The Portsmouth History Center Archive

Rhode Island State Archives

Collection Information

Description

The Rhode Island State Archives is charged with maintaining the permanent records of state government. The State Archives is the “official custodian and trustee for the state of all public records of permanent historical, legal or other value” dating from 1638 to the present.

Items in the Rhode Island State Archives Collection

The Portsmouth Compact was a document signed on March 7, 1638 that laid the…