Doing Research at NHS

Start at the Source

Whether you are tracing your ancestors and their connections to Newport, looking for historical background on a Newport property, or exploring Newport’s rich history documented in manuscripts and primary sources, we invite you to begin your research at our Resource Center.

Please plan ahead. 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.

Research Policies

  • Access & Research

    Appointments, research services, fees and protocols
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  • Photography & Reproductions

    Image requests, personal photography and fees
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  • Publication & Image Use

    Permission to publish and use fees
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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.

Digital Resources

Check out our Digital Resources to help prepare for your visit.

Invoice Payment

If you have been issued an invoice for image or research fees, you may pay the total due by clicking the button below to pay online.