for government records.