COMMISSION: Providence Historical Records Storage ‘Grossly Inadequate’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Providence commission is criticizing how the capital city's historical records are stored, calling the archives “grossly inadequate.”

The special commission, appointed by the City Council, recommended either moving the records or overhauling their moldy, dusty and poorly secured storage space under the City Hall dome.

The new report was prompted by concerns about the records amid the dome's deteriorating conditions.

Last August, Mayor David Cicilline ordered the oldest record in the city's possession – a deed in which Indian leaders granted land to Roger Williams – moved to the state archives. Cicilline's staff
determined the deed could be damaged by humidity at the city archives.
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