Go to Top

Digital Resources

In addition to this website, information about Newport’s history, and our collections, can be found online in a variety of places:

Gladys: Online Collections Database

For scholars, researchers, and enthusiastic members of the public.
Online catalog of artifacts, photographs and archival collections with keyword and advanced searching, as well as some browsing capabilities. While not all collection items are represented online yet, more are consistently added to Gladys as data is updated and verified. There are approximately 7,000 artifacts, photographs, and manuscript items currently online. It also features a randomizer, which allows for fun and unexpected Pinterest-style browsing of NHS collections.

Finding Aids

For scholars and researchers.
Completed finding aids for formally arranged archives and manuscript collections. This resource allows users to access finding aids in several formats (either PDF or the web via RIAMCO) and features transcriptions or images of archival material when available.

Archives and Manuscripts Collection Inventory

For scholars and researchers.
A PDF available for download that represents the first step in an ongoing process to provide scholar and researcher access while more formal processing is underway. While this spreadsheet contains many unprocessed or unarranged collections and may contain incomplete information or inaccuracies, it is the first time in the Society’s history that a comprehensive manuscript resource has been made available to the public.

Newport History Online

Free for NHS members or subscribers.
Past issues of the NHS’ academic journal, Newport History, is available for download through Salve University. Access to this database is a benefit of membership. Year-long subscriptions can also be purchased for $30. To inquire about subscribing, please call us at (401) 846-0813.

Digital Exhibits

For everyone: historians, scholars, history buffs, Newport residents, tourists.
As part of Explore Historic Newport, visitors can view current and past exhibits displayed at the Museum of Newport History. Also available are born-digital exhibits on various Newport related topics, such as the Common Burying Ground Mapping ProjectHurricanes in Newport, and the Consumer Revolution in Newport.

Explore Historic Newport 

For everyone: historians, scholars, history buffs, Newport residents, tourists.
The web-based app is accessible with any internet-capable device, including desktop computers. It synthesizes educational content, such as walking tours and other scholarship, with collections items such as historical photographs. The app’s GPS enabled interactive map pinpoints nearby historic sites. Developed with founding sponsor, Lila Delman Real Estate.

You can download this app from the Apple AppStore and Android GooglePlay!

Stamp Act Newport: What Will You Choose?

This interactive history adventure, part of Newport Historical Society’s  Revolution House project, explores the Stamp Act crisis as it played out in Newport by recreating the discomfort of making decisions without knowing their consequences. Follow fictional character Jeremy Swallow as he navigates revolutionary Newport—without the benefit of hindsight. Then, learn about the real people that Swallow and his decisions are based on.

Newport History Videos

Follow our YouTube Channel to watch videos of all types that address Newport’s history.

 History Bytes

A blog highlighting tidbits of information from Newport’s history (collections items are not always featured). Posts generally tie in with seasonal activities and historic anniversaries.

Rhode Island Election Tickets: A Survey

Rhode Island was the first English colony in America to issue printed election ballots, with the first issued in the mid-1740s. This survey of Rhode Island election tickets by Russell J. De Simone and Daniel C. Schofield, while not exhaustive, is representative of the use of tickets in elections spanning a period of over 150 years and documents state and local politics, political factions and election results from the Ward-Hopkins controversy of the colonial period to political factions during the War of 1812, the Anti-Masonic period of the 1830s, the Law and Order coalition of the 1840s following events of the Dorr Rebellion, the temperance movement of the 1850s, the pro-Union tickets of the Civil War, and Greenback party and Prohibitory factions of the 1870s and 1880s.