Faculty Advisor

Cullon, Joseph


The Worcester Historical Museum houses a large collection of historical city directories. To access these directories, a user must visit the museum or contact its librarian. The size and condition of surviving directories make searching across them difficult and time consuming. This IQP investigated strategies to scan the directories and manage their digital contents online. Over the course of digitizing nine directories between 1850 and 1920, this IQP devised best practices for scanning and making them OCR searchable. Further the team investigated commercial and open-source data management platforms, recommending that the WHM pilot three systems. Finally, this team created three digital sandboxes with several directories loaded onto each and suggested appropriate evaluative criteria.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts