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Get Your Kicks on the New Route 66 Archives and Research Website

NAU.PH.2010.21.14 Neon sign from the “Route 66 in Arizona: Don’t Forget Winona!” Exhibit (Charley Seavey) 2009












The Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives at Northern Arizona University, in collaboration with the U.S. National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, announces the launch of the national Route 66 Archives and Research Collaboration (ARC) website at www.ncptt.nps.gov/rt66/archives.

The website is an online portal to historical collections and information relating to Route 66. It is designed to help students, educators, film makers, business owners, community members, agencies, and others find information they need for research, education, corridor revitalization efforts, and more. Finding aides and information for each state are provided to help people connect to local, regional, and national sources of Route 66-related information.


NAU.PH.2004.11.2.561 The Delgadillo empire (Angel & Vilma Delgadillo’s Route 66 Gift Shop & Visitor’s Center). 2006

The Route 66 ARC was established in 2008 through the impetus of the National Park Service, Route 66 Preservation Program to encourage cross-state collaboration to collect, archive, and make accessible research materials that promote education, preservation, and management of the historic Route 66 corridor.


NAU.PH.2004.11.2.12 The Jackrabbit Trading Post, between Winslow (10 mi. west) and Joseph City (8 mi. east) on Route 66. 1992

The Cline Library is one of ten founding partners of the Route 66 ARC. Other founding partners include Illinois State Museum, Missouri State University, University of Missouri, Baxter Springs Historical Society (KS), Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma State University, Panhandle Plains Historical Museum (TX), University of New Mexico and the Autry National Center (CA).


NAU.PH.2004.11.4.176 Ann Massmann at the restored “Meadow Gold Ice Cream” Sign, Route 66, Tulsa, OK. 2011

The new web site is also dedicated in the memory of our good friend, one of our founding members, and colleague, Ann Massmann of the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections at the University of New Mexico Albuquerque. Ann was one of the driving forces for the ARC and this web site. She will be missed.

For more information contact the Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives at: special.collections@nau.edu

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