The Newport Historical Society today announced that it has recently completed a digitization project in partnership with UK-based publishers Adam Matthew, to scan materials for their e-textbook: The Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

The Newport Historical Society says that over 16,000 images of its collections were captured, including the Newport Casino Bulletin (1899-1910), Newport Directories (1873-1900), Havemeyer photograph albums (1896-1925), and other object and manuscript materials from the turn of the 20th century.

The NHS says that it is pleased to have these materials digitized, as part of our ongoing mission to preserve our collections and facilitate research through our Academic Services. 

Covering industry, culture, and politics this varied collection offers a fresh perspective on a much-discussed period of American history. From the opulent mansions and lavish social scene documented by the NHS, to trade union arbitration records for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, The Gilded Age and Progressive Era charts an age of contradiction.

The Gilded Age and Progressive Era is the most expansive and varied digital collection of primary source material available for the study of the period. A time of huge wealth and rising social inequality, the resource covers a broad range of themes from architecture to labor movements, to philanthropy and progressivism. It stands as a truly varied collection of material charting the contradictions of the age,” says Lauren Morgan, Head of Editorial Production for Adam Matthew Digital in a statement.

To find out more about The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, or to request a free trial of the resource, visit

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Fort Adams Trust, Lucy's Hearth, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

In 2020, he was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.