Caltrans History Preservation Committee

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CHPC member Steve Devorkin has posted a wonderful video on District 7's YouTube channel called Caltrans: Then and Now 1895-1995. Steve made this video from a slideshow and script created by Norm Root. Be sure to read Steve's description of how he created the video. It's really interesting.

The CHPC was formally established in 1984 as part of the Caltrans History Program. The History Program was created in 1984 by Policy and Procedure 84-5, Preservation of Department’s Historical Materials; P&P 84-5 was updated and reissued in 1999 as Deputy Directive 58 (DD-58) and updated and reissued again in 2015 as Deputy Directive (DD-58-R2). The History Program’s primary focus is to preserve and ensure access to selected historical materials such as records, photographs, maps, and artifacts that document the history of the Department.(From Strategic Plan)

Since 1978, a number of oral histories have been produced under the direction of the Caltrans History Preservation Committee. The "Highway Recollections" series consists of tape recordings and published transcriptions of interviews with retired engineers, highway maintenance workers, administrators, and other personnel who have shared their insights on past highway development and changes within the Department.

District 3 volunteers have produced several recollections of District staff for the "Highway Recollections" series. The Library also acquired a copy of an oral history of former Director Adrianna Gianturco conducted via the California State Archives Oral History Program.

Transcriptions of the oral histories are cataloged and kept with other published materials in the Caltrans Library and History Center. They may be checked out by Caltrans staff.

Short summaries of Oral Histories.

NOW AVAILABLE Digitized oral histories of the complete Highway Recollections Series and a selection of the Loma Prieta Series are available via streaming on Internet Archive under the California Light and Sound collection.

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