Trinity's location in Hartford adds significantly to American Studies. The Watkinson Library, a reference and rare books collection within the Trinity library, is especially rich in Americana. Local literary and museum collections at the Connecticut State Library, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Old State House in Hartford, the Mark Twain House and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, the Connecticut and Wethersfield historical societies, the Webb Deane Stevens Museum, and Mystic Seaport are outstanding -- and, in some cases, living -- resources particularly relevant to American Studies majors. The Hartford Studies Project, a close exploration of late-19th and early-20th century Hartford, is directed by History Professor Susan Pennybacker and Sociology Professor Stephen Valocchi -- both of whom teach in the American Studies Program. This collaborative work demonstrates the kind of inquiry that Trinity's location invites, as does a recent student project by James McKeon, who has both investigated the history of Hartford's Broad Street and written a collection of poems on the life of the Street itself.
Trinity's strategic location is near a rich variety of museums, art institutions and archives, and close to libraries and museums in New Haven, New York, and Boston. Altogether, Trinity's location affords a wealth of opportunities to enhance learning both in and out of the classroom. The Trinity library's 900,000 books and periodicals are a rich resource right on campus.