Managing Government Records

The Public Records Administration oversees records management functions within state and local government. The program provides records management advice, assistance, and consultation to all public bodies, including state and municipal agencies, on the proper care of records during their life cycle, including the preservation of historical records in their care.

Where is that Record?

Looking to access public records? This chart shows what agency holds commonly requested public records.

How to start a Records Management Plan in your Agency

For State Agencies

Resources for government agencies about managing records and working with the State Archives for permanent preservation.

How to start a Records Management Plan for your Town

For Municipalities

Resources for local government agencies and divisions to preserve and protect government records.  

How to start a Records Retention Management

Records Retention Process

Access retention schedules and forms to legally dispose of public records at state and local agencies. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked questions about public records, how they’re managed, and who has them.

Educational Resources

Access step by step guides and webinars to help you in your day-to-day records management.

Schedule a Workshop for your Team

Request an in-person or virtual workshop specific to your Agency.

Using the State Records Center

Learn more about how State Agencies can store inactive records off-site at the State Records Center.

State Archives & Public Records Administration


Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public

33 Broad St. Providence
PARKING: Limited on-site and metered street parking available. Additional validated parking available in neighboring lot.



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