Information Research Center

Research Library & Archive

Visit the Information Research Center (IRC) to research your next book, work on a thesis paper, prepare for Grand Slam coverage, view old match and interview tapes, search for a book inspiration, 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 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.

The Collection

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

Visit the Information Research Center

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 Miller, 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). 

Research Services

PHOTO SERVICES

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 Miller, 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.

AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES

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

Film/Video transfer
to digital  

$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

STAFF RESEARCH SERVICES

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 Miller, 401-849-3990.

Fees will be assessed on a case-by-case basis 
Subject to staff availability

Donate to the Collection

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.