General History

Online Resources

Finding Aids


  • — (1885). Celebration of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Naming of Worcester: October 14 and 15, 1884. Worcester, Mass.: Printed by order of the City Council.
  • Allen, Rosalind H. Sturgis (1986). A Key Map to Worcester, Mass.: A Retrospect. Worcester, Mass.: Worcester Heritage Preservation Society.
  • Behrman, S. N. (1996). The Worcester Account. Worcester, Mass.: Tatnuck Bookseller Pr.
  • Brooke, John L. (2005). The Heart of the Commonwealth: Society and Political Culture in Worcester County, Massachusetts, 1713-1861. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Blake, Francis E. (1884). Incidents of the First and Second Settlements of Worcester. Worcester, Mass.: Franklin P. Rice.
  • Callahan, Ann F. and Julia P. Barrow (1989). Stories of Early Worcester. Worcester, Mass.: Worcester Public Schools.
  • Cutler, U. Waldo (1932). Jottings from Worcester’s History. Worcester, Mass.: Worcester Historical Society.
  • DuBay, Debby (2009). Worcester, Massachusetts: The Heart of the Commonwealth. Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer Pub. Ltd.
  • Erskine, Margaret A. (1981). Heart of the Commonwealth, Worcester: An Illustrated History. Woodland Hills, Calif.: Windsor Publications.
  • Harding, William B. (1883). Origin of the Names of the Towns in Worcester County. Worcester: Press of Clark Jillson.
  • Howland, Henry Jenkins (1856). The Heart of the Commonwealth, or, Worcester As It is. Worcester, Mass.: H. J. Howland.
  • Jones, David K. and David M. Mickelson (2016). From Raccoon Plain to Pakachoag Hill: A History of South Worcester, Massachusetts. Madison, Wis.: Glade Street Press.
  • Kamp, Barton (1998). Worcester: Volume II. South Carolina: Arcadia.
  • Morrill, Frank J., William O. Hultgren, and Eric J. Salomonsson (2005). Worcester. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub.
  • Morrill, Frank J. and Hannah E. Morrill (2013). Worcester Through Time. Charleston, SC: Fonthill Media.
  • Moynihan, Kenneth J. (2007). A History of Worcester, 1674-1848. Charleston, SC: History Press.
  • Paquin, Lester W., Janet Stone, Mickey Baca, Christopher Miller, Thomas A. Miglionico Jr., and Donna Brassard (1998). Worcester: A Portrait of Central Massachusetts. Worcester, Mass.: Worcester Pub.
  • Polan, Barbara and Amy Brenner-Fricke(1999). Worcester: An Illustrated History. Montgomery, Ala.: Community Communications.
  • Rice, Franklin P. (1896). Romance and Humor in Worcester’s History. Worcester, Mass.: Private Press of F. P. Rice.
  • Sandrof, Ivan (1948). Your Worcester Street. Worcester, Mass.: Franklin Pub. Co.
  • Southwick, Albert B. (1998). 150 Years of Worcester, 1858-1998. Worcester, Mass.: Chandler House Pr.
  • Southwick, Albert B. (1994). Once-Told Tales of Worcester County. Worcester, Mass.: Databooks.
  • Thomas, Benjamin Franklin (1876). Celebration by the Inhabitants of Worcester, Mass., of the Centennial Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1876. To Which Are Added Historical and Chronological Notes. Worcester: Printed by the order of the City Council.
  • Tymeson, Mildred McClary (1948). Worcester Centennial, 1848-1948: Historical Sketches of the Settlement, the Town and the City, Worcester of 1948. Worcester, Mass.: Worcester Centennial.
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette (1992). The Way We Were: Worcester, Massachusetts, 1939-1945. Verplank, NY: Historical Briefs.
  • Washburn, R. M. (1923). Smith’s Barn: “A Child’s History” of the West Side, Worcester, 1880-1923. Worcester, Mass.: Davis & Bannister.
  • Whitney, Peter (1983). The History of the County of Worcester in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Worcester, Mass.: Isaiah Thomas Book & Prints.
  • Yeulenski, Lois A. Images of America; Worcester. Dover, NH: Arcadia.