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6th Massachusetts Volunteers

Scrapbook containing signatures of Civil War soldiers, letters, and a military register. That the collection is of the 6th Massachusetts Volunteers needs to be verified. Donated to the Library by the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) in January 1909.

Official collection name: “Herbarium” of the 6th Massachusetts Volunteers, ca. 1862-1865

Location: Shelving; Map case (A4).

Local identifier: LH.042

Creator: Grand Army of the Republic

Date: 1862-1865

Extent: 1.5 linear feet (one box)

Subject: United States–History–Civil War, 1861-1865; Grand Army of the Republic

American Legion Records

Photographs, meeting minutes, correspondence, certificates, and membership records.

Official collection name: Records of the American Legion Stowell-Parker Post 163

Former name: Membership Records for the Earle B. Stowell Post No. 163 of the American Legion

Location: Shelving and processing.

Local identifier: LH.025

Creator: Earle B. Stowell Post No. 163 of the American Legion

Date: 1918 – 2014

Extent: In processing as of 10/18/18.

Subject: American Legion–Westborough (Mass.)

Korean War Oral History Project

Cassette tapes. Oral histories by Westborough residents who served in the Korean War.

Official collection name: Korean War Oral History Project, 2001

Location: Shelving

Local identifier: LH.003

Creator: Westborough Public Library

Date: 2001

Extent: 2 cassette tape containers

Subject: Korean War, 1950-1953

Vital Records

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Microfilm, microfiche. Records of town meetings, births, marriages, deaths, and military service; 1870 and 1930 Westborough U.S. Census Records; and church records.

Official collection name: Vital Records of Westborough, 1694-1998

Location: Shelving

Local identifier: LH.005

Creator: Town of Westborough

Date: 1694-1998

Extent: 2.5 linear feet (39 microfilm rolls and 3 boxes of microfiche)

Subject: Registers of births, etc.–Westborough (Mass.)

Finding aid: Westborough Vital Records – Microfiche

Welcome Home Celebration

Description and photographs of the July 4th, 1991 celebration welcoming home Westborough veterans who served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Official collection name: Welcome Home Celebration for the Westborough Veterans of Desert Shield and Desert Storm Photo Album, 1991

Location: Shelving

Local identifier: LH.027

Creator: Frederick Brown, with photographs by Richard Cesary

Date: 1991

Extent: One photo album

Subject: Operation Desert Shield, 1990-1991; Persian Gulf War, 1991; Celebrations–Westborough (Mass.)

Westborough in the American Revolution

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These records document the Town of Westborough’s role in forming, arming, and supplying the Westborough Unit of the Massachusetts Militia and the Continental Army through the American Revolutionary War, and they demonstrate the sacrifices the Town made to support the war effort.

Official collection name: Records of Westborough’s Involvement in the American Revolution, the Massachusetts Militia, and the Continental Army, 1774-1792

Location: Shelving and Oversize

Local identifier: OD.005

Creator: Town of Westborough, the Westborough Unit of the Massachusetts Militia and the Continental Army, and Charles H. Reed.

Date: 1774-1792

Extent: 2.5 linear feet (1 box + materials in the Military Oversize Box)

Subject: United States–History–Revolution, 1775-1783

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Finding aid: Westborough in the American Revolution – 16-06-10

Westborough Light Infantry

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These records cover the years 1805-1829, which overlap with the time period of the War of 1812. They document the formation of the Westborough Light Infantry, its administration, and its training activities, and they include meeting minutes, committee reports, warrants, treasury accounts, bills and receipts, and military orders.

Official collection name: Records of the Westborough Light Infantry, 1805-1829

Location: Shelving and Oversize

Local identifier: OD.006

Creator: Westborough Light Infantry, Second Division, Second Brigade, Seventh Division of the Massachusetts Militia

Date: 1805-1829

Extent: 2.5 linear feet (1 box + materials in the Military Oversize Box)

Subject: Westborough Light Infantry; United States–History–War of 1812

Finding aid: Westborough Light Infantry – 16-06-10

Westborough Rifle Company

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The collection includes meeting minutes, personnel records, financial accounts, bills and receipts, payroll records, and a letter by Capt. William P. Blackmer from Harper’s Ferry on October 4, 1861 that refers to the abolitionist John Brown. The Company included men from Southborough, Upton, Shrewsbury, Hopkinton, and Northborough, and some of the records in this collection contain information on soldiers and administration that relate to these surrounding towns of Westborough.

Official collection name: Records of the Westborough Rifle Company, 1861-1870

Location: Shelving and Oversize

Local identifier: OD.007

Creator: Westborough Rifle Company

Date: 1861-1870

Extent: 2.75 linear feet (2 boxes + materials in the Military Oversize Box)

Subject: United States–History–Civil War, 1861-1865

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Finding aid: Westborough Rifle Company – 16-06-10

World War I Service Records

File cards recording information about individual soldiers from Westborough who served in World War I.

Official collection name: Service Records for Soldiers Serving in World War I, 1917-1919

Location: Shelving

Local identifier: LH.026

Creator: Unknown

Date: 1917-1919

Extent: Packet of filing cards

Subject: World War, 1914-1918; Soldiers

World War II Memorial Scrapbook

Scrapbook with photographs of Westborough soldiers and newspaper clippings about Westborough’s involvement in World War II.

Official collection name: World War II Memorial Scrapbook, 1942-1948

Location: Shelving

Local identifier: LH.015

Creator: Daisy V. Parker

Date: 1942-1948

Extent: 1.5 linear feet (one scrapbook)

Subject: World War, 1939-1945–Westborough (Mass.)

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