Rhode Island Historical Records Repositories Directory

State and Local Government Agencies
Academic Libraries and Archives
Historical and Preservation Societies
Public and Private Libraries
Museums and Armories

Historical and Preservation Societies

American-French Genealogical Society
Mailing address: P.O. Box 830, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Street address: 78 Earle Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
TEL: (401) 765-6141
FAX: (401) 765-6141
Contact: Jan Burkhart, President
Hours: Monday 11:00 am-4:00 pm; Tuesday 1:00 pm-9:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Closed Saturdays in June, July & August.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1630-1990):
Our library contains marriage records, genealogies, biographies and histories as well as journals and publications of regional, national and international scope. The Society also holds over 1800 microfilms called the Drouin Films that cover the entire Province of Quebec, along with microfilms from predominantly French-Canadian towns in Ontario; Louisiana parish records; Michigan, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Wisconsin records. These records contain the actual birth, marriage and death records as they were written, and span the beginning of Canada in early 1600 through 1935. We also have on microfilm all B-M-D in Massachusetts between 1842 and 1908; B-M-D records of Vermont up to 1941; R.I. deaths 1853-1945, births 1852-1898 and marriages 1853-1899 and New Hampshire B-M-D from 1640 to 1900.

Audubon Society of Rhode Island
12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI 02917
TEL: (401) 949-5454
FAX: (401) 949-5788
Contact: Eugenia S. Marks, Senior Director of Policy
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Saturday 12:00 pm-4:00 pm. Closed major holidays.
Appointment required.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1885-present):
Some of the ASRI organizational materials are held by the Rhode Island Historical Society Library. Publications of original works by John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson, and other are held at the Hay Library, Brown University. This Society holds the diaries of Elizabeth Dickens, naturalist and amateur ornithologist of Block Island. We also hold photographs and artifacts of Harry Hathaway, Rhode Island ornithologist. Extensive early edition American publications and books on natural history and ornithology; extensive collection of bird skins, eggs, shells, mounted birds, some insects.

Barrington Preservation Society
Mailing address: P.O. Box 178, Barrington, RI 02806
Street address: Barrington Public Library (downstairs), 281 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806
TEL: (401) 247-3770
Contact: Carole Villucci, Museum Director
Hours: Tuesday & Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Appointment recommended. Closed major holidays.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1717-present):
Collections pertain to agriculture, genealogy, local history and records of churches in Barrington.

Blackstone Valley Historical Society
Mailing address: P.O. Box 125, Lincoln, RI 02865
Street address: 1873 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865
TEL: (401) 725-2847
Contact: Patricia A. Armitage, President, or Al Klyberg, Vice President
Hours: Appointment required.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1750-present):
The society's collections include: Lime Industry relics, artificats, books and stereoscopics, industrial artifacts, books and records. Other collections include land deeds, grants, wills, genealogy books, RI and Local history books, family bibles, banking records from Cumberland bank, tax records for North Providence from the Colonial to Federal era, and other items of interest relating to the history of the six communities in the Blackstone Valley in Rhode Island.

Bristol Historical and Preservation Society
Mailing address: P.O. Box 356, 48 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Street address: 48 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809
TEL: (401) 253-7223
FAX: (401) 253-7223
Contact: Derwent Riding, President, or Reinhard Battcher, III, Curator
Hours: Wednesday & Friday 1:00-5:00 pm; first Sunday of month; by appointment.
Appointment recommended.

Over 2500 volumes including primary source materials covering state, local and national history. Family genealogies, deeds, wills, inventories of estates, vital records, colonial records, town directories, broadsides, vintage high school yearbooks and other reference materials. Documents signed by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. Ships logs from the DeWolf family (late 18th through early 19th centuries), other ships documents, log books and maritime insurance records. Bristol 4th of July memorabilia. Vintage maps of the town and the largest extant collection of the town's early tax records. Large collection of photographs. Materials relating to General Ambrose E. Burnside.

Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society
Mailing address: Box 93, Pascoag, RI 02859
Street address: Old Bridgeton School, 16 Laurel Hill Avenue, Pascoag, RI 02859
TEL: (401) 568-8534
Contact: Betty Mencucci, President
Hours: Materials not accessible (eventually will be open to the public at selected hours)

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1750-present):
The society's local history collection includes photographs of mills, schools, churches, homes, businesses and people in Burrillville; blueprints and deeds, letters, unpublished works, and record books from business and townspeople.

Coventry Historical Society
Mailing address: P.O. Box 401, Coventry,RI 02816
Street address: 12 Old Summit Road,Coventry, RI 02816
TEL: (401) 397-7616
Contact: Lorraine Shappy, Curator
Hours: Appointment required.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: ca. 1870):
This small local history collection includes historical photographs and glass negatives, invoices from Anthony Mills and videotapes of local history.

Cranston Historical Society
Governor Sprague Mansion
1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, RI 02920
TEL: (401) 944-9226
Contact: Lydia L. Rapoza, Curator
Hours: Wednesdays - appointment recommended.

Cranston High School yearbooks, Cranston Times newspapers, photographs, post cards, carriages.

East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society
Old Kent County Jail, 110 King Street, East Greenwich, RI 02818
TEL: (401) 826-0178
Contact: Marion Cheever Helwig, President
Hours: Appointment required.

Maps dating back to 1879; East Greenwich Academy 1802-1941; doctor's birth records 1904-1954; photographs of historical buildings (homes, mills, schools, churches) and people; deeds; town jurors 1893-1926; pressed flowers 1890's; hand quilt 1846; research books dating back to Greene's 1877, McPartland 1960.

East Providence Historical Society
65 Hunts Mills Road , East Providence, RI 02916
TEL: (401) 438-4299
Contact: Nancy Moore, President
14 Josephine Ave. E Prov 02916
Email: nancykmmoore@gmail.com
Hours: 2nd Sundays: 1:00-3:30pm or by appointment, Calendar of activities available on website

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1780-present):
The society collects artifacts and memorabilia relative to the history of East Providence and the two towns of which it once was, Seekonk and Rehoboth. The repository of the collection is the Hunt House, which is a restored 18th-century five-bay Georgian historic house museum. The house is furnished in the period and features the Philip Walker bedroom, with furnishings from the second oldest house in the state, the Philip Walker House in East Providence.

We have books by historians Bliss, Usher, Bowen and Erhardt of our city's history back to 1643. Other collections are a very large Rumford Chemical Works selection of historic letters, incorporation papers, law suits, trademarks and licensing certificates, advertising and product containers, cookbooks, property maps, etc. Washburn Wire Company is represented by over 1000 engineering drawings of machinery with a sample of every item manufactured. We have collections on our schools, churches, historic buildings, amusement parks, E.P. District Nurses, women's clubs and Fuller Library. Collections also include slides, photographs and maps.

Elizabeth J. Johnson Pawtucket History Research Center
30 Fruit St., Pawtucket, RI 02860
TEL (401) 725-2490
President: Elizabeth J. Johnson
Hours: Researchers welcome by appointment; reference service available by mail.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1649-present):
Housed in the National Register, the Joseph P. Spaulding House and the Elizabeth J. Johnson Pawtucket History Research Center is a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the history and development of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The collection includes manuscripts, vital records, genealogies, newspapers, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, city histories, city directories, probate/will/property indexes, records of civic and municipal organizations, prints, drawings, watercolors, paintings and ephemera.

First Baptist Church in America
75 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903
TEL: (401) 454-3418
Contact: J. Stanley Lemons, Church Historian
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-3:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Closed major holidays.
Appointment required.

The records of the most recent 10 years are held at the Church. All prior records are on deposit at the Rhode Island Historical Society Library and may be used with the permission of the First Baptist Church in America. The entire collection includes minutes of the Church from 1755 forward, committee minutes, scrapbooks, photographs, publications by pastors, hymnals, minutes and records of the Charitable Baptist Society.

Foster Preservation Society
Mailing address: Box 51, Foster, RI 02825
Street address: Foster Police Station, Howard Hill Road, Foster, RI 02825
TEL: (401) 647-2178
Contact: Donna Mooney, President, or Viola Ulm, Historian
Hours: Appointment required.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1850-1900):
The focus of the society collection is local history. The collection includes some artifacts, old school records and other documents, but the bulk consists of photographs. The society also has a genealogy file and working blacksmith shop.

Glocester Heritage Society
Mailing address: P.O. Box 269, Chepachet, RI 02814
Street address: Job Armstrong Store, 1181 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814
TEL: (401) 568-1866
Contact: Edna Kent, Archivist/Town Historian
Hours: Appointment required.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1790-present):
The nucleus of our collection is over 500 glass negatives created by two generations of the Potter family. Glocester photos span years from 1860 to present and include some daguerrotypes and early 20th century family albums. Over 40 scrapbooks from 1930s through 1980s. Civil War diaries of Dr. Albert Potter, original school library books (1830s), original ledger of Potter & Eddy (builders), local newspapers, and miscellaneous ephermera. General R.I. history and genealogical books and manuals. Unpublished letters and manuscripts of local historians. Maps, tax books, and cemetary records.

Historical Society of Smithfield
220 Stillwater Road, Smithfield, RI 02917
TEL: (401) 231-7363
Contact: Geri DeAngelis, President
Hours: Appointment required.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1726-1943):
The society's local history collection includes genealogical records of prominent Smithfield families, old maps, business records, tax records and photographs pertaining to the Smithfield area of Rhode Island. Access to collections is difficult as they are not catalogued and are in poor condition.

Hopkinton Historical Society
2 Townhouse Road, Hopkinton, RI 0283
Mailing Address:
Egypt St., PO Box 475
Ashaway, RI 02804
TEL: (401) 337-2219
Contact: Marjorie Weeden, President
Hours: By appointment; open meetings the second Sunday of March, May, September and November at 2:00 pm.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1900-present):
This small local history collection includes photographs, and some paper records that have not been catalogued.

Jamestown Historical Society
Mailing address: P.O. Box 156, Jamestown, RI 02835
Street address: 92 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown, RI 02835
TEL: (401) 423-0784
Contact: Linnea Petersen, President
Hours: Collection available Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Museum and windmill open mid-June through mid-October.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 18th century-present):
Local history collection with emphasis on the town's ferry system and house histories. Collection includes audio tapes, video tapes, photographs (mid-19th century to present), 18th and 19th century working papers from the Town Clerk's Office, and an extensive collection of ephemera.

Johnston Historical Society
101 Putnam Pike Johnston, RI 02919
TEL: (401) 231-3380
Contact: Louis McGowan
Hours: Monday- 6:30 pm-8:30 pm and Friday 2:00 pm-5:00 pm. Monday hours are year-round except for Monday holidays. Contact to arrange time other than listed hours.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1780s-1960s):
Johnston tax records (1860-1923) Johnston Directories (1890, 1894, 1896, 1898, 1910), photographs (approx. 1910-1960), maps (1862, 1870, 1895, 1917 Richards plates for Johnston, 1948 Matteson map of Johnston and an assortment of recorded plat maps), verticial file collection (newspaper clippings, obits, hand-written notes, etc) by village and family name, museum collection of Johnston artifacts (mostly 20th century), manuscript collections for: Fenner, Tourtelott and White families, mid-19th century collection of house furniture and furnishings.

Little Compton Historical Society
Mailing address: P.O. Box 577, Little Compton, RI 02837
Street address: Wilbor House, 548 West Main Road (Rt. 77), Little Compton, RI 02837
TEL: (401) 635-4035
Contact: Marjory O'Toole, Managing Director
Hours: Appointment required.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1690-present):
This small local history collection includes various documents, photographs, maps, ledgers, books, letters, slides, video, and motion picture film covering over 300 years of Little Compton History.

Massasoit Historical Association
Mailing address: P.O. Box 203, Warren, RI 02885
Street address: The Maxwell House, Corner Church and Water Streets, Warren, RI 02885
TEL: (401) 245-0392
Contact: Patricia M. Read, President, or John S. Chaney, Curator
Hours: Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm; closed mid-July to mid-August.
Appointment required

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1756- ):
The archives include slides of Henry Cady's work (local artist), photographs, Maxwell family furniture, maps of Warren, log book of an early 19th century vessel, day book of an 18th century carpenter, and varied papers and photographs relating to Warren.

Middletown Historical Society
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1496, Middletown, RI 02842-0196
Street address: Paradise Schoolhouse, Paradise Avenue (corner of Prospect Avenue), Middletown, RI 02842
TEL: (401) 849-1870
Contact: Mary L. Bellagamba and Mary Fran Redgate, Co-archivists
Hours: Wednesday 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Appointment required. Open other times by appointment.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1860-present):
The society's local history collection includes photographs of one-room schools and town residents, oral history tapes, manuscripts of local interest, printed information on houses, cemeteries, and local history and genealogy of Middletown, Rhode Island. Newspapers, scrapbooks, handwritten journals of Town Clerk Albert Chase, business ledgers, museum artifacts, clothing, furniture, etc.

Newport Historical Society, Library Special Collections
82 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
TEL: (401) 846-0813
FAX: (401) 846-1853
Contact: Bertram Lippincott, III, C.G., Librarian
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am-4:30 pm; Saturday (winter) 9:30 am-12:00 pm, (summer) 9:30 am-4:30 pm;
Appointment required.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1640-present):
The Newport Historical Society's Collections include a library collection of 9000 volumes, 1,500 shelf ft. of manuscript material and 250,000 photographs. These materials are used by researchers seeking information on the history of Newport County and southern New England. Special Collections include the second largest genealogical collection in Rhode Island containing letters, diaries, and published genealogies. The Society also holds a complete collection of records for the oldest Quaker congregation in America, encompassing minutes of meeting, disciplines, vital records, and manumissions. Other collections include the Robinson Papers, a comprehensive collection of manuscripts chronicling the history of a prominent Newport and Philadelphia family, account books of other Newport businessmen, church records, ship logs, maps, town records, and personal correspondence of hundreds of Newport families.

Newport Restoration Foundation
51 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
TEL: (401) 849-7300
FAX: (401) 849-0125
Contact: Robert Foley, Preservation Coordinator
Hours: by appointment only.

Newport Restoration Foundation was founded in 1968 by Doris Duke. The purpose is to save, restore and preserve 18th century buildings in Newport. As a result, we have in our archives/collection the architectural drawings for the restoration of 75 to 80 houses. We also have about 2,300 photographs which relate to Newport architecture.

North Smithfield Heritage Association
Mailing address: c/o John J. Faricy, President. 802 Pound Hill Road, North Smithfield, RI 02896
Street address: 190 School Street, North Smithfield, RI 02896
TEL: (401) 766-0701
Contact: Irene Nebiker, Archivist, Home telephone (401) 767-2677
Hours: Appointment required.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1871-1950):
The bulk of this small local history collection consists of records of North Smithfield Town (documents, pictures and articles) donated by town residents.

Pawtuxet Valley Preservation and Historical Society
1679 Main Street, West Warwick, RI 02893
TEL: (401) 821-9726
Contact: Cecilia St. Jean, Vice President or Denis Roch, President
Hours: Saturday 9:00 am-2:00 pm and by appointment.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1750- ):
The Society's purpose is to serve as a research center for the history of the Pawtuxet Valley. It's archives include books, maps, newspapers, scrapbooks, journals, correspondence, videos, photographs and memorabilia. The Society also has bound copies of The Gleaner, a newspaper published in the Valley from 1876 through 1906.

Portsmouth Historical Society
Mailing address: P.O. Box 834, Portsmouth, RI 02871
Street address: 870 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871
TEL: (401) 683-9178
Contact: Marjorie Linhares, Librarian/Curator, or Herbert F. Hall, III, President
Open: Sunday 2:00 pm-4:00 pm (Memorial Day through Columbus Day weekend); monthly meetings held third Monday, except December; additional hours are by appointment.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1669-present):
The historical documents of the Portsmouth Historical Society include receipts, bills, land transfer deeds, tax rolls, boundary disputes, bounty on blackbirds, issuance of quarantines, estate appraisals, vital records, mortgages, wills, debtors, granting of licenses and genealogies. The Society also has Civil War recruitment posters, political campaign posters, diagrams of Fort Butts, engineering diagrams of local farms, articles from the Portsmouth Coal Mines, and posters and diagrams of the coaling station at Melville. The complete collection of the records for the former Portsmouth Christian Union Church. Furniture and personal items of Julia Ward Howe are displayed. Photo albums, lantern slides, glass plate negatives and stereoscope slides are included in our photography collection. Photos of early homes on Prudence Island and a layout of a proposed housing subdivision dated 1874. Posters and accounts of the construction, operation, and auction of the Lovell General Hospital at Melville. Records of all town cemeteries.

Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
TEL: (401) 847-1000
Contact: Trudy Coxe, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
Open: By written appointment only.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1890-1990):
Photograph album "Construction of The Breakers" from 1895; correspondence "Construction of Chetwode" from 1903; bills and correspondence of Leroy King; ledgers of George E. Vernon & Co.; photographs of The Elms from 1901 and 1926; assorted exterior views of Newport estates from 1890-1930; drawings by Jules Allard & Sons for Drexel residence, New York; partial sets of blue-line drawings for The Elms, Chateau-sur-Mer and Rosecliff; assorted social history photographs; Newport histories and biographies.

Providence Preservation Society
21 Meeting Street, Providence, RI 02903
TEL: (401) 831-7440
FAX: (401) 831-8583
Contact: Mary Kate Harrington, Director of Preservation Services
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; closed major holidays.
Appointment recommended.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1800s-present):
The Preservation Society's holdings focus chiefly on the history and development of the City of Providence and it's historic buildings. Resources include city directories dating back to 1824, historical maps, preservation planning documents, resources on preservation treatments and standards, copies of National Register documentation for properties in the city, periodicals, and the Gowdey Collection, which includes historical information on buildings awarded PPS house markers. The photo archives include mostly slides as well as some prints of historic buildings throughout Providence. Slides date primarily from the 1970's to the present day.

Prudence Island Historical & Preservation Society
Mailing address: PO Box 193, Prudence Island, RI 02872
Street address: 370 Narragansett Ave, Prudence Island, RI 02872
Contact: Judith Ann Foster, PhD, President
Hours: Open every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm beginning May 23 thru October 10. Beginning July thru August, also open Wednesday 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. For individual or group visits outside of regular hours contact via email.
Appointment recommended.

I. GENERAL COLLECTION – The General Collection includes many different types of items in the eleven categories listed below.
a.) Art – (approx. 12 items) The collection includes a small number of works of art, for the most part produced by local artists. The centerpiece of this collection is a painting of the ferry, Anna M, Prudence Island’s winter ferry from 1921 – 1960. Painted by Betty Budlong shortly after the 1938 Hurricane, the painting was donated to the Society in 1989 by Manny Sousa, a former Captain of the ferry, to whom it had been given by the artist. b.) Artifacts – (approx. 50 items) Included are a large Indian pestle, several clay pipes, some stone tools, arrowheads, old wagon parts, small farm implements and metal tools. c. ) Photographs and Negatives – (approx. 800 items) The Society’s photograph and negative collection covers nearly all areas and aspects of Prudence Island life from the late 19th century to the present time. The individual items vary from small contact prints (1’’ x 1”) to poster size prints. d.) Post Cards – (approx. 75 items) The post card archive contains many post cards of Prudence and the surrounding area, dating from the undivided back era in the early 20th century to modern era continental size post cards. e.) Manuscripts – (12 items) The manuscript archive contains several unpublished historical articles about Prudence Island, some of which were written by Sidney Davidson. Also included is an unpublished collection of poems about the Island. f.) Books & Booklets – (approx. 110 items) The Society’s archive of books and booklets contains a copy of Charles Maytum’s “Paragraphs On Early Prudence Island” and a privately published genealogy of the Pearce family of Prudence Island. Also included is a copy of Devere Allen’s book, “Some Prudence Island Allens,” plus many other books and booklets relating to Prudence Island and the surrounding area. g.) Maps – (about 14 items) The Society has a small collection of maps most of which are old plat maps of different sections of Prudence Island dating to the late 19th or early 20th century. h.) Documents – (approx. 450 items) The document archive consists of well over 400 items, including many old property deeds, ferry schedules & tickets, telephone directories, and even a set of honey jar labels that came from a small bee keeping operation that existed on Prudence during the mid-20th century. i.) Newspaper Related – (more than 1000 items) The newspaper archive consists of slightly more than one thousand newspapers or individual articles clipped from newspapers, dating from the late 18th century to the present time. Many of the items are directly related to Prudence Island or the Narragansett Bay area. j.) Glass & Ceramic – (approx. 80 items) The glass and ceramic archive consists of many old medicine bottles and beverage containers, some of which are more than one hundred years old. Of particular interest are some very old round bottom glass bottles that appear to have been hand blown. k.) e-Collection - (digitized, more than 800 items) The Society has more than 800 digitized photographs and documents as part of its general collection. This includes more than one hundred late 19th century images, mostly of Prudence Island and Narragansett Bay that were copied from the collection of the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society with their permission.

II. SPECIAL COLLECTION – In addition to the General Collection, there are some donated materials that make up the Society’s Special Collection. These are described below. 1.) The Grayson Collection – (252 individual items) Donated by Dorothy Grayson in 1988, this collection consists of many old photographs and post cards, most dating from the early to mid-20th century. Also included are many rare original editions of The Prudence Island Beacon, a summer newspaper published on the island during the 1920s & 1930s. Also included are two rare Prudence Island souvenir booklets and numerous newspaper articles regarding Prudence Island. The original Prudence Island Beacon newspapers were later loaned to the RI Historical Society for micro-filming and then returned to the collection. As a result, these rare newspapers are available for viewing on microfilm at the RIHS Library in Providence. 2.) The Atwood Donation – (456 individual items) Donated by Helen & Robert Atwood in 1989, this collection consists of a large scrapbook and a separate photograph/post card album compiled by the Atwood family during their many summers at Prudence Island. Included is a large collection of ferry tickets and schedules of the Prudence Island Navigation Company from the 1920s through the 1960s. The Atwood donation also includes a very rare edition of a Prudence Island newspaper published around 1940, known as the Prudence Island Visitor. Other items include many rare original post cards of Prudence Island, more than one hundred photographs covering the period of 1930 – 1970, all of which are identified; plus several hundred old newspaper articles and other paper items, dating from the 1920s through the 1980s.

Rhode Island Black Heritage Society
Mailing address: 65 Weybosset Street, 2nd floor, Suite 29, Providence, RI 02903
Street address: 65 Weybosset Street, 3rd floor, Suite 78, Providence, RI 02903
TEL: (401) 751-3490
FAX: (401) 751-0040
Contact: Joaquina Bela Teixeira, Executive Director
Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
Exhibit Hours: Monday-Friday: 10:30 am-3:30 pm; and by appointment

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1700-present):
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, founded in 1975, has as its purpose to research, document, exhibit and interpret the history of blacks in Rhode Island. Among the Society's holdings are 3500 documents, newspapers, periodicals, books, manumission papers, residency exams and petitions. Other holdings include the records of many black churches, over 4000 photographs documenting important black and political events, a 2500-item audio and slide collection and a small but growing fine art collection.

Rhode Island Family History Center
Mailing address: 136 Thompson Pike, Dayville, CT 06241
Street address: 1000 Narragansett Parkway, Warwick, RI 02888
TEL: (401) 463-8150
Contact: Jay Vandenberg
Hours: Monday & Tuesday by appointment; Wednesday & Friday 10:00 am-2:00 pm, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm; Thursday 7:00 pm-9:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
Appointment required on select days and for group visits.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been gathering genealogical records worldwide for more than a century to help its members in family history research. In addition to the collection of records at their Salt Lake City library, the Church operates more than 3,400 Family History Centers worldwide. Our Center has computers set up with all Family Search Programs, microfilm/fiche copier and readers, large collection of films specializing in research areas of the U.S., England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, France, Portugal, Sweden and Italy.

Rhode Island Genealogical Society
Mailing address: P.O. Box 433, Greenville, RI 02828
Street address: Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, Greenville, RI 02828
Contact: Robert Allen Greene, President
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00 am-8:00 pm; Friday-Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday (September-May) 1:00-4:00 pm.
Appointment not needed.

The Rhode Island Genealogical Society's collection of reference works, compiled genealogies, periodicals and publications of RIGS and other societies concentrates on Rhode Island research. Included are some of the standard reference works of James N. Arnold, Alden G. Beaman, and John O. Austin, as well as many publications of the Society of Colonial Wars and the texts of many early lectures presented by RIGS.

Rhode Island Historical Society Library
121 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906
TEL: (401) 273-8107
FAX: (401) 751-7930
Contact: Kirsten Hammerstrom, Deputy Director for Collections/Curator
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm. We are open the 2nd Saturday of every other month 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Appointment necessary for the Manuscripts and Graphics Divisions, but not necessary for the Reading Room.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1636-present)
Founded in 1822, the Society is the fourth oldest state historical society in the United States. The Society has the largest and most important historical collections in existence relating to Rhode Island. The library houses some 5,000 manuscripts, 100,000 books and printed items, 400,000 photographs and maps, 9 million feet of motion-picture film.
Please see http://www.rihs.org/library/before-you-visit/ for more information on our holdings, call times for the manuscript collection, etc.

Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association
130 Sessions Street, Providence, RI 02906
TEL: (401) 331-1360
FAX: (401) 272-6729
Contact: Anne Sherman, Librarian/Archivist
Open: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-1:30 pm. Appointment recommended.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1850-present):
The Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association was chartered in September, 1951, for the following purposes: "To procure, collect, and preserve books, records, pamphlets, letters, manuscripts, prints, photographs, paintings, and any other historical material relating to the history of the Jews of Rhode Island; to encourage and promote the study of such history by lectures and otherwise; and to publish and diffuse information as to such history."

Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project
Mailing address: Box 1492, Newport, RI 02840
Street address: Naval Station, Newport, RI 02840
TEL: (401) 253-2094
FAX: n/a
Contact: D. K. Abbass, Ph.D., Director
Open: By appointment only. RIMAP's current location at Naval Station Newport means that visitors must complete a Department of Defense security check before gaining access to our holdings. Please contact the RIMAP Director for further information.

Publications, photocopies and transcriptions of primary materials from international archives, photographs, videos, and maps relating to the maritime history and marine archaeology of Rhode Island. Special interest in the American Revolution, but selected other locations and periods are included in our collections. All RIMAP publications, including those out-of-print, are available for review, but the archaeological field data are not open to the public.

Richmond Historical Society
Clark Memorial Library, Junction Rtes. 138 & 112, Richmond, RI 02898
TEL: (401) 539-7676
Contact: Patricia A. Millar, Archivist
Open: Wednesday 10:00 am-5:00 pm; appointment required.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1700s-present):
Collection includes old school books from the 1850's, maps, teachers' registers and district school committee reports; early tax rolls, town warrents, probate records, tax records to 1989; Hope Valley Advertiser newspaper 1917-1940; newspapers and magazines of specific interest (assassinations, hurricanes, etc.); textiles and clothing (including hats) 1880-1960; genealogy records, family Bibles, and published works; photographs of early mills, villages and people; flags, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and artifacts.

South County History Center
Old Washington County Jail, 2636 Kingstown Road, Kingston, RI 02881
TEL: (401) 783-1328
Contact: Erica Luke, Executive Director
Open: Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Closed November-March.
Appointment recommended.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1700s-present):
The South County History Center collects and preserves materials relating to a ten square mile portion of Washington County known as "the Narragansett Country" lands acquired from native Americans by purchase in 1657 and encompassing all or parts of the towns of South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Narragansett and Charlestown. The collections include approximately 200 linear feet of manuscripts, consisting of family materials, genealogical files, church, business, and organizational records, and some South Kingstown town records. The Center serves as a depository for the Wakefield Baptist Church (1781-1995) and the Kingston Hill Gardeners.

Steamship Historical Society of America
2500 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886
TEL: (401) 463-3570
FAX: (401) 463-3572
Contact: Astrid Drew, Archivist
Open: Appointment required.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1840-1970):
The Steamship Historical Society's collections include a broad range of materials that document maritime history, engine powered ships, and their passengers, roughly from 1840's to the 1970's. Bulk dates: 1880 to 1960. Collections include a reference library, fine art, photographs, brochures and ephemera, ship plans and blueprints, and artifacts.

To view digitized collections of art and artifacts, visit our Virtual Museum: http://sshsa.org/virtual_museum/newposner.html.

To view digitized collections of maritime photography, visit the Image Porthole: http://sshsaimageporthole.org/.

Warwick Historical Society
25 Roger Williams Avenue, Warwick, RI 02888
TEL: (401) 467-7647
Contact: Felicia Castiglioni Gardella, President
Hours: Wednesday 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Open other days by appointment.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1630-present):
The society holds books, manuscript material, photographs, maps and ephemera relating to the history of the city of Warwick, Rhode Island.

West Greenwich Historical Preservation Society
Mailing address: c/o Charlotte Jolls, President, 9 Sharpe Street, West Greenwich, RI 02817
Street address: Loutitt Library, 274 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817
TEL: (401) 397-4311
Contact: Charlotte Jolls, President
Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Tuesday 10:00 am-8:00 pm; Wednesday & Thursday 2:00 pm-8:00 pm; Closed major holidays.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1741-present):
The Society's collection includes maps, newspaper articles, papers and photographs.

Westerly Historical Society
Mailing address: P.O. Box 91, Westerly, RI 02891
TEL: (401) 322-8240
Contact: Ed Fazio, President
Hours: By appointment only

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1870-present):
The society collects items related to local Westerly history. Inventory includes letters, account books, published society bulletins and booklets, scrapbooks and other items. Strong collection of glass negatives and lantern slides.

Woonsocket Historical and Preservation Society
42 South Main Street, Garden Level, Woonsocket, RI 02895
TEL: (401) 356-0067
Contact: Phyllis Thomas, Director
Hours: Tuesday 11:00 am-3:00 pm; Friday & Saturday 11:00 am-3:00 pm.
Appointment recommended.

Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1641-present):
Newspapers, letters, Woonsocket City Directory, 1836 Woonsocket census, business directory from 1870; Woonsocket High School pictures; maps and photographs from the 1800s.

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