Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is one of the nation's earliest technological universities. Founded in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1865, the Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science (later Worcester Polytechnic Institute) developed an innovative approach to the education and training of a new class of professional engineers and scientists through a combination of hands-on practice and classroom instruction.
Archives & Special Collections has many historical resources from university records, published and unpublished histories, yearbooks, course catalogs, student publications and images which chronicle the history of WPI from its founding in 1865 through the present. Collections available digitally can be found in DigitalCommons@WPI . Information on the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration can be found at 150 Years : Imagine More .