Library Tour - Chapter 5

Library Tour - Chapter 5

CHAPTER 5 – Providence Journal Rhode Island Room

The restored and newly named Providence Journal Rhode Island Room was originally the Library's Periodical Room. Following the 1988 renovation, the room served as the location of the Library's music collection.

With its restoration, the richly appointed room now serves as a traditional research room that features and showcases the Library's cornerstone special collection -- the highly used and unique Rhode Island Collection -- and makes it more accessible to the public.

The Rhode Island Collection

The Rhode Island Collection consists of several thousand items, including Rhode Island maps, microfilm, photographs and postcards, books, vital records, ephemera, as well a the true treasure of the collection and one of the state's most valuable state/local history indexes -- the Rhode Island Index to all the materials in the collection, as well as to the Providence Journal-Bulletin newspaper dating back to the late 1800s.

The Providence Journal Rhode Island Room is the new home to one of the Library's notable Rhode Island Collection items:

A bust of George Henry Corliss -- the marble bust on pedestal was executed by Franklin Simmons in 1874 and received by the Library in 1929 as a gift from the Estate of Miss Maria L. Corliss. 


CHAPTER 6 -- Third Floor Meeting Room

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