Archives and Special Collections

September 16, 2020

Archives and Special Collections

The Providence College Archives and Special Collections is pleased to share new exhibits on display at the Phillips Memorial Library through Fall 2020. In honor of Constitution Day on September 17, these exhibits explore our constitutional right to have our voices heard and be counted:

March to the Ballot Box
Founded in 1939, the Urban League of Rhode Island is a community-based organization whose mission is “the elimination of racial discrimination and segregation in the state, and the achievement of parity for Blacks, and other minorities, and the poor in every phase of American Life.” In the 1960s the Urban League was instrumental in getting Black and underrepresented citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote. This exhibit illustrates a few of the programs and events held by the Urban League of Rhode Island that got people to the polls.

By the Numbers: The U.S. Census 1790-2020
Mandated, by the U.S. constitution, the first U.S. census was conducted in 1790 to determine representation in government: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers….” This exhibit explores how the federal census has changed over time and its impact on the people and politics of the nation.

To contact the Archives and Special Collections at Providence College, please email or call 401-865-2578. You can also access our digital collections anytime!

If you are a person with a disability and require an assistive device, service, or other accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Central Reservation Coordinator (401-865-2070; M-F 8:30am-4:30pm) well in advance of your visit.

Providence College Archives and Special Collections

Phillips Memorial Library
Providence College
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918

Michelle Chiles, Head of Archives and Special Collections

Robin Rancourt, Archives Assistant

The PC Archives & Special Collections is available M-F 8:30-4:30 via remote services including research help, scanning requests, and virtual instruction. Please contact us for more information.