City Archives

A formal archival program for the City of Providence was established in 1978 as part of a year-long centennial observance marking the dedication of City Hall. The archives, located on the 5th floor of City Hall, houses extensive collections of manuscripts, printed material, maps, blueprints, and photographic images that span the period from the colony’s founding in 1636 to the present. The nearly 40,000 cubic feet of records detail all aspects of the development and operation of municipal government. These collections offer researchers a unique opportunity to trace the history of the state’s capital city.

The archives staff is ready to assist you with your research needs. Please see the Policies and Procedures page for details on using our collections.

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