Langevin donates congressional archives to Rhode Island College

Langevin Donates Congressional Archives To Rhode Island College

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., speaks with a reporter in his office, Friday, March 25, 2022, in Warwick, R.I. After the Capitol riot, Langevin said he thought briefly that the foolishness and recklessness of dividing the country would finally stop. That didn’t happen, and the Rhode Island Democrat says it’s one reason why he’s leaving Congress. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Congressman Jim Langevin announced Friday that he has donated his congressional archives to Rhode Island College, where he graduated from in 1990.

“The first-rate education that I received at RIC laid the groundwork for my career in public service, so donating my Congressional archives to my alma mater was an easy decision,” Langevin said. “After serving the people of Rhode Island in Congress for the last 22 years, I hope that this collection will contribute to future scholarship about my work on behalf of Rhode Island, the study of Congress, and the history of our beloved state.”

The archives will be located at RIC’s Adams Library and available to the public in April.

“We are proud to provide a permanent home for these important historical documents from one of our most accomplished alumni,” Dr. Jack Warner, president of RIC said. “Housing these vital public records in the Adams Library further enhances Rhode Island College’s stature as an anchor institution for our state.”

These archives will include pictures, Langevin’s speeches, newsletters, important pieces of legislation he sponsored or co-sponsored, constituent correspondence and more.

RIC first received 30 boxes along with digital records last month.

A digital exhibit organized by digital archivist and special collections librarian, Veronica Denison, containing most of the collection is expected to be on Adams Library’s website “sometime in 2023.”

“The collection contains materials relating to the subjects of healthcare, disability, stem cell research, national and cybersecurity, and career and technical education, constituent and official correspondence, legislative memos, homeland security, appropriations, and accomplishments,” Denison said. “This is an exciting resource to add to Special Collections. I am looking forward to making it accessible to the RIC community and the general public.”

A rotating display of the Langevin Papers will be in the library along with a finding aid and collection guide available online.

Once open to the public, anyone who wants to see these archives in the Adams Library Special Collections Reading Room will need to schedule an appointment. Visiting hours for this archive will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

After serving 22 years in Congress, Langevin announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking reelection.

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