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Railroad History Archive News

What's New in the Archives

Our reading room hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9a.m. to 4:30p.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 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!

Last Spring 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 contribute many photographs so far, 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!

The Connecticut Digital Archive now has railroad photographs online!

We here in Archives & Special Collections at the UConn Libraries have worked steadily to build the Connecticut Digital Archive, which will hold all of our online resources. I am delighted to report to you that we've recently added even more railroad images onto the digital archive -- one of many steps we're taking to make our collections available to a worldwide audience!

Two railroad collections are currently available, which you can access by going to the main page of the Connecticut Digital Archive and clicking on “Browse Digital Collections.” The New Haven Railroad Glass Negatives Collection 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 Scroll down to the descriptions of the individual photographs. You’ll find a link to the image in the digital archive.

Also available are 247 photographs 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.

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

This page is maintained by L. Smith.