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Railroad History Archive

Digital Resources and Online Exhibits

Archives & Special Collections of the UConn Libraries has a new Digital Repository, making available for research and study a wide range of collections--from the official records of the University of Connecticut to records and papers of Connecticut leaders and businesses to specialized rare book and non-print collections. The repository holds many photographs and historical documents from the Railroad History Archives, including from photographers or collectors Fred Otto Makowsky, the Leroy Roberts, which includes hundreds of photographs of Connecticut railroad stations, Allyn Fuller, Charles B. Gunn, and J. W. Swanberg. The New Haven Railroad Glass Negative Collection shows exterior and interior views of early 20th century railroad cars. New collections are added every week so check back often to see what railroad resources are available. If you're not seeing what you want please contact the archivist on what you need.

New Haven Railroad Valuation Maps, via the UConn Libraries' Digital Mosaic at http://images.lib.uconn.edu/. One of our highest use collections, the set of New Haven Railroad system maps created for the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1915, is now available online. These maps are detailed trackplans showing the railroad's property with historical information on when and from whom the property was purchased, in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, eastern New York State and New York City. You can also search the maps through this Google mashup, at http://magic.lib.uconn.edu/mash_up/nynhhrr_index.html.

The Connecticut Historic Preservation Collection, at http://chpc.lib.uconn.edu/, has archaeological and architectural surveys and documentation studies of Connecticut properties, including many railroad stations and sites in Connecticut.

Railroad Stations in Southern New England, at http://railroads.uconn.edu/exhibits/railroadstations/index.html, show photographs from the Railroad History Collections.

A Tribute to Union Station of Canaan, Connecticut, at http://railroads.uconn.edu/exhibits/canaan/index.html. The Canaan Station was destroyed by arson in October 2001. Shown here are images of the station, in its prime and after the fire, that are held in Archives & Special Collections.


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