Special Collections

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Gordon Library
100 Institution Road
Worcester MA , 01609
FAX: (508)831-5829
  http://www.wpi.edu http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/IMS/Library/ http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/IMS/Library/Archives http://www.wpi.edu/ library/Archives
Institution Contact(s):
  Rodney Obien, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian (508)831-6612 robien@wpi.edu
Seasonal Hours:
  During semester breaks: M-Th 8:00AM-10:00PM F 8:00AM-5:00PM
Online Catalog:
  Web: http://library.wpi.edu/cgi-bin/webvoyage.cgi?DD=local&PAGE=First
Services for the Disabled:
  Handicapped parking
Other Services:
  Exhibits and tours
Bibliographic Utility:
Name: Archives & Special Collections
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Rodney Obien, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian (508)831-6612 robien@wpi.edu
Hours: M-F 8:00AM-2:00PM
Collections: 8
Formats: 1,000 linear feet of manuscripts 400 linear feet of archives 3,000 volumes of monographs 12 linear feet of newspapers 8,000 photographs pamphlets 30 reels of microforms 50 audio tapes 52 video tapes 23 oral histories 10 8mm. motion picture reels ephemera realia/artifacts 50 volumes of diaries art works 35 maps
Collection Description:
  Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Institutional Records
Charles Dickens Collection (Finding Aid)
Theo Brown Diaries
Engineering Education History
Electrical Engineering History
Hydraulics History
Agricultural Equipment History
WPI History
Access: Access only in reading room, supervised Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff Photocopying is done by the staff, for a fee Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff
Loans: Loans for exhibits only
Finding Guides Available:
  Guides for manuscript collection Guides for archives' records groups Guide to photographic collection Specialized indexes Guide to monographic collection
Directions: FROM THE EAST: Take I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) to Exit 11A (I-495). Proceed north to I-290, then West into Worcester. Take Exit 18, turn right at end of ramp, then an immediate right before next traffic light. At next light, proceed straight through, bearing to the right on Salisbury Street. At the WPI sign, turn left onto Boynton Street, then right onto Institution Road, then right onto West Street. Visitor parking is on the left after footbridge. FROM THE NORTH: Take I-495 South to I-290. Follow directions as from East. FROM THE SOUTH AND WEST: Take I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) to Exit 10 (Auburn). Proceed East on I-290 into Worcester. Take Exit 17, turn left at end of ramp, follow Route 9 West through Lincoln Square, straight onto Highland Street, then right at light onto West Street and through first intersection. Visitor parking is on the left after footbridge.