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Welcome to RISD Archives

RISD’s Archives collects, preserves and provides access to records and artifacts, including photographs and publications that document the history and development of RISD programs, policies and procedures and contributions of individuals and organizations associated with the School and Museum. Records in the Archives date from RISD’s founding in 1877 to the present.

If you are new to archival research or the RISD Archives, you may find our RISD Archives guide helpful. If you are having trouble finding the material you're looking for, please contact an archivist at We are able to search unprocessed material that has not been made public on this site.