Cherry Bamberg, co-editor of Rhode Island Roots, a quarterly journal published by the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, arrived at the Providence City Archives with a check today for $1,000 to help with the restoration of Providence Town Council and Town Meeting records that date from the Revolutionary War period.
Cherry Bamberg (left) presents City Archivist Paul Campbell and City Clerk Anna Stetson with a check for $1,000.
The donation by the Genealogical Society will allow a professional bookbinder to repair torn pages, resew the books' signatures, and rebind the books in leather. Bamberg cited Archivist's Paul Campbell's knowledge and enthusiasm as an important factor in the society's decision to contribute to the effort. "The City Archives holds a vast amount of valuable historical records and I am drawn back there time and again to do my research," Bamberg said. "There is so much here, once you see the actual records you want to come back for more." Archivist Paul Campbell stated that with limited city resources, "this very generous contribution will allow these irreplaceable records to be preserved for use by future generations of researchers. This gift by the Genealogical Society encourages us to work even harder to serve those who visit us and redouble our effort to protect these valuable records."
Bamberg also said that many of her colleagues are excited about the improvements at the City Archives. For those who are unaware, the Rhode Island Genealogical Society is not a historical society. It is a group that conducts regular meetings throughout the state to promote genealogical research and members contribute articles to their quarterly journal, Rhode Island Roots. Some of the six hundred or so members are even from foreign countries. Established in 1975, the members continue to find much of their information from archival records and would not be able to create their family trees without them.
The City Archives is located on the fifth floor of City Hall at 25 Dorrance Street in Providence. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The nearly 40,000 cubic feet of records provide researchers a variety of information that span the period from 1636 to the present day. For more information contact archivist Paul Campbell at (401) 421-7740 ext. 558. You can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org