Archives & Special Collections
WPI Archives and Special Collections
Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Archives and Special Collections Department collects, houses, and preserves artifacts and historical records that chronicle the University's history since its establishment in 1865, as well as manuscripts, rare books, art, and other collections.
The University Archives' holdings include early school records, academic and administrative departments' records, student and alumni organization records, and the papers of past WPI presidents. Also among the holdings: Yearbooks, school newspapers, alumni publications, photographs, and WPI memorabilia.
The Special Collections' holdings include a rare book library that consists of roughly 4,000 old and unique editions ranging in topics from science and technology to American and British literature to the histories of Worcester and New England. One of the oldest books in the library is the 1561 edition of De Re Metallica, a text on mining, which was written by Georg Agricola.
Our manuscript collection includes faculty and alumni papers, a Worcester corporate archive, and art and literature collections.
We host exhibitions of WPI-related history in our Gladwin Gallery. Recent exhibitions include: Worcester's Morgan Construction Company, the Thomas Card Camera Collection, and the Theo Brown Diaries.
WPI’s Archives and Special Collections Department is located on the Ground Floor of the George C. Gordon Library.
Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays, weekends, and holidays.
Archive hours are subject to change, and appointments are recommended.
Not everything in the collection is digitized, so if you are searching for a resource and can't find it, please ask us for help. We will attempt to track it down for you or direct you to another helpful resource.
For more information about the Library's Archives and Special Collections or to schedule an appointment, please contact Margaret Anderson, WPI Archivist, +1-508-831-6112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.