Route 66 Illinois State Library

The Route 66 Archives and Research Collaboration (ARC) is sponsored by the National Park Service. The mission of the Route 66 ARC is to make research and oral history materials accessible to the general public and Route 66 stakeholders for the purpose of education, preservation, and management of the historic Route 66 corridor. Resources at the State Library consist of books, maps, documents, and periodicals on Route 66 in Illinois and beyond. These are listed in the bibliographies below.

The State Library also maintains a vertical file on Route 66 topics and the personal vertical file of Route 66 Association of Illinois founder, Tom Teague. Donated collections include Mt. Olive Service Station’s ledgers, and a historic run of state Route 66 association newsletters collected by historian and author Keith Sculle. Additionally, the State Library has a collection of aerial photographs of Illinois from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing Route 66 as it existed in Illinois between 1937 and 1941. Links to significant Route 66 collections in the Illinois Digital Archives are also provided.


Illinois Route 66 License Plates

Indexes to Route 66 Vertical Files at the State Library

Route 66 Collections in the Illinois Digital Archives

USDA Aerial Photograph Lists Following Route 66 Alignments by County