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Collections in the University Archives


Several of our collections have been processed and have finding aids available online for our users to browse.  If you are interested in accessing any of these collections, please contact our Archivist, Heidi Benedict, to set up an appointment.



Accreditation Records, 1947 - 2006

Annual Reports of the President, 1956 - 2008

Artifacts and Memorabilia, 1960 - 2009

Birss Memorial Lecture Series, 2000 - 2012

Building Program and Projects, 1964 - 1985

Diversity at Roger Williams University, 1987 - 2009

Downing, George T. Papers, 1850 - 1856

Faculty Research, 2000 - 2009

Fulton Family Papers, 1870 - 1970

Newsletters Collection, 1969 - 2000

Roger Williams Family Association Collection, 1636 - 2007

Roger Williams University Library Records, 1969 - 2000

Special Collections 1, 1948 - 2011

Student Newspapers, 1961 - 2010

Student Research, 1983 - 2010

University Policies Reference Collection, 1975 - 2009

Yearbook Collection, 1970 - 2007


Making a Gift to the Archives

Gifts of materials are an important means of collection building and the Archives is pleased to receive offers of materials from both individuals and institutions. However, the Archives makes every effort to acquire only gifts that are within the scope of its collection development policy and that are not substantially available elsewhere.

The Archivist will appraise potential gift material to identify that which merits permanent preservation in the Archives. The Archives reserves the right to refuse material that does not meet the selection criteria outlined in this collection policy statement. The Archivist will, if required, offer guidance on appropriate repositories for such material.

Transferring Material to the Archives

The Archives provides for the secure long-term storage of the records and ensures their accessibility in accordance to established policies. When records are transferred to Archives, they become part of the Library's Archives and Special Collections [Area] and are subject to the same terms and conditions of use and reproduction as other items held by that area. Unless otherwise specified, up to two copies of any item will be maintained in the Archives, one for use by patrons and one for preservation purposes. Additional copies of materials in high demand will be considered for storage. A collection transfer record should accompany all transfers to the Archives.