Category Archives: Start Your Research

Start Your Research


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 and records of people who traveled or lived along the route. Did you know there are more than 25 American Indian tribes that live along the route?  There are

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 66 topics include: Academic OneFile, Academic Search Complete, America: History & Life, and Proquest Historical Newspapers. Each library’s subscriptions differ. Check your local library’s website or

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 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 search: United States Highway 66 Keyword search:  Route 66