Telegram & Gazette Highlights WPI Library’s Historical Collections

The (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette features an article on a grant WPI’s Gordon Library will use to preserve its vast special and rare archive collections.

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Treasured objects and artifacts held by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will be preserved for future generations with help from the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The July 16, 2009 edition of the (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette features an article on the grant from IMLS, and how it will be used to preserve the university’s rare collections.

WPI’s institutional archives are well- known for the Robert Fellman-Charles Dickens collection and Theo Brown Diaries. The archives also hold, however, The Woodbury Collection – fine bird’s-eye view ink and gouache drawings up to 6 feet long of Worcester-area factories from the 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition, through the support of Professor Diran Apelian, director of WPI’s Metal Processing Institute, the university’s Special Collections Office recently received a large gift of metal sculptures by the respected artist Bernard Brenner.  Documenting the history of WPI, the archives preserve early movie films of WPI football games, hundreds of photographs of students and alumni, in addition to printed material and manuscripts. Special Collections also collects board games, video game cartridges, and related hardware to support WPI’s Interactive Media & Game Development program. In addition to preserving and protecting its collections, the Gordon Library has started several digitization projects with the aim of protecting the university’s original materials, while making rare and unique resources, such as the Fellman-Charles Dickens collection, available to research and scholars worldwide.

For more information, please read WPI’s announcement of the grant award

July 16, 2009

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