For the Record: 150 Years of Big Ideas in Little Rhody
“150 Years of Big Ideas in Little Rhody” is the first in a new exhibition series, “For the Record”, that showcases unique and unexpected holdings at the RI State Archives. To launch this series the Archives is exploring the history of invention and industry in Rhode Island through patent models, trademarks, and businesses that made their name in the biggest little state in the Union.
For the Record: An exhibition series exploring unexpected collections from the Rhode Island State Archives.
The Rhode Island State Archives preserves, protects, and makes publicly available Rhode Island’s historical and government records dating back to the 1630’s.
The Archives is home to millions of letters, photographs, petitions and other types of important state documents that form a permanent, tangible record of Rhode Island’s rich history. This wide variety of records helps us make sense of our past, identify our place within the present, and offer guidance for how to effect change in the future. Scholars, students, legislators, and everyday Rhode Islanders rely on the Archives’ treasure trove of primary sources to understand our history. Preserving these resources ensures government transparency and accountability.
Records kept at the Archives document not only WHAT happens in government but also reveal HOW important decisions are made.