About the Route 66 Archives and Research Collaboration

  The history of Route 66 is paved with paper—postcards, photographs, maps, menus, oral histories and other primary source documentation. To bring more attention to the historical record of Route 66, the National Park Service (NPS) is collaborating with archival institutions along the route to develop the Route 66 Archives and Research Collaboration, or “Route […]

 

Why Archives?

The importance of archival sources. With each map, tourist brochure, diary or photograph, we learn more about the highway—what it looked like, who used it, what it was like to drive it. Archival information is useful not only to scholars and students, but to tourists looking to enrich their travel experience; property owners wanting to […]

 

Archives Around New Mexico

    Rocky Mountain Online Archive Inventories & descriptions of thousands of archival collections from 13 New Mexico libraries & museums plus additional Colorado and Wyoming institutions.

 

New Mexico’s Digital Collections

            New Mexico’s Digital Collections econtent.unm.edu   Find online documents, photographs, oral histories, videos, and more from the collections of nearly 20 museums and libraries across New Mexico.

 

New Mexico Articles & Essays

Find articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers:   New Mexico Office of the State Historian.  www.newmexicohistory.org/   Find essays on Route 66 history in NM. El Portal.  elportalnm.org/.  Magazines and more from the NM State Library. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/. New Mexico & U.S. newspapers. New Mexico Historical Review.  Available at most NM libraries and online soon […]

 

New Mexico Book Catalogs

Library collection catalogs from around the state offer a wide-range of materials, including books, government documents and videos. LIBROS-University of New Mexico & 15 other NM colleges & universities LIBCAT-New Mexico State University SALSA-New Mexico State Library WorldCat – Find resources nearby in New Mexico or around the world.

 

Start Your Research

Find Archival Materials What are archives? Archives are the first-hand, informational materials coming from the people and the time you are studying.  Archival materials for Route 66 might include postcards, photographs, oral histories, maps, advertisements, and films, as well as large groups of records of Route 66 businesses and government offices, and the personal accounts […]

 

Find Articles

  Article Databases.  Many libraries have online “databases” to point you to articles on Route 66 in magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers and more.  Most are by library subscription only but are available free to you as a member of a library or when you are visiting a library on-site. Examples of good databases for Route […]

 

Find Books

To find books, videos, government documents and more:   Search the online catalog of your nearest: Public library State library College or university library   Search WorldCat.org Find books & articles See if a library in your area has it (put in your zipcode) Order books via Inter Library Loan from your local library   Subject […]

 

Farm Security Administration

Many great Route 66 images exist in the collection of the Farm Security Administration, held by the Library of Congress, including the renown work of photographer Dorthea Lange. Lange was hired by the FSA in the 1930s to document life during the depression and some of her greatest images caught out of work families traveling the “Mother Road” […]