A Guide to the Alvin A. Lawrence Papers, undated, 1896-1993

A Guide to the Alvin A. Lawrence Papers

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Alvin A. Lawrence Papers
Creator
Lawrence, Alvin A.
Creator
McDonald, Paul
Inclusive Dates
undated, 1896-1993
Extent
14.0 Linear feet
Extent
Two large flat folders, two flat boxes, one .5 archives box and one tube, of drawings, diagrams and photographs of railroad locomotives and cars, almost all belonging to the New Haven Railroad and its predecessor companies.
Abstract
The papers consist of drawings done by Alvin A. Lawrence of Columbus, Ohio, of locomotives and cars of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and its predecessor rairoad lines for publications sponsored by the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, particularly for its magazine Shoreliner.
Call Number
2011.0086
Language
English
Language(s) of Materials
English.
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Laura Katz Smith (August 2011)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269 860-486-2524

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Alvin A. Lawrence Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

The Papers were donated by Alvin A. Lawrence in August 2011.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Alvin A. Lawrence Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Diagrams.
  • Drawings.
  • Photographs.

Subject(s)

  • Electric Locomotives.
  • Locomotives.
  • New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.
  • Steam locomotives.

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Biography

Alvin A. Lawrence was born in  Branford, Connecticut, in 1923 and served in the  U.S. Navy during World War II. He attended college in Indiana, earning a degree in Aeronautical and Civil Engineering, and spent his career as an engineer, retiring in 1991. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, and created the locomotive and car drawings for publications sponsored by the  New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association.

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Scope and Content

The papers consist of drawings by Alvin A. Lawrence of locomotives (steam and electric) and cars (passenger, box, freight, baggage, club, sleeper, etc.) of the  New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and some of its predecessor lines including the  Central New England Railway, the  Boston & Providence Railroad, and the  New York & New England Railroad. The collection also holds company drawings (created by railroad company) and erecting cards, or diagrams, (created by the builders of the locomotives and cars) and other blueprints and drawings from the railroad of its rolling stock, plus a few photographs of the trains. Many of the drawings were done or gathered by Mr. Lawrence for publications of the  New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, particularly its magazine  Shoreliner.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Drawings of locomotives and cars, undated, 1896-1993 

ItemFolder

Steam locomotives, including those for the New Haven Railroad's following classes: I-1, I-2, U-3, Y-3, and Z-2, the Daniel Nason of the  Boston & Providence Railroad, and the Wallingford (locomotive 11) of the  Hartford & New Haven Railroad, also includes drawings of the  New Haven Railroad electric EF-4, undated 

11

Business, pay, funeral, and crew cars (including #3, the Meadow Lark), and an Old Colony Railroad director's car, undated 

12

Rail bus diagrams of cars of the New Haven Railroad, Diesels 0906, U35B, and CPA 24-5, and a Class X-6 gas rail bus of the  New York, Ontario & Western Railroad, undated 

13

Erecting cards for the several classes of New Haven Railroad locomotives, include A-1, B-2, C-3, C-15, C-15-A, G-3, I-1, I-5, K-1, K-2, P-1, T-2, U-3. Also includes blueprints of engine trucks, steam chest cover, valve gear and tenders, 1908-1978 

24
BoxFolder

"Bluelines from Linens," including all classes of New Haven Railroad steam locomotives plus the Comet and Besler self-propelled trains, 1971-1975 

35

Original drawings and posters of many different classes of steam locomotives, 1896-1902 

36

"Painting & Lettering (all equipment excepting steam)," 1951-1960 

37

Gas rail buses and the M-2 multiple unit car, an Amfleet coach, Providence, Warren & Bristol Railroad interurban,  Nantasket Beach Railway open car. Includes the  Old Colony Railroad's Plymouth Rock, 1916-1993 

38

"Freight & Non-revenue Originals": car types include piggyback, gondola, milk, snow plow, flanger, coke, caboose, transformer, and wreck train. Also includes cars for the New York & New England Railroad, the  Old Colony Railroad, and the  Central New England Railway, 1922, 1972-1990 

39

Baggage cars, sleepers (for Fall River Railroad), suburban coaches, 1939, 1964 

410

"Direct current equipment" for steam locomotives G-2, G-3, K-1, and T-2, 1976 

411

"Passenger cars," includes dining cars, baggage cars, smokers and multiple unit cars, 1936-1954 

412

New York & New England Railroad Express car, 1978 

413

Electric, steam and diesel locomotives, 1942, 1963 

414

Assorted cars -- inspection, crew, paymaster, Pullman, including gas electric and railbuses, 1935, 1987-1990 

415

Blueprint of a Boston & Albany Railroad double end engine 4-6-6- type, plus miscellaneous  New Haven Railroad steam and electric locomotives (galley proofs of drawings for  New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association diagram books), undated 

416

The New Haven Railroad Historical & Technical Association, Inc.'s 1923  New York, New Haven & Hartford/  Central New England with 1959  New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad characteristics charts, 1978 

420

Fantrip book for "East Wind" and article about Hoosac Tunnel, 1911, 1983 

521

Assorted small drawings (steam and electric), undated 

522

Small drawings of passenger cars, undated 

523

Small drawings of freight cars, including those for the New York & New England Railroad, undated 

524

Drawing of a EP-1 locomotive, 1970 

525
Item

Large blueprint (elevation) of 4-4-2 type locomotive, 1908 

6

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Series II: Map, 1932 

Item

Map: Portions of Hartford & Connecticut Western Railroad operated and not operated, 1932 

6

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Series III: Photographs of locomotives and cars, undated, 1953-1963 

BoxFolder

"Backwoods Railroads In Print" by Richard Steinheimer, with loose pages, 1963 

417

Five photographs by Paul McDonald of  New Haven Railroad trains, undated 

418

Maybrook Manifest, photograph by Thomas J. McNamara, 1953 

419

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