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Charles L. Cadle New York State Canal Photographs

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: SM
Date: 08 Sept 2016

Biographical History

Charles L. Cadle, born on March 10, 1879 at Mentor, Ohio, was Superintendent of Public Works of the State of New York. Before this appointment he worked for the Cleveland Railway Company (until 1906) after which he became the manager of Cleveland's Electric Railway Improvement Company. The next year, he transferred to the Rochester lines of the New York State Railways for the position of Electrical Engineer where he would move up to become chief engineer (1917). In 1919, he was also appointed chief engineer of the New York and Harlem Railroad Company. He served as New York State's Superintendent of Public Works from January 19, 1921-January 9, 1923.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Charles L. Cadle New York State Canal Photographs collection consists of a single bound volume containing a "Canal Map of the State of New York" (1919), a page with stats on the New York State Canal System (formerly known as the New York State Barge Canal), as well as 55 photographs showing different canal boat types, cargos, locations, and the state of the art technology used for the operation of the system (locks, bridges, aqueducts, etc.). Locations featured include the East River and Manhattan Island in New York City, the Mohawk, Seneca and Genesee Rivers, Oneida Lake, Upstate New York towns such as Rochester, Little Falls, Seneca Falls, Buffalo, Lockport, Palmyra, Medina, Lyons, and Amsterdam.

Arrangement of the Collection

Photographs in the album remain in original order.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Cadle, Charles L.


Canal-boats -- New York (State)
Erie Canal (N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Erie Canal (N.Y.) -- Maps.
Transportation -- New York (State) -- Pictorial works.


Amsterdam (N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Buffalo (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works.
East River (N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Genesee River (Pa. and N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Little Falls (N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Lockport (N.Y.) -- History.
Lyons (N.Y. : Town) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works.
Medina (N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Mohawk River (N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Oneida Lake (N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Palmyra (N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Rochester (N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Seneca Falls (N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Seneca River (N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.

Genres and Forms

Maps (documents)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Charles L. Cadle New York State Canal Photographs,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2015.

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