Research Route 66 (RR66)
This is a collaboration between libraries, museums, and archives working together in eight states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. This research consortium is dedicated to the collection, organization, and presentation of Route 66 materials in many formats. We encourage collaborations between members and Route 66 groups. In New Mexico, for example, the Route 66 state association works with the National Park Service to develop and coordinate national Route 66 oral history and research.
The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership
This is the all-inclusive group for Route 66. They work up and down the road, boosting economies, inviting tourists, and documenting the oral and written past of Route 66, one of America’s (and the world’s) favorite roads.
Route 66 Museums
Through correspondence and visits with Route 66 museums, the Oral History Office assists in documenting the fast-growing interest in Route 66 history. Dr. Dunaway has been invited to lecture and assist with collections development, oral history workshops, and travel to the collections, such as the 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Ill.
Oral History Research
This office promotes and conducts oral historical research on Route 66 as an important way to document this iconic road from eyewitnesses to its long and colorful history. Over the last decade, we have trained more than two hundred citizen-historians in collecting their own local and regional histories of 66 through nearly a dozen workshops funded by the NPS and the Humanities Endowments of Texas, Kansas, and New Mexico.