Holiday - Día Feriado

In observance of Victory Day, our office and call center will be closed on Monday, August 10, 2020. Operations will resume on Tuesday, August 11 at 8:30 AM.

En observación al Dia de Conmemoración el Día de la Victoria, nuestra oficina y nuestro centro de llamadas estarán cerradas el lunes, 10 de agosto de 2020. Nuestros servicios normales se reanudarán el martes 11 de agosto a las 8:30 am.

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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.

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.

Women's Suffrage in RI

  • First Suffrage Petition, E.B. Chace, 1867
    First Suffrage Petition, E.B. Chace, 1867
  • History of the RI Equal Suffrage Association, 1893
    History of the RI Equal Suffrage Association, 1893
  • Excerpt from the RIESA journals, 1888
    Excerpt from the RIESA journals, 1888
  • The Woman Citizen Publication, 1905
    The Woman Citizen Publication, 1905

State Archives 2019 Annual Report

Learn more about the State Archives and our rich Rhode Island history in the 2019 Annual Report.

Field Trips to the State Archives

Introduce your students to primary sources and see some of our state’s most important documents.

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 am - 4:30 pm

Free and open to the public

337 Westminster St., Providence
PARKING: Free, two-hour validated parking at Down City Parking on the corner of Westminster & Snow Streets.



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