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History of the University-Contents

The contents of this section are adapted from A Short History of the University of Hartford, compiled by Humphrey Tonkin, 1998. This site was developed by University Libraries Technologies in conjunction with the Office of the President.

Chapter NameChapter Title
ForewordProfessor Peter Breit
PrefacePresident Emeritus Humphrey Tonkin
The Presidents1959 to present
Chapter OneHow It All Got Started
Chapter TwoA University for Hartford
Chapter ThreeConsolidation and Expansion
Chapter FourA National Institution
Chapter FiveA University for the World
Chapter SixInto the Next Century
University GalleryUniversity Photos—1955–1998

Most of the works cited in the text may be found in the Archives of the University of Hartford, located in the Mortensen Library. They include a 250-page manuscript history by Alice Cooke Brown, who chaired the History Department of Hillyer College, and who completed the manuscript in 1959. It is supplemented by an additional manuscript, Glimpses into the History of Hartford and Its University, of 1960. Published materials used for the present text include:

  • Coote, Albert W. Four Vintage Decades. Hartford: Huntington. 1970.
  • Fuller, Alfred C. A Foot in the Door. New York: McGraw Hill. 1960.
  • Weber, Nicholas Fox. Patron Saints. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1992.

We remind alumni and friends of the University that we are always interested in adding to the archives letters, articles, photographs, and reminiscences, or any other material that will keep the story of the University. More photos.