The late local historian, and cartographer Bob Wilder (1933-2015) spent a large part of his life studying the history of the Brookfields, the surrounding area, and the many forces and influences that formed the land and its people. He devoted years to sharing his knowledge by the creation of his maps, the teaching of classes and workshops, and by using his expertise in archaeology, engineering, cartography, history, and plain common sense to help us better understand the past.
Bob's collection of historic material is now the Robert W. Wilder, Sr. Historical Collection housed at the Merrick Public Library, Banister Memorial Hall in Brookfield, Massachusetts. The Collection includes his 54 maps, his collection of local history books, and his many files, and research papers. His files are housed in the archival boxes purchased in memory of Bob by the Friends of the Quabbin, www.foquabbin.org. The Collection is available during regular business hours at the library. Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Closed Sunday and Mondays. Contact 508-867-6339 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
It is the purpose of this web site to allow Bob's work and knowledge to be available to all. He generously granted permission to this site and its authorities to present his copyrighted materials for free. Viewers may copy, download, print, link to, or share any material on this site for free, but they may not charge others for the use of these materials. Any for profit use of these materials will result in immediate prosecution of those involved.
The video commentary on the maps was filmed by Eric Glass and is used with his generous permission.
Printing a zoomable, tiled map is a difficult process and not yet available on all browsers. When it is, printing the maps will be available.
For further information on this site, or any questions or comments, please use the contact link above. Thank you for your interest and your visit.