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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:

Melbourne Preston Railroad Photograph Collection

Identifier: 2009-0073
Abstract Photographs of steam and electric locomotives of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, in the 1950s.
Dates: 1950s

Providence & Worcester Railroad Records

Identifier: 1997-0120
Abstract The records consist of administrative, financial, and real estate documents associated with the Providence & Worcestor Railroad, a railroad in eastern Connecticut, Rhode Island, and southern Massachusetts, founded in 1844 and leased by the New York & New England Railroad and subsequently the New Haven Railroad in the late 19th century. The company was part of the transfer of railroads to Penn Central in 1969 but resumed running as an independent line in 1973. The records also include...
Dates: undated, 1826-2016

Edward J. Quirk Railroad Collection

Identifier: 2006-0261
Abstract Edward J. Quirk (1906-1989) worked as a ticket agent for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. The collection consists of train passes, railroad memorabilia and photographs gathered by Mr. Quirk.
Dates: undated, 1924-1989

Leroy Roberts Railroad Collection

Identifier: 1989-0073
Abstract 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.
Dates: undated, 1851-1993

Rudberg (Bernard L.) Research Collection of the Central New England Railway

Identifier: 2008-0043
Abstract 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...
Dates: 2002-2015

Joseph R. Snopek Railroad Collection

Identifier: 2003-0035
Abstract 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.
Dates: undated, 1902-1999

Dudley Stickels Collection of Central New England Railway Photographs

Identifier: 2000-0120
Abstract Dudley Jordan Stickels was by trade a carpenter and a salesman. His love, however, was the railroad. He invested a great deal of his energy in collecting materials relating to the history of the Central New England Railway (CNE), which was at that time no longer in operation. His research interests were in that railroad line's history, routes, and equipment, and specifically in its steam locomotives.
Dates: 1880s-1950s

Karl Stieg Railroad Collection

Identifier: 1988-0038
Abstract Collection of documents related to and created by and for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.
Dates: 1880s-1960s

J. W. Swanberg Papers

Identifier: 2006-0251
Abstract 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.
Dates: undated, 1954-1978, 1988-1989, 2007-2015

Richard Symonds Collection of Connecticut Railroads Annual Reports

Identifier: 1988-0062
Abstract Collection consists of annual reports submitted by approximately 80 Connecticut railroads and street railroads to the State Railroad Commission and the Public Utilities Commission. Reports include brief histories of the companies, lists of company organizations, officer and property owners, track information, and financial data.
Dates: 1886-1910

Thomas Townsend Taber III Papers

Identifier: 2010-0023
Abstract 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.
Dates: undated, 1896-2004.

University Railroad Collection

Identifier: 1997-0041
Abstract 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.
Dates: undated, 1841-2006

Ralph E. Wadleigh Photograph Collection

Identifier: 2002-0002
Abstract Ralph E. Wadleigh was a railroad enthusiast in New London, Connecticut.
Dates: undated, 1886-1965

James W. Wall Photograph Collection

Identifier: 1993-0062
Abstract 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.
Dates: undated, 1934-1991

John Wallace Railroad Collection

Identifier: 2016-0117
Scope and Contents The collection consists of approximately 6000 slides of images of trains and railroad scenes taken by John Wallace from 1947 to 2004. Most of the railroads are those from the Northeast United States but also include images of railroads in California, Florida, Nebraska, and Virginia, and countries including Canada and Germany.An index created by Mr. Wallace is available in the reference room of Archives & Special Collections.Note that each span in the numerical...
Dates: 1947-2004

Noel S. Weaver, Jr., Railroad Collection

Identifier: 2020-0006
Scope and Contents The collection consists of timetables, freight schedules, photographs, maps, a reel-to-reel home film, and other documents related to the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, New York Central Railroad, and other railroads, mostly of New England.

Books that were gathered with the archival materials have been integrated into the UConn Library Rare and Special book collection.
Dates: undated, 1842-1987

William B. Young Collection of the Connecticut Company

Identifier: 2012-0077
Abstract 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.
Dates: undated, 1872-2012