The Providence College Archives and Special Collections (ASC) supports the teaching, learning, and academic research community with access to collections which range from manuscripts, college archival records, rare books, photographs, film and audio, and objects. Please note that all materials in the ASC are for in-archives use only. Some of our collections are also available online, please see our digital collections page for more information. 

College Records 

The ASC is the official repository for the historical and permanent records and publications of Providence College. These records document the history and activities of the college and its community members, including the administration, student organizations and student life, and faculty.  

The ASC coordinates with offices, departments, and individuals to appraise and collect records that should be permanently preserved to document the history of the college.  

Special Collections 

Our manuscript and special collections include personal papers and organizational records, primarily documenting the history of Rhode Island. We have a particularly strong focus on early to mid-20th century political figures and community organizations. You can learn more by exploring our finding aids which are available for processed collections.  

Rare & Non-Circulating Books 

The ASC is also responsible for the care and access to thousands of non-circulating books. Topics covered include religious texts, Rhode Island history, and a variety of subjects to support teaching and learning at PC. Most of our books can be found by searching the library catalog. Unlike regular library books, these cannot be check-out and must be used in the ASC.  

A few book collection highlights include:  

  • Rev. William Bonniwell collection
  • Rebecca Ramos Natural History Book collection