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Rhode Island State Archives

As of August 16, 2021 the State Archives will temporarily cease walk-in services for research. Our team of archivists is ready to assist you online, via phone, or email. 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.

Rhode Island State Archives

Discover your Family Story

Research and request vital records, census, and military records to build your family tree.

Rhode Island State Archives

Discover RI’s Story

Access manuscripts, photographs, and historic documents that tell the story of Rhode Islanders.

RI Scenery Collection

  • Shippee Hollow Pond on Russell Estate in Warwick, c. 1880-1930
    Shippee Hollow Pond in Warwick, c. 1880-1930
  • Men canoeing, circa 1948
    Men canoeing, circa 1948
  • Youth Garden, circa 2000
    Youth Garden, circa 2000
  • Sailboat on tranquil waters, circa 1968
    Sailboat on tranquil waters, circa 1960

State Archives 2020 Annual Report

Learn more about the State Archives and our rich Rhode Island history in the 2020 Annual Report.

Schedule a Research Appointment

Contact the State Archives to reserve an appointment for Genealogy or historical research.

Events and

View our offering of free events to explore first hand our collections and the stories they tell.

Managing Gov Records

Review resources to help State Agencies care for government records.

Visit the State Archives


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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