Special Collections

Special Collections includes nearly 20,000 important and rare printed books, periodicals, and artist' books that date from as early as the 16th century to present. Historical as well as contemporary materials cover the fine arts, architecture, photography, decorative arts, and design. These collections provide primary resources and inspirational materials for the RISD community and outside researchers.

Dale Reading Room for Archives + Special Collections

2nd Floor, room 201 | 401 709-5923 | risdspecial@risd.edu

Hours this week

Contact

Drop-in visits for viewing one or two items are welcome. For more in depth assistance, please make an appointment.


Staff Contacts

  • Claudia Covert

    Special Collections Librarian
    ccovert@risd.edu | 401 709-5927
  • Ariel Bordeaux

    Senior Library Assistant, Special Collections
    abordeau@risd.edu | 401 709-5923