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RR. Railroad history

 Record Group
Identifier: RR
The railroad history collecting area consists of papers, records and collections of a variety of archival materials related to southern New England’s railroad heritage, dating from the 1830s and the birth of railroad transportation in the United States to the 1980s. The materials are particularly strong in representing the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, better known as the New Haven Railroad, which was the predominant railroad in the region from 1872 to 1969. Coverage is strong for the New Haven Railroad’s predecessor lines, particularly the Central New England Railway, the New York & New England Railroad, and the Old Colony Railroad.

Found in 77 Collections and/or Records:

Clinton C. Hurlbut Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2003-0059
Abstract 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.
Dates: undated, 1868-1975

Oliver O. Jensen Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2003-0042
Abstract Personal and professional papers of Oliver Ormerod Jensen, writer, editor, self-taught historian, and railroad enthusiast.
Dates: undated, 1840s-2001

James S. Klar Photograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1990-0036
Abstract Born in Greenfiled, Massachusetts on 30 May 1912, James Shepard Klar received his landscape architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1934, and worked at different posts in state government throughout his career. When Klar retired in 1945, he was director of the state's Bureau of Program Development, where he was in charge of state assistance programs for local planning, urban renewal, and housing. In 1975, Klar received a grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts to...
Dates: undated, 1974-1976

Robert A. LaMay Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2002-0121
Abstract: 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,...
Dates: undated, 1883-2013

Alvin A. Lawrence Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2011-0086
Abstract The papers consist of drawings done by Alvin A. Lawrence of Columbus, Ohio, of locomotives and cars of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and its predecessor rairoad lines for publications sponsored by the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, particularly for its magazine Shoreliner.
Dates: undated, 1896-1993

Alan M. Levitt Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2000-0125
Abstract The collection consists of five unpublished writings compiled, annotated, or written by Mr. Levitt, a historical consultant of Fresh Meadows, New York.
Dates: undated, 2002-2004, 2013

Thomas R. Lewis Railroad Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2005-0036
Abstract Thomas Reed Lewis, Jr. (March 4, 1940-January 26, 2017), was the author of Silk Along Steel: the Story of the South Manchester Railroad (Pequot Press, 1976). He was a Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut and Manchester Community College. The collection consists of maps, newclippings, timetables, correspondence, writings, photographs and postcards Dr. Lewis gathered for the writing of his book.
Dates: undated, 1855-1974

Larry Lowenthal Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1999-0113
Abstract Larry Lowenthal (1940-2020) was the author of Titanic Railroad: the Southern New England, the Story of New England's Last Great Railroad War (Brimfield, MA: Marker Press, 1998). The collection consists of research files, chapter drafts, copies of original documents, and newspaper clippings of material gathered by Mr. Lowenthal when he wrote his book. The collection also consists of information about the history of New London, Connecticut, including copies of National Register of Historic...
Dates: undated, 1912, 1920s, 1980s-2008

Peter E. Lynch Railroad Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2003-0099
Abstract 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).
Dates: 1870, 1910-1969.

Fred Otto Makowsky Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2000-0039
Abstract The Fred Otto Makowsky Papers consist of photographs taken by Makowsky and papers collected by him. The photographs consist of over 4000 images of New Haven Railroad and other American steam and electric locomotives, multiple unit cars, and trolleys, and scenes of Stamford, Connecticut.
Dates: 1890s-1952

William P. McDermott Railroad Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2006-0180
Abstract 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. Much of the correspondence is to John Brock, president of the Philadelphia, Reading & New England Railroad and the...
Dates: 1835-1935

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

 Collection
Identifier: 2007-0075
Abstract 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.
Dates: undated, 1885-1951

John L. Merritt Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2018-0088
Scope and Contents The collections consists of journals, newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, memoranda, invoices, publications, and other items created or collected by John Lawrence Merritt. Of special interest are a set of twenty-one handwritten journals from 1933 to 1940, with daily entries by Mr. Merritt, giving details of his work at the railroad station, his home life with his wife Esther and daughter Joy, and many mentions of national and world events. Also of interest is an extensive series...
Dates: 1888 - 1970

Max Miller Collection of the Connecticut Valley Railroad

 Collection
Identifier: 2013-0059
Abstract 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...
Dates: undated, 1859-1996

New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1998-0177
Abstract A historical association dedicated to preserving the history of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, a major freight and passenger railroad in southern New England. Collection consists of records of the railroad, not the historical association.
Dates: undated, 1860-1986

New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association Map Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1998-0377
Abstract 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.
Dates: undated, 1872-1930s

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Abandoned Structures Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2000-0025
Abstract Floor plans, survey cards and photographs for stations, interlocking towers, and other structures that the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad abandoned, sold, or razed during the period between 1911 and 1964.
Dates: undated, 1911-1964

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Construction Photograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2002-0023
Abstract The New Haven Railroad was formed in 1872 through the merger of the Hartford and New Haven Railroad and the New York and New Haven Railroad. On January 1, 1969, it formally folded into the PennCentral Railroad system.
Dates: circa 1890-1899

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Electrification Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2002-0016
Abstract: 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.
Dates: undated, 1914-1977

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Photographic Negative Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1991-0134
Abstract For almost one hundred years the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, better known as the New Haven Railroad, was the primary means of passenger and freight transportation in Southern New England. Chartered in 1872, this merger between the New York & New Haven and Hartford & New Haven railroads later included the long desired rail link between Boston and New York.
Dates: circa 1900-1999

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Predecessor Company Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1991-0136
Abstract The collection holds documents related to early southern New England railroads, particularly those that were predecessor lines of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, including the Boston, Hartford and Erie Railroad; the Boston and New York Airline Railroad; the Central New England Railway; the Charles River Railroad; the Chicago and Evanston Railroad; the Connecticut River Railroad; the Hartford and New Haven Railroad; the Hartford, Providence and Fishkill Railroad; the Housatonic...
Dates: undated, 1815-1907

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Records

 Collection
Identifier: 1991-0009
Abstract The corporate records of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad document the history and impact of the system that dominated railroad transportation in southern New England from 1872 to 1969.
Dates: undated, 1760-1980

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Scrapbook Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1991-0137
Abstract For almost one hundred years the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, better known as the New Haven Railroad, was the primary means of passenger and freight transportation in Southern New England. Chartered in 1872, this merger between the New York & New Haven and Hartford & New Haven railroads later included the long desired rail link between Boston and New York.
Dates: 1880-1888

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

 Collection
Identifier: 1991-0133
Abstract For almost one hundred years the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, better known as the New Haven Railroad, was the primary means of passenger and freight transportation in Southern New England. Chartered in 1872, this merger between the New York & New Haven and Hartford & New Haven railroads later included the long desired rail link between Boston and New York.
Dates: circa 1870-1969

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

 Collection
Identifier: 1991-0138
Abstract The collection consists of 306 architectural drawings of 40 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. Two of the stations were designed by prominent architects Henry Bacon and Cass Gilbert. The collection also includes one gate sign, ca. 1920s, from Back Bay Station in...
Dates: 1887-1993

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Valuation Map Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1998-0378
Abstract 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. Access to the maps can...
Dates: 1915-1916

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Bridge Capacity Lists Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1991-0135
Abstract Two lists of details of bridges along the route of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.
Dates: undated, 1974

Ernest R. Olson, Jr. Railroad Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1988-0053
Abstract Ernest R. Olson, Jr. worked for the Interstate Commerce Commission as Associate Director in the Office of Policy and Analysis and as Assistant Director of Traffic. The collection contains a variety of materials pertaining to railroads beyond the New England area.
Dates: 1890-1979

Edward J. Ozog Railroad Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2014-0044
Abstract 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.
Dates: undated, 1852-1995

David Peters Railroad Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2017-0055
Scope and Contents The collection consists of administrative and financial records, photographs, postcards, correspondence, timetables, broadsides, legal records, publications, and a myriad of other materials related to the history of the railroad in the United States, particularly in New England. Railroads include the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad and its predecessors and successors, including Penn Central and Amtrak.
Dates: undated, 1832-2017