The RISD Museum of Art held the Rhode Island Architecture exhibition 1939 June 18-December 5. Architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Jr. developed the exhibition under Director Alexander Dorner with Museum Assistant Barbara Wriston. The exhibition surveyed 300 years of RI buildings with much of the photographic material coming from architectural historian and preservationist Antoinette Downing's 1937 work "The Early Homes of Rhode Island" and the Historic American Buildings Survey.
The exhibition's photograph panels came under the purview of the Museum's Education Department, which loaned them to local and national educational and civic institutions. The RI Historical Society acquired the panels sometime after 1953 and transferred them to the RISD Archives in 2011. View the RIAMCO finding aid for more information.