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New Mexico Route 66 Association Records

Identifier: MSS-601-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the Association's meeting minutes, correspondence, project reports and newsletters. Association events such as the Route 66 Benefit Concert, the Association Logo Contest, and the First Annual National Route 66 Convention held in Albuquerque in 1990, are documented. The collection also contains news clippings, journals, articles, and brochures written about Route 66.


  • 1950-2001 (bulk 1989-1991)

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Organizational History

The New Mexico Route 66 Association was organized in 1969 to preserve historic Route 66. The statewide association encourages the development of neighborhood revitalization projects, civic awareness and the promotion of tourism along the roadway. Route 66 was commissioned in 1928, and it was the nation's first interstate west. During its heyday, Route 66 served as the vital transportation artery between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. During the depression era many unemployed "pilgrims" migrated west along the Route 66 in search of a brighter future in California. In the early years, many remote sections of Route 66 remained unpaved, following old cattle paths and wagon tracks. Route 66 opened up the "wild west" and became the twentieth-century's "Santa Fe Trail." Upon the completion and opening of Interstate 40, Route 66 was decertified as a federal highway in June of 1985. The New Mexico Route 66 Association, along with other Route 66 associations, continues to preserve and maintain America's well known highway and historical landmark.


1 box (.35 cu. ft.)

Related Archival Material

Route 66 Interviews and Narrative. Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Finding Aid of the New Mexico Route 66 Association Records, 1950-2001 (bulk 1989-1991)
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 601 BC::New Mexico Route 66 Association Records)//EN" "nmu1mss601bc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131