John J. Forrer Papers
Scope and Content
This collection consists of one folder containing various typed notes about Virginia roads, and a manuscript entitled, "Maintenance of Colonial Roads in Virginia," by John J. Forrer. The manuscript is dated September 8, 1939, and several memos also in the collection indicate that it was produced for a professional meeting.
- Creation: 1939
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John J. Forrer became the first Maintenance Engineer for the Virginia Department of Highways in 1923. He was promoted to Assistant Chief Engineer in 1951 and retired from the department a year later. He later served as Executive Director for the Virginia Asphalt Association until he retired from active service in 1958. Forrer pioneered the use of bituminous materials for road construction and started the development of low-cost roads under the pay-as-you-go system in the early 1920s.
John J. Forrer conducted experiments with various types of asphalts and asphalt road oils used in surface treating soil base roads". Though his work was largely unsuccessful, Forrer continued his work with asphalt suppliers to develop several types of liquid asphalt which were fast-setting for surface treatments. Forrer was elected to the Asphalt Institute’s Roll of Honor in 1968; this award is the highest level of recognition conferred by the Asphalt Institute." Those chosen to receive this award have contributed tremendously to the asphalt industry through either sustained technical achievement or through the substantial contribution of leadership." John J. Forrer passed away on October 16, 1973.
0.08 cubic feet (1 folder)
Language of Materials
This collection consists of one folder containing various typed notes about Virginia roads, and a manuscript entitled, "Maintenance of Colonial Roads in Virginia," by John J. Forrer.
This collection contains only one folder. Within the folder there are: memoranda from J.J. Forrer; a copy of an article written by Forrer entitled Maintenance of Colonial Roads in Virginia;" a mimeographed copy of the paper read by Forrer at an A.A.S.H.O meeting; and typed notes about Virginia roads.
Deposited by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Society.
- Asphalt Institute. "Winners of Asphalt Institute Awards." Asphalt Institute.
In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 1760.
Genre / Form
- Braddock's Road
- Great Road (Shenandoah River Valley, Va. and W. Va.)
- Spotswood's Road
- Virginia -- Description and travel -- History
- Warm Springs (Va.) Road
- Wilderness Road
- A Guide to the John J. Forrer Papers, 1939
- Chris Bolgiano
- April 1989
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- 2017: Collection renumbered.
- 2020-03-27: Minor revisions to finding aid.