The Rhode Island Historical Society is proud to introduce The Rhode Island History Navigator. This project was made possible in part by a grant from the RI Office of Library & Information Services using funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Our goal is to make a database of the most comprehensive collection of historical writings about Rhode Island easily accessible to all on the RI History Navigator website. The content of this website is based on the carefully curated Rhode Island: A Bibliography of its History, published by the University Press of New England in 1983 and currently out of print.
As of 2021, this site contains 1,151 entries, comprising the “general” section of the bibliography, and 10% of these will link to the full text of the work (i.e., those in the public domain). Resources permitting, the remaining 3,929 entries comprising the works that cover the history of specific cities and towns (and those added in subsequent published supplements through 2010) will be entered in 2022, and a similar percentage of those will link to full texts.
Although in its infancy, this resource has already proven to be a useful tool for researchers. Ultimately, it will provide the most comprehensive list of works about Rhode Island’s history in a free, searchable database. As the full texts of those works are scanned or linked, it will become a free digital library for those seeking information on Rhode Island’s past.
We hope you enjoy your Rhode Island Navigator experience and find inspiration in your discoveries.