The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded more than $28,000 in grants to promote public access to historic records.
The foundation says the grants are from a fund created by philanthropist Herman Rose in 1986.
Among those awarded the funds include groups working to document African-American history, expand library services and document local histories in Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence will use its grant to digitize architectural drawings related to the construction of the Providence Athenaeum and Arcade by 19th-century architect Russell Warren.
Other projects include creating recordings of long-time Latino residents for a Latino oral history collection, preserving objects for display at Glocester's 18th-century farmhouse the Dr. Reuben Mason House and converting video tapes to DVD at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol.