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The Westborough Local History Catalog is now searchable!
  • You can now browse our Local History collections online, find out what's in our library, and see the documents that have been digitized.
  • Go to this link: http://chc.library.umass.edu/westborough-public/
  •  You can search or browse the collections on the left side of the page. Finding aids and links to digital collections are included in collection entries when available.



Westborough Historic documents posted on Digital Commonwealth:  
  • Historical Records of the Town of Westborough: Administrative Documents, 1724-1929
  • Records of the Westborough Rifle Company, 1861-1870
  • Records of Westborough’s Involvement in the American Revolution, the Massachusetts Militia, and the Continental Army


The Westborough Room, located on the main floor was established to help preserve Westborough's history. Its collection consists of vital records to 1850, vital records of Westborough to the 1990s, 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.  Photocopying is permitted except where marked.  The library has adequate photocopying facilities.

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 1700s. 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.  


Genealogy online resources include the following:

America's Obituaries and Death Notices   (Available on library computers or remotely with Westborough Library Card)
Easily search a collection of over 22 million recent records from hundreds of U.S. newspapers.  Updated daily it includes 75 million records from the Social Security Death Index (1937-present), organized by state.

Ancestry Library Edition (Available on Library computers only)
Search for records about your ancestors.  Ancestry provides records of  immigration to the U.S.; birth, marriage, death records; census lists, military records, directories, and other genealogical materials.

Heritage Quest (Available on library computers or remotely with Westborough Library Card)
                Digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census and more.

American Ancestors: New England Historic Genealogical Society (Available on Library computers only)     
Aid to researchers tracking their heritage.  Online  catalog, educational programming, and databases.




WESTBOROUGH WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL SCRAPBOOK:

The Westborough World War II Memorial Scrapbook was donated to the Westborough Public Library in 2010 by the Westborough American Legion Stowell-Parker Post 163. It was compiled by Mrs. Daisy Parker whose sons, Reed and Roy, were killed by a German submarine torpedo that struck and sank their ship, the USS Jacob Jones, off the coast of Cape May, NJ on February 28, 1942.   The Post 163 is named after the Parker Brothers.

Mrs. Parker compiled the scrapbook of photographs and newspaper clippings of Westborough residents serving in the war.  The town’s population in 1940 was 6,463, of which 790 men and women served.  Eighteen of them were killed in action during World War II, 1941-1945.

One of the names on the list in the scrapbook is Lt. Ray Fletcher.  His remains were recently recovered on the island of Corsica and buried with full military honors in 2010.
Westborough resident Lt. Joseph Nason, originally listed as missing in action and declared dead, was, in fact, a prisoner of war.  He returned home, married, and wrote the book Horio, You Next Die which was published in 1987.

The scrapbook is a valuable piece of Westborough history, chronicling the town’s participation  in World War II.






DIGITAL COMMONWEALTH:
This site provides access to photographs, manuscripts, books, audio recordings, and other materials of historical interest that have been digitized and made available by members of Digital Commonwealth, a statewide consortium of libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies from across Massachusetts.



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