Rhode Island Archives, Libraries, and Societies

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This entry was originally written by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the Rhode Island Family History Research series.
History of Rhode Island
Rhode Island Vital Records
Census Records for Rhode Island
Background Sources for Rhode Island
Rhode Island Maps
Rhode Island Land Records
Rhode Island Probate Records
Rhode Island Court Records
Rhode Island Tax Records
Rhode Island Cemetery Records
Rhode Island Church Records
Rhode Island Military Records
Rhode Island Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Rhode Island Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Rhode Island Immigration
Rhode Island Naturalization
Ethnic Groups of Rhode Island
Rhode Island County Resources
Map of Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Archives

337 Westminster St.
Providence, RI 02903

Service can be obtained by mail and appointment. The archives holds the state census records, military records, colonial petitions, and correspondence. Much of the material is also available on microfilm through the The Family History Library (FHL).

Rhode Island Historical Society

121 Hope St.
Providence, RI 02906

The society's extensive holdings (federal and state census records, Quaker meeting records for all of New England, extensive gravestone records, and manuscripts) outlined in various sections of this chapter, are also described more fully on its website under 'Research Library.'

Rhode Island Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 433
Greenville, RI 02828

Its publication, Rhode Island Roots, is included quarterly with membership.

Newport Historical Society

82 Touro St.
Newport, RI 02840

Library holdings include church, early town, and cemetery records for Newport and a good manuscript collection with ship logs.