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Archives & Special Collections

Our Collections

The Providence College Archives and Special Collections (ASC) collects, preserves, and makes available records, photos, and media documenting the history of Providence College. The ASC also holds organizational records, personal papers, and books with enduring historic value. These collections document various subjects relevant to the PC community including Rhode Island history and its people.

Please explore our collections through our Finding Aids and our Digital Collections to begin your research.

Research Assistance

The Archives and Special Collections is happy to provide research assistance to the Providence College community and the public.

Research consultations and scanning requests can be made via email, phone, or Zoom, Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Please call 401-865-2578 or email

Using the Archives

The ASC welcomes all researchers including Providence College staff, students, faculty, alumni, and member of the community. 

At this time the Archives is open for research visits by appointment (current PC ID holders only).

Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. 

Reproductions & Digitization

The ASC is pleased to offer reference scans or copies of its collections. You may also find resources readily available in our Digital Collections.

All copy requests are subject to restrictions based on copyright laws, donor agreements, privacy restrictions, and size of request. Our staff will do our best to accommodate requests, but limitations may apply. You may also request high resolution scans for publication and presentation use.

Materials belonging to Archives and Special Collections may be published or exhibited, in whole or in part, online or in print, with permission of the Archivist. All material should be credited to the Providence College Archives and Special Collections.


The Providence College Archives & Special Collections provides primary source-based learning and research opportunities for students and the college community.

Please contact the ASC to schedule your class research session for the 2021-2022 academic year!

We have a variety of delivery options including in-person, remote, synchronous, and asynchronous. We also welcome new ideas from faculty, students, and community members!


The ASC is still collecting donations from the campus community to document the COVID-19 experience. For more information, please visit the Coronavirus: Archiving Your Story project page.