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College of Civil Engineering, Joint Transportation Research Program collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 47

Scope and Contents

The College of Engineering/Civil/Joint Transportation Research Program collection documents the history of the Joint Highway Research Project, which was formed in 1937, and later became known as the Joint Transportation Research Program. The collection also contains items from the Purdue Civil Engineering Department, prior to 1937; numerous photographs, including 301 photographs and notations about the educational background of graduate students, circa 1920s-1960s, and photographs of early roadwork in the various Indiana counties, circa 1920s-1940s. Also included are annual reports, meeting minutes, video tapes and audio tapes of departmental activities, such as presentations.


  • 1920 - 2007


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Historical Information

Since its inception in 1937, the Joint Highway Research Project (JHRP) has continuously conducted meaningful research and relevant extension activities in accordance with its goals. Today it is a national model for the successful partnership of government, academia, and the private sector, combining their efforts in a mutually rewarding research program.

Over the years the state highway agency evolved into the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) as its mission changed to encompass all modes of transportation. To align itself more fully with INDOT's mission, the Joint Highway Research Project's name was changed as well, in July of 1997, to the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP), thus enabling a broader range of research at INDOT's disposal.

The Joint Transportation Research Program has far reaching benefits beyond the obvious objective of improving Indiana's transportation system for its residents. Not only is the research specific to INDOT's and Indiana's needs, but at its disposal are a broad range of Purdue's knowledgeable professionals for immediate advice and consultation when the need arises.

At the same time, Purdue faculty and graduate students are exposed to a broad range of significant and real engineering problems; and participants, due to this excellent training program, go on to become leaders in the transportation field in the United States and abroad. A mutually satisfying partnership with many success stories over the years, the Joint Transportation Research Program is clearly a national model of how a state university can cooperate with that state's transportation agency to perform needed research at the least cost.


Retrieved October 20, 2010 from: and


6.142 Cubic Feet (Four cubic feet boxes, two legal-size full-width manuscript boxes, one flat box, and one flat file folder)


The collection has been arranged into three series. Whenever possible original order of the materials has been retained.
  1. Audio Tapes, Video Tapes, Meeting Minutes and Yearbook
  2. Annual Reports, Aerial Photographs, and Artifacts
  3. Photographs

Acquisition Information

Collection received from Darcy Bullock, School of Civil Engineering (Director of Joint Transportation Research Program) on September 1, 2010.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free envelopes, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. Oversized photographs have been separated and grouped together for preservation purposes.
College of Civil Engineering, Joint Transportation Research Program collection
Under Review
Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2010-10-20.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States