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Winfield W. Robinson railroad collection, M2026

Identifier: M2026


  • Creation: 1831 - 1997


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical note

Winfield Washburn Robinson was a member of the first group of men organized as the New York State Police in the fall of 1917. By 1918 he had been promoted to commander of Troop G in Troy, New York and in July 1919 he became commander of Troop A in Batavia, New York. He retired in 1944 and lived in Batavia for the rest of his life. According to Albert Kurek in "Here Come the Troopers", Captain Robinson apparently worked a number of jobs prior to joining the police including the New York Central Railroad and the Continental Fire Insurance Company. His exact position with the New York Central is unknown, but his love of the railway may have started there. He authored at least twelves articles for the "The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin" between 1935 and 1943. Charles B. Robinson (possibly a relative of Winfield), was an Engineer on the New York Central and Hudson River Railway in 1873, and a potential source for a valuable personal history of the men who served the railroads. He can be seen in a photograph in box 5 folder 411. Captain Robinson's rich collection came to Colgate in 1962.

Kurek, Albert S. "Captain Winfield W. Robinson," in Here Come the Troopers: New York State Troopers 1917-1943 (AuthorHouse, 2007) 54.


3.6 Cubic Feet

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Guide to the Winfield W. Robinson railroad collection
Emily Hutton-Hughes, Lora J. Davis, Lisa King, and Allyson Smally
July 7, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

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