Ben Ford, Department of Anthropology, recently published “The
Cruttenden Carriage Works: The Development and Decline of Carriage Production
in New Haven Connecticut” in IA, The Journal of the Society for Industrial
The Cruttenden Carriage Works in New Haven, Connecticut,
stood for less than a century, but housed two different industries and witnessed
several internal changes within a largely unaltered external shell. During the
building’s 96-year growth and decline, the surrounding community went
from an incipient industrial district, to a bustling single industry community,
to a slum. The physical and documentary remains of the Cruttenden Carriage
Works provide evidence of the growth and decline of the carriage industry and
how the industry shaped the surrounding neighborhood.
Historic Cruttenden Carriage Works advertisement
Data for this article were collected when Ford was working as
cultural resource management archaeologist in New England. Since coming to IUP,
he has been telling Applied Archaeology Program students that they should
publish their major projects in peer-reviewed journals so that other
archaeologists can easily access the information. Now he can preach with a
clear conscious—the Cruttenden excavation was the last of his pre-IUP
projects to be published.
IA is the principal forum for the publication of current
research in industrial archeology. Each issue of this peer-reviewed journal
contains scholarly articles, essays, and book reviews.
This research was funded by the Connecticut Department of
Transportation and Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc., and was supported by PAL,
Inc. of Pawtucket, RI.
Department of Anthropology