Key databases for locating archival and manuscript collections include:
The John Hay Library is home to Brown University's remarkable collections of rare books, manuscripts, and University Archives.
Materials at the Hay are non-circulating, which means they cannot be checked out and must be viewed on-site. Visit the Guides below to learn more about searching for Hay materials and making an appointment to view them in the Gildor Family Special Collections Reading Room.
The Brown Digital Repository (BDR) is a place to gather, index, store, preserve, and make available digital assets produced via the scholarly, instructional, research, and administrative activities at Brown.
As a private institution with a public mission to share its historical resources ever more widely, the JCB continues to preserve one of the world’s outstanding collections of primary sources – including books, maps, manuscripts, and other printed materials – related to all aspects of the so-called “New World” during the period stretching from the late-fifteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth century.
Providence Public Library is home to over 10,000 linear feet of historic books, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, maps and other artifacts representing over four thousand years of human history and culture from around the world. We believe that those artifacts can enrich anyone’s life and our mission is to make sure everyone has a chance to access them.
The RIHS holds the largest and most important historical collections relating to Rhode Island, including 25,000 museum objects, more than 100,000 printed books, and 110,000 photographs.