Since 1976, student papers written on historical Middletown-area topics have been donated to Special Collections & Archives.

The Student Papers About Middletown Collection featuers graduate and undergraduate papers about the history of Middletown, Connecticut and the surrounding area. Topics include politics, labor, commerce, ethnic and racial groups, women's history, and leisure.

Papers for which authors have granted permission for general online access are available to everyone via WesScholar. Papers for which we do not have that permission are available online only to the Wesleyan community. All papers are available in paper form for use in the SC&A Reading Room.

Digitization of these papers was funded in part by Wesleyan’s Service Learning Center.

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Submissions from 2012

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The Beginning of Middletown's Transition into a Factory Town: The Year 1900, Steven Kovach

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The 1940 Election in Middletown, Patrick Moriarty

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Title IX and College Athletics: A Case Study of Wesleyan University and Equality, Julie Platt

Submissions from 2008

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Middletown and Mental Illness in the Aftermath of Deinstitutionalization, William Tucker

Submissions from 2007

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Like a Puzzle with all of its Pieces, Xavier is Complete with Community Help, Anthony Albrecht

Submissions from 2005

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The colonization societies: Middletown's forgotten movement, Erica Belkin

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Policing a new Middletown: updating the force at the turn of the 20th century, Nickolas Atteraas Garin

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Two years of protest: divestment at Wesleyan University, 1988-1990, Quinn Hechtkopf

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From Labor Leader to Police Chief: A Biography of Charles Anderson, 1912-1936, Brendan O'Connell

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Revolutions in Agriculture in Middlesex County, Connecticut during the Mid 19th Century, Rachel Ostlund

Submissions from 2004

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The War that Came Home: The Individuals that personalized the 1918 influenza epidemic in Middletown, Connecticut, Stephanie Savas

Submissions from 2003

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George Aylward as Middletown Police Chief, Jawn Morales

Submissions from 2002

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Local Relief in Middletown During the Great Depression 1930-1933, Jesse Nasta

Submissions from 2001

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Middletown, Connecticut: Summer of 1969 – Civil Disturbances and Community Relations in an American City, Becca Masback

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A Constant and Formidable Foe: Joshua Stow and the Fight for Religious Freedom in Connecticut, Dael Norwood

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Trials and Triumphs: True Stories of Slavery in Connecticut, Laurie Shaner

Submissions from 1992

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Blacks in Middletown Around the 1970's, Matt Hobby

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A Comparative Study of the Ethnic Identity of Italian-Americans in Middletown, Connecticut Before and After World War II, Madeleine Lanksy

Submissions from 1990

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"Who Can Blot Out the North Star?": The Bemans — Four Generations of Black Abolitionists, Kathleen Housley

Submissions from 1988

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Murder in Middletown: Lower Class Life in 1815, Doris Sherrow

Submissions from 1987

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Urban renewal and citizen's groups in Middletown, Connecticut, Claudia Center

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The Creation of a Pluralistic Religious Orientation: The Integration of Jews and Judaism at Wesleyan University, Stuart Svonkin

Submissions from 1986

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The printer-publishers of the Middlesex Gazette from 1785 to 1820: an examination of their position in the Middletown community, Sally P. Grucan

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Port of Call: An Examination of Aspects of Maritime Commerce in Middletown, Connecticut during the Period 1970 Through 1820, Ronald A. Paffrath

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A Flourishing College Will…Build Up a Town: The Twelve Local Trustees of Wesleyan University, 1830 - 1840, Betsy H. Potts

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The Frothingham House, Carol Terzini

Submissions from 1984

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The 1983 Mayoral Election: Tradition Trumps Change, Charles Riether

Submissions from 1982

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Marriage and the Chauncey Name, Ann Hetorilla

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Printers, Publishers and Booksellers in Middletown, Connecticut: The Demise of the Independent Craftsman, 1800 - 1850, Charlotte Sonnenblick

Submissions from 1981

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Immigrant success: what is it and how does one achieve it?, Margaret Fisher

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From the Greek-American Fruit and Candy Company, 1901 to the Middlesex Fruitery, 1981: the assimilation of the Greek-American family, Elaine Xenelis Fuller

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Middletown, Connecticut: Ethnic Composition and Residential Distribution, 1850 - 1880, J. Paul Loether

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The House That Isaac Built, Daniel Perlstein

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A Speculative Study of the Middlesex Theater, Bernard Pitterman

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A Profile of Two Irish Families: The Larkins and the Linskeys, Gail Linskey Porteus

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The Regulations of the Garden Are Such as to Prevent All Improper Conduct and Exclude Everything that Might Offend the Chastest Ear: Amusements and Leisure Time Activities in Middletown; 1828-1838, Judith Schneider

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The Polish Community of New Britain 1900/1925, Jonathan Shea

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Jews in Portland—The Eastern Tinware Community, Doris Sherrow

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The Corner of Main and Court… A Turning Point, Doris Sherrow

Submissions from 1980

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Twas Not a Time For New England to Dance, Leslie Ann Barr

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Americanization of Polish and Italian immigrants in Middletown, Paul Breidenbach

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The Lower Washington Street community: an unfinished portrait, Rachel Conescu

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The family system in transition: wealth and inheritance practice in Middlefield, Connecticut, 1750-1850, Jan Cunningham

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Hartford's Italians, Daria D'Arienzo

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The second great awakening in Middletown: a paradox in progress, Gerry Early

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A survey of Middletown newspapers in the 1820s, Ken Edelstein

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A study in depth of Italian wedding photos of Middletown families, Sheila Wrang Farrell and Annette DiMauro Grimaldi

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Urbanization and the female-headed household, Middletown, Connecticut, 1790-1850, Susan M. Frentz

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The rise and decline of welfare capitalism and the emergence of a union in Ivoryton, Connecticut: 1900-1941, Tom Furrer

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The founding of the Middlesex Hospital 1895-1905, Josephine Barry Golec

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The Irish in Middletown: the pre-famine generations, Ben Hanley

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The social condition of women in early nineteenth century Middletown and America, Patricia Head

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The Ideology of Mobility: A Study of Irish Economic Mobility and Group Assimilation in Late Nineteenth Century Middletown, Connecticut, Keith Douglas Krakaur

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Lumber, Shipbuilding and the Early Connecticut River Trade, Bret Laurent

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A Preliminary Study of the Brownstone Quarrying Industry in the Town of Portland, Connecticut, J. Paul Loether

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Quiltmaking in Connecticut 1750-1850, Diane Mac Lean

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The Famine Generation: The Middletown Irish in the 1850's, Marche Milano

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The Hall Family: A Study in the Patriarchal System 1650 - 1850, Peg Morton

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Yellow Fever in Middle Haddam, 1796, Lucy Potter

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Joshua Stow: A Nineteenth Century Rebel, Carol D. Schulz

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Middletown Temperance 1816-1846, Bob Sweeney

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[Wesleyan History], Joel Tillinghast

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American Social History: A Study of the Rich in the City of Middletown in 1860, unknown

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Middletown's Blacks 1800-1840, Daniel Veroff

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A Middletown Italian-American in Show Business: Tony Pastor 1909-1969, Leon F. Vinci

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Different Shades of Green: A study of Irish-American Institutions in Middletown Connecticut, 1880-1915, Barry Wilder

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Middleton Masons 1796-1826, Barry Wilder

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The Mortimer Cemetary in Middletown's Transition (1815), Regina Wrubel

Submissions from 1979

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Music and Dance in Middletown, Connecticut in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries, Leslie Ann Barr

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The Starr family of Middletown, Connecticut; a study in social mobility and social experience, John Barry

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Middletown, Connecticut, 1820 - investigations and discoveries of its women and its social order, Susan M. Frentz

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Working Mens Societies in Middletown Connecticut: The Franklin Society of 1829-1831 and the Mechanics Society of 1832-1836, Patricia Neuman

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Joshua Stow: Local Scapegoat, Corinne Sternberg

Submissions from 1978

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Minds, minstrels and melpomene at Middletown's McDonough, Phyllis Bruce

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The career of the Continental Vocalists and the life of its co-founder William Dwight Franklin, a Middletown, Connecticut resident, Phyllis Ruth Bruce

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A social analysis of blacks in Middletown, 1850 to 1880: as uncovered from the manuscript census, John Campbell and Jessica Lacy

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William Brenton Hall: a biography, Katherine Cruse

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Elizabeth Bigelow, Daria D'Arienzo

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The Relationship Between Social History and Historical Archaeology: The Mercantile Community of Middletown, Connecticut, Brenda Ellen Gray

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The development of industry in Middletown, Connecticut with and emphasis on the post Civil War economic boom, R. Barrett Gross and David Engstrom

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The Social Characteristics of the Middletown Political Elite 1900-1920, M. Meranze

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Middletown Artisans, 1810, Katie Norment

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The Short and Obscure Historical Geography of Maromas, Ted Pena

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A Demographic Profile of Early 19th Century Middletown, Connecticut: A Statistical Analysis, Steven Peretz

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The Courageous Captain and The Rise and Fall of Middletown's Military Academy, Steven E. Post

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The Connecticut Industrial School For Girls, 1870-1920: Legal assumptions and social class expectations, Ellen Staley

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A Biography of Richard Alsop the 3rd of Middletown, Connecticut, born 1789 died May 29, 1842, Frank J. Tarallo

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The Professionalization of Middletown's Physicians 1868-1918, Virginia Torczon

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Introduction to "The Producers" of Middletown, and a Major Product—the Newspapers 1820-1833, Mary Francis White

Submissions from 1977

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Middletown and the Civil War: who prospered?, Christopher Berlew

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Irish immigrants in Middletown, Connecticut: 1830-1860, Casey Blake

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A method of ascertaining the identity of small and medium-size farmers, Craig Borders

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The celebration of Christmas and the Fourth of July in Middletown, Connecticut, Kimberly W. Carrell

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Services and societies in the First Church of Christ Middletown, Conn. 1870-1890, Julia Anne Chandler

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The Millers of Middlefield, Jan Cunningham

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Voluntary associations and the Y.M.C.A in Middletown 1885-1911, Rachel Helfer

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Railroads and economic development in Middletown 1865-1880, Anne F. Hennigan

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A Prospographical Study of State Legislators from Middletown, 1860-1910, Timothy S. Hollister

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The Interrelationships of the Merchant Careers of Five Alsops and Economic Changes 1750-1878, Alan Joachim

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The Black Population of Middletown 1790-1850, Carlton Odim