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Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Social Sciences

Advisor 1

Don Lafreniere

Committee Member 1

Dan Trepal

Committee Member 2

Richard Sadler


The last 50 years have brought about substantial improvements in studying the daily lives of populations in historic cities, especially across North America and England. Overlooked in many of these studies are the children who also lived in these cities and were impacted by their built and social environments (B&SE). This thesis explores the B&SE of schoolchildren in Michigan’s Copper Country around 1920 using a set of local school records contextualized in an existing Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure (HSDI). Using this data and contextualization, this thesis presents a methodology for processing and integrating children’s historical spatial microdata into an existing HSDI. Using this methodology, it then examines the impacts of children’s B&SE on health through the creation of two composite indices. These indices are significantly correlated with presence of infectious disease in a child’s home, while these effects are significantly moderated by the household head’s income.

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