Document Type



Archival Science


This paper describes the creation of a digital archive of railroad property valuation maps created for a railway line operated by the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company. The original maps were created by the railroad company in 1915 for the Interstate Commerce Commission. The Commission took data on railroad property into account in calculating passenger and freight rates. Property title schedules for parcels along the railway are provided with the maps. Linen copies of close to 3,000 original maps were donated to Archives and Special Collections, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries by the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association. The project to make these archival materials more widely available as digital surrogates involved a collaboration between the curator of the archive and the Dodd Research Center, the University of Connecticut’s Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC), and Collections Services, Homer Babbidge Library, University of Connecticut.