Digital Resources for Collections Access

Gladys: Online Collections Database

For scholars, researchers, and enthusiastic members of the public.
Online catalog of artifacts, photographs and archival collections with keyword and advanced searching, as well as some browsing capabilities. While not all collection items are represented online yet, more are consistently added to Gladys as data is updated and verified. There are approximately 7,000 artifacts, photographs, and manuscript items currently online. It also features a randomizer, which allows for fun and unexpected Pinterest-style browsing of NHS collections.


Finding Aids

For serious scholars and researchers.
Completed finding aids for formally arranged archives and manuscript collections. This resource allows users to access finding aids in several formats (either PDF or the web via RIAMCO) and features transcriptions or images of archival material when available.


Archives and Manuscripts Collection Inventory

For serious scholars and researchers.
A PDF available for download that represents the first step in an ongoing process to provide scholar and researcher access while more formal processing is underway. While this spreadsheet contains many unprocessed or unarranged collections and may contain incomplete information or inaccuracies, it is the first time in the Society’s history that a comprehensive manuscript resource has been made available to the public.


Newport History Online

Free for NHS members or subscribers.
Past issues of the NHS’ academic journal, Newport History, is available for download through Salve University. Access to this database is a benefit of membership. Year-long subscriptions can also be purchased for $30. To inquire about subscribing, please call us at (401) 846-0813.


Digital Exhibits

For everyone: historians, scholars, history buffs, Newport residents, tourists.
As part of Explore Historic Newport, visitors can view current and past exhibits displayed at the Museum of Newport History. Also available are born-digital exhibits on various Newport related topics, such as the Common Burying Ground Mapping ProjectHurricanes in Newport, and the Consumer Revolution in Newport.


Explore Historic Newport 

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For everyone: historians, scholars, history buffs, Newport residents, tourists.
The web-based app is accessible with any internet-capable device, including desktop computers. It synthesizes educational content, such as walking tours and other scholarship, with collections items such as historical photographs. The app’s GPS enabled interactive map pinpoints nearby historic sites. Developed with founding sponsor, Lila Delman Real Estate.

Coming in July 2014, you’ll be able to download this app from the Apple AppStore and Android GooglePlay!


FOUND!

The Lost & Found project is a multi-year effort to gain appropriate intellectual control over a large, important, and multi-media collection at the NHS. The goal of the project to assemble and store sufficient information to allow the NHS staff and the public to find and use the collections for research and education. During this process, we have re-discovered unique and important collection items that have given us pause. We post these exciting discoveries periodically with some brief research.


 History Bytes

A blog highlighting tidbits of information from Newport’s history (collections items are not always featured). Posts generally tie in with seasonal activities and historic anniversaries.