Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Archives Center Road Maps Collection


Collection ID:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Work and Industry
circa 1930-2000
Physical Description:
0.5 Cubic feet
This collection comprises road maps of the Unites States and Mexico spanning from the 1935 until 1996.

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
This collection contains largely United States state and region road maps from the 1935 to 1996. States represented include California, Texas, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
Regions include the North, Northeast, Southwest, as well as whole maps of the United States and Mexico.
Many of the maps include multiple destinations.


Collection is arranged into 2 series.
Series 1: State Maps
Series 2: Regional Maps

Biographical / Historical

Biographical / Historical
The collection features maps that span from 1935 to 1996 and cover multiple states and regions, which is indicative of American driving culture.


Holly Nelson
Processing Information
Collection processed by Holly Nelson.
Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Center by the Division of Work and Industry, National Museum of American History.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by unknown donor.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Preferred Citation
Archives Center Road Maps Collection, circa 1935-1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Road maps -- United States Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Business Number: Phone: 202-633-3270
Fax Number: Fax: 202-786-2453