Worcester History

Worcester and Its People

Preservation Worcester

Worcester Historical Museum

American Antiquarian Society

Worcester Public Library Local History & Genealogy Collection

Worcester Art Museum

Higgins Armory Museum

Salisbury Mansion


Worcester Cultural Coalition

Worcester Massachusetts Postal History

Worcester Women’s History Project

Denholms Blog


Worcester in 1850 (1850)

History of Worcester, Massachusetts: From Its Earliest Settlement to September 1836: with Various Notices Relating to the History of Worcester County (1862). by William Lincoln

Five hundred past and present citizens of Worcester, Mass. (1870)

Records of the proprietors of Worcester, Massachusetts (1881), edited by Franklin P. Rice

Incidents of the first and second settlements of Worcester (1884), by Francis E. Blake

Address delivered before the city government and citizens on the 200th anniversary of Worcester, Oct. 14, 1884 (1885)

Celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the naming of Worcester (1885), by George F. Hoar

Random recollections of Worcester, Mass., 1839-1843 (1886), by Nathaniel Paine

The Worcester district in Congress, from 1789 to 1857 (1889), by Franklin P. Rice

North Worcester, its first settlers and old farms (1890), by Caleb A. Wall

Dictionary of Worcester (Massachusetts) and its vicinity (1893), by Franklin P. Rice

Picturesque Worcester, Volume I: City and Environments (1895)

Picturesque Worcester, Volume II: North (1895)

The physical geography of Worcester, Massachusetts (1898), by Joseph H. Perry

Worcester of Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-eight: Fifty Years a City: a Graphic Representation of Its Institutions, Industries, and Leaders (1899), edited by Franklin P. Rice

Bibliography of Worcester: a list of books, pamphlets, newspapers, and broadsides printed in the town of Worcester, Massachusetts, from 1775 to 1848 with historical and explanatory notes (1899), by Charles Lemuel Nichols

Fifty glimpses of Worcester and Lake Quinsigamond (1900)

Fifty glimpses of Worcester and Lake Quinsigamond (1902)

Worcester legends: incidents, anecdotes, reminiscences, etc., connected with the early history of Worcester, Mass., and vicinity (1905)

Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity, Volume 1 (1907), edited by Ellery Bicknell Crane

Worcester, England, and Worcester, Massachusetts (1908), by Samuel Swett Green

The Story of Worcester, Massachusetts (1910), by Thomas F. O’Flynn

Worcester Directory (1916)

Industrial Worcester (1917), by Charles G. Washburn

History of Worcester and its people, Volume I (1919), by Charles Nutt

History of Worcester and its people, Volume II (1919), by Charles Nutt

History of Worcester and its people, Volume III (1919), by Charles Nutt

History of Worcester and its people, Volume IV (1919), by Charles Nutt

Some historic houses of Worcester: a brief account of the houses and taverns that fill a prominent part in the history of Worcester, together with interesting reminiscences of their occupants (1919)

Culture and Institutions

Celebration by the inhabitants of Worcester, Mass. of the Centennial of the Declaration of Independence (1876)

Reminiscences and biographical notices of eighteen members of the Worcester Fire Society (1887)

Carl’s tour in Main Street (1889)

The school history of Worcester (1899), by Caroline Van Dusen Chenoweth

Remarks of Nathaniel Paine, at a meeting of the Worcester Fire Society (1899)

In the matter of the public building at Worcester, Mass: argument and evidence for the petitioners, before the Senate Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, on the petition to Congress asking that the Secretary of the Treasury be authorized to reconsider the site, May 15, 1890 (1890)

Valedictory message of Hon. Henry A. Marsh: Mayor of Worcester, 1893, ’94, ’95, to the members of the City Council, January 3, 1896 (1896)

Washington Square, Worcester (1916), by Josiah T. Reade and Henry M. Wheeler

Military History

A summary military history of Worcester (1895), by Franklin P. Rice

Worcester in the war of the revolution: embracing the acts of the town from 1765 to 1783 inclusive (1876), by Albert A. Lovell

History of Worcester in the War of the Rebellion (1870), by Abijah P. Marvin

Dedication of the soldiers’ monument at Worcester, Massachusetts: July 15, A.D. 1874 (1875)

Worcester in the Spanish War (1905), by Alfred S. Roe

History of the Worcester Guards and the Worcester City Guards from 1840 to 1896 (1896), by Lt. Samuel Hathaway


The Worcester Pulpit: with notices historical and biographical (1851), by E. Smalley

A historical discourse delivered at Worcester: in the Old South Meeting House, September 22, 1863: the hundredth anniversary of its erection (1863), by Leonard Bacon

Gleanings from the sources of the history of the Second parish, Worcester, Massachusetts (1888), by Samuel S. Green

The Worcester Controversy: Documents Relating to the Separation of the First Church, and the Formation of the Calvinist Church, in Said Town, 1820-1824 (1820-1824)

The first hundred years of the Central Church in Worcester, 1820-1920 (1920), by U. Waldo Cutler

History and manual of the Pilgrim Congregational Church of Worcester, Mass. (1894)

The jubilee Sabbath of Piedmont Church (1881), by Rev. D.O. Mears

History, Confession of Faith and Constitution; also a List of Members from Nov. 1841 to Mar. 1895 of the First Universalist Church, Worcester, Mass. (1895)