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Connecticut Street Railroad Photograph Album

Identifier: 2013-0108

Scope and Content Note

The album consists of 685 photographs of cars and scenes of street railroads in Connecticut. Street railroads, as identified in the album, include the New Haven & Shore Line Railway, Groton-Stonington-Westerly Railway, Taftville Mills Connection, Norwich & Westerly Traction Company, Bristol Traction Company, People Tramway Company (Putnam, Connecticut), Lordship Railway (Bridgeport), New London-East Lyme Street Railway, Worcester-Connecticut Eastern Railway, Manufacturer's Railroad (New Haven), Connecticut Railway & Lighting Company, Central Railway & Electric Company, Winsted & Torrington Street Railway, Bristol & Plainville Tramway, and Waterbury & Milldale Tramway Company.

Connecticut Company divisions include Norwich, New Haven, Hartford, New Britain, Waterbury, Watertown, Bridgeport and Stamford-Norwalk.

Most of the photographs are adhered to album paper that identify the place. Some dates are provided. No photographers are identified for almost all of the photographs except for four photographs identified as taken by Frank B. Ramsdell (1876-1954) of Thompson, Connecticut.


  • circa 1890- circa 1940


The collection is open and available for research. The album is fragile, however, and requires special handling.

The album was stabilized by the UConn Libraries' Preservation Librarian in Fall 2013 and returned to Archives & Special Collections in January 2014.

Researchers must use caution and care when turning the pages of the album. They must wear gloves and all copying, including self-service copying, can only be done after consultation with the archivist or reference desk staff.

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.


1.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Album of 685 photographs of scenes of street railroads and trolley cars in Connecticut.

Provenance and Acquisition

The album was purchased from a dealer in September 2013.

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 southern New England, particularly the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and its subsidiaries, as well as street railroads in Connecticut. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Connecticut Street Railroad Photograph Album
Archives & Special Collections staff
2014 January
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Repository Details

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

University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US