Greetings and salutations

I’m so pleased to be starting here at the Providence Public Library as the new Rhode Island Collection Librarian.  You can’t imagine how thrilled I am to be working with this collection – the statewide focus belies the wide variety of materials that one can find in it.  Everything from early printed monographs (that’s just a book y’all!), pamphlets, maps, photographs and postcards.  In just my first two weeks on the job I’ve come across an 18th century newspaper issue, Civil War photographs and a commemorative book by the telephone company for the Hurricane of ’38.  Add to that the fact that I get to work in the beautiful, newly renovated Providence Journal Rhode Island Room every day, I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve just recently come from north central Massachusetts where I served as the Special Collections Librarian at Fitchburg State University.   I’ve also worked in a variety of library and archives positions including at the Georgia Historical Society and Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia and for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts.  I’m a graduate of Simmons College with a Masters in Library Science and a MA in History.  I'm particularly interested in cultural history and genealogy, but outside of work you might find me sewing and knitting, hiking with my dog, or trying out new restaurants.  

I am excited to continue the work of my predecessors as the caretaker of this collection.  I hope that you’ll check back in frequently with me here as I post about treasures from the collection, local history tidbits, research tips on how to do your own historical research, and probably some odds and ends that I just find too exciting not to share.

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Kate Wells

As the Rhode Island Collection librarian at Providence Public Library, Kate Wells helps bring Rhode Island history to light by increasing access to the collection and providing research assistance to patrons. In the “Rhode Island Red” blog, Kate showcases interesting materials from the collection, provides research tip & techniques, and highlights local history. Feel free to contact her if you have any Rhode Island related questions; she is always happy to help. Email:


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