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University of Connecticut University Libraries Archives & Special Collections
at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Railroad History Collection

About the Archive

The Railroad History Archive includes the company records of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, company records donated by the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, the photographs of New Haven Railroad company photographer Charles B. Gunn and company electrical engineer Harry F. Brown, among other collections.

A listing is available of other railroad history information resources available in the United States.

A Note to Genealogists

Genealogical information about individual railroad workers is not available in the collection.


Contact the Curator

Laura Smith
Curator for Business, Railroad and Labor Collections

Archives & Special Collections
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
University of Connecticut Libraries
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs, CT 06269-1205

Phone: 860.486.2516
Fax: 860.486.4521
Email: laura.smith@lib.uconn.edu Railroad History Collection


Ball (Don, Jr.) Railroad Photograph Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1895-1976
1 linear foot
Photographs.
Collection Number: MSS 2003-0093

Don Ball Jr. (1938-1986) was a railroad consultant and photographer and author of books about railroads. The collection consists of several hundred photographic images, taken by Mr. Ball, of locomotives, stations, and railroad related scenes of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and other New England and eastern United States railroad lines.


Beaujon (Leroy Y.) Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1868-2004
34.35 linear feet
Payroll vouchers, correspondence, timetables, photographs, reports, maps and plans, photocopies, newspaper clippings
Collection Number: MSS 1997-0042

Payroll vouchers, correspondence, timetables, photographs, reports, maps and plans, photocopies, newspaper clippings, and other research material related to the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, the Central New England Railway, and its predecessor railroad lines.


Bentz (Brooks A.) Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1889, 1913-1975
.75 linear feet
Publications, photographs, administrative records.
Collection Number: MSS 2003-0113

The Brooks A. Bentz Railroad Collection consists almost exclusively of materials associated with the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, including passenger and employee timetables, a parlor car wine list and dining car cafe menu, information about the railroad equipment provided for railroad employees, information about the railroad's merger with what became Penn Central in the late 1960s, a vehicle decal, a map of the railroad system (ca. 1925), and photographs of locomotives.


Bonelli Project 2000/Locomotive FL-9 Collection    Finding Aid

1978-1984
.25 linear feet
Correspondence.
Collection Number: MSS 1989-0052

The collection contains correspondence, photograph, diagram, and a copy of the article "How the ‘NH’ was put back on the ‘New Haven.’"


Bongiorno (Joseph A.) Collection of Passenger Operation Services of the New Haven Railroad    Finding Aid

1966-1980
.5 linear feet
Publications, reports.
Collection Number: MSS 1989-0061

Publications, annual reports, and other reports used by Bongiorno for his paper "The Administration of the Passenger Operation Services of the New Haven Railroad."


Boston, Hartford and Erie Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

1863-1885
4.25 linear feet
Legal records, correspondence.
Collection Number: MSS 1992-0007

Railroad chartered in May 1863 and reorganized in 1873 as the New York and New England Railroad Company. Collection consists of court and legal documents, correspondence, and financial records.


Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks Records    Finding Aid

1910-1931
1.8 linear feet
Administrative records.
Collection Number: MSS 1989-0026

Union group established in 1899, affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Variations of the name include the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees, AFL-CIO; the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks; and the Railway Clerks of America, Order. Collection consists of business files, documentation about its internal functions, publications and correspondence to its members, and information on government regulation of railroads and railroad employees, focusing specifically on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company and the Central New England Railway, and the Hartford Lodge Number 186


Brown (Harry F.) Papers    Finding Aid

1908-1933, 1959, 1964
4 linear feet
Photographic prints, negatives.
Collection Number: MSS 2002-0105

The Harry F. Brown Papers consist of 478 photographic images in various media of railroad electrification equipment along electrified main line section of the Shoreline route of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.


Carpenter (Richard C.) Papers    Finding Aid

1889-2001
33 linear feet
Blueprints, Maps, Notebooks, Photographs.
Collection Number: MSS2010-0105

The Papers consist almost exclusively of drawings done by Henry T. Wilhelm, William Bruce Coughlin, and Richard C. Carpenter of main and branch line railroads and interlocking tower layouts, mainly in the United States and in particular in the regions that were represented in the first three volumes of Mr. Carpenter's work A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946. The materials created by Mr. Carpenter date from 1946 to 2001. The maps done by William Bruce Coughlin and Henry T. Wilhelm, were given to Mr. Carpenter by Mr. Wilhelm. These latter two collections contain similar drawings, dating from 1919 to the 1970s. A small number of the drawings were done by unknown others and were likely done as early as 1900.


Chase (Harry B., Jr.) Papers    Finding Aid

1931-2012
.75 linear feet
Manuscript.
Collection Number: MSS 2003-0037

The collection consists of writings by Harry B. Chase, Jr., which focus on the history of the railroad in Massachusetts in general and the experiences of his father, Harry B. Chase, Sr., an employee of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, in particular. Included in the writings are excerpts from letters written by father to son entitled "'Boston & New York R.P.O. Train 500,' Letters from a New Haven Railroad Signal Maintainer to his Soldier Son in Wartime, 1942-1943," as well as "Mixed Train to Providence: A History of the Boston and Providence Rail Road, the Taunton Branch Rail Road, and Connecting Lines, with Emphasis on Mansfield, Massachusetts," and other writings about the experiences of his father and himself with the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in the mid 20th century.


Connecticut Central Railroad Records    Finding Aid

undated, 1967-1998, 2008
3 linear feet
Administrative Records, Audio visual materials, Contracts, Correspondence, Financial Records, Maps, Minutes, Photocopies, Photographs, Press releases.
Collection Number: MSS 2009-0091

The collection consists of administrative files, photographs, and DVDs associated with the formation, maintenance and demise of the Connecticut Central Railroad, a freight line that ran in and around Middletown, Connecticut, from 1987 to 1998.


Connecticut Street Railroad Photograph Album    Finding Aid

circa 1890 - circa 1940
1.5 linear feet
Photographs.
Collection Number: MSS 2013-0108

Album of 685 photographs of scenes of street railroads and trolley cars in Connecticut.


Cos Cob Power Plant Records    Finding Aid

undated, 1891-1986
20 linear feet
Blueprints, administrative records, correspondence.
Collection Number: MSS 1988-0024

Electrical power plant located in Greenwich, Connecticut, part of a pioneering venture in mainline railroad electrification. With the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad designed an efficient system using ac electrification that facilitated railroad traffic into urban areas after the New York legislature passed laws prohibiting the use of steam locomotives in New York City south of the Harlem River. Construction of the Cos Cob Power Plant was completed in 1907 and was the generating station for power to the trains. Collection consists of blueprints and wiring diagrams for the electrical systems of the New York to New Haven line, with architectural drawings, foremen's log books, records of coal received, and administrative correspondence.


Cosier (Edward Henry) Family Papers    Finding Aid

1896-1999
.25 linear feet
Papers, photographs.
Collection Number: MSS 1997-0017

Cosier was an employee of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. Collection consists of information about the Cosier family and images of railroad accidents.


Donegan (Edward F.) Papers    Finding Aid

undated, 1916-1982
3 linear feet
Blueprints, Correspondence, Bylaws, Financial Records.
Collection Number: MSS 2005-0078

Papers collected or created by Edward F. Donegan, a conductor for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad from 1941 to 1967. The materials include labor contracts, conductor fare cards and instructions, safety bulletins, diagrams of the railroad's interlocking stations along the right-of-way, and photographs.


Donovan (Francis D.) Papers    Finding Aid

undated, 1829-1997
80 linear feet
Correspondence, Notebooks, Publications, Photographs, Blueprints, Maps, Diaries.
Collection Number: MSS 2006-0195

Francis D. Donovan (1917-2005) was a resident of Medway, Massachusetts, and an avid railroad photograph and memorabilia collector and researcher, particularly of materials associated with the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and its predecessor lines. His papers consist of his writings and research files about the railroad; photographs of stations, engines, and railroad scenes; maps, scrapbooks, postcards and timetables.


Dumaine (Pierre Thomas) Papers    Finding Aid

1952-1955
2 linear feet
Scrapbook and photograph albums.
Collection Number: MSS 2002-0080

Businessman involved with the development of the Mack "FCD" RailBus who served as president of the New England Transportation Company, a bus and trucking company based in Boston, Massachusetts, in the early to mid-1950s. Papers include a scrapbook of newspaper clippings featuring information about Dumaine's work for the NET Co. and a mechanic's strike in 1953; a proxy fight between Dumaine's brother F.C. Dumaine, Jr. and Patrick McGinnis for control of the New Haven Railroad in 1954; and a move by Patrick McGinnis, president of the NHRR in the mid-1950s, to merge the New Haven Railroad with the Boston and Maine Railroad in 1955. Also includes two photograph albums of photographs of a New Haven Railroad commuter car and a New England Transportation Company bus.


Farnham (Elmer F.) Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1966
.5 linear feet
Photographs, newspaper clippings.
Collection Number: MSS 1999-0032

Elmer F. Farnham was a resident of Norwich, Connecticut, and a features writer for the Norwich Bulletin. He was author of "The Quickest Route: The History of the Norwich & Worcester Railroad," published in 1973 by Pequot Press. The collection consists of photographs of locomotives and railroad scenes of the Norwich & Worcestor Railroad, the Central Vermont Railway, and other southern New England railroads.


Finch (James M.) Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1946-1985
18 linear feet
Time tables, rules booklets, annual reports, bridge lists, valuation maps, photographs.
Collection Number: MSS 1993-0044

Employee of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (New Haven Railroad), serving as Vice President of Planning and Research; as an employee of Penn Central he served as Assistant to the General Manager for the New Haven Region and Special Assistant to the Trustees; as an employee for Amtrak he was Special Assistant for the Northeast Corridor Improvement Project. Collection consists of time tables, rules booklets, annual reports, bridge lists, valuation maps, photographs, and reports associated with New Haven Railroad, Penn Central, and AMTRAK


Flannigan (Louise Gaffney) Papers    Finding Aid

undated, 1887-1897, 1911, 1915
.5 linear feet
Correspondence, Diaries, Manuscripts, Notes, Photocopies, Poems.
Collection Number: MSS 2007-0066

Louise Gaffney Flannigan (1867-1949) of New Haven, Connecticut, was the sister and wife of railroad brakemen, and frequently wrote poems and other writings about railroad workers, particularly those who were members of the Brotherhood of Railroad Brakemen Elm City Lodge #201 in New Haven, in memorial to those who died while in service to the railroad, or in celebration of their good work and bravery. The Papers consist of poems and writings, including about train trips she took to Orlando, Florida in 1888, and to California in 1897.


Frattasio (Marc J.) Papers    Finding Aid

2000-2002
.5 linear feet
Typescripts.
Collection Number: MSS 2003-0092

Typescript drafts of "The New Haven Railroad In the McGinnis Era", and "Dining on the Shore Line Route: The History and Recipes of the New Haven Railroad Dining Car Department", written by Marc J. Frattasio.


Fuller (Allyn) Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1836-1979
4.5 linear feet
Photographs, train tickets, timetables.
Collection Number: MSS 1998-0175

Resident of Canaan, Connecticut, and collector of photographs, documents, and records associated with the railroads of southern New England, particularly the Central New England Railway. Collection consists of papers including train tickets, train orders, receipts, and timetables, and photographs of trains of various railroads, plus scenes of railroad stations and towns in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.


Gillespie (Richard H.) Railroad Photograph Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1856-1961
2.5 linear feet
Negatives (photographic), Photographic prints
Collection Number: MSS 2013-0053

Photographic prints of steam and electric locomotives of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and a few of its predecessor railroad lines including the Naugatuck Railroad, the Connecticut River Railroad, the New York & New England Railroad and the New York, Westchester & Boston Railroad, collected by Richard H. Gillespie of Stamford, Connecticut. The collection also includes two scrapbooks compiled by Mr. Gillespie of newspaper clippings and photographic prints.


Gunn (Charles B.) Collection    Finding Aid

n.d., 1834-2002
10 linear feet
Photographs, notebooks, publications, maps, administrative and financial records.
Collection Number: MSS 1988-0001

The Charles B. Gunn Collection consists of papers produced by and about Gunn, as well as materials he collected of historical information about the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company, Penn Central, Amtrak, and Conrail. The collection includes photographs taken by Gunn when he served as official photographer for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company, in the mid-1950s.


Haight (Lyndon A.) Central New England Railway Collection    Finding Aid

1886-1956
4.6 linear feet
Photocopies.
Collection Number: MSS 2000-0041

The collection consists of photocopies of timetables, maps, posters, correspondence and historical writings about the Central New England Railway, gathered by Lyndon A. Haight as research materials.


Higginbotham (William) Papers    Finding Aid

undated, 1895, 1902, 1931-1972
4.5 linear feet
Photographs, negatives.
Collection Number: MSS 2011-0083

The collection contains approximately 850 photographs (color and black and white) and negatives of images of New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and New York Central Railroad locomotives and cars, stations and structures and other scenes, in addition to a large number of images of street railway cars, in New England, almost all of them taken by William Higginbotham from 1938 to 1972.


Holcombe (Seth P.) Papers    Finding Aid

undated, 1887, 1946-1953
2.5 linear feet
Photographs.
Collection Number: MSS 2012-0040

The Papers consist of approximately 350 photographic prints and 500 negatives of images of steam locomotives mostly of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, taken in the Hartford, Connecticut, area.


Hurlbut (Clinton C.) Papers    Finding Aid

1868-1975
2 linear feet
Photographs, artifacts, publications.
Collection Number: MSS 2003-0059

The collection consists of a switchyard layout diagram, published materials, photographs, and a signalman's hand lamp belonging to New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad signal superintendent Clinton C. Hurlbut, who worked for the railroad from 1912 to 1961.


Klar (James S.) Photograph Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1974-1976
5 linear feet
Photographs, negatives, and slides.
Collection Number: MSS 1990-0036

Born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and a resident of Connecticut later in life. Employed in various positions in the Connecticut state government and later as a photographer. In 1975 Klar received a grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts to photograph seventy-five railroad stations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Collection consists of the 100 photographs taken by Klar in preparation for an exhibit of these photographs, entitled “Down by the Depot,” which toured throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts in the mid-1970s.


LaMay (Robert A.) Papers    Finding Aid


17.8 linear feet
Photographic images, timetables, guides, brochures, pamphlets, and published items
Collection Number: MSS 2002-0121

Robert A. LaMay is a collector of railroad publications and memorabilia and a photographer of railroad locomotives and scenes, particularly those of southern New England and the New York City area. His papers include timetables, guides, brochures, and other items collected by Mr. LaMay as well as photographic prints, slides and negatives of railroad images taken by him of locomotives and scenes associated with the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak, Metro-North Railroad, Shore Line East and other railroad lines in the United States.


Lawrence (Alvin A.) Papers    Finding Aid

undated, 1896-1993
14 linear feet
Drawings.
Collection Number: MSS 2011-0086

The papers consist of drawings by Alvin A. Lawrence of locomotives (steam and electric) and cars (passenger, box, freight, baggage, club, sleeper, etc.) of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and some of its predecessor lines including the Central New England Railway, the Boston & Providence Railroad, and the New York & New England Railroad. The collection also holds erecting cards, or diagrams, created by the builders of the locomotives and trains, and other blueprints and drawings from the railroad of its rolling stock, plus a few photographs of the trains. Many of the drawings were done by Mr. Lawrence for publications of the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, particularly its magazine Shoreliner.


Levitt (Alan) Papers    Finding Aid

undated, 2002-2004, 2013
.25 linear feet
Documents.
Collection Number: MSS 2000-0125

The collection consists of five unpublished writings compiled, annotated, or written by Mr. Levitt, a historical consultant of Fresh Meadows, New York.


Lewis (Thomas R.) Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

1855-1974
.7 linear feet
Correspondence, Galley proofs, Newspapers, Notes, Photocopies, Photographs, Publications.
Collection Number: MSS 2005-0036

Thomas R. Lewis is the author of Silk Along Steel: the Story of the South Manchester Railroad (Pequot Press, 1976). The collection consists of newclippings, timetables, correspondence, writings, photographs and postcards Dr. Lewis gathered for the writing of his book.


Lowenthal (Larry) Collection    Finding Aid

1980s-2000
3 linear feet
Research files, publications, maps, correspondence, flyers.
Collection Number: MSS 1999-0113

Historian of Brimfield, Massachusetts, and author of Titanic Railroad: The Southern New England, The Story of New England's Last Great Railroad War (Marker Press, 1998). The extensive research papers provide an in-depth look into Lowenthal’s methodical investigation of the failed Southern New England Railroad, also known as the Grand Trunk, which was to run between Palmer, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island, in the early 1900s.


Lynch (Peter E.) Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

1870, 1910-1969
.5 inear feet
Administrative records, drawings, publications.
Collection Number: MSS 2003-0099

The Peter E. Lynch Railroad Collection consists of materials almost exclusively associated with the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (a.k.a. New Haven Railroad), including timetables, arranged package car service lists, and train order forms. Also includes a Western Maryland Railroad mortgage bond (1870) and a Penn Central timetable (1969).


Makowsky (Fred Otto) Papers    Finding Aid

1890s-1952
6 linear feet
Photographs.
Collection Number: MSS 2000-0039

Resident of Springdale, Connecticut, and railroad enthusiast. Collection consists of scrapbooks of photographs of trains of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and other railroads in New England, trolleys, and scenes of Stamford, Connecticut, and various railroad related papers collected by Makowsky. Also includes two models of New York & New Haven Railroad coaches, built by Makowsky in 1936.


McDermott (William P.) Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

1835-1903
3 linear feet
Correspondence, Administrative and Financial records.
Collection Number: MSS 2006-0180

The collection consists of payroll vouchers, traffic vouchers, correspondence, deposit slips, financial documents and other materials associated with the Hartford & New Haven Railroad, the Central New England Railway, the Philadephia, Reading & New England Railroad, the New York & Boston Railroad and other railroad lines in southern New England and eastern New York. Some of the correspondence is to John Brock, president of the Central New England Railway.


Meriden & Cromwell Railroad/Meriden, Waterbury & Connecticut River Railroad Photograph Album    Finding Aid

undated, 1885-1951
1.3 linear feet
Photographs.
Collection Number: MSS 2007-0075

The Meriden & Cromwell Railroad ran between these two cities in Connecticut from 1885 to 1888 when its name changed to the Meriden, Waterbury & Connecticut River Railroad, and was extended to Waterbury, Connecticut, until 1892, when the line was taken over by the New York & New England Railroad. The Album, compiled by James M.S. Ullman of Meriden, Connecticut, has 185 photographs of locomotives, stations, and other scenes associated with these railroad lines.


Miller (Max) Collection of the Connecticut Valley Railroad    Finding Aid

undated, 1859-1979
2.25 linear feet
Administrative records, correspondence, maps.
Collection Number: MSS 2013-0059

The Connecticut Valley Railroad was formed in 1871, extending from Hartford, Connecticut, south to Old Saybrook, Connecticut, along the Connecticut River. The railroad line was reorganized in 1880 to become the Hartford & Connecticut Valley Railroad, and leased by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in 1887 to become the Valley Division of that line. The collection consists of shipping documents of freight shipped out of the North Haven, Connecticut, freight yard, real estate records of properties in Middletown, Connecticut, photographic negatives of train wrecks in the New Haven, Connecticut, area, and other papers.


New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1860-1986
222.5 linear feet
Financial records, administrative files, annual reports.
Collection Number: MSS 1998-0177

Association dedicated to preserving the history of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (also known as the New Haven Railroad, or NHRR), a major freight and passenger carrier in southern New England. The New Haven Railroad was chartered in 1872 from the merger of the New York and New Haven Railroad and the Hartford and New Haven Railroad. Collection consists of the records of the NHRR collected by NHRHTA, and include records of the corporate secretary, trustees, accounting department, and operations (consisting of records of trains, equipment, bridges, and buildings), and annual reports to stockholders and the Interstate Commerce Commission.


New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association Map Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1872-1930s
57.5 linear feet
Maps.
Collection Number: MSS 1998-0377

Maps and track plans of property in Connecticut, Massachusetts, eastern New York, and Rhode Island belonging to the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company and its predecessors, including the Hartford & New Haven Railroad, the Housatonic Railroad, the Naugatuck Railroad, the New York & New England Railroad, and the New York & New Haven Railroad.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Abandoned Structures Collection    Finding Aid

1911-1964
1 linear foot
Floor plans, survey cards, photographs.
Collection Number: MSS 2000-0025

Abandoned Structures Collection, 1911-64. 0.25 linear foot. Collection consists of eighty-nine sets of floor plans, survey cards and photographs for structures that the New Haven Railroad either abandoned, sold, or razed between 1911 and 1964. Structures are located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. Survey cards list date, size, construction materials, and remodeling information, if available. The structures date from as early as 1845.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Bridge Capacity List Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1974
1.5 linear feet
Track lists.
Collection Number: MSS 1991-0135

Two lists of details of bridges along the route of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Construction Photograph Collection    Finding Aid

ca. 1890
.25 linear feet
Photographs.
Collection Number: MSS 2002-0023

The collection consists of 19 photographs of the construction of New Haven Railroad tracks and bridges in the Norwalk and East Norwalk area in Connecticut, from the 1890s.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Electrification Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1914-1973
4 linear feet
Correspondence, blueprints, publications, photocopies.
Collection Number: MSS 2002-0016

The focus of the collection is on electrification, or the installation of overhead wire or third rail power distribution facilities to enable operation of trains hauled by electric locomotives, of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Glass Negative Collection    Finding Aid

circa 1900-1922
4 linear feet
Negatives.
Collection Number: MSS 2007-0055

This collection consists of 149 plate glass negatives of images of railroad cars, primarily those of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, from the early 20th century. Many of the negatives are exterior shots of coaches, dining cars, state room/sleeping cars, parlor cars, and freight cars. The collection also includes interior views of these various railroad cars. One image of particular interest is an overhead view of a gondola car with a locomotive in the background.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Map and Blueprint Collection    Finding Aid

1900-1970
200 linear feet
Maps, blueprints.
Collection Number: MSS 1991-0140

This collection has not yet been organized for unassisted research use. Researchers wishing to access this collection must make prior arrangements with the Curator before visiting Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Maps and blueprints of portions of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, which ran from 1872 to 1969 in Connecticut, Massachusetts, eastern New York and into New York City, and Rhode Island. A searchable database is available in repository.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Photograph Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1900-1971
1.5 linear feet
Photographs.
Collection Number: MSS 1991-0132

Photographs of railroad equipment, stations, and crossings associated with the New Haven Railroad. Also include photographs documenting damage to railroad property in western Connecticut by a flood in August 1955.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Photographic Negative Collection    Finding Aid

ca. 20th century
.5 linear feet
Photographic negatives.
Collection Number: MSS 1991-0134

Photographic negatives of railroad stations associated with the New Haven Railroad.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Predecessor Companies Collection    Finding Aid

1880-1910
.5 linear feet
Correspondence, administrative records, financial records.
Collection Number: MSS 1991-0136

Collection consists of journal entries, bills of lading, vouchers, receipts, invoices, correspondence, and other documents from fourteen southern New England railroads, including the Central New England Railway, the Housatonic Railroad, the New York and New England Railroad, and the New York, Providence & Boston Railroad.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Records    Finding Aid

1760-1980
3050 linear feet
Administrative files, legal records, financial records, annual reports.
Collection Number: MSS 1991-0009

Railroad company formed in 1872 through the merger of the New York and New Haven Railroad and the Hartford and New Haven Railroad, which resulted in a rail link between New York City and Boston. Through its early history the New York, New Haven and Hartford (also known as the New Haven Railroad) grew through the consolidation and acquisition of dozens of small lines. At its peak in 1929 the New Haven Railroad owned and operated 2,131 miles of track throughout New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The railroad also purchased a myriad of steamboat lines and trolley companies in its quest to dominate transportation in the region. A series of financial mismanagement and struggles for control weakened the company and put it into receivership. By 1969 the New Haven Railroad was absorbed in the Penn Central system and later, after the collapse of that system, parts of it were run by Amtrak, Metro-North Commuter Railroad, and the Connecticut Transit Authority. The collection contains the central administrative and financial records of the New Haven Railroad and approximately 300 predecessor and subsidiary companies.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Scrapbook Collection    Finding Aid

1880-1889
.5 linear feet
Scrapbooks.
Collection Number: MSS 1991-0137

Four scrapbooks of newspaper clippings concerning schedule changes, accidents, stock sales, complaints about train whistles, associated with the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, and the attempted acquisition of the New Haven & Derby Railroad by the New York and New England Railroad. Clippings are predominantly from Connecticut newspapers with other New England newspapers.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Small Format Photograph and Postcard Collection    Finding Aid

1870s-1960s
.5 linear feet
Photographs, postcards.
Collection Number: MSS 1991-0133

Collection consists of ninety-four photographs of cars, trains, locomotives, and stations associated with the New Haven Railroad and the Central New England Railway. Most of the scenes are in Connecticut, but include some scenes in Massachusetts and New York.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Station and Structure Drawings Collection    Finding Aid

1886-1964
26 lf
Architectural drawings.
Collection Number: MSS 1991-0138

The collection consists of 295 architectural drawings of 36 railroad stations, engine houses, signal stations and towers, and auxiliary buildings built by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad from 1886 to 1964. The maps are organized by job number; following the description of each plan is its print number. It is worth noting that two of the stations were designed by prominent architects Henry Bacon and Cass Gilbert.


New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Valuation Maps    Finding Aid

1915-1916
317 linear feet
Maps.
Collection Number: MSS 1998-0378

The collection consists of an almost complete set of the 1915 valuation series of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad done by the railroad for the Interstate Commerce Committee to account for its right-of-way and the property it owned throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, eastern New York and New York City, and Rhode Island. The valuation maps give important historical information about the property purchased by the railroad, some from as early as the 1830s.


Olson (Ernest R., Jr.) Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

1890-1979
8 linear feet
Broadsides, correspondence, reports.
Collection Number: MSS 1988-0053

Associate Director in the Office of Policy and Analysis and Assistant Director of the Bureau of Traffic for the Interstate Commerce Commission. Collection consists of broadsides from the 1890s relating to railroads in the Pennsylvania and Maryland region, and correspondence, memos, and ICC reports about transportation regulation.


Ozog (Edward J.) Railroad Collection     Finding Aid

undated, 1876-1984
12.25 linear feet
Design drawings, Maps (documents), Photographic prints
Collection Number: MSS 2014-0044

Bridge drawings, maps, annual reports, publications and photographs related to the history of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and its predecessor railroad lines.


Preston (Melbourne) Railroad Photograph Collection    Finding Aid

1950s
.25 linear feet
Photographs
Collection Number: MSS 2009-0073

Photographs of steam and electric locomotives of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, in the 1950s.


Providence & Worcester Railroad Records    Finding Aid

1826-1997
156.1 linear feet
Financial records, administrative records.
Collection Number: MSS 1997-0120

Consolidated in 1845; main line from Providence, Rhode Island, to Worcestor, Massachusetts, opened in 1847. Leased to the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in 1892. Records consist of treasurer’s accounts, treasury books, superintendent’s letters, deeds, and other administrative files of the Providence and Worcestor and the Norwich and Worcestor Railroad Company.


Quirk (Edward J.) Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1924-1989
1.95 linear feet
Administrative Records, Ephemera, Photographs, Publications.
Collection Number: MSS 2006-0261

The collection consists of train passes, railroad memorabilia and photographs gathered by Mr. Quirk while he was a railroad employee.


Roberts (Leroy) Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1851-1993
100 linear feet
Photographs.
Collection Number: MSS 1989-0073

Collection of maps, photographs and other documents focusing on the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and its predecessor railroad lines, particularly those that ran in Connecticut.


Rudberg (Bernard) Research Collection of the Central New England Railway    Finding Aid

2002-2008
.5 linear feet
Photocopies.
Collection Number: MSS 2008-0043

The collection consists of tour guidebooks compiled by Bernard L. Rudberg of photocopies of photographs, maps, correspondence, and documents related to the history of the Central New England Railway, which ran from Maybrook, New York, to Hartford, Connecticut, in the period between 1898 and 1927, at which point it was taken over by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. Mr. Rudberg creates the books for the participants of an annual guided bus tour he coordinates, in April or May of each year beginning in 2002, that follows portions of the old railway line, and provides information about the towns on the route, train wrecks that occurred, old carbarns, turntables and roundhouses, and such features as the Poughkeepsie River Bridge.


Schlachter (Karl E.) Railroad Photograph Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1905-1961
3 linear feet
Negatives (photographic)
Collection Number: MSS 2015-0069

Collection consists of 956 postcard sized negatives of locomotives from 162 railroads in the United States, some taken by Karl E. Schlachter.


Snopek (Joseph R.) Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1902-1999
13 linear feet
Photographs, timetables, maps, manuals.
Collection Number: MSS 2003-0035

Author of "Diesels to Park Avenue: The FL-9 Story" (New England Rails Publishing Company, 1997). Collection consists of photographs, timetables, track guide maps, operator manuals, and freight schedules principally of northeastern United States railroads, including the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Penn Central, Conrail, and Amtrak.


Stickels (Dudley) Photograph Collection of Central New England Railway    Finding Aid

1880s-1950s
3 linear feet
Photographs, negatives.
Collection Number: MSS 2000-0120

The Stickels Photograph Collection of Central New England Railway contains 639 negatives and black and white photographic prints. The majority of the images were taken between the 1880s and the 1930s, with just one from the 1940s and only two from the 1950s. A majority of the images are of steam locomotives from various New England railroads, although the Central New England Railway steam locomotives are the most heavily represented. Also in the collection are images of railroad stations and yards, wreck scenes, bridges, and work scenes. Some of the more unique images include a negative image of a map of the Hartford, Connecticut, to Springfield, Massachusetts, rail line, as well as a promotional photographic print displaying the interior of a new passenger car.


Stieg (Karl) Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

1880s-1960s
168.35 linear feet
Property records, financial records.
Collection Number: MSS 1988-0038

This collection has not yet been organized for unassisted research use. Researchers wishing to access this collection must make prior arrangements with the Curator before visiting Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Railroad property leases and documents associated with the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.


Swanberg (J.W.) Papers    Finding Aid

undated
2 linear feet
Correspondence, Galley proofs, Photocopies, Manscripts.
Collection Number: MSS 2006-0251

The J.W. Swanberg Papers consist of chapter and caption drafts, galley proofs, correspondence, and other materials associated with Mr. Swanberg's book "New Haven Power" and photographs taken by Mr. Swanberg throughout his railroad career.


Symonds (Richard) Railroad Annual Report Collection    Finding Aid

1886-1910
21 linear feet
Annual reports.
Collection Number: MSS 1988-0062

The collection consists of annual reports submitted by approximately 80 Connecticut mainline railroads and street railroads, most of which are affiliated or owned by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, to the State Railroad Commission and the Public Utilities Commission. The reports include brief histories of the companies, lists of company organizations, officer and property owners, track information, and financial data.


Taber (Thomas Townsend, III ) Papers    Finding Aid

undated, 1896-2004
2 linear feet
Correspondence, Maps, Photocopies.
Collection Number: MSS 2010-0023

Author of books on railroads in the United States and compiler of information on how to find research materials about railroads in libraries and archives. The Papers contains three volumes of photocopies of newspaper articles about topics pertaining to the New Haven Railroad and its predecessor lines and indexes and lists compiled by Mr. Taber about the availability of research material and locomotives.


University Railroad Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1841-2006
72.25 linear feet
Administrative records, blueprints, books, bylaws, correspondence, financial records, maps, minutes, notebooks, photcopies, photographs.
Collection Number: MSS 1997-0041

This is an artificial collection of publications, timetables, forms, reports, track diagrams and charts, equipment blueprints, maps, drawings and artwork, and photographs almost exclusively associated with the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and its predecessor railroad lines, gathered from many donors and purchases.


Wadleigh (Ralph E.) Photograph Collection    Finding Aid

undated, 1886-1965
.25 linear feet
Photographic prints.
Collection Number: MSS 2002-0002

The collection consists of 42 photographs of railroad locomotives and scenes related to the Monadnock Northern, the New Haven Railroad, Grand Trunk Railroad, and the Central Vermont Railroad.


Wall (James W.) Photograph Collection    Finding Aid

circa 1930-1980
3 linear feet
Photographic prints.
Collection Number: MSS 1993-0062

Photographs of locomotives and scenes of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, the Boston & Albany Railroad and the Boston & Maine Railroad, and of street railroads in the Boston, Massachusetts, area, most taken in the 1930s and 1940s, most likely by James W. Wall. The collection also includes photographs of scenes that show men in the United States Army in World War II in Europe and after the war in Japan.


Young (William B.) Collection of the Connecticut Company    Finding Aid

undated, 1872-2012
12 linear feet
Blueprints, correspondence, maps, notes, photographs, postcards, reports.
Collection Number: MSS 2012-0077

The collection consists of correspondence, maps, photographic images, car rosters, administrative reports, and other materials about trolley and street railroad cars and the history of the Connecticut Company, which controlled fourteen divisions of street railroad companies across the state of Connecticut from 1905 to 1948. These documents were collected by William B. Young who compiled this information for a comprehensive database about the company's trolley cars.