For some time now Archives & Special Collections has been working with MAGIC, the UConn Libraries’ map library, to present online the railroad maps we hold of the New Haven Railroad system. One of our latest digital projects, New Haven Railroad Valuation Maps, is now available through the UConn Libraries’ Digital Mosaic at http://images.lib.uconn.edu/.
This set of maps was created by the railroad for the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1915 and consists of detailed trackplans of the railroad’s property with historical information on when and from whom the property was purchased. Currently we have 1710 maps from the entire collection of over 2400 available. The maps you see now include all the Connecticut maps (note that there are gaps in the routes — our map collection is not absolutely complete), about all but a handful of the Rhode Island maps, and about 600 maps of central Massachusetts.
The original plans were already one of our highest use collections and the digital version is proving to be even more popular. We are currently at work getting the remaining maps to you — keep checking the Digital Mosaic for updates!
For more information about the New Haven Railroad and the Railroad History Archive visit http://railroads.uconn.edu/.