At the heart of the Newport
Historical Society stands its rich and extensive collections. They are of international
importance, measured by their intrinsic value as sources of information about the past and
by their use by patrons from around the world, and they reflect all aspects of Newport
County's fascinating history.
The collections illuminate the history of the region, the country, and
even the development of the Atlantic World, especially in the 18th century. Because they
document so much of Newport County's and our country's heritage, the Society's collections
are, in fact, a national treasure.
The museum collection contains over 10,000 objects; more than 500
paintings, prints, and maps; and more than 200,000 photographs. Our research library
contains approximately 12,000 volumes, and our special collections consist of 1,500 shelf
feet of manuscript and archival material.