Local History


Doing researchRhode Island Newspapers

The library has back issues of the following local newspapers:

  • Newport Daily News (1846 to the present) (microfilm)
  • Newport Mercuryy (1829 – 1863, missing years in the 1840’s) (microfilm)
  • Newport Mercury (1835 – 1935, missing some dates) (bound volumes)
  • Providence JournalĀ  (1973 – present) (microfilm)
  • Providence Journal (1983 – present) (online through Proquest)

Historical Newspapers – Online

Early Rhode Island newspapers are available online through Newsbank. Included in this resource are:

  • Newport Mercury (1758-1842, missing some years)
  • Newport Herald (1787-1791)
  • Providence Gazette (1762-1825)

The Newport Daily News Index

The library staff has created an in-house, automated index to the Newport Daily News from mid-1996 to the present. This index can only be used on library computers in the Adult Reference area.


Historical Preservation Reports

Published in the 1970s and 80s, these historical preservation reports were scanned from copies in our Special Collections. They provide unique information about historic buildings and neighborhoods in Newport, and we hope you will enjoy them. All these reports and more are also available at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission’s website.

Kay-Catherine-Old Beach Neighborhood

Kay-Catherine-Old Beach Neighborhood

Southern Thames Street cover image

Southern Thames Street Neighborhood

West Broadway Neighborhood (cover image)

West Broadway Neighborhood





Historical Photographs on Flickr

Greystone on Ochre Point

Greystone on Ochre Point Avenue, 1883

NPL Historical Pictures is a collection of historical photographs of places in and around Newport, Rhode Island. Most were taken by Clarence Stanhope, photographer, and donated to the library by the Newport Historical Society.We encourage you to take a look at these wonderful old pictures and leave a comment if you have any more information to add. For publication or display-quality copies of these photographs, please contact the Newport Historical Society.