Rhode Island Postal Cards -
First Day of Issue
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Issued March 11, 1999 - Scott #UX303 - GAMM Cachet
The Redwood Library &
Athenaeum is the oldest lending library in the United States.
The library was Founded in 1747 and designed by Peter Harrison.
Construction was completed in 1750. It was the first community library
building in the American Colonies.
The Redwood Library is an
independent subscription library. It is supported by membership fees,
endowments, and gifts. The library provides books, lectures,
exhibitions, displays of fine and decorative arts, performances,
seminars, and other educational activities for members and the public.
The library contains over
160,000 volumes, archives and manuscripts as well as an important
collection of fine and decorative arts.