66 ARCHIVES AND RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE
Route 66 Archive and Research Collaborative was founded by ten
institutions and the National Park Service's Route 66 Corridor
Preservation Program. The founders are listed below with links
to additional information about their institutions and Route 66
Autry Institute for the Study of the American West in Los Angeles
is home to the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library, where
patrons access one of the nation’s most comprehensive book,
archival, and artifact collections on Native American cultures
and the history of the American West. Route 66 resources include
primary and secondary publications and museum artifacts as well
as the historic Casa de Adobe, a reproduction Spanish style home
built in 1918 partly to attract tourists traveling Route 66. The
Autry offers research fellowships and is planning a Route 66 exhibition
for 2013/ 2014.
Springs Heritage Center
Baxter Springs Heritage Center is a museum with archives and exhibits
focused on Kansas and the tri-state area. They have significant
collections on mining, historic sites, photographs, ealry settlement,
and Route 66. The Center works with students , educators, community
groups, tourism authorities, and others to document the vital
history of the southeastern Kansas.
Illinois State Library holds a collection about the history of
Route 66 in Illinois. It contains hundreds of books, magazines,
newspaper, pamphlets, maps, aerial photographs, historical land
ownership atlases, and more. Parts of the collection circulate,
while many materials such as the vertical file and the historical
aerial photographs are non-circulating. Non-circulating material
may be copied or digitized by staff for minimal fees.
State University, Special Collections
State University holds a growing collection of Route 66-related
publications, including archival holdings on businesses, individuals
and communities along Route 66.
Historical Society of Missouri, Research Center - Rolla
State Historical Society of Missouri's research center brings
together critical documents and collections on central and eastern
Missouri. Highlights of the Route 66 collection include a complete
run of the publications of the Missouri Route 66 Association;
photographs; maps; historical documents from the region; and oral
histories featuring local and Route 66 history.
Arizona University, Cline Library
Cline Library at Northern Arizona University maintains a Route
66 collection including photographic collections, monographic
titles, documents, vertical files, and maps. The library promotes
and makes these collections available through traditional and
Web-based reference services, exhibitions and presentations, and
through outreach to introduce new users to the excitement of conducting
research with original materials.
John & Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center is located on the
first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. The research library
is a rich source of information on all topics regarding Oklahoma
history and genealogy, including Route 66. Archive Collections
include American Indian records, over six million photographs,
more than 6,000 oral histories, extensive manuscript collections,
film archives and maps. The Research Center is the largest repository
of Oklahoma newspapers in the state.
State University - Tulsa
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa Library contributes to the body
of Route 66 knowledge by actively collecting books and other resources
on Route 66. The library is open to anyone who wishes to visit.
Reference services are through the Reference desk, by phone, email
or online library chat page.
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum collection includes various
artifacts directly associated with Route 66 as well as the culture
of which the highway was a part. The museum’s Research Center
includes such sources as published and unpublished histories and
reminiscences, maps, and photographs of communities and other
places along the highway’s route through the Texas Panhandle.
of New Mexico, Center for Southwest Research
University of New Mexico’s Center for Southwest Research
and the University Libraries provide a wealth of library and archival
resources for Route 66 researchers and aficionados. These resources
include local, state, and regional materials at the Center for
Southwest Research, as well as over 3 million items of local,
state, and national interest in the library system as a whole,
including government documents and maps.