Welcome to the Westborough Archive Website!

“For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?” –Cicero, Orator, 120

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Follow these links to explore local history resources available at the Westborough Public Library:

  • The Westborough Digital Repository – The Westborough Public Library’s own digital repository of photographs, documents, manuscripts, and more. A fun place to browse and learn about Westborough’s past!
  • The Westborough History Catalog – Descriptions of all the physical archival collections held at the Westborough Public Library. Use the links on the left of the Westborough History Catalog page to search or browse collections.
  • The Westborough Archive Blog – The Westborough Public Library’s community blog for local history. Read local history as told by Westborough residents, and contribute your own article or story about Westborough history!
  • Westborough Collections in the Digital Commonwealth – Complete digitized collections of Westborough’s most important archival holdings, available in the Digital Commonwealth.
  • Westborough Local History Videos on YouTube – Videos from the Westborough Public Library’s local history collections.

Additional online local history resources:

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“The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it . . . history is literally present in all that we do.” –James Baldwin

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About Local History and Genealogy at the Westborough Public Library:

The Westborough Room, located on the main floor of the Westborough Public Library, was established to help preserve Westborough’s history. Its collection consists of vital records to 1850, vital records of Westborough to the 1990’s, family genealogies, town reports, genealogy publications, maps, photographs, and other materials of local historical and genealogical interest.

The Westborough Room Collection is a non-circulating collection. Please check the historical use policies for information on the use or reproduction of Westborough Room materials.

The Westborough Room also houses a collection of historic town documents, some dating back to the early 1700’s. Parts of the collection have been digitized at the Boston Public Library, and are available via Digital Commonwealth. For information about the historic documents, contact Anthony Vaver, Local History Librarian, at 508-366-3050 ext. 5284 or email avaver@town.westborough.ma.us.

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The Westborough Public Library is an NEH Grant Recipient for “‘Westborough: Your Town – Your History’ Scanning Day,” that was held on February 4, 2017. View an online exhibit showcasing some of the major themes that emerged from the items that people brought in to have digitized, and read about the event in the Community Advocate.

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“There is nothing more powerful than a people, than a nation, steeped in its history. And there are few things as noble as honoring our ancestors by remembering.” –Lonnie G. Bunch III