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Clinton C. Hurlbut Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2003-0059

Scope and Contents

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

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

Clinton C. Hurlbut was born in 1895 in Essex, Connecticut. At a young age his family moved to Clinton, Connecticut, where he attended Morgan Academy. He started working for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in 1912 as a lineman and at some point moved to the Signal Department. He was a signal superintendent at age 23. Prior to 1934 he was stationed in Brooklyn, New York, and Waterbury, Connecticut. After 1934 and to his retirement he worked in Hartford, Connecticut. His duties included installing switchyard signals, electric signals, high tension signals, and controls in railroad signal towers. In 1953, due to heart problems, he stepped down from his position as a signal superintendent and worked as a signal maintainer until his retirement in 1961. After retirement he moved back to Clinton, Connecticut.

Clinton C. Hurlbut died on March 25, 1974.

Extent

2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

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.

Arrangement

Series I: Papers, 1868-1930s, consists of a large diagram of the Hartford, Connecticut, switchyard for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. Other papers include four issues (1868-1872) of Journal of the Telegraph, a list of pay rates for railroad jobs, and a copy of G.R.S. Model 2A Signal from 1918.

Series II: Photographs, 1889-1975, consists of 46 images of signal crews, signal equipment, railroad cars and cabooses, steam engines, and flooding on railroad tracks during the 1936 Hartford area floods. Locations in Connecticut include East Waterville, Killingworth, Middletown, New Britain, Old Saybrook, Plainville, Terryville, and Waterbury. Also includes photographs of Niagara Falls in New York and Kent Falls in Connecticut.

Series III: Memorabilia, ca. 1920s, consists of the signalman's hand lamp. Initials "C.C.H." etched in the back.

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. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Title
Clinton C. Hurlbut Papers
Status
Published
Author
Archives & Special Collections staff
Date
2003 July 10
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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