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Traffic Institute Accident Investigation Course Records

 Collection
Identifier: 23/3

  • Staff Only
The Accident Investigation Course Records fill nine boxes and date between 1959 and 1981. The bulk of the materials date from the period 1966–1972.

The series is divided into three subseries: accident investigation course files, accident investigation photography course files and instructor outlines for accident investigation courses.

Accident investigation course files form the largest component of the series, Arranged chronologically in yearly folders these files fill over seven boxes and include class rosters, course syllabi, outlines, examinations, student assignments and exercises, class and lecture notes, and course materials such as handouts, article reprints, and other published materials used for instructional purposes Correspondence, Largely relating to course enrollment, is scattered throughout the files. Undated course files are arranged at the subseries.

Accident investigation photography course files are arranged in yearly folders and span the period from 1979 to 1981. The same types of materials found in the accident investigation course files may be found here.

The instructor outlines are undated and arranged at the end of the series. The outlines serve as guides to instruction on a variety of topics in the field of accident investigation.

Dates

  • 1959-1981
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1966-1972

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection. The series may be used only with permission of the University Archivist.

Extent

9.00 Boxes

Abstract

The Traffic Institute was founded in 1936 by Evanston Police Commander Franklin M. Kreml. At that time, the number of motor vehicle deaths and injuries was skyrocketing. Despite the fact that there was no professional training in crash investigation for police officials, Commander Kreml found a way to reduce the number of accidents in Evanston drastically. Recognizing the need for high-quality training for traffic professionals across the nation, Mr. Kreml then established the Traffic Institute at Northwestern University. The series is made up of curricular materials from the traffic Institute. The subseries are: Accident investigation course files, Accident investigation photography course files, and instructor outlines.

Arrangement Note

The series is divided into three subseries: accident investigation course files, accident investigation photography course files and instructor outlines for accident investigation courses. Accident investigation course files are arranged chronologically in yearly folders. Undated course files are arranged at the end of the subseries. Accident investigation photography course files are arranged in yearly folders. The instructor outlines are undated and arranged at the end of the series.

Method of Acquisition

This series has been separated from the Traffic Institute Course Records (Accession #84—132).

Separated Materials

About eight linear feet of Traffic Institute reprints have been removed. Duplicate materials have been discarded.

Processing Information

Bonnie-Jeanne Noble; July 5, 1985.
Title
Guide to the Traffic Institute Accident Investigation Course Records
Author
Bonnie-Jeanne Noble
Date
05/07/1985
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3354