Providence Journal: Interactive map reveals all the hidden access points to Rhode Island’s shore. “Rhode Island is known as the Ocean State, and sure, every Rhode Islander knows East Matunuck Beach, Oakland Beach and Narragansett Town Beach. But what if you want to get off the beaten path and explore the hidden gems, secret swimming holes and private beaches scattered throughout our coastline?”
WRAL: Many items in Rhode Island’s archives are at risk of damage. “Many items in the Rhode Island archives, including the state’s copy of the Bill of Rights, are at risk of damage because they’re kept in a building that’s not meant for preserving rare, historic documents, according to an assessment released Tuesday.”
Library of Congress: New Online: Rhode Island Folklife Project Collection. “The Rhode Island Folklife Project Collection resulted from an ethnographic field project conducted from July 15 to December 31, 1979, by the American Folklife Center in cooperation with the Rhode Island Heritage Commission, the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Historical Society. The collection consists of approximately six linear feet of manuscripts and ephemera, 200 sound recordings and 17,000 photographs documenting the ethnic, regional and occupational traditions of Rhode Island, especially the ethnic arts of the African-American, French-Canadian, Greek, Irish, Italian, Jamaican, Lithuanian, Narragansett, Polish, Portuguese and Ukrainian communities.”
San Francisco Chronicle: State archives documents put online to be used in classrooms. “Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says she’s making the primary source documents available in this way for the first time as part of American Archives Month, so educators can use them in their classrooms. The teacher resources section on the Department of State website features an interactive timeline of Rhode Island’s history from 1600 to the present and themed collections of significant archival documents dating back to the 1600s.” This brief story does not provide links to the archival documents, so try looking at http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/Civics-And-Education/teacher-resources . I’m not 100% certain when this launched.
Providence Public Library has launched the Rhode Island Photograph Collection. “The Rhode Island Photograph Collection features more than 6,500 photographs of people, places and events from across the state from the mid-19th century through the 20th century. The photographs document life from Woonsocket to Westerly and all points in between. The collection reflects nearly a century of photograph donations from a wide variety of donors.”
The Rhode Island Historical Society has launched a digital archive of very early court records. ” From a single online location, users can now access selected 1729-1812 records from the courts of Providence County, Kent County, and what was known as Kings County (now Washington County). The online archive is free and open to the public. The earliest documents are those from 1729-1741 for the Providence County Justice Court at Warwick and those from 1730-1739 for the Kings County Court Records.”
The Pawtucket Public Library (Pawtucket, Rhode Island) has digitized and uploaded to Flick a collection of yearbooks. “The library’s yearbook collection, dating back to 1918, was scanned and digitized onto DVDs, and librarian Tim McDuff uploaded all 123 digitized copies of the Tolman and Shea High School yearbooks to the library’s Flickr account.”