Resources for Researchers

Rhode Island Historical Records Repositories Directory - This directory was created as a result of the Historical Records Repository Survey conducted by the Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board. Each directory entry links to a description of the repository and its holdings.


The Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online (RIAMCO) is the gateway to information about archival collections in Rhode Island. Search the finding aids to discover what historical materials are available for research and where those collections are located. The finding aids give detailed descriptions of primary source materials located at repositories across Rhode Island.


Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research
This guide outlines the functions and procedures of archives, and is designed both for first-time archives users and scholars who have already conducted research in archives. The content covers how archives function, how to identify appropriate archives for your research, and how to access historical materials and research at an archives. Repositories and their collecting scopes and practices may differ, but the principles in this guide should assist you in accomplishing your research goals at any archival institution.


Survival Strategies for Personal Digital Records from the Council of State Archivists
Electronic files are much more fragile than paper records, and their long-term survival requires attention and planning.


Archive Principles and Practice: an introduction to archives for non-archivists by the UK National Archives. The purpose of this guide is to support people who own or look after archive material. It will help you to assess and plan for the care and development of your archive collection. It applies to all sizes of collection from a small storage cupboard to the contents of a large storeroom.