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Title
Vincent F. Seyfried Collection

Collection Number
SC 400

OCLC Number
919210412

Creator 
Vincent F. Seyfried, 1918-2012

Provenance 
Donated by Vincent F. Seyfried in 2006.

Extent, Scope, and Content Note 
The Vincent F. Seyfried Collection is comprised of 7.5 linear ft. of papers, notebooks, reports, newspaper clippings, and timetables pertaining to railroads and trolleys in New York, specifically Long Island, the five boroughs of New York City, and the Hudson Valley; ca. 1883-1939. The collection is organized in three series by format: 1) manuscripts, notes, and newspaper clippings; 2) timetables; and 3) reports. The manuscripts include Seyfried's extensive typewritten notes about the planning and construction of elevated trains, subways, and trolley lines throughout Long Island and New York City. He also meticulously compiled newspaper clippings about the evolution of public transportation in the region dating back to the late nineteenth century. The series of annual reports of the New York and Queens Railway Company include important handwritten proofs and final bound versions spanning the time period of 1883 through 1939. 

Arrangement and Processing Note
Processed by  Kristen J. Nyitray and F. Berenice Baez-Revueltas, graduate assistant, in 2008.
Finding aid updated and revised by Kristen J. Nyitray in August 2019.

The collection is arranged in series order by document type.

Series 1: Manuscripts, Notes and Newspaper Clippings
Series 2: Timetables
Series 3: Reports

Language
English 

Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.  

Citation 
[Item], [Box], Vincent F. Seyfried Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note
Vincent F. Seyfried (1918-2012) was an esteemed historian and the author of over 50 books that document the histories of the Long Island Rail Road and public transportation in the five burroughs of New York City, Queens County, New York, and Garden City, New York. His seven volume series  The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History is considered to be the definitive work about the company and was published between 1961 and 1984. In 2006, he donated his collection of manuscripts, research notes, and reports to Special Colections, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Subjects
Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company.
Interborough Rapid Transit Company.
New York and Queens County Railway Company.
Long Island Rail Road.
Street-railroads -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Street-railroads -- New York (State) -- Long Island -- History.
Local transit -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Local transit -- New York (State) -- Long Island -- History.
Local transit.
Street-railroads.
New York (State) -- Long Island.
New York (State) -- New York.

INVENTORY

Series 1: Manuscripts, Notes, and Newspaper Clippings

Box 1

Bronx, Westchester
Brooklyn – New York Herald (5 folders)
Brooklyn Elevated and Subway – New York Tribune, 1891-1904

Box 2

Brooklyn Elevated and Subway – New York Tribune, 1903-1908
Brooklyn Elevated and Subway – New York Tribune, 1909-1923
Brooklyn Horse Car Lines (3 folders)
Brooklyn Rapid Transit – Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1902-1905
Brooklyn Rapid Transit – Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1906
Brooklyn Rapid Transit – Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1907-1910

Box 3

Brooklyn Rapid Transit – Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1911-1912
Brooklyn Rapid Transit – Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1913-1916
Brooklyn Trolleys – New York Tribune, 1891-1897
Brooklyn Trolleys – New York Tribune, 1898-1900
Brooklyn Trolleys – New York Tribune, 1901-1906
Brooklyn Trolleys – New York Tribune, 1907-1920

Box 4

Brooklyn Trolleys – Brooklyn Rapid Transit (BRT) (5 folders)
Brooklyn Steam Roads (2 folders)

Box 5

Coney Island (2 folders)
Flushing (2 folders)
Hempstead Inquirer (2 folders)
Hudson Tubes
Interborough Rapid Transit Subway – New York Tribune (1-4 of 5 folders)

Box 6

Interborough Rapid Transit Subway – New York Tribune (5 of 5 folders)
LIRR (3 folders)

Box 7

LIRR – Brooklyn Daily Eagle (3 folders)
Manhattan and Interborough Rapid Transit (3 folders)
Manhattan Elevated - New York Herald (2 folders)

Box 8

Manhattan Elevated – New York Tribune (2 folders)
Metropolitan Street Railway (3 folders)
Metropolitan Street Railway – New York Tribune (1-2 of 5 folders)

Box 9

Metropolitan Street Railway – New York Tribune (3-5 of 5 folders)
Nassau County (4 folders)

Box 10

The New York and Long Island Traction Company, 1899-1926
New York and Manhattan Beach (2 folders)
New York North Shore Traction Company
New York Horse Cars – New York Herald (1-2 of 4 folders)

Box 11

New York Horse Cars – New York Herald (2-4 of 4 folders)
New York Times (3 folders)
Queens Trolley Lines and Brooklyn Rapid Transit (2 folders)

Box 12

Rockaway and Long Beach
South Side Rail Road (2 folders)
Staten Island and Hudson Valley
Third Avenue
Third Avenue Railroad Company
Index to Electric Railway Journal, 1899-1923
Master Index to Newspapers (1of 3 folders)

Box 13

Master Index to Newspapers (2-3 of 3 folders)

The Old Steam Roads of Brooklyn by Felix E. Reifschneider (July 1922)

Series 2: Timetables

Timetables – LIRR, Flushing, North Side and Central South Side Railroad

Series 3: Reports

Estimated Costs of Reproduction New of the Property of the New York and LI Traction Company (6/1/1921)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1921)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1922)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1923)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1924)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1925) (1 out of 2 copies)

Box 14

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1925) (1 out of 2 copies)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1926) (2 copies)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1927)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1928)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1929)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1930)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1931)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1932)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1933) (1 out of 2 copies)

Box 15

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1934)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1935)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1936)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1937)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1938)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Transit Commission of the State of New York (1939)

Box 16

Annual Reports – Astoria and Hunterspoint (1883, 1884)

Annual Report – Broadway and Bowery (1884)

Annual Reports – Long Island City and Calvary Cemetery (1883, 1884)

Annual Reports – Long Island City and Newton (1883, 1885-1886) (2 folders)

Annual Reports – New York and Queens County (1897-1899)

Annual Reports – New York and Queens County (1900-1902)

Annual Reports – New York and Queens County (1903-1905)

Annual Reports – New York and Queens County (1906-1907)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1908) (2 copies)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1909) (2 copies)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1910)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1911)

Box 17

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1912) (2 copies)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1913) (2 copies)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1914) (2 copies)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1915) (2 copies)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1916) (2 copies)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1917) (2 copies)

Box 18

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1918) (2 copies)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1919) (2 copies)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1920) (2 copies)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1921)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1922)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1923)

Annual Report of New York and Queens County Railway Company to the Public Service Commission for the 1st District of the State of New York (1924)

Annual Reports – Steinway and Hunters Point (1883-1888)

Annual Reports – Steinway and Hunters Point (1889-1892)

Annual Reports – Steinway Avenue and Bowery Bay (1883-1884)

"Communications, Reports, Resolutions, Agreements, and Other Document Relating to the Acquisition by the City of New York of the Rockaway Lines of the Long Island Rail Road and the Adoption and Approval of a New Rapid Railroad Route Which Includes the Route of Said Rockaway Lines, and the Leasing to the Trustee of the Property of the Long Island Rail Road Company."