State Archives Online Catalog Unveiled at RIC

Rhode Island historical public records, dating as far back as 1638, is now available online, making it easier for the general public, educators, students, historians, researchers and journalists to immediately access the information they need. Among the holdings are images of original letters from Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock.

Today Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis launched the new State Archives Online Catalog during an official unveiling at Rhode Island College. Joining Mollis was Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo, as well as Whitney Blankenship, assistant professor of educational studies and her students.

Mollis expressed pride in being able to offer easy access to these archives to the public. He said, “This is an invaluable tool for anyone interested in accessing information about the holdings, detailed finding aids, images and links to other resources from the comfort of their own home, school, work or when they’re on the go. I am committed to preserving our history and making government more open and accessible. This will no doubt be a model for other states around the country. I am so proud of my team for making this vision a reality for Rhode Islanders.” 

To view the State Archives Online Catalog, visit and select the State Archives tab on the left. Once there, you may browse/search the State Archives Catalog.