Special Collections & Archives
The most important resource for the Wesleyan historian is our very own Special Collections & Archives. This library is located on the first floor of Olin library, and is open and staffed five days a week in the afternoons, as well as by appointment. The Archives contains complete runs of the Argus, the Hermes, and Olla Podria, and microform of the Hartford Courant and the Middletown Press going back quite a ways. Vertical files are present for nearly every aspect of Wesleyan life: student groups, fraternities, buildings, individuals, althletics, and so on. A large number of the files are organized by topic, such as race relations, protests, coeducation, etc. A complete listing of the larger collections can be found here.
Middletown's Public Library has extensive information about the history of the community we live in. The Library is located at 123 Broad St., just two blocks down Court Street from campus.
Wesleyan University: 1831-1912
This book, by former Wes Professor David B. Potts, was commissioned by the University. It is a thoroughly detailed examination of Wesleyan's orgins up until the separation from the Methodist Church. Potts's book is an invaluable tool, both for research into that era and as a way of gaining perspective for more recent history.
The paperback version of this book can be purchased from Amazon.com.
University, 1831-1910: Collegiate Enterprise in New England