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UA15: Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science Records

Identifier: UA15

Scope and Contents

Box 1 contains records of the founding and organization of the school, from 1865-1868. These records include John Boynton's gift to begin the school, Stephen Salisbury's gift of land, and Ichabod Washburn's gift to build the machine shop, as well as gifts by other donors. They also include the school's by-laws and records of trustees meetings, and records of the Building Committee and architects' drawings for Boynton Hall.

Box 2 contains records of the early years of the school, from 1868-1884. There are newspaper articles about WCFIIS, documents about the inauguration of the school and notes about class schedules. This box also contains letters from Stephen Salisbury donating money and additional land for the school. Also included are several miscellaneous items which give insight into running of the school, including tests, absence excuses, notes apparently made by professors, and a "menu" for a successful student written by a graduating student.

Box 3 (folders 101-117) contains records from 1884-1892. Some of these describe changes at WPI as trustees and faculty left and new people were appointed. There are also reports re. making the course of study in all departments a four year program, and a plan for enlargement of Washburn Shops.


  • 1865 - 1892


Biographical / Historical

Founded in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1865, the Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science (later Worcester Polytechnic Institute) developed an innovative approach to the education and training of a new class of professional engineers and scientists through a combination of hands-on practice and classroom instruction.


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Repository Details

Part of the WPI University Archives Repository

100 Institute Road
George C. Gordon Library
Worcester MA 01609 USA