The Historical Road Map Collection contains a variety of historical road maps, tourist maps, and highway maps from cities,
states, and geographic regions throughout the world. The collection contains more than 3,800 road maps ranging from 1937-2007,
with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1950s-1990s. Historical road maps from the United States detail the pre-Interstate
system of automobile and travel networks, while often including interesting illustrative details of early tourist boosterism.
Most of the maps were produced by private companies, like Chevron, Esso, Rand McNally, or AAA, as well as by various governmental
agencies, with the goal of promoting travel and tourism.