Rhode Island State Archives

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. Resources are available online through the Catalog, Digital Archives, and Virtual Exhibits, which are continuously updated with new content from the collection. 

Discover your family's story

Discover your Family Story

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

Discover RI's Story

Discover RI’s Story

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

State Archives 2023 Annual Report

Learn more about the State Archives and our rich Rhode Island history in the 2023 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

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.



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