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Worcester State University Archives and Special Collections

About Archives and Special Collections

The Worcester State University Archives and Special Collections (ASPC) include materials that are rare, unique or historical. The ASPC contains three collections: 

  • The Worcester State University Archives which includes university-related materials such as course catalogs, graduation programs, historic photographs, student newspapers, and selected faculty and presidential papers from 1874-present. 
  • Rare Books which include topics on local and regional history some titles in popular fiction and social justice issues. 
  • Special Collections which include the Dennis Brutus collection of personal papers and manuscripts. 

Most ASPC materials are available to WSU students and faculty and the general public for scholarly or independent research. Hours are 1:00 - 4:00 Wednesdays or by appointment.

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Worcester Normal School students participating in a patriotic pageant, circa 1920.

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Current Exhibit

What are Archives and Special Collections?  Learn about the WSU Archives and Special Collections with this exhibit of selected materials. Included on view is an 1874 library accession book, a Worcester State Teachers College make-up compact from the 1950s, and a 1972 yearbook. The case is adjacent to the Archives and Special Collections office, LRC room L 328A. 

How do I use the Archives collections?

The ASCP reading room is located in the LRC,  room L 328A. 

The materials in ASPC are unique, rare, fragile, or valuable so they must be used in the ASCP only. 

  • Bring a pencil (no pens, please)
  • Bring your ID so you can sign in.
  • Non-flash photos are permitted. 



How do I find archives in the collection?

Finding Aids are being developed which will serve as guides to the collection. In the meantime, visit the Collections tab on this page to learn more or ask the archivist. 


Ross Griffiths
Rm. L 328-A, LRC