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State Survey: Overview

survey books
Survey books (clockwise): Downtown Providence, Pawtucket, Foster, Lincoln, and North Kingstown

Over the past 26 years, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission has produced 60 survey publications for each of the state’s 39 towns, for specific neighborhoods, and for thematic projects. Although the publications are out-of-print, they remain invaluable resources for researchers, history buffs, and residents.

All survey publications have been converted into pdf-format documents to read online and to download. Click on each title. 

To read and print the pdf-format documents, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader.  If you don't have this program, click the button below to get a free copy:

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NOTE: the pdf files are very large. If you have a dial-up connection, it is possible that you will not be able to download them. If you have difficulty downloading a file, you may contact Sarah Zurier for assistance by email or call her at (401)222-4142.

List of Publications:

Barrington
Block Island
Bristol
Burrillville
Central Falls
Charlestown*
Coventry*
Cranston
  also: Pawtuxet Village
Cumberland
East Greenwich
East Providence
Exeter 
Foster 
Glocester
Hopkinton 
Jamestown
Johnston
Lincoln
Little Compton
Middletown 
Narragansett*
  also: Narragansett Pier 
Newport--see:
  African-Americans of Newport*
  Kay-Catherine-Old Beach Rd.
  Southern Thames Street*
  West Broadway
North Kingstown
North Providence
North Smithfield*
Pawtucket
Portsmouth
Providence (Citywide)
 also:  Downtown
          East Side*
          Elmwood
          Providence Industrial Sites
          Smith Hill
          South Providence*
          West Side
Richmond
Scituate 
Smithfield 
South Kingstown
Tiverton
Warren
Warwick
  also: Pawtuxet Village
West Greenwich
West Warwick
Westerly
Woonsocket

RI Statewide--see:
  Historic Highway Bridges of RI
  Historic Landscapes of RI*
  Native American Archaeology*
Outdoor Sculpture of RI

  RI Engineering/Industrial Sites
  RI: State-Owned Hist. Properties* 
  State Houses of RI

*A few copies of these publications are available for sale from RIHP&HC. Email Sarah Zurier or call her at (401)222-4142.