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Kyle Lynes, May 2012

Kyle Lynes is the sort of volunteer we here in the archive absolutely treasure – smart, confident handling the collections, and always eager to do a thorough  and good job on her projects.  Kyle started volunteering in Summer 2011 when she was still a graduate student getting her Masters in Library Science degree at Southern Connecticut State University (she completed her degree in Fall 2011) and wanted some experience working in an archive.  Even though she accepted a position in September 2011 as Reference and Cataloging Librarian at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut, her schedule has allowed her to continue coming to Archives & Special Collections one day a week to work with our collections.

Kyle is currently working with me on an exhibit we’re calling Workers at Play: Baseball Teams, Bowling Leagues and Company Picnics, of images from the Connecticut Business Collections showing the pastimes, sponsored or promoted by companies in the state,  that workers indulged in in workplaces in the past.  Kyle has exhaustively searched through over a dozen business collections and has meticulously chosen the photographs that will be in the exhibit.  She has scanned them for an online exhibit, written captions, and logged each image for either duplication or preparation for display in the exhibit.  The exhibit will be up in the Dodd Research Center Gallery from July 9 to October 19.  After that it will be a traveling exhibit and have an online presence (which I will announce in this blog in October).

Kyle tells me that she has most enjoyed the work of sifting through the old photographs, immersing herself in the eras depicted in the images.  She loves getting a sense of how workplaces around the state promoted a sense of community through their sports teams, dances, parties and other pastimes.  Kyle also said that she has enjoyed working in Archives & Special Collections, with staff and student assistants who care about the work of preserving the past.

After the exhibit is done Kyle will likely not continue her volunteer work here – her own pastimes and other volunteer work, in addition to her professional work at Three Rivers, will more than occupy her time – but we will always welcome her back if she decides to work again with our collections.  Next on her horizon is some volunteering at the Middle Haddam Public Library, where she will utilize her experience with archival collections.

Thank you, Kyle, for volunteering your time in Archives & Special Collections!

Laura Smith, Curator for Business, Railroad and Labor Collections

Men’s basketball team from New Britain Machine Company, 1920


The University Archives is a rich resource of information about the activities, events, interests and programs of UConn’s faculty, students, staff  since the establishment of the University in 1881.  Here are some of the materials that have been recently added to the collections:

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Records

Documents, reports, studies and correspondence pertaining to the finances of the institution from 1999 to the present.

Asian American Studies Institute Records

Materials associated with the “Day of Rememberance” program that were collected, produced and/or distributed by the Institute.

Bruce Bellingham Papers

Notes, photocopies, transparencies, research, scores, correspondence and publications pertaining to Professor Bellingham’s scholarly research in the history of music.

Carl W. Rettenmeyer Papers

Professional correspondence with the National Science Foundation, colleagues and both personal and professional trip notes, i.e. – some from leading groups on trips (Galapogos) and some regarding collecting field trips (Panama).  (Inventory not yet available.)

Richard D. Brown Papers

Documentation of the professional and administrative career of historian, Richard D. Brown.  (Inventory not yet available.)

Cell Stress Society International Records

Publications, administrative records, legal and financial records, ephemera, posters, and correspondence documenting the establishment, management, development and growth of the Cell Stress Society International and its associated journal publication on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut from 1995 to the present under the direction of Lawrence Hightower and Helen Neumann. (Inventory not yet available.)

School of Nursing War Veteran Oral History Collection

Oral history video interviews with graduates of the UConn School of Nursing who are (or were) nurses in the military.  (Inventory not yet available.)

Donald W. Cameron Papers

Bound manuscript written by UConn alum.

Eduard Mark Papers

Materials used by Mark (UConn alum) in his research as a historian of the Cold War era in U.S. history. A majority of the collection spans the years 1945-1960, with some materials falling before and after this timeline. The collection includes correspondence, notes, administrative records, transcripts, legal documents, manuscripts, photographs, clippings and books. These sources, which contain military and government correspondence, military reports, declassified documents and other materials, shed light on a myriad of topics relating to the Cold War, including military strategies and positioning, negotiations, intelligence and national security, territorial problems, military propaganda, international relations and European affairs.

Waterbury Campus Records

Administrative records, awards, clippings, ephemera, notes, and publications about the programs, activities and history of the Waterbury campus since its establishment in 1946.

Collins-Levine Family Papers

Correspondence, school papers, memorabilia, photographs and ephemera associated with two generations of the Collins and Levine families who attended the University of Connecticut between 1922 and 1948. The materials in the collection are useful in providing a perspective of college life and experiences from the student’s point of view.

Albert F. Blakeslee Papers

The collection contains reprints of scholarly articles published by Albert F. Blakeslee.  Also included are several journals with articles about Blakeslee, correspondence, calendars, travel diaries, as well as photographs and negatives associated with or documenting the career of noted scientist A. F. Blakeslee, professor at UConn 1907-1915.

University of Connecticut Educational Properties, Inc. Records

Administrative, financial and legal records pertaining to the development of property adjacent to the north side of campus for a Technology Park.  Of particular note is the documentation of the communication and documention between the parties involved in the development of the Park, the range of programs and properties and the complexity of the overall project.  (Inventory not yet available.)

Eric W. Carlson Papers

Notes, correspondence, reports, studies and similar materials pertaining to Dr. Carlson’s tenure as a professor of English at the University of Connecticut from 1942-1979.  (Inventory not yet available.)

Greater Hartford Campus Records

Course syllabi and schedules of classes for the Greater Hartford campus of the University of Connecticut.  (Inventory not yet available.)

–Betsy Pittman, University Archivist

The Torrington, Connecticut, railroad station was built in 1898, as a stop on the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (better known as the New Haven Railroad). The line was originally built as the Naugatuck Railroad, which traveled from Devon north to Winsted, beginning in 1849.

We’ve placed ten photographs of the Torrington station from the Railroad History Collections on to Flickr — check them out at our photostream, beginning at Let us know what you think of them!

Laura Smith, Curator for Business, Railroad and Labor Collections

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