Gordon Library's Archives & Special Collections (ASC) actively collects, preserves, and makes available university records, historical and cultural collections, artwork, and objects of enduring value. Archives & Special Collections provides services to the WPI community, scholarly researchers, and the broader public. 

The collections do not circulate, but researchers and visitors can examine WPI's archival and special collections in the Fellman Dickens Reading Room, located on the Ground Floor of Gordon Library. The Reading Room also hosts primary source and instructional sessions as well as small seminar courses utilizing the collections.

For more information about collections or services, or to schedule a research consultation, please call +1-508-831-6112 or e-mail archives@wpi.edu.

Gladwin Gallery

The Gladwin Gallery features exhibitions related to local and institutional history and curriculum, such as The Engaging and Enduring Mr. Dickens and Morgan Construction Company.  The Gladwin Gallery is open during Gordon Library operating hours.


The Fellman Dickens Reading Room is open 1PM-5PM Monday through Thursday, or by appointment 9AM-5PM Monday through Friday when classes are in session. To request an appointment or to arrange for a class session, please contact archives@wpi.edu.


You can contact the staff with any questions or requests by e-mailing archives@wpi.edu or calling +1-508-831-6112

Location and parking

Archives &  Special Collections is located on the ground floor of the George C. Gordon Library. For more information on campus location and parking, please look here.

Donations and Gifts

Archives & Special Collections welcomes materials and funds that support and positively impact WPI’s teaching and research activities.  ASC staff are able to accept materials that have been approved in advance.  To learn more about supporting Archives & Special Collections or Gordon Library please click here.

Appraisal of Items

ASC staff is not able to give monetary appraisal of materials.  To find a qualified appraiser, you may consult one of these resources:

Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers