Research Aids

Introduction   Many people may have never heard of Newport's mysterious Stone Tower, known locally to Rhode Islanders as the Old Stone Mill. For Newporters the Stone Tower, situated off historic Bellevue Avenue in Touro Park, needs no introduction and, indeed, those who know it may have taken the Tower's presence for granted. But how many people are aware that a controversy has surrounded the Old Stone Mill for centuries? Numerous theories regarding the Tower’s origin have been proposed, studied, supported, and discounted by countless people.    In an attempt to provide a framework for the... Read More
To Preserve Hidden Treasures: From the Scrapbooks of Charles Bird King   This publication is made possible in part by a grant from the the Rhode Island Commitee for the Humanities an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.   Acknowledgements   Exhibition Curator and Catalog Text: Stephen J. Zietz   Editing, Layout, and Design: Christian-Albrecht Gollub    Maris Humphreys and Myles Byrne assisted in preparation of selected images for the layout. We thank them for their technical expertise.    An additional thank you to Cheryl Helms, who proofread the final copy of the... Read More

Subject guides

The Redwood Library book collection holds over 200,000 volumes, as well as manuscripts, maps, photos, and art works. Within the collection there are many materials relating to architecture and architectural design. These architectural works range in subject from the influence of European design in America to the mathematics involved in building houses. The works include books of local, regional, and international interest and cover the 17th to the 21st centuries.   A description of these diverse works was compiled and published in 2010 with funding from the Rhode Island Council for the... Read More

Finding aids

Manuscript collections at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum relate primarily to Newport and Rhode Island history from the colonial era through the twentieth century. Finding aids for these unique collections are available online for the first time due to funding provided by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation.   Links to online records are available courtesy of the Rhode Island Archival and Manuscripts Collection Online (RIAMCO), a consortium in which the Redwood Library participates. PDF files are also provided for each finding aid under 'PDF Attachments' below.   Questions regarding access... Read More

Online Collections Database

In 2014, the Redwood Library was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): Museums for America grant. With this grant, the Library was able to inventory, catalog, and update PastPerfect (our current collections management software platform) records for over 1,600 items from its collection. These items; which include many of the Library's paitings, works on paper, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts were previously accessible only by staff through an Access database. Now, as a result of this grant project, the Library is able publish these records (many with images of... Read More