Campus Buildings Book Memento for Wesleyan Community
campus has been captured on camera and bound in a book.
Wesleyan University Press has released Welcome to Wesleyan: Campus
Buildings in October 2007. The 64-page, full-color book features
numerous photographs of Wesleyan's diverse structures captioned with
Leslie Starr, the assistant director and marketing manager at Wesleyan
University Press, is the book's author and editor. Photographs in the book
were contributed by a number of university staff members and professional
“We’ve felt that Wesleyan has needed a book like this for a long time – an
informative and inexpensive memento of campus,” Starr says. “As I began to
pull together the material, I discovered that there really weren’t many
photographs of some of these buildings, and basic information on the history
wasn’t readily available, either,” Starr says.
Founded in 1831, Wesleyan's campus is rich in architecture and history. This
collection of photographs of campus buildings begins with the original
buildings of College Row, and, like a walking tour, takes the reader past a
variety of more recent additions. Focusing on what would interest students,
staff, faculty, alumni and university visitors, the book includes academic,
athletic, administrative, and arts buildings, as well as residence halls,
fraternity houses, and the off-campus deli.
In-depth, informative captions detail each building's history and
transitions over the years, and describe the buildings' occupants and
The book contains over 50 full-color photographs, including an aerial view
from autumn 2006, an informative introduction describing the university's
history, a campus map, illustrations, acknowledgements, notes on the book
and information about the author and Wesleyan University press. It will be
updated for the next printing.
“We already know that we will revise several pages, since this book needed
to go into production last January, so we weren’t able to include a finished
image of the new Suzanne Lemberg Usdan University Center.” Starr says.
Several Wesleyan staff, faculty and students assisted with the book through
historical researching, writing, editing, photo selection, printing and
overseeing technical issues. They include Barbara Ally, Mark Bailey, Stacy
Baldwin, Danielle Bugge ’07, John Biddiscombe, Shelley Burchsted, Lynn
Cartwright-Punnett ’07, John Driscoll, Valerie Gillispie, Cheryl Hagner,
Bill Herbst, Bill Holder, Brandi Hood, Linda Hurteau, Maureen Isleib, Erhard
Konerding, Susan Krajewski, Shirley Lawrence, Willard Lockwood, Susan Lourie,
David Low, Karl Maier, Cynthia McDermott, Nancy Meislahn, Jeff Miller,
Joanne Palmer, Karl Scheibe, Joe Siry, Barbara Spalding, Bridgett Stapleton,
Suzanne Tamminen, Suzy Taraba, Stephen Thompson, Allynn Wilkinson and Andy
Photography was contributed by Starr, Olivia Bartlett, Robert Benson, Bill
Burkhart, Stephanie Elliott, John Foraste, Ryan Lee, William Mercer, Rick
Scanlon Photography and Nancy Walz.
Welcome to Wesleyan: Campus Buildings can be purchased at Broad
Street Books, the Usdan University Center or online at
By Olivia Bartlett, Wesleyan Connection editor