Reed Collection – LH.013

Photographs, letters, diaries, maps, administrative documents, scrapbooks. Papers and records relating to Westborough history collected by Charles H. Reed and later his daughter, Rachel Deering. Some of the items form the core of the book collection and the Genealogies of Westborough Families collection.

Official collection name:  Historical Papers of Dr. Charles H. Reed (a.k.a., the Reed Collection)

Location: Shelving; Map case; Roll Box.

Local identifier: LH.013

Creator: Charles H. Reed and Rachel Deering

Date: Undetermined

Extent: 5 linear feet (8 boxes + one oversize box + map case + Roll Box)

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

Finding aid: LH013 – Reed Collection Finding Aid

Scanning Day: “Westborough: Your Town – Your History,” 2017 – LH.059

The collection contains images gathered during the “Westborough: Your Town – Your History” Scanning Day held on February 4, 2017. The Westborough Public Library asked residents to bring in historical and cultural items relating to Westborough for it to scan and digitize. Printed material includes posters, plans, and newspaper articles relating to the event. The event was made possible by a Common Heritage Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Official collection name: “Westborough: Your Town – Your History” Scanning Day, 2017

Location: Shelving and online

Local identifier: LH.059

Creator: The Westborough community

Date: 2017-02-04

Extent: 98 digital items/297 files; .25 linear feet

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

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Syed Hashmi Papers – LH.064

Newsletters written and distributed by Selectman Syed Hashmi via e-mail to inform Westborough residents about issues, events, and his thoughts on how to improve Westborough.

Official collection name: Syed Hashmi Papers

Location: Shelving

Local identifier: LH.064

Creator: Syed Hashmi

Date: 2018-present

Extent: .25 linear feet

Subject: Westborough (Mass.)–Politics and government

Westborough Directories – LH.052

Various published directories for Westborough, covering various years.

Official collection name: Westborough Directories, 1873-1995

Location: Reference shelving

Local identifier: LH.052

Creator: Various

Date: 1873-1995 (with gaps)

Extent: .5 linear feet

Subject: Westborough (Mass.)–Directories

Westborough Games – LH.047

Two games based on Monopoly with a Westborough theme.

Official collection name: Westborough Games

Location: Shelving

Local identifier: LH.047

Creator: Westborough Public Library

Date: 2000-2017

Extent: 1.5 linear feet (two boxes)

Subject: Games–Westborough (Mass.)

Westborough History Plates – LH.040

Three plates, each with images relating to Westborough history (including one plate of the Library, produced by C. E. Beach, Druggist).

Official collection name: Westborough History Plates

Location: Shelving

Local identifier: LH.040

Creator: Westborough Public Library

Date: Unknown

Extent: 1 linear foot (2 boxes)

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

Westborough House Histories – LH.066

Residents who have conducted historical research on their homes are encouraged to submit the results to the Westborough Public Library to share with future home owners.

Official collection name: Westborough House Histories

Location: Shelving

Local identifier: LH.066

Creator: Westborough Public Library

Date: 2019 – present

Extent: .25 linear feet

Subject: Dwellings–Westborough (Mass.)–History

Westborough Map Collection – LH.012

Maps and atlases, mostly focused on Westborough and its surrounding areas.

Official collection name: Westborough Map Collection

Location: 2 map case drawers, double oversize atlases (in the wooden bookcase), Roll Boxes, library walls, and online

Local identifier: LH.012

Creator: Westborough Public Library

Date: Undetermined

Extent: 8 linear feet (double oversize and 4 Roll Boxes) + Map case

Subject: Maps–Westborough (Mass.)

Online access:

Finding aid: LH012 – Westborough Map Collection

Westborough Social Media Collection – LH.077

Social media sites with a focus on the Westborough community as a whole. See individual subject collections in Westborough on the Web: Archive-It (https://archive-it.org/home/westborough) for more social media sites.

Official collection name: Westborough Social Media Collection

Local identifier: LH.077

Creator: Westborough Public Library

Date: 2018 – present

Subject: Blogs & Social Media; Social media

Online access:

Westborough State Hospital Photos – LH.022

Photo album that documents buildings and life at the Westborough State Hospital from 1923-1955.

Official collection name: Westborough State Hospital Photo Album, 1923-1955

Location: Shelving

Local identifier: LH.022

Creator: Barbara (Whitney) Wagner

Date: 1923-1955

Extent: One photo album

Subject: Westborough State Hospital (Mass.)–Pictorial works