I was recently able to view NYC Valuation Survey photos (negatives) at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, donated in 1986 by the Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company, relevant to this topic. In 2018, J. D'Addario and V. Broussard Simmons authored an index/guide to the collection, https://sirismm.si.edu/EADpdfs/NMAH.AC.1072.pdf
" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;. The negatives are available for viewing on-site in Washington, D.C., by appointment. They are labeled in most cases only by a survey station reference, e.g., Box 23, Valuation Survey 119, 1005 + 250. Fortunately, they can be cross-referenced to survey station numbers on the corresponding valuation maps, which I had previously ordered on CD (http://www.nmro.org/nmro2.htm
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Two of these images are labeled as being taken at survey stations 1224+420 and 1224+524. The latter image location is specifically annotated on the survey map image I posted earlier in this thread as the Genesee St. passenger station. The former image shows a station-like building similar in footprint to the structure located behind the passenger station on the survey map and identified there as Asst. Supt. Office. The location of this second structure on the map matches a 1224+420 index. I wonder if it had previously been the passenger station at that location on the West Shore, to then be replaced by the larger structure in question after the electric line to Syracuse opened, and then was re-purposed as an office?
1224+524 West Shore RR Genesee St. Utica Passenger Station 1919
1224+430 Asst. Supt. Office 1919 (older passenger station?)
I also ran across on the Internet an aerial photo of this location taken in the 1950s, don't remember the on-line source.
Aerial Photo by Orville Spooner
The valuation survey negatives are roughly 3” x 6” and are in individual envelopes and, as with any archival center, can only be handled with special gloves. I was able to photograph them on a light table, but was only allowed to bring in a laptop or iPad, no paper or writing tools, but pad and pencil were provided for note taking. The images are mostly of stations, section houses, water towers and other buildings owned by the RR. All told, I came home with about 120 distinct iPad images taken between South Bethlehem and Oneida Castle. I will try to post some of the more unique shots in the near future.
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