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MoDOT Transportation Library: MoDOT History Resources

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Transportation Library partners with the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Missouri State Library to provide transportation-related collection resources and research services for MoDOT staff.

Annual Reports/Minutes



  • Minutes: Current (2008 to date); All (1921-date; internal use only)
  • Biennial Reports
    • 1917/18-1984/86 (print held by MoDOT Library and Missouri State Archives)
    • Digital via HathiTrust (1917/18-1974/76)
      • Only v. 1 (1917/18)-v. 3 (1920/22), v. 7 (1928-1930) and v. 11 (1936-38) are full text.
      • Remaining volumes are searchable but not viewable.

Missouri DOT

  • 1977-2002 (print held by MoDOT Library and Missouri State Library)
  • 2003-date



Local Newspapers




Still Images/Photographs

  • Aerial images (MoDOT)
    • State Archives has the original negatives in canisters. However, State Archives is unable to search for, identify and view map images from negatives.
    • MoDOT retains copies of the digitized images (no direct access; on internal MoDOT network).
      • The public must contact Melvin Distler or Steve Atkinson in Design/CADD Division to make requests and will need to provide specific location information, dates, etc.
    • State Archives and the MoDOT Librarian have access to an aerial image inventory spreadsheet (internal use only) which lists images that have been digitized (but this may not match how MoDOT has categorized the images).
  • Aerial Photographs of Missouri, 1938-1979 (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service)
    • Collection description from the State Historical Society of Missouri at Columbia
    • There should be an index map at the beginning of each county in the collection. Land coordinates would be needed to find a specific feature. To view the photos, you would need to visit the SHS-Columbia in person.
  • MoDOT Flickrstreams
  • MoDOT Historical Photo Gallery
  • Missouri State Archives' collection of 25,000 MoDOT photographs from 1916-1965
    • Only about 3700 negatives have been digitized. They can be searched using a MoDOT-produced Access database (search by title/topic, date, county, route) or a State Archives-produced spreadsheet. The image files are only viewable on disc onsite at the Missouri State Archives.
    • Sample MoDOT album
    • Missouri River Bridge album
    • Missouri Railroads album
  • Flood of 1993: booklet and individual photos
  • Local historical photos - try local historical societies or museums

Moving Images/Videos


Organizational Histories

Early Road History


Early Bridge History

Early Highway/Traffic Engineering History

  • Traffic Engineering Conference Proceedings (1st 1948 to date)
    Available in print only. Early on, the series was sponsored by the University of Missouri College of Engineering. Currently known as TEAM conference (sponsored by MoDOT).

Where to Go For ...

Project-Level Information

  • Chief Engineer Monthly Reports 1967-1984 (incomplete) -- hard copy available in Missouri State Archives
  • Patron may need to file a Sunshine request with the Commission

Route-Level Information