Faculty Advisor

Cullon, Joseph


The Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) preserves a collection of Worcester city directories. Many of the books are over a century old and are breaking from use. A way to preserve these materials is to digitize them. A previous project with the WHM produced a website, Digital Worcester. We studied websites from institutions we designated as peers of the WHM. We also started a plan to make Digital Worcester self-sustaining with a broad survey of funding options. We scanned 12 city directories, completing an effort to digitize every fifth directory from 1845 to 1945. The scanned batches were then uploaded to Digital Worcester. For metadata we used a subset of the set created from peer institutions. Finally we compared a custom implementation of the website to the hosted implementation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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