Genealogy: Rhode Island, Library and society resource list

Rhode Island, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (4)

  1. Office of Library & Information Services :  http://www.olis.state.ri.us/
  2. Rhode Island Genealogical Society :  http://www.rigensoc.org/
  3. The Rhode Island Historical Society:   http://www.rihs.org/
  4. Rhode Island Office of the Secretary of State – Archives Division:  http://www.sec.state.ri.us/Archives/

University Archives and Collections (2)

  1. Brown University. John Hay Library:   http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/University_Library/libs/hay/index.html
  2. University of Rhode Island:   http://www.uri.edu/library/special_collections/

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (1)

  1. Providence Public Library:   http://198.7.225.139/~php/pages/specialcollections/index.html

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (3)

  1. American-French Genealogical Society:   http://www.afgs.org/afgsrsrc.html
  2. Brown University. John Hay Library:   http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/University_Library/libs/hay/index.html
  3. U.S. Naval War College:   http://www.nwc.navy.mil/library/2General Information/libarch.htm

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (0)

Digital Library Collections (5)

  1. Brown University, Scholarly Technology Group:   http://www.stg.brown.edu/
  2. Digital Collections by Subject:   http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  3. Brown University, Library, Center for Digital Initiatives:    http://dl.lib.brown.edu/
  4. Digital Collections by Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  5. Digital Projects:    http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/University_Library/digproj/index.html