Resource Center

Your source for collections and research on Newport's history

Resources for Research

  • Edward W. Kane Library

    Genealogy, Property Research & More
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  • Collections

    Photographs, Manuscripts & Artifacts
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  • Digital Resources

    Digital Exhibits, Projects & Research Online
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Search Our Collections Online

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Please note, only a portion of our holdings are available online

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Visit the Resource Center

The Resource Center is home to the Newport Historical Society’s main offices, Edward W. Kane Library, Hugh D. Auchincloss III Reading Room, and secure collections storage. Collections document the history of Newport County and consist of approximately 10,000 objects, 12,000 books, over 1,500 linear feet of manuscript materials, and more than 200,000 photographs.

We invite you to visit the Resource Center to conduct research in our collections. We are scheduling research appointments on a limited basis and with restrictions. You must contact us in advance to schedule an appointment. For research inquiries or to schedule an appointment please email or call 401-846-0813, ext. 190. This allows our staff adequate time to prepare for your visit and ensures that we can assist you to our fullest capacity. We cannot guarantee service to walk-ins due to limited staff availability.

Quick Guide for Research

  • Access

    You must make an appointment to access our collections. We cannot guarantee service to walk-ins.

  • Fees

    Edward W. Kane Library appointments are $5/hour. Appointments to see photographs or manuscripts are $10/hour.

  • Hugh D. Auchincloss III Reading Room

    All personal belongings must be stored in lockers in the Hamilton Family Atrium. Food, drinks and pens are forbidden.

  • Photography

    Monitored personal photography is permitted, with restrictions and for a fee: $5 for NHS members, $25 for non-members.

  • Image Use

    Images from the collection may be reproduced only with written consent of the NHS.

  • Staff Research

    Can't come in-person? NHS staff can conduct research on your behalf for $75/hr. The first half hour is free.

  • Member & Student Rates

    Some research-related costs are reduced for students and NHS members.

Academic Opportunities

Check out opportunities and programs for students at NHS
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Questions about collections?

Call (401) 846-0813 x190, or email

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