Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
Allison C Marsh
This thesis examines the institutional history of the Higgins Armory Museum through its connection with the industrial city of Worcester, Massachusetts. It documents the museum's beginning as a commercial museum connected with the Worcester Pressed Steel Company and analyzes both Worcester and the Armory's survival methods when their affiliated industries folded under economic pressures following World War II. The thesis follows the Higgins' attempted transformation to a nationally-recognized museum of arms and armor, and concludes with the Armory's identity struggles and eventual merger with the Worcester Art Museum.
Pardy, K. A.(2013). An Institutional History of the Higgins Armory Museum and Its Relationship with Worcester, Massachusetts. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/2492