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A Finding Aid describes an archival collection. It includes information about the contents, the size, and history of the collection. Click here for more information. Finding Aids for WSU archives collections are available as PDFs--click on the hotlinked collection title in the boxes below. Some historical WSU publications also have full text available, see below for more information.
WSU Archives Finding Aids
Collections related to Worcester State include core historical materials such as course catalogs, yearbooks, and commencement materials as well as selected faculty papers, student papers, and information about events, programs, and the campus.
Alumni and Advancement Collection, 1886-2019
Biographical information about Worcester State Alumni and activities of the Graduates' and Alumni Associations and the Development Office. Include historic scrapbooks containing clippings, photographs, and ephemera.
Published materials and meeting minutes detailing planning and staging of university anniversary commemorations. The bulk of materials relate to the 100th (1974) and the 125th (1999) observances.
Apprenticeship Materials, 1875-1904
Descriptions of coursework, lectures, campus and town life, and classroom observations compiled by students enrolled in Worcester State's apprenticeship program.
Buildings and Grounds, 1880-2015
These materials document construction and maintenance of campus buildings, equipment, and grounds of Worcester State University's original and current campuses. Included are maintenance and expense reports, construction project descriptions, bids and contracts, and some architectural renderings of buildings and grounds.
Center for the Study of Human Rights, 2004-2017
Materials related to programming and events created or sponsored by Worcester State's Center for the Study of Human Rights (CHSR).
Commencement Materials, 1874-2020
Commencement materials consist largely of graduation program booklets with some related materials. Included are names of graduates, and dates and locations of graduation programs and related events such as lectures, dinners, and musical performances.
Course Catalogs and Related Materials, 1874-2019
Descriptions of course offerings, degree programs, recreational and athletic opportunities, and campus amenities from 1874 to the present. Older volumes include names of students, faculty and staff. Not all volumes are represented in this collection.
Telephone and office directories for Worcester State faculty and staff, from1999-present.
Events and Programs, 1999-2018
Materials related to campus-wide events and programs including convocations, conferences, and awards ceremonies.
Fact Books, 1992-2018
Published materials detailing statistics, academic programs, demographics, achievements, and physical facilities of Worcester State University.
Faculty Papers and Related, 1894-2018
Papers of Worcester State Faculty and related materials. Includes published work and unpublished drafts as well as materials related to teaching and special programs.
Handbooks and Guides, 1933-2008
Student and faculty handbooks and guides detailing general information about campus and local amenities, academic programs, special events, policies and procedures, and information for faculty and staff.
HIstorical Worcester State Administration, 1871-1999
Historical materials related to administrative activities at Worcester State dating from the 1870s to the 1960s.
Historical Clippings, 1945-2007
Newspaper clippings and related materials about Worcester State's history.
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, 1933-2004
Records of the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) Honor Society, Worcester State Chapter. Including founding documents and materials related to programs, events, and membership.
Library Collection, 1878-2019
Materials related to library services at Worcester State University. Includes annual reports for the library and the LRC as well as information about technical services and acquisitions.
Lillian R. Goodman Nursing Department Collection, 1979-2009
This collection documents some graduating classes and includes information about administration and programming.
Collections of poems, prose, short stories, and other literature created and published by the students of Worcester State from the 1930s through to the 1990s.
Marketing Department, 1973-2012
Includes "Communique" and "The Willow" newsletters published by the Worcester State Marketing Department as well as 1200 disks of Photographs documenting campus people, places and events from 2001-2009. An inventory of photographic disks is available upon request.
Office of Student Involvement, 1978-2017
Materials including photographs, event calendars and flyers, and administrative records related to the Office of Student Involvement and the Student Center.
President Clinton Carpenter Papers, 1932-1991
Papers and related ephemera of former Worcester State President Clinton Carpenter (1892-1945) who served in office from 1939-1945.
President Eugene Sullivan Papers, 1947-1960
Papers of President Eugene Sullivan (1905-1981) who was WSU president from 1947-1970. Included are personal and professional correspondence and materials related to WSU's role educating veterans through the National Defense Fund Education Act.
President Phillip Vario Papers, 1977-1990
Papers of former Worcester State President Dr. Philip D. Vairo (1933- ), who served in office from 1982-1991.
President William Aspinwall Papers, 1912-1940
Papers of former Worcester State President William B. Aspinwall (1874-1955) who served in office from 1912-1940.
Rural Education Conferences, 1913-1922
Materials related to the Rural Education Conferences organized by Worcester State.
Student Autobiographies, 1938-1956
Autobiographies of graduating students written as resumes. Includes both personal and academic details. See finding aid for details about access restrictions.
Student Newspapers, 1942-2018
"The Acorn", "The Student Voice", The New Worcester Spy" and related items published by students of Worcester State.
Student Papers and Related, 1912-2016
Varied materials created or collected by students and alumni of Worcester State.
Visual and Performing Arts Department, 1992-2019
Materials related to the Visual and Performing Arts Department (VPA) consisting of promotional materials for performances and other events.
Worcester State Memorabilia 1960-2018
Objects with Worcester State insignia manufactured and distributed as memorabilia or promotional items.
Print yearbooks for Worcester State 1935-2011 absent are volumes 1938, 1956.
Special Collections Finding Aids
The WSU Special Collections includes the papers of Poet and activist Dennis Brutus, the Malcolm Gordon Cartoon Collection, and the Edward J. Zysk Labor Collection. Collections available for research are listed in the finding aids below.
Dennis Brutus Papers, 1858-2013
The Dennis Brutus Collection at WSU encompassing faculty and personal papers, poetry and writings; and related reference collections of South African activist and poet, Dennis Brutus (1924-2009).
Malcolm Gordon Cartoon Collection, 1939-2012
Cartoons, books, periodicals, clippings, correspondence, photocopies, biographical information, and articles reflecting the professional work of Worcester, Massachusetts cartoonist Malcolm Gordon (1929-2011).
Bruce Cohen Labor Collection, 1888-1983
Pamphlets, manuals, newsletters, and government documents related to labor relations collected by WSU Professor, Bruce Cohen and Worcester union organizer, Edward J. Zysk.
The Rare Books collection includes more than 400 rare or unique items. Included are examples of bindings and illustrations from the mid 19th to the mid 20th centuries. There are also a small number of signed editions or limited print runs.
About 75% of rare books are cataloged and can be found in the library's online catalog.
- On the Location dropdown select ARCHIVE and then search.
100% of rare books are listed by title or by author in the documents below.