Duane Pearsall: The Signal Starter

Collection History

The material housed in the Duane Pearsall Collection was collected and maintained by Pearsall during his life, and then maintained by his family after his passing. The papers were gifted to the Gordon Library Archives in batches from Marjorie Pearsall, Pearsall’s wife, beginning in 2010. The collection was completely and finally transferred to the Archives in December, 2013.

The materials were delivered with a loose organization, including item breakdowns for the majority of the folders. The folders themselves had some organization to them. To have respect for Original Order, we chose to maintain the system developed by Pearsall in order to categorize and digitize his collection. 

The physical collection is open for research by appointment at the Gordon Library Archives. Archives staff request 48 hours’ notice for appointments.

The Duane Pearsall papers are accessible as part of the historical collections in the WPI institutional repository, DigitalCommons@WPI.

In 2015-17, the processed collection was fully digitized and can be viewed at http://digitalcommons.wpi.edu/ms055-pearsall/

This exhibit about Duane Pearsall was curated by Archivist, Wendy Essery, MLS.

Copyright Statement:

Use of the Duane D. Pearsall Papers Digital Collection is restricted under the "fair use" clause of the Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code). The images and documents in this collection are available for the sole purpose of private study, research, and/or scholarship. Anyone wishing to use the images for commercial purposes, publication, or any purchase outside of "fair use" must obtain written permission from the WPI Archives & Special Collections.

For further information, please contact:

WPI Archives & Special Collections
George C. Gordon Library
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609


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