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Allyn Fuller Collection

Identifier: 1998-0175

Scope and Content

The Allyn Fuller Collection consists of papers and photographs collected by Fuller during his lifetime. The papers include train tickets, train orders, receipts, timetables, etc. The photographs show trains of the various railroads, plus scenes of railroad stations and town in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

The items are almost exclusively associated with New England railroads. The railroads represented include the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad Company; the Berkshire Railroad Company; the Boston and Maine Railroad; the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company; the Central New England Railway Company; the Central New England and Western Railroad Company; the Clove Branch Rail Road Company; the Clove Springs Iron Works; the Connecticut and Passumpsic Railroad; the Connecticut Central Railroad Company; the Connecticut Western Railroad; the Danbury & Norwalk Railroad; the Dutchess and Columbia Railroad; the Edaville Railroad; the Fitchburg & Worcester Railroad; the Hartford and Connecticut Western Railroad; the Hartford and New Haven Railroad Company; the Hartford, Providence & Fishkill Railroad; the Housatonic Railroad Company; the Hudson River Day Line, the Lee and New Haven Railroad Company; the Long Island Railroad Company; the Manchester Railroad; the Naugatuck Railroad Company; the New Haven, Derby and Ansonia Railroad; the New London and Northern Railroad; the New York and Massachusetts Railway Company; the New York and New England Railroad; the New York, Boston, and Montreal Railroad; the New York, Providence & Boston Railroad; the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad; the Newburgh, Dutchess and Connecticut Railroad; the Old Colony Railroad; the Pennsylvania, Reading & New England Railroad; the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company; the Philadelphia, Reading & New England Railroad Company; the Poughkeepsie & Eastern Railroad Company; the Poughkeepsie Bridge Railroad Company; the Poughkeepsie, Hartford & Boston Railroad; the Rhinebeck and Connecticut Railroad; the Stockbridge and Pittsfield Railroad Company; and the Taunton Branch Railroad.


  • undated, 1836-1979


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.


Allyn Fuller, born in 1889, was a resident of Canaan, Connecticut. By profession, he was first a hardware store merchant and later a banker, but his passion was the history of railroads of New England, particularly those associated with the Central New England Railway, the Housatonic Railroad, and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. He died in 1971.


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Born 1889; resident of Canaan, Connecticut; railroad enthusiast; died 1971.


The collection includes three series: papers, scrapbooks, and photographs. The papers and photographs were originally compiled in scrapbooks but were dismantled when processed and organized as separate series.

Series I: Papers, (undated, 1836-1979) are organized in four groups: papers associated with specific railroads (organized alphabetically by railroad), publications, correspondence to Allyn Fuller and other related papers. Note that the majority of materials are located in boxes 1 and 2. Items in box 3 are oversize materials of railroads that are also represented in boxes 1 and 2.

Series II: Scrapbooks (undated) were originally compiled by Stanley Massack of New York in the 1940s. They were purchased by Allyn Fuller at an unknown date. Note that several spaces that should have a photograph within the scrapbooks are vacant. These spaces were vacant when the materials arrived in the repository.

Series III: Photographs (undated) are arranged in three groups: photographs of locomotives identified with specific railroads (organized alphabetically by railroad); specific stations and towns; and unidentified locomotives, towns and train wrecks. The majority of the photographs are undated and no dates are noted with the listing of the photographs in this finding aid.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Sally Prestele, daughter of Allyn Fuller.

Location of Copies or Alternate Formats

Digital reproductions of materials in this collection may also be found in the Archives & Special Collections digital repository

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to New England railroads. See especially, Charles Gunn Collection, New Haven Railroad Photographs, James Wall Collection, and Leroy Roberts Railroad Collection. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Allyn Fuller Collection
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1999 October
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Repository Details

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

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