- Associated Press - Sunday, November 27, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Providence Public Library has opened a large compilation of Rhode Island genealogical material to researchers.

The library acquired The James N. Arnold Collection in November 2015 and archivists have finished processing it.

The library says Arnold, who died in 1927, worked to provide accurate records related to Rhode Island history.

Arnold, of Cranston, Rhode Island, transcribed local church records, pension rolls, burial records and town papers. The library says he published an eight-volume set on southern Rhode Island’s history and the first comprehensive set of vital records for the state.

When he died, the collection of historical research, publications, personal papers and personal library was given to the Knight Memorial Library in Providence.

The Providence Public Library says many researchers have been eagerly waiting to access the outstanding compilation.

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