The Urban League of Rhode Island Collection is a unique body of materials with its files spanning the period 1938 through 1970. The Collection tells the story of the League's early trials and tribulations, programs, and successes and failures. It also chronicles the story of the National Urban League through the eyes of a local affiliate. Begun almost as a one-man operation, the League developed into a multifaceted operation by the late 1960's. And, lastly, the Collection is largely the story of James N. Williams, the first director, who served for thirty years in Providence and participated in the triumphs in the battle for racial equality in this nation.