The Newport Historical Society holds intensely significant collections of documents, artifacts, fine arts and crafts, and photographs encompassing the five centuries of social and cultural diversity that makes Newport County unique.
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The two-dimensional collections of the Newport Historical Society include photographs in all formats, postcards, prints, architectural plans and drawings, and maps. Of these, the photograph collection is by far the largest, comprising over 300,000 images dating from the 1840s to the present.
The Newport Historical Society’s manuscript collections consists of more than 1,500 linear feet of manuscript materials, including merchants’ records from the 18th to the 20th century, church records for fourteen congregations, log books for dozens of ships, family papers for hundreds of Newporters, an extensive African-American history collection, town and city records, and a unique collection of diaries and journals.
NHS holds extensive collections of fine and decorative arts, furniture, musical instruments, textiles and clothing, artifacts of everyday life, and architectural fragments, with particular strength in the 18th century.
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