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National Sampler:
Selections from Rhode Island Collections

David Ward raking  quahogs
David Ward raking quahogs off the Rhode Island coast. Rhode Island Folklife Project. Photo by Tom Burns, August, 1979.

The smallest of the United States in landmass, and one of the original Thirteen Colonies, Rhode Island is located in the New England region. Providence is both the state's capitol and its largest city. Nicknamed "The Ocean State," Rhode Island has an extensive shoreline and its history is very much intertwined with the sea. Agriculture and industry — especially textile milling and specialized manufacturing — have also played an important part in Rhode Island's history and culture.

The following examples from the American Folkife Center's Archive include folklife interviews, ethnographic photographs, songs, ballads, instrumental music, and oral histories from various collections. This sampler serves as an overview and introduction to the American Folklife Center's extensive holdings documenting this state's cultural heritage.

For more information about the American Folklife Center's Rhode Island collections and services, go to Foklife in Your State: Rhode Island. For a more complete list of collections, see the finding aid, Rhode Island Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture.

View Selected Photographs From the Collections

Browse the Rhode Island Audio Samples and Notes (18 tracks)

These audio recordings require free media software available from RealPlayer External Link.


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