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Archives: Online Resources for Local and Regional History

Worcester State University Archives and Special Collections

Published histories of the Worcester region

Beginning in the mid-19th century, a number of histories were published about Worcester City and County. Like most histories of the time, they focus mainly on prominent people and businesses but some include vital records of ordinary citizens. Some publications include photographic images, information about the built environment, and profiles of business and industry from the region's heyday as a manufacturing center. 

The publications featured here are full-text digital versions available through the Internet Archive. Some of these publications exist in print in the WSU Rare Books collection. See the collections page on this guide for more details. 

City of Worcester

Broader Massachusetts Collections

Worcester County and Region

Featured Resource

Dictionary of Worcester

This 1889 volume includes an encyclopedic listing of Worcester-related topics ranging from Adams Square to the Zoological Club as well as various city maps. Be sure to view the various newspaper clippings pasted into the front and back pages.