Anne A. Reid and Garry Kessler Papers

Digital files for Annie Reid and Garry Kessler’s “Wildflowers of the Westborough Reservoir.”

Official collection name: Anne A. Reid and Garry Kessler Papers

Location: Digital Files (not yet filed)

Local identifier: LH.084

Creator: Garry Kessler and Anne A. Reid

Date: 1999-2002

Extent: Digital files

Subject: Wildflowers–Massachusetts–Westborough

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Architectural Drawings Collection – LH.057

Architectural drawings of 18 West Main Street, the Forbes Building, and one for a Post Office that apparently was never built.

Official collection name: Architectural Drawings Collection

Location: Roll Box

Local identifier: LH.057

Creator: Westborough Public Library

Date: 1891-1950

Extent: 2 linear feet

Subject: Architectural design–Westborough (Mass.)

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Audio-Video Collection – LH.004

Video casettes, film rolls, DVDs, casette tapes, reel to reel tape. Miscellaneous films, videos, and audio tapes documenting Westborough life and history, plus the Westborough Public Library Oral History Project. Also includes a CD published by the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings of a folk program recorded live at The Old Vienna Kaffeehaus in Westborough in 1993 (Box 2).

Official collection name: Audio-Video Collection

Location: Elevator Room and online

Local identifier: LH.004

Creator: Westborough Public Library

Date: Undetermined

Extent: 2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Subject: Westborough (Mass.)–Motion pictures; Westborough (Mass.)–Audiocasettes

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Digitized History Collection – LH.056

A miscellaneous collection of digitized images relating to Westborough. Created as a digital equivalent to the “Local History By Subject” (LH.001) vertical file collection.

Official collection name: Digitized History Collection.

Location: Westborough Digital Repository

Local identifier: LH.056

Creator: Westborough Public Library

Date: Undetermined

Extent: N/A

Subject: Local history–Westborough (Mass.); Westborough (Mass.)–Social life and customs

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Ebenezer Parkman Project – LH.080

The Ebenezer Parkman Project is a unique collaborative effort to digitize, transcribe, and make accessible the remarkable writings of Rev. Ebenezer Parkman, Westborough’s first minister. The core of the project is a transcription of Parkman’s 4000-page diary. The website also includes other works by Parkman and research on the people who lived in Westborough during Parkman’s time.

Managed by the Westborough Center for History and Culture at the Westborough Public Library, The Ebenezer Parkman Project is a unique collaborative to digitize, transcribe, and make accessible the remarkable writings of of Rev. Ebenezer Parkman, Westborough’s first minister.

The work of Prof. Ross W. Beales, Jr., who has dedicated much of his academic career to studying Parkman, sits at the core of this project. His transcription of Parkman’s 4000-page diary is the heart of the project, and his transcriptions of other works by Parkman and his research on the people who lived in Westborough during Parkman’s time help to fill out the body of this website, which is rich in content about Westborough and colonial life in rural New England.

Dr. Ross W. Beales, Jr. (Professor Emeritus, College of the Holy Cross), Dr. James F. Cooper (Director, New England’s Hidden Histories), and Dr. Anthony T. Vaver (Local History Librarian, Westborough Public Library) together direct The Ebenezer Parkman Project.

Official collection name: Ebenezer Parkman Project

Local identifier: LH.080

Creator: Westborough Public Library

Date: 1724 – present

Subject: Westborough (Mass.) — Social life and customs;
Massachusetts — Social life and customs — To 1775;
Parkman, Ebenezer — 1703-1782 — Diaries;
Parkman, Ebenezer — 1703-1782;

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Historical Objects – LH.058

Historical objects whose purpose is to give a general sense of history in a hands-on and visual way. The collection includes stereoscopes, a band uniform, and linen calendar and tea towel marking Westborough’s 275th anniversary.

Official collection name: Historical Objects

Location: Westborough Room, Shelving, and the Elevator Room.

Local identifier: LH.058

Creator: Westborough Public Library

Date: 1900 – 1992 (approximate)

Extent: 4 linear feet (3 boxes)

Subject: Antiques

Kristina Nilson Allen Papers – LH.032

Newspaper clippings, brochures, pamphlets, manuscripts, photograph, and other materials about Westborough history gathered by Kristina Nilson Allen. Includes the manuscript for her book, On the Beaten Path. The collection also includes “The Suppers of the Club” cookbook, “A Collection of Historical Articles” written by Helena Engberg of the Evangelical Congregational Church,” gravestone rubbings, and Lyman School materials.

Official collection name: Kristina Nilson Allen Papers

Location: Shelving and Map Case

Local identifier: LH.032

Creator: Kristina Nilson Allen

Date: Undetermined

Extent: 1.75 linear feet (4 boxes) + map case folder

Subject: Local history–Westborough (Mass.); Westborough (Mass.)–Social life and customs

Local History By Subject – LH.001

Photocopies, newspaper clippings, documents, pamphlets, booklets, periodicals. A miscellaneous collection of information and primary sources relating to Westborough local history, organized by subject.

Official collection name: Local History By Subject

Location: Filing cabinet; Map case (A5).

Local identifier: LH.001

Creator: Westborough Public Library

Date: Undetermined

Extent: 3 filing cabinet drawers

Subject: Local history–Westborough (Mass.); Westborough (Mass.)–Social life and customs

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Parkman Family Papers – LH.017

Microfilm, atlas. Copies of the papers of Ebenezer Parkman and his family, plus an atlas that appears to have been used by Ebenezer Parkman while he was at Harvard University.

Official collection name: Parkman Family Papers, 1707-1800

Location: Shelving

Local identifier: LH.017

Creator: Ebenezer Parkman and Family

Date: 1707-1800

Extent: 2 linear feet (7 microfilm rolls + atlas)

Subject: Parkman, Ebenezer, 1703-1782; Parkman family

The Philip M. Kittredge Collection

This collection contains important images, records, and ephemera of Westborough and its history.

Official collection name: The Philip M. Kittredge Collection

Location: Shelving

Local identifier: LH.085

Creator: Philip M. Kittredge

Date: Undetermined

Extent: Undetermined

Subject: Local history–Westborough (Mass.); Westborough (Mass.)–Pictorial works; Westborough (Mass.)–Social life and customs; Business enterprises–Westborough (Mass.)

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  • Westborough Digital Repository:
  • Digital Commonwealth:
  • Westborough Archive:

Special Note: This collection is currently in the donation process. Please see the Local History Librarian for more details.