A Guide to the Alvin A. Lawrence Papers

Lawrence (Alvin A.) Papers

Summary Information

Title
Alvin A. Lawrence Papers
Inclusive Dates
undated, 1896-1993
Extent
14 Linear Feet
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
Finding Aid Prepared By
Laura Katz Smith
Repository
University of Connecticut Library 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1205 archives@uconn.edu URL:

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

Corporate Name(s)

  • New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company

Genre(s)

  • Diagrams
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • New England (general region)

Subject(s)

  • Steam locomotives
  • Electric locomotives
  • 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 lived in Columbus, Ohio, and created the locomotive and car drawings for publications sponsored by the  New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association.

Alvin A Lawrence died on December 7, 2017, at the age of 94.

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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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Related Materials

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to New England railroads. For detailed information on these collections please ask at the Reading Room desk.

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Collection Inventory

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

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 


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Graphic Materials   11

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


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Graphic Materials   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 


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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 


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Graphic Materials   24

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


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Graphic Materials   35

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


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Graphic Materials   36

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


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Graphic Materials   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 


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Graphic Materials   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 


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Graphic Materials   39

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


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Graphic Materials   410

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


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Graphic Materials   411

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


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Graphic Materials   412

New York & New England Railroad Express car, 1978 


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Graphic Materials   413

Electric, steam and diesel locomotives,  1942, 1963 


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Graphic Materials   414

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


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Graphic Materials   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 


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Graphic Materials   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 


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Books   420

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


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Text   521

Assorted small drawings (steam and electric), undated 


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Graphic Materials   522

Small drawings of passenger cars,  undated 


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Graphic Materials   523

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


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Graphic Materials   524

Drawing of a EP-1 locomotive,  1970 


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Graphic Materials   525

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

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Series II: Map,  1932 

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

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

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


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Graphic Materials   417

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


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Graphic Materials   418

Maybrook Manifest, photograph by Thomas J. McNamara,  1953 


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Graphic Materials   419

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