RI History

Discover Rhode Island’s Past.

City and Town Directories

Check your local library for your city/town directories, which typically include street listings, person listings, and business listings and display ads.

Key libraries, agencies, archives and local cultural heritage institutions:


More than 1,700 newspapers have been published in Rhode Island! Check your local library for access to your local newspapers.

Other Important Resources

EnCompass: A Digital Sourcebook of Rhode Island History

Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

Rhode Island History Journal

Rhode Island Slave History Medallion Project

South County History Center