Search using this query type:

Search only these record types:

Exhibit Page

Advanced Search (Items only)

Brought to you by The Developing Librarian team at Columbia University

Additional Media & Resources

Philip Ashforth Coppola's "Silver Connections", cover

Cover of Philip Ashforth Coppola's "Silver Connections"


One of the things that becomes clear when researching the subway is that there is a huge community of dedicated transit buffs who have done amazing work to keep the history of NYC transit alive. One very impressive effort is a series of volumes by Philip Ashforth Coppola, titled "Silver Connections". Happily, the CU Libraries own a copy of this limited-edition work: This idiosyncratic labor of love provides a fantastic wealth of detail on the architectural details of individual subway stations throughout the system. There is also an anecdote-rich history of the system provided, and many valuable references to subway-related materials.


"Roger Arcara's Transportapes Presents" screen capture

Opening title screen, "Roger Arcara's Transportapes Present"


These links offer some interesting film footage from ca. 1940s-1960s of IRT trains and the 125th St. IRT station. The second link features footage of the "Diamond Jubilee" nostalgia train.

Additional Media & Resources