Friday, December 11, 2009

MTU IA Thesis Defense: Christopher Nelson

Christopher Nelson defended his MS Thesis today.  His study, titled The C. R. Patterson and Sons Company of Greenfield, Ohio: Survival and Adaptation of a Black-Owned Company in the Vehicle Building Industry, 1865-1939.

Chris completed a tremendous search for primary and secondary documents and oral histories about the C. R. Patterson company.  In his thesis, he tied those scattered documents together to build a narrative about the company's leaders and the Patterson family.  He did a good job with his presentation and passed his defense.  I'm sure his committee asked him for a list of revisions in the document, but kudos to Chris on a job well done!


  1. I'd love to read this thesis. Our family is related to the Pattersons. My dad wrote a book about him

    Donna Jackson

  2. Hello Ms. Jackson!
    I have passed your note on to Christopher and we found your contact information on your website.
    Best regards,
    Tim Scarlett