Community Catalogue

In addition to our active interviewing initiative, WWOHP is working to assemble an inventory of local stories that have been collected and preserved through past oral history interviews. We are compiling a searchable database that makes existing local oral histories accessible to the community. This “Community Catalogue” will be a clearinghouse for all information regarding topics, location, and accessibility of oral history materials throughout the city, allowing these carefully collected memories to reach their fullest potential and broadest audience.

Project Name Date Media Format Transcription Topic Keywords Sponsoring Organization(s) Contact Repository Location Instructions for Accessing Materials
Civil Rights in Worcester 1960-early 70s Audio tape Recording only African American Women; Civil Rights; Worcester, MA Charles Houston Cultural Institute Gloria Hall
President and Curriculum Developer
Files Telephone call or letter of inquiry to Gloria Hall, 115 Beeching Street, Worcester, MA 01602
Main South Oral History Project 2006 CD and digital video tape; DVD presentation Tape logs Main South; environmental justice; vacant buildings; Abandoned buildings Neighborhood STRENGTH Erin Anderson
Project Coordinator
Marsh Institute, Clark University Email for access to recordings; Limited copies of DVD presentation available upon request
Women at WPI 1994 Audio and video cassette Fully Worcester Polytechnic Institute; women undergraduate students Worcester Polytechnic Institute Archives Lora Brueck
Assistant Director, Collections Management
Gordon Library, WPI 100 Institute Rd., Worcester, MA 01609 Contact WPI Archives and Special Collections, 508-831-6612; open T-F, 10am-4pm, or by appointment.

If you know of existing local oral history materials (recordings and/or transcripts) in Worcester—whether housed in an academic institution or a shoe box in somebody’s closet—let us know! Complete our online submission form and help the community gain access to this important resource.