YOUR CITY. YOUR PAST. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
Digital Worcester (DW) emerged out of a partnership between Worcester Historical Museum and the Humanities and Arts Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The project now includes Worcester Public Library as a collaborator in bringing rare historical materials to a broader audience through digitization and web-accessibility.
DW’s mission is two-fold: (1) to use digital technologies to make internet-accessible historical materials that illuminate Worcester’s rich past and (2) to develop compelling crowdsourcing applications to engage both local and national audiences in interpreting and analyzing big historical data relating to Worcester’s urban industrial growth in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. DW brings together both material scanned from the collections of Worcester Historical Museum and from large, online purveyors of digital content, like Google Books, Internet Archive, and Hathi Trust. With the contents of each volume fully searchable by keyword, DW makes it easier for you to discover your story.