James J. McDonnell Transportation Collection Available for Research!

Graduate student assistant Eron Ackerman recently completed a finding aid for the James J. McDonnell transportation collection. The collection contains documents, photographs, and publications about highway and interstate construction in the United States during the second half of the 20th century. Recently, researchers have shown particular interest in the documents and photographs about the Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway in Northern Virginia.

NOVA traffic jam 1960s

Northern Virginia traffic jam, 1960s. James J. McDonnell transportation collection.

Martin Wohl Papers Available for Research!

A finding aid is now available for the Martin Wohl papers. Martin Wohl (1930-2009) was an influential economist most famous for arguing against the heavy rail transportation projects that several cities undertook in the 1960s and 1970s. He worked in the Commerce Department in the early 1960s and taught at MIT, Harvard, and Carnegie Mellon before retiring to the Washington, D.C., area in 1990.

Martin Wohl at his MIT class reunion in 1958. He is in front of the gentleman with the raised arm. Martin Wohl papers.