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University of Connecticut University Libraries Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Laura Smith

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
University of Connecticut
860.486.2516
laura.smith@lib.uconn.edu



Southern New England Telephone Company logo, 1906
Southern New England Telephone Company logo, 1906, from the Southern New England Telephone Company Records.

I am Curator for the Business, Railroad, and Labor Collections at Archives & Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Libraries. We are located at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs.


The business collections provide evidence of Connecticut's long history as a leader in manufacturing and industry and include information about such long-standing and important Connecticut businesses as the Southern New England Telephone Company, American Hardware Corporation of New Britain, and Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Company of Manchester. The labor collections hold the records of labor unions and labor activists. They can aid researchers in gaining a more complete understanding of the people who made the state's businesses successful. The railroad history collections provide documents, photographs, maps, annual reports, and financial records of southern New England's most extensive rail line, the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, formed in 1872 from the merger of the Hartford & New Haven Railroad and the New York & New Haven Railroad. Until its collapse in 1969, when it was absorbed by Penn Central, the "New Haven Railroad" dominated passenger travel and the transfer of freight in the region.


A special note for railroad genealogists: Genealogists frequently contact Archives & Special Collections for railroad personnel information. While such information is often found in corporate records, this is not the case for the railroad history collections. Our collections hold virtually no information about personnel who labored with the railroad.


A special note for clock, silver, and tool collectors: Collectors frequently contact Archives & Special Collections for information on the history and value of their collectibles that were made by the businesses represented in the business history collections. The collection has no materials that can address this issue, and we recommend collectors refer to collectible publications for the information they need.


I maintain lists of sources for business, railroad, and labor history research at other institutions in the United States. I also maintain a UConn Libraries class guides for links to digital collections of historical maps and information about What is a Primary Source.


Contact Information


Laura Smith
Curator for Business, Railroad and Labor Collections

Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
University of Connecticut Libraries
405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205
Storrs, CT 06269-1205

Telephone: 860.486.2516
Fax: 860.486.4521
Email: Laura.Smith@lib.uconn.edu

 



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