callout

National Highway Association, Good Roads Association Records


The Good Roads Association was formed in 1902 as North Carolina's chapter of the National Highway Association. The association actively worked towards the establishment of a highway system in North Carolina with great success. The state spent $65 million to make 5,500 miles of roads. Significant members in the association included Hattie Morehead Berry and Joseph Hyde Pratt. The work of the Good Roads Association led to the creation of the State Highway Commission in 1921, and in 1971, the State Highway Commission became the Department of Transportation.This collection includes general records of the organization, consisting of the constitution and by-laws, the original charter of the Good R ... (more below)

Title

National Highway Association, Good Roads Association Records

Collection Number

ORG.87

Date(s)

1902 - 1917; 1949

Language

English

Physical Description
Boxes
2
Abstract

The Good Roads Association was formed in 1902 as North Carolina's chapter of the National Highway Association. The association actively worked towards the establishment of a highway system in North Carolina with great success. The state spent $65 million to make 5,500 miles of roads. Significant members in the association included Hattie Morehead Berry and Joseph Hyde Pratt. The work of the Good Roads Association led to the creation of the State Highway Commission in 1921, and in 1971, the State Highway Commission became the Department of Transportation.

This collection includes general records of the organization, consisting of the constitution and by-laws, the original charter of the Good Roads of North Carolina membership in the National Highways Association, correspondence, press releases, and event programs covering the years 1902 to 1917; also included is a series of newspaper clippings covering activities of the organization during the years 1913 and 1914; additionally, there are series of materials related to the passage of a school and roads bond issue bill in 1949.

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Public Services Branch, State Archives of North Carolina.

Creator

National Highway Association. Good Roads Association

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Chronological within each series.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by Jason L. Sweitzer, March, 2009

Encoded by Jason L. Sweitzer, March, 2009


The Good Roads Association was formed in 1902 as North Carolina's chapter of the National Highways Association. Their primary purpose was to see to the maintenance and improvement of roads within the state of North Carolina. The association actively worked towards the establishment of a highway system with great success. The state spent $65 million to make 5,500 miles of roads. This earned the state of North Carolina the title of  "Good Roads State." Significant members in the association included Hattie Morehead Berry and Joseph Hyde Pratt. Joseph Pratt served as the Secretary to the Good Roads Association while also serving as the State Geologist for many years. Hattie Berry served was a member of the North Carolina Geological and Economic Survey while also being a major leader for the improvement of roads through the Good Roads Association. The work of the Good Roads Association led to the creation of the State Highway Commission in 1921, and in 1971, the State Highway Commission became the North Carolina Department of Transportation.


[Identification of item], ORG.87, National Highway Association, Good Roads Association, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Deposited in the State Archives of North Carolina prior to 1958.No donor information is available.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.

  1. North Carolina Highway Commission North Carolina. Dept. of Transportation and Highway Safety PC 14, Joseph Hyde Pratt Papers, 1684 - 1921

This collection includes general records of the organization, consisting of the constitution and by-laws, the original charter of the Good Roads of North Carolina membership in the National Highways Association, correspondence, press releases, and event programs covering the years 1902 to 1917; also included is a series of newspaper clippings covering activities of the organization during the years 1913 and 1914; additionally, there are series of materials related to the passage of a school and roads bond issue bill in 1949.

Chronological within each series.


This collection includes general records of the organization, consisting of the constitution and by-laws, the original charter of the Good Roads of North Carolina membership in the National Highways Association, correspondence, press releases, and event programs covering the years 1902 to 1917; also included is a series of newspaper clippings covering activities of the organization during the years 1913 and 1914; additionally, there are series of materials related to the passage of a school and roads bond issue bill in 1949.


  • Berry, Hattie Morehead
  • Morrison, Cameron, 1869-1953
  • Pratt, Joseph Hyde, 1870-1942
  • National Highways Association
  • North Carolina. Dept. of Transportation and Highway Safety
  • North Carolina Good Roads Association
  • North Carolina Highway Commission
  • Roads--North Carolina--Design and construction
  • Roads--North Carolina--Finance

This series is divided into four subseries and includes the initial text for the constitution and by-laws of the organization upon its founding, the original charter for the Good Roads Association of North Carolina's membership in the National Highways Association, and general records of the organization.

Box: 1  
Constitution and By-Laws
1902

Scope and Content

This subseries includes the initial text for the constitution and by-laws of the organization upon its founding.

16061
Good Roads Charter
1914

Scope and Content

This subseries includes the original charter for the Good Roads Association of North Carolina's membership in the National Highways Association.

16062
National Highways Association
1914

Scope and Content

This subseries includes related documents concerning the organization, membership, and structure of the National Highways Association.

16063
General Records
1902 - 1915

Scope and Content

This subseries includes a single volume that was initially a ledger for the newly formed Good Roads Association. Within this volume are the initial county dues payments and the minutes from the first few meetings held by the association. After this point the book becomes a scrapbook of correspondence, event programs, and newspaper clippings concerning the Good Roads Association.

This series includes letters from the officers of the Good Roads Association and related offices to other members or associates. The majority of the letters are from Mr. Pratt and all correspondence is of a business nature.

This series includes press releases prepared by the Good Roads Association to promote or transmit information to the public.

This series includes a number of pamphlets and documents describing the convention held by the Good Roads Association and related organizations.

This series includes documents describing resolutions and information concerning the Southern National Highways Bill.

This series includes an article written by Bill Sharpe for the States News Bureau. The article describes early efforts in 1921 for the expansion of roads in the state of North Carolina by Governor Morrison.

This series is divided into three subseries: Governor Commentary, Fact Sheets, and County Allocations. The School and Roads Bond issues concerned the appropriation and use of $200,000,000.00 for the improvement of county roads.

16064
Governor Commentary
1949

Scope and Content

This subseries includes correspondence and speeches provided by the Governor in support of the School and Roads Bond.

16065
Fact Sheets
1949

Scope and Content

This subseries includes fact sheets composed for public reading concerning details of the intended use of funds that would be provided by the passing of the School and Roads Bond.

16066
County Allocations
1949

Scope and Content

This subseries includes a number of sheets that detail how the fund supplied by the School and Roads bond would be disbursed among the counties of the state for the improvement to schools and roads.

This series is divided into three subseries: Blank Forms, Speeches, and Flyer.

16067
Blank Forms, ,1949, no date
1916

Scope and Content

This subseries include unmarked forms meant for the collection of varieties of data from counties that were distributed by state organizations. Also included are blank petition forms.

16068
Speeches
1949

Scope and Content

This subseries includes printed speeches meant for release to the public via print or radio concerning events associated with the Good Roads Association and the Schools and Roads Bond.

16069
Flyer
1949

Scope and Content

This subseries includes a single flyer displaying portraits and descriptions of state officials in support of the Schools and Roads Bond.

This series includes many articles dealing with the activities of the Good Roads Association. Groups of clippings are organized chronologically and are drawn from various newspapers.

Box: 2  
1913-1914