Picture of Library


Other helpful sites and resources:

The Good 5 Cent Cigar
student newspaper

HeritageQuest online

Museum of Primitive Art and Culture

Narragansett Times Index

Pettaquamscutt Historical Society

Political Graveyard

Rhode Island Genealogy Project

Rhode Island Historical Heritage and Preservation Commission 

RI Historical Records Repositories Directory 

Rhode Island State Archives

Rhode Island State Library

Tomaquag Museum

Digital Commons@URI
an online repository of URI  publications and selected images and publications from
Special Collections

ProQuest Dissertations 
view online, URI access only

Digital Map Imagery

Historical Map & Chart Project of the Office of Coast Survey Cartographic and Geospatial Technology

URI Course catalogs
1998-2008 course catalogs in PDF or HTML format


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Special Collections and University Archives

The collections
The Special Collections Unit provides access to its holdings of unique research collections. Collections of primary and secondary resources are acquired, organized, and preserved by the Library and are made available to qualified researchers according to the policies below. In addition, the Unit maintains a working letterpress printing shop, the New Leaves Press, established in 1976.

 All print material in Special Collections is cataloged in the Primo library catalog. Information about archival records, collections of personal papers, business records, political papers, and oral histories is provided through the use of finding aids, many of which are available online. Many of our finding aids are also cataloged in the Primo library catalog; a search for these cataloged finding aids can be combined with a search for print materials in the Primo system.  Enter a keyword in the search box to information about and in the collections.  If you don't find what you are looking for, contact us for further assistance.

WWW Special Collections

Contact information
We are open 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Special Collections is closed on weekends and State recognized holidays. Please note that the Reading Room will be open by appointment only mid-May through August.

The Special Collections Unit is located on the second floor of the Robert L. Carothers Library.  Entry to the Reading Room is adjacent to the central staircase. For directions and parking information, please see  Maps and Directions to URI

For reference questions or to arrange a tour, email us or call (401) 874-4632. 

For information about the Commercial Pattern Archives (CoPA), contact Prof. Joy Spanabel Emery by e-mail or telephone at (401) 874-2613. 

Eligible users & restrictions on use
Any qualified person doing scholarly research is permitted to use material housed in the Special Collections Unit. 

Before beginning research, everyone is required to register and a Research Form must be completed if the researcher is using manuscript or archival collections. Collections are used under specific restrictions and may not be removed from the Reading Room area or borrowed from the collections. Permission may be granted to obtain photo or digital copies of items in the collections. A fee is charged for this service and the copying is performed by the staff. 

Care must be exercised at all times when handling materials. Only pencils may be used when taking notes in the reading room.  Pencils and scrap paper are provided for Reading Room use if needed. Consuming food or beverages, smoking, and the use of pens are not permitted in the reading room.

A nation grieves, 
50 years ago on the URI Campus:
students on campus upon learning President had been assassinated
Beacon student newspaper Extra November 22, 1963; click for readable copy

Click image below to read President Horn's memorial service remarks, November 25, 1963
President Horn 1963

See our previous exhibits


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