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Archival Material Source/Responsible Party Contact Information
  • Original plans
Alabama Department of Archives & History
  • Aerial photographs of interchanges
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Alabama Division Office 334-223-7374
  • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary
PBS website - "American Experience: Building the Alaska Highway" video
  • Bridge survey bibliography
Alaska State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) 907-269-8715
  • Historical collection of permafrost-related research reports and technical summaries
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities website search form [type "permafrost" into "Search Keywords" field of the search form]
  • Photographs and archival records
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Environmental Division 10324 Interstate 40
PO Box 2261
Little Rock, AR 72203
  • Photographs
  • Issues of the State Highway Commission magazine from the 1920s to current issues
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Various books and pamphlets
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies (Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department office) 100 Rock Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Governor Sydney McMath's papers from the late 1940s/early 1950s
  • Acts and journals of the Arkansas Legislature
Arkansas History Commission One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
  • Vertical File with the Official Dedication Program for I-540 and the Bobby Hopper Tunnel
  • Several manuscript collections pertaining to the interstate
University of Arkansas Libraries, Special Collections 365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701-4002
  • As-built drawings and photographs
Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), Environmental & Enhancement Group 1221 S. 2nd Avenue, MD T100
Tucson, AZ 85713
520-620-5443 (fax)
  • Information on the Deck Park Tunnel, including: I-10 Papago Freeway Environmental Mitigation Measures and The Final Mile, Commemorating the Completion of Interstate-10
ADOT Intermodal Transportation Division, Regional Freeway System office 602-712-7524
  • Photographs of Chicano Park
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) website
  • Various articles from California Highways and Public Works
  • Photographs
  • Interstate Highway general information file
Caltrans Transportation Library & History Center 1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
  • Approximately 1,000 35-mm slides from the 1960s-1970s
Caltrans Division of Environmental Analysis, Cultural and Community Studies Office 916-653-0647
  • 16-mm film from the 1960s-1970s of various routes including:
    • I-8 (Pine Valley Bridge construction)
    • I-5 construction (Stockton and Grapevine sections)
    • I-80 snow removal (from 1965)
Caltrans Motion Picture and Video Unit 916-654-0647
  • Research materials
  • Films/videos on Glenwood Canyon, the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel, and Vail Pass
Colorado Department of Transportation, Public Relations office 4201 E. Arkansas Avenue
Denver, CO 80222
  • Small collection of publications related to I-84, I-91, and I-95
Connecticut Department of Transportation, Headquarters library 860-594-3035
  • Engineering plans
Delaware SHPO 21 The Green, Suite A
Dover, DE 19901
  • Black-and-white video (VHS) of I-95 construction
  • Aerial photos
  • Slides
  • Schematic slides (concepts/plans) for various sections
  • Video of I-95 bridge construction over Brandywine Creek
Delaware Department of Transportation, Environmental Studies Division 302-760-2131
  • Black-and-white video (16-mm) of I-95 construction
  • Video of I-95 bridge construction over Brandywine Creek
Delaware Public Archives 121 Duke of York Street
Dover, DE 19901
District of Columbia
  • Construction records including engineering files, plans, and photographs
  • Bridge plans
  • Materials used in 50th Anniversary celebration of DC interstates
District Department of Transportation 64 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
  • Bridge information
U.S. Commission of Fine Arts National Building Museum
401 F St., NW, Suite 312
Washington, DC 20001-2728
  • Construction drawings
  • Bridge information
  • Aerial photographs from 1950s
State Archives of Florida 500 S. Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
  • Plans
Georgia Department of Transportation No. 2 Capitol Square, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
  • Microfilm
  • Publications related to I-20, historical highway markers, and highway administration and planning
The Georgia Archives 5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
  • As-built drawings
  • Construction Plans
Hawaii Department of Transportation, Design Branch and Highway Design Section 808-692-7559
  • Various materials
American Society of Civil Engineers, Hawaii Section 808-533-3646
  • Newspaper clippings on H-1, H-2, and H-3
  • Reports, evaluations, and impact and noise studies related to H-1
  • Corridor studies, planning reports, and surveys, related to H-3
Hawaii State Library Hawaii State Library
478 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813-2901
  • Bridge drawings dating back to the 1930s
  • Bridge inspection reports (on microfilm)
  • Photographs of interstate construction
  • Current and past interstate project records
Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), Public Affairs Section and Bridge Section records 3311 West State Street
PO Box 7129
Boise, ID 83707-1129
  • ITD photographs from 1918-1955
  • Bridge drawings from late 1950s/early 1960s
  • Official records of Governors Evans and Samuelson
Idaho State Historical Society, Public Archives and Research Library 2205 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID 83712
  • Design plans for roadways and bridges
  • Photographs related to original roadway and bridge construction
Indiana Department of Transportation, Division of Planning 110 N. Senate Avenue
IGCN Room N848
Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Transportation in Iowa: Historical Summary
William Thompson (author) Retail
  • Building Better Roads: Iowa's Contribution to Highway Engineering 1904-1974
Leo Landis (author) Retail
  • Discovering Historic Iowa Transportation Milestones
Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Various historical documents and links
  • Historic photo collection
Iowa Department of Transportation website
  • Materials used in 50th Anniversary celebration of Kansas interstates
Kansas Department of Transportation, Division of Public Affairs Eisenhower State Office Building
700 SW Harrison - Room 280
Topeka, KS 66603-3754
785-296-0287 (fax)
  • Newsletters
  • Maps (1950s-60s)
  • Microfilm
  • Photographs
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives 300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
  • Engineers' notebooks for I-65 and I-71
  • Right-of-way materials
University of Louisville, Special Collections and Archives Ekstrom Library
2301 S. 3rd St.
Louisville, KY 40292
  • Photographs
University of Kentucky, Special Collections and Digital Programs 859-257-8611
  • Plan sheets, photographs, and as-built drawings (all on microfilm)
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, General Files 225-379-1108
  • Newspaper articles
  • Biennial reports prepared by Louisiana Department of Highways
  • Copies of Louisiana Highways journal
  • Annual reports to Legislature
Louisiana State Library, Louisiana Section 225-342-2791
  • 1967 Biennial Report, The national system of interstate and defense highways, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: phase II report to state of Louisiana, Department of Highways (Modjeski and Masters, 1962)
  • 1961 Annual Report, Highway News (Louisiana Dept. of Highways, 1963-1964 and 1972-1973)
  • North-south expressway news (Louisiana Dept. of Highways)
  • Various maps
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Hill Memorial Library
Special Collections
  • Various materials
Tulane University, New Orleans Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Special Collections
  • Various materials
Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA) or HNTB Corp. (MTA consultant) MTA
430 Riverside Street
Portland, ME 04103
207-871-7771 ext. 116

HNTB Corp.
75 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
  • Website celebrating 50th Anniversary of the Maine interstate system
  • Photographs
  • Slideshows
Maine Department of Transportation 16 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0016
  • Records on original construction dates, expansions and upgrades, and ancillary construction projects
  • Database of agreements and their disposition (beginning 1920s/1930s)
Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), Regional and Intermodal Planning Division 707 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
  • Planning and expansion documents
Maryland State Archives 350 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
  • Maps
  • Photographs in the Carter Collection (particularly of Jones Falls Expressway)
  • Mount Vernon District Improvement Association Records (1938-1992)
  • Need for Mid City Expressway (1945)
  • Basis for a Master Transportation Plan (Planning Commission of Baltimore, 1951)
Maryland Historical Society 201 W. Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-4674
410-685-3750 ext. 349 (reference)
410-685-3750 ext. 325 (photo services)
  • Website celebrating 50th Anniversary of the Interstate Highway System
Maryland SHA
  • County inventories
  • Historic American Buildings Survey
  • Newspaper articles
Maryland Historical Trust 100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032
  • Records of former Interstate Division for Baltimore City
  • Final Joint Development, Baltimore Interstate Highway System 3-A, by Urban Design Concept Associates, December 1970
Baltimore City Department of Public Works 600 Abel Wolman Municipal Building
Baltimore, MD 21202
  • I-95 Master Plan
  • As-built design plans
  • Photographs
  • Scanned plats
  • Highway Statistics files (construction data)
  • Notes of the State Roads Commission Meetings
  • Survey books
  • Various other materials
Maryland Transportation Administration, Offices of Highway Design, Bridge Development, and Real Estate 2310 Broening Highway, Suite 150
Baltimore, MD 21224
  • Engineering plans
  • Black-and-white photographs of bridges and roadway construction
Massachusetts Highway Department, Bridge Section files 617-973-7571
  • Bibliography of books, periodicals, and online sources for information pertaining to the Michigan interstate
Michigan Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Planning 425 W. Ottawa Street
PO Box 30050
Lansing, MI 48909
517-373-9255 (fax)
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) records
  • Going Places exhibit and research files
Minnesota Historical Society Library 345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102-1903
  • Articles on construction
Mn/DOT's "Newsline" 651-296-0838
  • Minutes of the Missouri State Highway Commission (1919-present)
Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) website (2005-present) or phone (older than 2005)
  • Card file index to Commission Minutes
  • Miscellaneous files
Missouri State Highway Commission, Secretary's Office MoDOT Central Office
105 W. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65102
  • Standard bridge drawings
  • Bridge survey plans
  • Bridge shop drawings
  • General project files
MoDOT Bridge Division 105 W. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65102
  • Tabulation of bids
  • Highway contract plans
  • Highway final plans
  • Construction history maps
MoDOT Design Division 105 W. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65102
  • Aerial photographs (late 1950s-present)
MoDOT Photogrammetry Garage Annex
601 W. Main
Jefferson City, MO 65101
  • Construction Division files
MoDOT Archives, Controllers Division 728 Heisinger Road
Jefferson City, MO 65109
  • Approximately 25,000 photo negatives from Missouri Highway Department
Missouri State Archives, State Information Center 600 West Main Street
PO Box 1747
Jefferson City, MO 65102
  • Records of projects and studies
Mississippi Department of Transportation, Environmental Division 601-359-7920
  • Aerial photographs of right-of-ways
  • Interstate highway maps
  • Photographs
  • Books
  • Technical records
Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Reference Library 200 North Street (physical address)
Jackson, MS 39201

PO Box 571 (mailing address)
Jackson, MS 39205
  • Plan drawings
  • Films to promote tourism in Montana
Montana Department of Transportation 2701 Prospect Avenue
PO Box 201001
Helena, MT 59620-1001
  • Various photographs and films
Montana Historical Society 225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena, MT 59620-1201
  • As-built plans
Nebraska Department of Roads, Roadway Design Vault 1500 Hwy 2
Lincoln, NE 68502
New Hampshire
  • Plans
  • Aerial photographs and photogrammetry of corridors
  • Survey field books
  • Plan microfilm
  • 16-mm films from 1953 and 1954
  • 8-mm films of projects
  • Photographs of interstate vistas
  • Timeline
New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Public Information Office 603-271-6495
  • Deeds of land transactions
  • Public hearing transcripts
  • Surplus lands
  • Agreements
New Hampshire DOT, Bureau of Right-of-Way Room 100
John O. Morton Building
7 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03302
  • Highway rest area plans
New Hampshire DOT, Public Works Room 250
John O. Morton Building
7 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03302
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Microfiche of newspaper
  • Complete series of NH Highways magazines, containing information on construction
New Hampshire State Library 20 Park Street
Concord, NH 03301
  • Project files and plans
New Hampshire Division of Archives and Records Management 71 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
  • Archaeological studies
  • Historical resource information
New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources 19 Pillsbury Street
Concord, NH 03301-3570
  • Complete series of NH Highways magazines, containing information on construction
New Hampshire Good Roads Association 603-224-1823
New Jersey
  • Bridge survey information
New Jersey State Archives 225 W. State Street
PO Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307
  • Annual reports documenting early construction projects
New Jersey Department of Transportation, Research Library David J. Goldberg Transportation Complex
Main Office Building, 3rd Floor
1035 Parkway Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08618
New Mexico
  • Various materials
New Mexico Department of Transportation, Research Bureau 505-841-9145
  • Photographs
Albuquerque Journal 505-823-3991
  • Environmental assessments
New Mexico State Library 1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87507
505-476-9701 (fax)
  • Scenic photographs
  • Various other materials
New Mexico Commission of Public Records, State Records Center and Archives 1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87507
New York
  • Photographic logs
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Photolog Unit 518-457-1777
  • 2002 bridge inventory
NYSDOT website  
  • Transportation planning files (1953-1975)
  • Interstate Basin Commission Administrative files (1957-1975)
  • Route books for Federal Aid highways (1931-1977)
  • Compacts and agreements
  • Transportation photographs
New York State Archives New York State Education Department
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
  • Plans
  • Contract records
  • Construction records
Nevada Department of Transportation Headquarters Engineering Files and Records Building
1211 Oregon Street
Carson City, NV 89712
North Carolina
  • Records from the Federal Bureau of Public Roads
  • Corporate updates of road conditions (North Carolina Roadways editions from the 1950s and 1960s)
  • 1958 report by the North Carolina Highway Commission: North Carolina's Interstate Highway System
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) records
North Carolina State Archives 109 E. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
  • File on history of NCDOT
North Carolina Office of Archives and History 109 E. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Bibliographic information from historic bridge inventory
  • List of locations of North Carolina State
  • Highway Commission records dating back to 1915
NCDOT Project Development & Environmental Analysis 1 South Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27611
  • Newspaper files
  • Interstate plans, microfilm of construction photographs, and reports
State Library of North Carolina
North Carolina state government document depository
109 E. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
North Dakota
  • North Dakota State Highway Department studies and meeting transcripts
  • Highway inspection, archaeological, and social impact reports related to interstate construction
State Historical Society of North Dakota 612 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0830
701-328-2650 (fax)
  • Bibliography of 2004 historic bridge inventory
  • Various other materials
Ohio Department of Transportation 1980 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223
  • Governors' papers related to interstate highways
  • Minutes of the Ohio Legislative Highway Advisory Committee
  • Photographs
  • Highway maps (1950s-70s)
  • Ohio Department of Highways documents
Ohio State Archives 1982 Velma Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
  • Ohio Turnpike Commission annual reports (1950s-70s)
Cleveland State University Library Rhodes Tower
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
  • Materials related to development of Oklahoma's turnpike system
  • Materials related to Route 66 roadbed sections
Oklahoma Historical Society, Research Division Oklahoma History Center
2401 North Laird Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
  • Right-of-way maps
  • Plans
  • Bridge files
Oregon Department of Transportation, History Center 355 Capitol Street, NE
Salem, OR 97301
  • Bridge construction drawings
  • Maps
  • Aerial photography
  • Photographs
  • Newspaper clippings
Oregon State Archives 800 Summer Street, NE
Salem, OR 97310
  • Newspaper articles
  • Photographs
  • Maps
  • Government documents
  • Oral histories
  • Manuscripts
  • Films
Oregon Historical Society, Research Library 1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
  • Collection of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike materials
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission 300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
  • 20-minute video chronicling history of the Turnpike
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission website
Rhode Island
  • 8x10 black-and-white construction photographs (late 1950s/early 1960s)
  • 16-mm black-and-white film footage of construction
Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) archives Two Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02903
  • Contemporary construction photographs
RIDOT 401-222-2023 ext. 4040
South Carolina
  • Construction plans
  • Various other materials
South Carolina Department of Transportation warehouses 803-737-1645
South Dakota
  • Photographs of concrete tipis at interstate rest areas
  • Listing of archival holdings
South Dakota State Historical Society 900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2217
  • Original plans
  • Construction photographs
  • Website celebrating 50th Anniversary of the Interstate Highway System
Tennessee Department of Transportation James K. Polk Building, Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37243-0349
  • Photo logs
Tennessee State Library and Archives 403 Seventh Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
  • Hard copies of historic plans
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) 512-836-0507
  • Photographs
TxDOT Travel Division 512-486-5838
  • Electronic plans
TxDOT website
  • Files, photographs, and other archival information
FHWA Resource Center - Utah 801-963-0078 ext. 235
  • Utah Department of Transportation photographs
Utah State Archives 801-531-3866
  • List of resources related to construction
  • Welcome to Vermont – Volume I and Welcome to Vermont – Volume II CD-ROMs
Vermont Agency of Transportation Environmental Section – 4th Floor
1 National Life Drive – Drawer 33
Montpelier, VT 05633-5001
  • Marketing materials and posters for original interstate segments
FHWA Vermont Division Office 802-828-4573
  • Still photographs
  • Motion pictures
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Office of Public Affairs 1401 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
  • Plans
VDOT Plan Library, Location and Design Division 7th Floor Annex Building, Room 705
1401 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
  • Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) records
Washington State Archives 1129 Washington Street, SE
PO Box
Olympia, WA 98504-0238
  • Photographs
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Plan drawings
  • Specifications
  • Correspondence
  • Engineering journals
WSDOT Records and Information Services 3D23 Transportation Building
PO Box 47410
Olympia, WA 98504-7410
  • Bridge information
WSDOT Bridge Preservation Office 7345 Linderson Way, SW
Tumwater, WA 98501
West Virginia
  • Links to West Virginia Turnpike-related information
  • Black-and-white photographs of West Virginia Turnpike (1950s)
  • State Road Commission materials related to the West Virginia Turnpike expansion (1968-1969)
  • Scrapbooks and other publications in the West Virginia Turnpike Commission Collection (1950s-87)
West Virginia State Archives and website The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
304-558-0130 ext. 702
  • Right-of-way materials
West Virginia Department of Highways 304-558-9338
  • Website celebrating 50th Anniversary of Interstate Highway System
Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Office of Public Affairs
  • Photograph log of numbered highways
FHWA Wisconsin Division Office 608-829-7517
  • Photographs
Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography Section 816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
  • Photographs
Wyoming SHPO
FHWA Headquarters
  • Video and photographs for various states
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration 8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272)

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