Rhode Island Resources

Westminster Street, Providence, RI,postcard, ca. 1910-1920.
Architecture Here and There. Blog about classical and traditional architecture by former Providence Journal columnist David Brussat.

Art in Ruins. Website focusing on the industrial architecture of Rhode Island.

Base: Advancing a Post-Military Landscape. Photographic archive of the the Navy facilities at Quonset Point.

Blackstone River Watershed Association. Established in 1976, advocates for improved water quality.

Blackstone Valley Historical Society. Covers the communities of Pawtucket, Central Falls, Lincoln, Cumberland, North Smithfield, and Woonsocket.

A Brief Timeline of Music in Rhode Island. Providence Public Library site.

CAUSEWAY. The Collaborative Architecture, Urbanism, and Sustainability Web Archive. Initiative launched by art and architecture librarians at  a number of universities and colleges to archive websites devoted to the above named topics. Search "Brown University" for list of Rhode Island websites.

Defunct New England. Flickr set of archival images from New England's lost amusement parks.

Elizabeth J. Johnson Pawtucket History Research Center. Located in the Pawtucket Public Library.

Foster Preservation Society. Focused on the town of Foster.

Fox Point Neighborhood Association. Focused on the Fox Point neighborhood in Providence.

Glocester Heritage Society. Formed to preserve the architecture and land of Glocester, RI.

Grow Smart Rhode Island. Organization advocating for the revitalization of city and town centers.

Mapping Arts - Providence. "maps 100 years of African diasporic arts history, from the 1860s-1960s.

Newport Restoration Foundation. Founded by Doris Duke to preserve the architectural culture of Aquidneck Island.

Picture Blackstone.com. Gateway to the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's archive of photos on Flickr. Photos may be used freely with attribution.

Preserve Rhode Island. Statewide historic preservation society.

ProvidenceArchitecture.org : website created by Brown professor Dietrich Neumann and his students.

Providence City Archives. Includes building permits, razed building records, and an excellent guide to "researching your house history."

Providence Preservation Society. Focuses on the city of Providence.

Providence Public Library. Includes a Rhode Island collection with many historical and architectural resources.

Providence Revolving Fund. "Preserving the architectural history of Providence and stimulating community revitalization through advocacy, lending, technical assistance, and affordable housing development in historic neighborhoods and downtown Providence."

ProvidenceRI.com . "Official website of the city of Providence, Rhode Island." Includes a photo gallery of historic buildings.

ProvLibDigital . Compiled from eight collections, includes 5000 images of Rhode Island history, including architecture and postcards, which may be FREELY downloaded.

Quahog.org.  "the definitive Rhode Island road trip."

Rhode Island Art Archive Project. "a documentary film series providing an archive of working artists of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Folklife Collection. Library of Congress collection of manucripts, ephemera, sound recordings, and photographs of the ethnic, regional, and occupational traditions of Rhode Island, collected in 1979.

Rhode Island Historical Society. 

Rhode Island Latino Arts. "Dedicated to promoting, encouraging and preserving the art, history, heritage and cultures of the Latino communities of Rhode Island."

Russell Warren Project. In progress. Will be a "comprehensive database of digitized plans, drawings, and other documentation" of Rhode Island architect Russell Warren.

Sakonnet Historical. The history of Little Compton and Tiverton as compiled by the Tiverton Public Library, the Little Compton Historical Society, and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University.

Small State, Big History. The Online Review of Rhode Island History.

Tomaquag Museum. "Rhode Island's only museum entirely dedicated to telling the story of the state's Indigenous Peoples."

West Broadway Neighborhood Association. "Organizes neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence."

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation. Mission is to "promote the development of healthy, sustainable communities through housing services to help individuals and neighborhoods meet their affordable housing needs in the West End neighborhood and other parts of Providence and Rhode Island."