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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. Our holdings date back to 1638. We welcome the public to engage with our collections by visiting us or exploring our holdings online. Learn more in our 2018 Annual Report.

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.

Now on View

  • Census Exhibition
  • Census Exhibition
    Census Female side A, 1905
  • Census Exhibition
    Census Male side A, 1905
  • Census Exhibition
    Rhode Island State Census, 1915

Count Me In! Come view census materials from the 1700s to the present.
Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Save the State Archives

Our documents are at risk. Watch our video to see Secretary Gorbea's vision for a new State Archives and History Center.

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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