Exhibitions

Through these online exhibitions, Providence Public Library seeks to share some of the unique and historical information and resources within its Special Collections.

 

In tandem with the real-world, physical exhibition, we invite you to experience this online mini-exhibition.

But it’s an exhibition...

Broadsides capture big history in a seemingly small way. As an ephemeral form of printing, they are the product of their moment, usually not meant to last very long, and that makes them a powerful...

The Caleb Fiske Harris Collection on the Civil War and Slavery

This exhibit was developed by Eric R. Boutin, University of Rhode Island MLIS, with...

Louisa May Alcott is recognized around the world for her novel Little Women, but few know Alcott as the bold, compelling woman who grew up in the innermost circle of the Transce...

Opened in March 1900 and now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Providence Public Library building is a prime example of turn-of-the-century American architecture. Its architects Ston...

The Glass Negative Project

 The "Glass Negative Project" is a collaboration between the Special Collections Department of t...

A Rhode Island Collection Retrospective

Housed within the Providence Public Library's Rhode Island Collection are these...

This exhibit was developed by Robin Alario, University of Rhode Island MLIS.

The Caleb Fiske Harris Collection on the Civil War and Slavery

The Pr...

In August 1861, seventeen year old George M. Turner, known to his family and friends as “Pop,” joined Company A of the 3rd Regiment of the Rhode Island Volunteers. Like many young men of his gener...

Providence Public Library’s collection of books on printing was begun in 1910 with the purchase of over a thousand duplicate books from the St. Bride Library in London. The purchase was mad...

John H. Percival was born in East Providence and developed an interest in the magical arts after seeing a magic show when he was a child. From the age of eight until his death at eighty-six, Perciv...

The William Arnold Autograph Collecti...

From the Creators:

As artists, we approached the magic lantern as a device of wonder. We believed that there was something captivating about the Victorian machine projecting flickering imag...

This exhibit was developed by Janaya Kizzie.

June 14, 2011 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of American novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe. Stowe’s  anti-slavery...

The Nicholson Whaling Collection

Mr. Paul C. Nicholson, the son of the founder of the world-renowned Nicholson File Company, formed an outstanding c...