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University Archives

The University Archives is the legal repository for all University Records. The records consist of:

  • Non-current historical records and printed material generated by the University in the conduct of its official business
  • Papers of faculty and staff
  • Committee files
  • Records of official and unofficial student organizations
  • Photographs

Printed materials in the archives include:

  • Yearbooks
  • Student newspapers
  • University, college, and departmental publications
  • Directories
  • SET’s (Student Evaluation of Teaching)

The official copy of all URI theses and dissertations are also housed in the archives. (Duplicate copies, which are cataloged and circulate, are in the general book collection.)

Indexes and finding aids describing the records and papers are kept in the Unit. Electronic versions of selected finding aids are linked to this web site. 

List of Archival record groups

Eligible users and 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 sign the “Research and Guest Register.” 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 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. Consuming food or beverages, smoking, and the use of pens are not permitted.