Mollis will present state archives Thursday

Mollis will present state archives Thursday

PROVIDENCE - Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will demonstrate the new State Archives Online Catalog during an official unveiling at Rhode Island College's Alger Hall 110 this Thursday, Oct. 17, at 8:30 a.m.

Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo, along with Whitney Blankenship, coordinator of secondary history education and assistant professor of educational studies/history, and her students will join Mollis. The public is invited.

"I am proud today to unveil the State Archives Online Catalog to the public," said Mollis in a news release last week. "This is an invaluable tool for anyone interested in accessing information about the holdings, detailed finding aids, images, and links to other resources from the comfort of their own home, school, work, or when they're on the go."

Mollis said he is committed "to preserving our history and making government more open and accessible. This will no doubt be a model for other states around the country. I am so proud of my team for making this vision a reality for Rhode Islanders."

The Office of Secretary of State preserves, and makes available for research Rhode Island's historical public records, which date from 1638 to the present. The reception area of the State Archives office, located at 337 Westminster St. in Providence, also features exhibits that are free and open to the public during normal business hours.

State archives include such items as images of original letters from Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock, and a request by a Rhode Island vehicle owner for a "low license plate number" from 1904.

To view the catalog, visit www.sos.ri.gov and select the State Archives tab on the left.