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James W. Wall Photograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1993-0062

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 914 black and white photographic prints of railroad locomotives and trains and street railroads, most of them in the Boston, Massachusetts, area, as well as images of airplanes, automobiles, and ships, from unknown locations, all dated from 1934 to 1941 and then from 1945 to the early 1950s and then again in the 1970s and 1980s. The trains and engines photographed are predominantly those of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, the Boston & Maine Railroad, and the Boston & Albany Railroad, with a few from other railroad lines, most of those in New England but several in other locations in the United States. The collection also includes photographs of men in the United States Army during World War II in locations in Europe (particularly France and England), and after the war in Japan.

It is likely that James W. Wall was the photographer for the images but that cannot be confirmed by the images themselves. The only information available on each photograph is the date -- year, month, and day -- it was taken. Location information is not available. The railroad photographs have been sorted into order by railroads but that was done only when the railroad could be distinguished from the image itself. One particular man's image is scattered throughout all the photographs and it is presumed that he is Mr. Wall.

With the assistance of Mr. J.W. Swanberg and Mr. Richard Fleischer several of the photographs, particularly those of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, have been identified as to location, type of locomotive, and other pertinent circumstances.

Dates

  • undated, 1934-1991

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

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

James W. Wall was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 29, 1913, and served in the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War, rising to the rank of Major. Later in his life he lived in Arlington, Virginia. He died on April 8, 1992, at the age of 78 in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Little else is known about Major Wall, and that which we know is garnered by the photograph collection in the archives. It is evident that during World War II he was stationed throughout Europe, including London, England, Normandy, Paris, and Reims, France. He was briefly stationed in Japan following the war.

Extent

3 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

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.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Paul Dickson of Garrett Park, Maryland, in 1993.

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 the railroads of 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
James W. Wall Photograph Collection
Status
Published
Author
Archives & Special Collections staff
Date
2002 November
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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