Railroad History Archive News
What's New in the Archives
Our reading room hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9a.m. to 4p.m. If you are a first-time researcher please contact the curator prior to your visit. It might be necessary to make an appointment, or to create a plan on what resources you will use when you conduct your research.
Note that there is no parking for visitors near the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center unless your car has a handicap pass. Otherwise all visitors should park at the South Campus Parking Garage, next to Gampel Pavilion.
The Engineering Map of America!
In Spring 2014 American Experience showed their new documentary "The Rise and Fall of Penn Station" on PBS stations around the country. In coordination with the documentary they created an interactive map, the Engineering Map of America, and requested that archival repositories contribute their content to the "pins." We have contributed many photographs, many of them on railroad topics, including Hell Gate Bridge in New York City, Lyman Viaduct in Colchester, Connecticut, and Cos Cob Power Plant in Greenwich, Connecticut. We're adding more as time allows -- check it out when you have a chance!
We here in Archives & Special Collections at the UConn Libraries are working steadily to build a digital repository to hold all of our online resources, from photographs and maps to research files and audio and video clips. The repository has many photographs from our railroad collections of locomotives, cars, stations and other scenes. Some of the collections that you will find include:
- the Allyn Fuller Collection, focusing mainly on scenes along the Central New England Railway
- the Charles B. Gunn Collection, consisting mostly of photographs this long-time New Haven Railroad employee took of the damage to the railroad wrought by the Floods of August 1955
- the Fred Otto Makowsky Papers, which include photographs taken by Mr. Makowsky of New Haven Railroad steam and electric locomotives in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as scenes of Stamford, Connecticut
- the Leroy Roberts Railroad Collection is an extraordinary set of photographs of railroad stations in Connecticut
- the New Haven Railroad Glass Negatives Collection, which has 148 photographs of New Haven Railroad cars — baggage, parlor, dining, sleeping and coaches — from the early 1900s. Many of the exterior views of the cars are accompanied by an interior view. Another way to view this particular set of photographs is from the finding aid to the collection, at http://doddcenter.uconn.edu/asc/findaids/NHRR_glass/MSS20070055.html. Scroll down to the descriptions of the individual photographs. You’ll find a link to the image in the digital archive
- and, there are now 247 photographs online taken by J.W. Swanberg, author of New Haven Power, of locomotives around the country and in Canada. There will be many more photographs to come from Mr. Swanberg, a well-known historian and former employee of the New Haven Railroad and Metro-North Railroad
Search the online railroad valuation maps!
Don't forget about our online railroad maps! We have an index to search the New Haven Railroad Valuation Maps; this "mash-up" includes a location search box and the ability to click on the valuation map outline to view a pop-up window that has a direct link to the map in the database. Researchers can access the index at http://magic.lib.uconn.edu/mash_up/nynhhrr_index.html
This page is maintained by L. Smith.