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Worcester State University Archives and Special Collections

About Archives and Special Collections

The Worcester State University Archives and Special Collections include materials that are rare, unique or historical: 

  • 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. 

Materials are available for scholarly or independent research to members of the Worcester State community and the general public. Hours are 1:00 - 4:00 Wednesdays or by appointment-- Please check the WSU Library calendar for changes to regular hours. 

Featured image from the University Archives collection

Worcester State students relax in a Chandler Village lounge, 1973. 


View more historic photos on the Archives Flickr Page 

Featured Collection

The Worcester State University Commencement Materials collection documents Worcester State commencement exercises from the founding in 1874 to the present. Included are names of graduates, speakers, and other honorees, descriptions of musical selections and readings, and information about venues. This collection includes the most complete list of WSU graduates in the entire Archives.  For more information or to view this collection's finding aid, visit the the collections page. 

Archives, Rare Books, and Special Collections links.

Current Exhibits

Historic Photograph and Film Types

Featured are several types of historic photographs and film types found in the WSU Archives collections. Included is an 1890s albumen print, a glass lantern slide, and technical information about each type. 


The LRC at 50. To commemorate the 50th birthday of the LRC building, this exhibit looks at the history of library services at Worcester State from 1874 to the present. On view in the LRC main floor. 

How do I use the Archives collections?

The Archives reading room is located in the Learning Resource Center (LRC),  room L 328A. Archives materials are unique, rare, fragile, or valuable so they don't circulate and must be used only in the reading room. 

When planning your visit: 

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



How do I discover archives in the collection?

Use available Finding Aids by visiting the Collections tab on this page or ask the Archivist. 

Can I donate my Worcester State stuff?

Yes! We collect nearly all Worcester State-related materials including memorabilia, photos, course materials, faculty publications, event fliers, handbooks, and promotional items such as t-shirts, mugs, and buttons.

We don't pay money for materials, but your donation may be tax deductible. Contact the archivist for more information.

High on the Archives wish list. 

  • Yearbooks from 1973, 1980, and 2000.
  • Yearbooks from before 1967.
  • Issues of The Acorn student newspaper (published 1942-1967).
  • Commencement Exercise programs from 1971, and 1973.
  • Student Handbooks 1940-1958 and 2008-the present.
  • Faculty Handbooks pre 1965 and 1974-the present.
  • Staff/employee handbooks for all departments and from all years. 

Your donations help preserve Worcester State History.