Rhode Island State Archives
On March 16, 2020, Governor Raimondo announced that the State Offices were closed to the public, which includes the State Archives. Our team of archivists will continue to provide reference and general assistance by phone and email. Some of the State Archives’ resources are available digitally through the Online Catalog, and Digital Archives, which are continuously updated with new content from the collection. The State Archives is home to more than 10 million letters, photographs, and important state documents that form a permanent, tangible record of Rhode Island’s rich history.
Research and request vital records, census, and military records to build your family tree.
Access manuscripts, photographs, and historic documents that tell the story of Rhode Islanders.
Women's Suffrage in RI
Learn more about the State Archives and our rich Rhode Island history in the 2019 Annual Report.
Contact the State Archives to reserve an appointment for Genealogy or historical research.
View our offering of free events to explore first hand our collections and the stories they tell.
Review resources to help State Agencies care for government records.