SKPL Digital Collections

Digital Timeline of South Kingstown History

In 2023, South Kingstown celebrates the 300th anniversary of its 1723 incorporation. This digital timeline, created for the tricentennial by South Kingstown Public Library Local History Librarian Jessica Wilson, showcases events and people who have played a role in shaping the Town's history. 

The Narragansett Times, 1855-1980NarragansettTimesSquareIcon
Access the Narragansett Times newspaper from 1855-1980 online. Grant funding has allowed the library to digitize 70 reels of microfilm, which are now freely available by remote access on a searchable platform. This project was made possible by the RI Office of Library and Information Services and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Weaverweaver
Images of The Weaver sculpture by Daniel Chester French on the grounds of Peace Dale Library. Included are the earliest known photograph of The Weaver in place, c.1920, by Dexter W. Hoxie, and a series taken in 2002 by Joseph McGovern, shortly after the sculpture's conservation that year. 

Peace Dale, early 1900's: Photographs by Dexter W. Hoxie 
This collection contains images captured in and around Peace Dale, RI, c. 1900-1925, that are known or believed to have been taken by Dexter W. Hoxie (1864-1943). Hoxie served as a personal secretary to the Hazard family for many years. His work includes photographs of members of the family and their homes, as well as village images.
DH PD Library and fountain

This collection from Robert Beverly Hale Library contains images of Matunuck dating from about 1900 to 1967.
Joseph Peace Hazard Diary
Joseph Peace Hazard (1807-1892) kept this handwritten ledger/diary of nearly 400 pages from the 1840's to about 1890. Click on "Date Added" to see files in numerical order.
Hazard Diary 177

A selection of transcribed pages from the diary of Joseph Peace Hazard (1807-1892), shown alongside the handwritten images.
Joseph Peace Hazard Photographs
This collection contains images owned by Joseph Peace Hazard (1807-1892), with subjects ranging from the Hazard Castle, Druid's Dream, people he knew, and portrait photographs of himself. 

Joseph Peace Hazard

This collection contains images from Peace Dale Library's 1976 Narragansett Pier Railroad exhibit, and from a NPRR Right of Way and Track Map.
NPRR train
Peace Dale Library Artifacts
This developing collection contains images of various historical items in Peace Dale Library's collections or in the building. 
south county magazine photo
Peace Dale Library Postcard Collection
Historic postcards of local landmarks from Peace Dale Library's Photograph Collection. Front and back of of each postcard are included.  
Neighborhood Guild color postcard
Peace Dale Manufacturing Company
This small collection contains images of mill workers in the Peace Dale mill, c. 1900.
women mill workers in mill