Recommended Reading for the Study of Route 66

Welcome to the University's recommended reading list. Hundreds—probably thousands—of books, magazine and newspaper articles, films, musical recordings, etc, have been produced over the years on the subject of Route 66, and many more make reference to our most famous highway in one way or another. The serious student should make it a point to sample from a wide variety of such sources.

The listing below is provided as a modest step in that direction.


A small sampling of some of the great books available on Route 66:

<< The "Here It Is" map series is one of the most sought-after items for anyone new to Mother Road exploration. Jim Ross and Jerry McClanahan have painstakingly put together this collection of large, fold-out maps, one for each state. Although seasoned veterans may eschew maps such as these, they definitely inspire confidence in newbies.
>> The Route 66 Adventure Handbook is both extraordinary and unique in Mother Road guidebooks. Not only does it teach you how to follow Route 66 even without signs or maps, it's the first guide to give the deserved emphasis to fun stops along the way. This book will ensure you have the MOST FUN POSSIBLE on your Mother Road journey.
<< Michael Wallis' Route 66: the Mother Road is really the book that started the resurgence in Route 66 that we're now in the midst of. This book has often been called a love poem to the Mother Road, and you'll see that immediately. To say that this is a classic does not do it justice.
>> The National Historic Route 66 Federation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of the Mother Road. With this in mind, the Federation—with its corps of volunteers—produces this booklet describing many of the better places to stay and to dine while traveling the Route. Pick one up "for the cause."
<< Shellee Graham is not only a superb photographer, she is also the chief authority on the Coral Court Motel of St Louis. The Coral Court was demolished years ago, but its distinctive architecture and colorful reputation ensure that people will be talking about it for many years to come. Lots of colorful photos and loads of interesting details.
>> If Shellee (above) is the authority on the Coral Court, Jim Ross is similarly the master of all things Oklahoma Route 66. Jim is the co-creator of the map series elsewhere on this page, and his penchant for detailed research is evident in this must-have guide to Oklahoma's Mother Road mileage.
<< Our friend Jerry McClanahan has put together this "EZ Guide" intended to guide you step by step through every driveable mile of the Mother Road. This is the product of years of research!  
<< This volume is based on a concept I've always really liked—it juxtaposes photographs of yesterday with modern-day pics that tell a wordless story of change, decay, and re-use.
>> This is the follow-up to Quinta's earlier tome, Route 66, which is now a little hard to come by. She is one of the leading photographers of the Route, and you can learn a great deal by poring through this volume. Highly recommended.


Postcards are an unbeatable (and economical) way to obtain great Route 66 artwork.

<< Shellee Graham, of Coral Court fame (see above), is a terrific photog in her own right. This postcard set makes a great introduction to her work.
>> Terrence Moore has been shooting the Route for quite some time, and his series of calendars from the last several years are among the best of their kind. This set of postcards showcases the quality of his work.