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Pierre Thomas Dumaine Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2002-0080

Scope and Content

The collection consists of three volumes, a scrapbook and two photograph albums, compiled by Pierre Thomas Dumaine.

The scrapbook is composed almost entirely of newspaper clippings, many compiled by the New England Newsclip Agency, Inc. of Boston. Featured in the scrapbook are articles about Pierre Dumaine's work as President of the New England Transportation Company and a strike of mechanics for the bus company in August 1953. Also included is information about a proxy fight for control of the New Haven Railroad in the Spring of 1954, when F. C. Dumaine, Jr., Pierre Dumaine's brother, lost control of the railroad to Patrick McGinnis. There are also articles about McGinnis's move to merge the New Haven Railroad with the Boston and Maine Railroad in 1955.

The first photograph album is entitled “The Conference Car at Brockton Fair, Sept. '53.” It is composed of sixteen photographs, all measuring 8″×10″. Many of the photographs show men posed in front of a New England Transportation Company bus.

The second photograph album is entitled “The New Haven Railroad Commuter Cars 1954.” The album holds twenty photographs, all measuring 8″×10″, showing interiors and exteriors of railroad coaches, group photographs (some including Pierre Dumaine), and other unidentified men, presumably railroad executives.

Dates

  • 1952-1955

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.

Biography

Thomas Park Dumaine, the seventh and last child of Frederic C. Dumaine, Sr. and Bessie Dumaine, was born on 21 August 1912, in Groton, Massachusetts. F.C. Dumaine, Sr. (1866-1951) owned Amoskeag Manufacturing Company and was at one time the president of the New Haven Railroad. For reasons unknown, Thomas Park's name was legally changed to Pierre Thomas by his father at some point in his early childhood. Pierre's nickname was “Spike”. His education and the activities of his early youth are unknown; it is thought that he either picked up a mechanical background working at one or more of his father's holdings over the years and that his early jobs were in his father's mills.

Dumaine was involved in a joint venture between the New Haven Railroad and the Mack Corporation during the early 1950s that resulted in the development of the Mack “FCD” Rail-Bus. He served as President of the New England Transportation Company, a bus and trucking company based in Boston, in the early to mid-1950s.

Dumaine served on the Boston and Maine Railroad's board of directors during the early to mid-1950s. He possibly resigned after Patrick McGinnis became the railroad's president in January 1956.

Pierre Thomas Dumaine was married to Margaret (last name unknown) until they divorced in 1959. They had two children, Lael and Peter. He married Evelyn Laffery in 1961. He died on 13 August 1987, in Portland, Maine.

Extent

2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

President of New England Transportation Company.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Cynthia Watkins Richardson of Cumberland, Maine, in June 2002.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to the railroads of southern New England, particularly the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and Connecticut businesses. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.
Title
Pierre Thomas Dumaine Papers
Status
Published
Author
Archives & Special Collections staff
Date
2002 July
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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