Special Collections

Our collections consist of primary and secondary 20th century resources that have been acquired and preserved by the Library since the founding of the department in 1967.

Certain collections may have donor restrictions and may not be available, nor may archival or manuscript materials be removed from the Reading Room area or borrowed from the collections.

Research Policy

Researchers are invited to use the Providence College Special and Archival Collections by signing in and filling out a short Research Form identifying themselves and the materials they are requesting.

We are able to answer requests for information on various collections, but because of limited staffing, we do not provide detailed or long distance reference research on entire collections. Researchers are advised to consult with the staff on using the appropriate finding aids.

The desire to maintain the historical integrity, order and value of our College and manuscript holdings is a basic consideration. Therefore, requests to copy large portions of a collection are discouraged.

Please bear in mind that certain collections may have donor restriction and may not be available, nor may archival or manuscript materials be removed from the Reading Room area or borrowed from the collections.

Photocopying may be permitted in accordance with the College’s copyright polices and at the discretion of the College’s Librarian for Special and Archival Collections. All photocopying is performed by the staff.

Care must be exercised at all times when handling materials. Consuming food or beverages, smoking, and the use of pens are not permitted while using materials.


Our offices are on the lower level of the
Phillips Memorial Library Room LL08

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

401-865-2377 or Email Us