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Support the Rhode Island Collection
PPL Special Collections, including the Rhode Island Collection, relies on the generosity of its donors. Here are a couple of ways you can support what we do:
Donate financially: Use our online donation form. Funds are used for new acquisitions to strengthen our collections and for conservation materials to protect existing items. Be sure to select Rhode Island Collection from the "Program Designation" dropdown menu.
Donate your books, manuscripts or ephemera: The Rhode Island Collection at the Providence Public Library is a research collection and community resource of materials by, for and about Rhode Island and its people. Driven by the Library’s mission and strategic plan, the Rhode Island Collection includes published material documenting both the history and current state of Rhode Island as well as unique archival and visual materials with a focus on the social and cultural history of the City of Providence. The Library encourages use of the Collection by members of our community in creative and scholarly ways that interpret local history and generate new resources. If you're interested in donating individual items or collections, contact the Rhode Island Collection Librarian.
Become a Story Seeker! Story Seekers are a group of volunteer, amateur oral historians who collect oral history recordings on behalf of the Rhode Island Collection. The growing oral history collection focuses on the experiences of people in Rhode Island. Topics can include business or occupational history, ethnic and social history, education, civic or cultural history as well as accounts of specific events.