Please contact Becca Bender, Film Archivist and Curator of Recorded Sound, for more information about the MIRS Collections:

Moving Image Collections [1915 – present]

The RIHS Moving Image Collections consist of more than 9 million feet of moving image film from local news stations, home movies, and early Rhode Island film studios.
The moving image collections may be searched in our online catalog, NETOP, by setting the Quick Limit to Film.

Recorded Sound Collections [1970 – present]

Gigi burger Collection

Compiled by Gigi Burger, this collections documents the Rhode Island Jazz scene from 1974 – 1991. Ms. Burger spent more than two decades visiting concert halls, community halls and drinking establishments recording performances by Rhode Island jazz artists Jean McKenna, David McKenna, Bill Weston, Duke Belair and Vince Carmen.

oral histories

The recorded sound collections contain more than 3,000 oral histories on reel-to- reel and cassette tape, some of which have been transcribed. Topics for the oral history projects include: Rhode Island Folklore, Rhode Island Working Women, Woonsocket Labor Activities, Rhode Island’s Islands and Temple Beth-El – Providence.