New Digital Archives at the Library!

Fitchburg Normal School men’s basketball team, 1913

The library is excited to announce the new Fitchburg State University Digital Archives, coordinated and launched this past summer by our Special Collections Librarian, Kate Wells. This electronic collection extends our traditional print and audio-visual archival collections from the University Archives & Special Collections into the digital environment and improves the delivery and access of these unique items.  These items are representative of the history of our University, alumni, faculty, staff and students and the Central Massachusetts region.

Ms. Wells and a group of interns and volunteers have been working to digitize a number of collections heretofore only available in print and by special appointment.

  • Sogni d’Oro: Dreams of Gold – an oral history collection that documents the experience of Italian-Americans in Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Fitchburg State Student Culture in the 1950s and 1960s – These documents provide a local narrative that corresponds to the popular histories and timelines of the era to provide understanding of the impact and participation of the civil rights movement, free speech movement, protests against the war in Vietnam, the sexual revolution, feminism and counterculture.
  • Fitchburg State General Photograph Collection – An ongoing project to scan and make available the full print collection which contains approximately 2,000 photographic prints representing a variety of aspects of the institution’s history from 1890-1990.
  • All College Committee (ACC) Proposals – The All College Committee (ACC) is an elected governance committee of Fitchburg State University, founded in 1971 with the duty of policy recommendations in areas of concern to the entire college community.

Check out the full Digital Archives online, or for more information, contact Special Collections Librarian Kate Wells at 978.665.4869.

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