The collections of the Newport Historical Society are held as a public trust for the benefit of present and future generations. As stewards of the collection, the NHS is responsible for properly protecting, preserving, maintaining and providing access to these collections. With some exceptions and restrictions, it is our policy that the collections will be available for publication, exhibition, interpretation and education, research, reproductions and derivative work.
We make our collections accessible to the general public to the greatest extent possible through both in-person research appointments and remote research services. NHS is not obligated to assist inquiries that involve excessive time or cost to the institution, and all services are contingent upon staff availability and the physical condition of the collection materials requested. Fees and policies are described below.
You must contact us in advance to schedule an appointment. 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 space and staff availability.
Appointments are made on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to NHS Members. Fees apply (see below). Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday, 10am-noon or 1pm-4pm.
For research inquiries and to schedule an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-846-0813, ext. 190Email
For researchers who cannot visit the Newport Historical Society in person, NHS staff can conduct research on their behalf. The first half hour of staff research is free, after which fees apply (see below). After an initial consult by phone or email, NHS staff will provide an estimate of the time and cost for the inquiry. Research will be completed after payment has been received. Please note, NHS is not obligated to assist inquiries that involve excessive time or cost to the institution, and all services are contingent upon staff availability.
For researchers who need one-on-one assistance while conducting genealogical or archival research on-site in the Newport Historical Society’s collections, NHS staff can be hired to work with you for an hourly rate (see below). After an initial consult by phone or email, NHS staff will provide an estimate of the time and cost for services. Estimates are approximate; on-site appointments can be shortened, and the research assistance terminated when the researcher believes they have received enough information to continue research on their own (see fee structure). It can also be extended if more in-depth assistance is required, pending staff availability. Payment is due at the end of the appointment. Please note, NHS is not obligated to assist inquiries that involve excessive time or cost to the institution, and all services are contingent upon staff availability.
|NHS Members*||Students*||RI Residents*||Non-Members|
(secondary resources & genealogy)
|Free appointment||Free appointment||Free appointment||$5 / hour|
(Archival, Photograph & Object Collections)
|$5 / hour||$20 / day||$10 / hour||$10 / hour|
|Staff Research, Assistance & Handling||$50 / hour||$60 / hour||$75 / hour||$75 / hour|
*NHS membership card, RI or student identification required.
All visitors who wish to utilize collections at the NHS must complete a Researcher Registration Form and adhere to the following rules in the Reading Room and Research Library:
For any questions or research inquiries, please email email@example.com or call 401-846-0813, ext. 190Email