The Rhode Island Genealogical Society is honoring Paul Campbell, the former Providence city archivist who was fired in December, 2015 by the city council.
Campbell, who is also a noted Rhode Island historian, will receive an award for ``exemplary service to Rhode Island Genealogy by a public employee,’’ the society said in a news release.
The society called Campbell’s abrupt firing an `unwarranted dismissal’ that ``has come as a severe blow to Rhode Island researchers everywhere.’’
Campbell as archivist from 2010 until last December. He was known for protecting records and preserving historic documents, as well as regularly presenting exhibitions of aspects of city history, including the fire department and the long history of baseball in the capital city.
The award will be given on Sunday (May 15th) at the society’s annual meeting, which will be held at the North Kingstown United Methodist Church, beginning at 1 p.m. The church is located at 450 Boston Neck Road in North Kingstown.
Campbell was known for his generous help to researchers and historians delving into Rhode Island’s past. He has filed a grievance over his firing, which is pending.
Campbell was fired in a two-sentence letter by the city clerk that gave no reason for his ouster, except to inform him that he would not be reappointed.