Directory has all the features one expects to find in a 19th century
city or county directory. First, there's plenty of advertising.
Nothing really gives a flavor of a community or area -- or the times --
better than the
advertising that appeared in it. The Worcester Directory we've
re-published is better than many others in that it has a convenient
index of advertisers, which serves a purpose for the historian or
genealogist as well as the collector of Americana.
The Worcester Directory
has a "General Information" section that begins with a list of the
officers of Worcester city government for 1871, beginning with the
mayor, Edward Earle, and going on to list the ward officials, as well as
the police and fire departments and the overseers of the poor. The
government of Massachusetts is next, including court officers. The
public schools follow, along with the free public library, the Worcester
Academy, the College of the Holy Cross, the Worcester County Free
Institute of Industrial Science, the private schools, the American
Antiquarian Society, the State Lunatic Hospital, the Worcester County
Mechanics Association, the Worcester Lyceum and Natural History
Association, the Worcester County Medical Convention, the Mozart and
Beethoven Choral Union, the Worcester Agricultural Society, the
Worcester County Horticultural Society, the YMCA, the Worcester People's
Club, and even more organizations.
Next, we find meeting
houses and ministers, railroads, stages and omnibuses, banks, insurance
companies, Masonic organizations and other lodges, coroners, temperance
organizations, mutual aid and protective associations, the local GAR,
and even the New England Poultry Club. There was a lot happening
in 1871 in a city of 41,115! With regard to population, there is
considerable detailed census information for Worcester, for Worcester
County, for Massachusetts, and for the United States, and the section
ends with a compilation of crime for the previous year.
Another convenience in the
Worcester Directory is a directory of "Streets, courts, Lanes, &c." with
descriptions of each. These things do change over the decades, and
this listing should be of use in translating historic addresses to current
locations. We have also reproduced the fold-out map of Worcester,
and supplemented them with old topographic maps of the area.
Next comes the Worcester
Directory itself. Names are listed, along with occupations,
businesses, whether a boarder or a homeowner, and the address. A
business directory by trade for the City of Worcester follows. The
volume concludes with still more advertising.
WHO NEEDS THE
you are working
on genealogy or history with a Worcester County connection, we think that you
do. While Massachusetts had a particularly well-documented
history, too often it is the history of the privileged classes, and the
ordinary people are, if present at all, simply surnames or numbers.
This kind of directory provides information.
We think that libraries will decide that the CD-ROM
represents a good way to avoid further wear and tear on that
carefully guarded original of the Worcester Directory --
if they're fortunate enough to have one.
know that teachers, particularly in Social Studies and History, will find
it useful. Since this is a CD-ROM, the kind of AV facilities used to
display PowerPoint presentations in the classroom can easily display pages
of the Worcester Directory -- it is in PDF format -- and the onscreen
navigational aids enable you to jump from section to section, page to page,
without wasting time (and class attention).
you're simply interested in Worcester or Worcester County, MA -- even as it is today --
the Directory represents an inexpensive, easy to use way of learning
about the city's 19th century past.
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