FINDING AID FOR THE
HOOSAC TUNNEL COLLECTION
at the NORTH ADAMS PUBLIC LIBRARY
North Adams, Mass. 01247

Compiled by Gary Smith, MLS ~ May 2003

(c) 2003 North Adams Public Library

 


 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
First Page
Physical Description
Explanations and                       Abbreviations  
Notes on the Collection
Historical Notes
Materials Descriptions:
   Photographs 
   Stereoviews: Card
   Stereographs

   Stereoviews on paper
       (positive and negative prints)
   Postcards
   Broadsheets
   Engineering Drawings              and Statistics                                      (single sheets)
   Drawings and Printed                Illustrations
   Maps
   Books, Pamphlets, and              Reports
      (cataloged in NAPL OPAC)
       (not cataloged in NAPL OPAC)

  Manuscripts
    (cataloged in NAPL OPAC)
     (not cataloged in NAPL OPAC)

  Scrapbooks
     (cataloged in NAPL OPAC)

  Articles
     (bound & cat. in NAPL OPAC)

  Letters (1875-1951)
  Newpaper Clippings and            Articles, etc. 
  Microfilm
  Video Recordings
  Hoosac Tunnel Centennial       and Post-Centennial              Materials

MATERIALS DESCRIPTION : PHOTOGRAPHS

         (1860s-1964, bulk ca.1860-1875)
        (10 linear inches boxed, plus 8 inches of depth in flat files)

(*Items numbered FIC HT 9 through 30, and FIC HT 33 through 39 are all large photographs (of various sizes, from 18 x 14" to 13.5 x 10") published in the 1860s and 1870s by the North Adams, Massachusetts photographic firms Hurd & Smith, H. [Henry] D. Ward, and Hurd & Ward, or by the Norwalk, Connnecticut firm of Bretton Perry. At present, we have given attributions based solely on the names written or printed on the photographs; however many of the photographs lacking these attributions are clearly part of a set with others from the same period. In more than one instance, a photographer's name is printed officially on the front, while Bretton Perry is stamped on the back; therefore Bretton Perry may only have distributed, rather than taken, photographs stamped Bretton Perry. Titles are from the printed titles on the front of some photographs. Titles listed below in quotation marks are taken from former owner's writing on back, where there is no printed title. Titles in brackets are created by NAPL. Arranged in finding aid alphabetically by creator as corporate entity, followed by anonymous works listed alphabetically by title, and lastly by two non-itemized sets of photographs from document boxes RB #1 and HT #2. )

Bretton Perry. Deerfield River and Machine Shop. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (13.5 x 10"). (Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850. Title not printed. Written on back: "Deerfield River. Corner of machine shop may be in lower left hand corner.") [FIC HT 30] [FF]

Bretton Perry. "Driving Head". [1870s?] Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 11] [FF]

Bretton Perry. "Driving Head" [1870s?] Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 12] [FF]

Bretton Perry. "Driving Head in Position." Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Written on back in pencil: "Driving head in position with wooden cach behind it. They drove it forward with steam.-- Bret." Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [*This photograph and others like it (FIC HT 10 through 15) show what is called a "tunnel shield", used for tunneling in mud. There is no evidence that it was used at the Hoosac Tunnel, however; therefore, these photographs may relate to a different dig.-- Gary Smith, May 2003.][FIC HT 15] [FF]

Bretton Perry. "Header". Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 13] [FF]

Bretton Perry. "Header". Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 14] [FF]

Bretton Perry. "Header" Used to "Drive" Tunnel. [1870s?] Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 10] [FF]

Bretton Perry. [Hoosac Tunnel: West End: Finished portal.] Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (18 x 14"). (No printed title. Written on front: "Finished portal." Written on back: "West Portal." Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FF HT 25] [FF]

Bretton Perry. Landslide. [1870s?]. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 9] [FF]

Bretton Perry. "Machine Shop, East End." Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (14 x 10.25") (Title written on back, not printed. Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 29] [FF]

Bretton Perry. Rock Cut at Bardwells Ferry. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (18 x 14"). (Written on back: "Rock cut at Bardwells Ferry. B.N. Farren Contractor." Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 24] [FF]

H.D. Ward. Hoosac Tunnel-- East End. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Written on front in ink: "Taken about 1867." Written in pencil: "Taken about 1868. Buy [sic.] D. Frost [sic.?]." ) [FIC HT 17] [FF]

H.D. Ward. Hoosac Tunnel-- West End. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Written on front in ink: "Taken about 1867." Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 20] [FF]

Henry Ward. [Hoosac Tunnel Surveyors: Civil Engineer Thomas Doane and His Crew.] ca.1865. B & w photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 13.25"). (No printed title. On front is written in ink: "Hoosac Tunnel." Photo on paper is taped to cardboard with scotch tape.) [FIC HT 39] [FF]

Henry Ward. [Hoosac Tunnel: West Portal 1866.] b & w photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 13"). (No printed title. Written on back: "West Portal 1866/Henry Ward Photo/Courtesy: New England Power Co.") [FF HT 26] [FF]

Hurd & Smith. Hoosac Tunnel. General View-- Looking towards Dam. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Written on front in ink: "Taken May 1873." Written in pencil: "1871." Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 21] [FF]

Hurd & Smith. Hoosac Tunnel: Looking Towards the Deerfield. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Written on front in ink: "Taken May 1873." Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 18] [FF]

Hurd & Smith. Hoosac Tunnel: View: Central Shaft. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Written on front in pencil: "Central Shaft, taken May 1871". Written in ink but crossed out in pencil: "May 1873".) [FIC HT 16] [FF]

Hurd & Smith. Hoosac Tunnel. View of Machine Shop-- East End. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). [FIC HT 38] [FF]

Hurd & Smith. Hoosac Tunnel. View of Tunnel Store-- East End. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Written on front in ink: "Taken May 1873." Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 23] [FF]

Hurd & Smith. Hoosac Tunnel: View: West End. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Written on front: "West end, Portal. Taken May 1873." Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 22] [FF]

Hurd & Smith. Hoosac Tunnel: View: West End in 1874. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 13"). (Printed on front: "Hoosac Tunnel View." Written in ink: "West End in 1874." Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 27] [FF]

Hurd & Ward. Bird's Eye View of the Tunnel, Store, &c. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). [FIC HT 19] [FF]

Hurd & Ward. Hoosac Tunnel Dam. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17.25 x 12.25"). [FIC HT 36] [FF]

Hurd & Ward. Hoosac Tunnel Dam. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Stamped on back: Bretton Perry, Appletree Lane, Norwalk, CT 06850.) [FIC HT 37] [FF]

Hurd & Ward. [Hoosac] Tunnel -- East End. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 12.5"). (Title printed on front as: Tunnel-- East End. On back in written in pen" From E.J. Harvey/ 30 Traverse Rd/ East Natick/ Box 10 Mass.") [FIC HT 33] [FF]

Hurd & Ward. Hoosac Tunnel. West Shaft Buildings. Sepia photograph on cardboard backing (17 x 14"). (Written on front in ink: "Taken May 1873." 1873 is crossed out in pencil and replaced with 1871.) [FF HT 34] [FF]

The East Portal of the Hoosac Tunnel. B & w photograph on cardboard (14 x 10 7/8""). [FIC HT 26] [FF]

[Hoosac Tunnel.] Newspaper clipping of photograph of Hoosac Tunnel, with 2 negatives (of same photo) on plastic, all in envelope. [HT #2]

[Hoosac Tunnel Looking Out the East Entrance.] Sepia photograph on very thin paper, glued to cardboard (13.5 x 12"). [FF HT 35] [FF]

Portrait of Alvah Crocker. B& w photograph (8 x 8"). [FIC HT 31] [FF]
Portrait of Walter Shanly (1819-1899), in gold frame (6.75 x 5.75") (Donated to NAPL in 1957 by Frank N. Walker, 218 Inglewood Drive, Toronto, Canada.) [FIC HT 44] [HT#6]

Portrait of Francis Shanly (1820-1882), in gold frame, (6.75 x 5.75") (Donated to NAPL in 1957 by Frank N. Walker, 218 Inglewood Drive, Toronto, Canada.) [FIC HT 45] {HT #6]

[Railroad Committee of the Legislature Visiting the Hoosac Tunnel.] B & w photograph in frame. Probably 1876. (Donated by Joseph C. Rockwell, January 19[…].) [FIC HT 7]
 
Photographs (x 48), of tunnel, its surroundings, workers, and machinery. Most are from 1860s-1870s; 2 are from the period of electrification. [All formerly property of Ruth Browne] [RB #1]

Photographs (x 53), of tunnel and surroundings, most undated and unlabeled, but ranging in date from time of construction to time of electrifying the trains (winter 1910-1911). Most 1860s-1880s. One is labeled after August 1946, and another October 3, 1964. One is actually a photograph of a drawing of tunnel workers. Ranging in size from 2.75 x 2 .75" to 9.75 x 12". [HT #2]