The Library of the Newport Historical Society dates to the founding of the Society in 1854 and includes secondary works on the history of Newport County and the surrounding area. The collection consists of approximately 12,000 bound volumes, microfilm, file collections, and catalogs reflecting the founding, settlement, and development of Newport County, its families, businesses, cultural organizations, and buildings. Because Rhode Island was established by settlers and refugees from other colonies, the collection includes significant works on the early southeastern New England families and governments that contributed to the founding and evolution of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations. The bulk of the library collection is housed in the reading room with open stacks arranged in Library of Congress cataloging order. Other collections are located in the public reading room and other parts of the building, which can only be accessed by staff members for security and conservation reasons.
Lippincott, Bertram III
"The Collections of the Newport Historical Society: Library Collections,"
Newport History: Vol. 69
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol69/iss239/5