Frank J. Ruf Memorial Collection


Vedder Research Library
90 County Highway 42
Coxsackie, NY 12051

Access Number



Frank J. Ruf, Ruf Family.


.3 Cu. Ft. (1 Box)

Languages Present


Date Range


Historical Note

Frank J. Ruf was a resident of Greene County who held the distinction of being a thirty-year veteran of the Catskill Mountain Railway. Having worked his first four years as a fireman, Ruf spent most of the next 26 years of his career at the throttle of Engine No. 2 before finally retiring. His enthusiasm for everything rail-related led him to compile a collection of photographs of the Catskill Mountain Railway and the engines operated by that company, as well as a diverse array of images of other locomotive variants that were ubiquitous on the railroads of the United States during the late 19th and early 20th century. 

Summary of Contents

The collection contains primarily photographic material pertaining to the Catskill Mountain Railway’s buildings and rolling stock. Images date between the late 19th and early 20th centuries and are for the most part prints, although some glass plate negatives are located in one folder. Enlargements of all negatives appear in the collection. 


Contents are organized into folders by subject.


Documentation available within collection.

Processing Details

None Available.


Collection processor information and dates unavailable, finding aid published Fall 2016 by Jonathan Palmer.


Materials are available to examine on-site at the Vedder Research Library in Coxsackie, New York during posted hours as found on the repository’s website.

Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to current copyright laws. Duplication of print and photographic materials without express permission of library staff is strictly prohibited. 

Citing material

Identification of Item, Folder, Box, Collection Name, Date Range. Vedder Research Library, Greene County Historical Society, Coxsackie NY. 

Contents of Collection

Itemized list of collection provided on request when available by calling or emailing the Vedder Research Library during posted hours. 

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