Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will demonstrate and formally launch the new State Archives Online Catalog during an official unveiling tomorrow.
“I am proud today to unveil the State Archives Online Catalog to the public. This is an invaluable tool for anyone interested in accessing information about the holdings, detailed finding aids, images, and links to other resources from the comfort of their own home, school, work, or when they’re on the go,” said Mollis. “I am committed to preserving our history and making government more open and accessible. This will no doubt be a model for other states around the country. I am so proud of my team for making this vision a reality for Rhode Islanders.”
“I want to commend and thank everyone involved in its development. We’ve taken a huge leap in making information about the State Archives’ holdings available and providing access to the public. It’s especially remarkable how much has been done, with yet more to come,” said Gwenn Stearn, State Archivist, Public Records Administrator, and Director of Administrative Records.
Among RI State archives, images of original letters from Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, and a request by a Rhode Island vehicle owner for a “low license plate number” from 1904.