William Higginbotham Papers
Scope and Content
The collection contains approximately 850 photographs (color and black and white) and negatives of images of railroad locomotives and cars, stations and structures and other scenes in New England and New York State, almost all of them taken by William Higginbotham from 1938 to 1970. A majority of the images are of trains of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and the New York Central Railroad. Most of the images taken by Mr. Higginbotham have an index card of descriptive information usually providing location, date, railroad line and type of train, or type of structure. The collection consists of a small number of photographs gathered by Mr. Higginbotham, mostly of scenes of New England street railways.
- undated, 1895, 1902, 1931-1972
The collection is open and available for research.
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.
William Higginbotham was born on October 9, 1921, in Vermont, to parents who worked as dairy farmers. He took up photography in high school and began to photograph trains and railroad scenes. He moved to Massachusetts with his family while still in high school and then to Texas to work as a telegraph operator. He lived in New York where he worked as a teletype operator for UPI and was a member of the Electric Railway Association, New York Division, and the Branford Electric Railway Association. Mr. Higginbotham would vacation around the United States taking photographs of trains. He came to Connecticut around 1999 and lived in Vernon and then, from 2011 to his death he lived in Westerly, Rhode Island.
William Higginbotham died in Westerly, Rhode Island, on July 7, 2014.
4.5 Linear Feet (Ten boxes of photographic prints and negatives.)
Language of Materials
William Higginbotham photographed railroad locomotives and scenes beginning in the 1930s. The papers consist of images of railroad locomotives and cars, stations and structures and other scenes, of street railway cars in New England and of trains and scenes of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad and the New York Central Railroad.
Series I: Photographic Prints and Negatives (undated, 1895-1972)
The collection was held, processed and described by Robert LaMay of Amston, Connecticut, immediately prior to its donation. Mr. LaMay acquired them from Mark C. Higinbotham in Spring 2011.
The collection was donated in August and December 2011 by Mark C. Higinbotham, a cousin of William Higginbotham.
Existence and Location of Copies
Digital reproductions of materials in this collection may also be found in the Archives & Special Collections digital repository
- William Higginbotham Papers
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- 2011 October
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