The Information Research Center (IRC) is THE place to visit to research your next tennis book, work on a thesis paper, prepare for Grand Slam coverage, view old match and interview tapes, and discover interesting details about the rich history of tennis! The Information Research Center was opened on the third floor of the historic Newport Casino to better serve the needs of tennis researchers and scholars, sports media professionals, and tennis enthusiasts who find our archives to be invaluable resources.
The Information Research Center at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is the equivalent of a sleeper player in a draw, a tremendous off-the-beaten path resource that enables visitors to play time traveler. On multiple occasions, I've used the center to research and contextualize articles and television pieces. While the visits were ostensibly for work, they quickly became immensely enchanting.
- Jon Wertheim,
Sports Illustrated & Tennis Channel
The IRC is a comprehensive tennis library and archive devoted to the history of tennis and its great players, the social growth of Newport Society, and the architectural designs of the Newport Casino, a National Historic Landmark.
At the IRC, patrons have access to more than one hundred years of historic documents, publications, photographs, and audio-visual materials relating to the history of the Newport Casino, of tennis, and of the personalities that have made tennis such a fascinating sport. Researchers are welcome to reserve time to make use of our collections in a quiet, secure and comfortable library setting, or to request basic research services from our knowledgeable staff.
IRC resources have been instrumental in many recent publications, including Chris Bowers’ The Book of Tennis and Paul Fein’s Tennis Confidential. The IRC also contributed resources for the production of an A&E Network documentary Mansions, Monuments & Masterpieces-Newport: Playground of the Rich and Famous.
The History Channel, BBC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, FOX Sports, Tennis Channel, BET, and numerous other network, cable and independent media companies have utilized the resources of the International Tennis Hall of Fame's Information Research Center in various productions.
Nearly 30,000 photographic prints and slides of individuals and venues, which chronicle and showcase both the history of the sport of tennis, as well as the beautiful Newport Casino.Photograph and Document Collection
With more than 5,000 printed materials, including yearbooks, media guides, magazines and periodicals, the collection documents the history, players and venues of the sport.Library Collection
Includes nearly 3,500 film, videotape, and audiotape records of major and historic matches and tournaments from around the world, as well as Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies.Audio, Film and Video Collection
The Information Research Center (IRC) is located directly above the Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on the 3rd floor of the historic Newport Casino, 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island. Visitors may make an appointment to conduct research in our library and archives, or our knowledgeable staff is available to provide assistance with research services.
Reservations required, contact IRC Librarian, Meredith Richards, 401-849-3990 | Visitation fee per day: $50
20% discount applies to ITHF members and students with proof of enrollment (or under age 17), military, seniors (60 and over), members of professional library/museum/archiving organizations (with proof of membership).
The facility is open year-round, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday (Excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Days).
Patrons wishing to obtain a reproduction of any photograph from the Information Research Center's Photograph Archives, or to inquire about image licensing and rates, should contact IRC Librarian, Meredith Richards, 401-849-3990
Fees will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
Final product(s) will not be released to patron until payment has been received.
Portions of the collection are available for use in film, television and radio productions. Please contact the Senior Archivist, Troy Gowen, at 401-849-3990 for licensing availability and rates.
Other Fees May Include
|CD/DVD Duplication||$35 per disc / $10 per additional disc|
|$1.50 per minute of footage (completed in-house, min $50)
At cost if done by outside facility
$35 fee for MPEG-2DVD, $10 per additional disc
If created at same time as original
|QuickTime||$10 per disc, created for film/video transfers
fee is in addition to transfer fees
Patrons wishing to use the Information Research Center’s large selection of resources, but unable to make a site visit, are welcome to request IRC staff assistance. IRC staff can perform basic research for patrons, or provide copies of research materials. Inquiries and requests should be directed to IRC Librarian, Meredith Richards, 401-849-3990.
Fees will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
Subject to staff availability
The Information Research Center is dedicated to preserving the documented story of tennis throughout the world. If you are interested in helping achieve this goal by adding to our historic collection of documents, publications, personal papers, photographs, audio recordings, and moving image media, please contact any of the archive staff at your convenience, 401-849-3990.