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J. Burch McMorran Papers

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 22 Sep 2010

Biographical History

J. Burch McMorran (1899-1991) was an American civil engineer. He served as Chief Engineer of New York State under Governor Dewey, as Superintendent of Public Works for New York State from 1959-1967, and when Governor Rockefeller formed the new State Transportation Department, McMorran was appointed to lead it. As New York State Commissioner of Transportation, he helped design and build some of the most important public works projects in New York State, including the the New York State Thruway and the Adirondack Northway.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The J. Burch McMorran Papers consist of biographical material, speeches and remarks, and printed material.

Biographical material contains a brief biographical sketch of McMorran and a photograph.

Printed material consists of three New York State Department of Transportation annual reports (1965, 1966, 1967), and two formal comment documents by McMorran in his role as Superintendent of Public Works, one on the Federal-Aid Highway Program and the other on an audit of the District 10 Department of Public Works in Babylon, New York.

The bulk of the collection consists of Speeches and remarks by McMorran to various audiences, concerning transportation issue in New York State. Some are in the form of press or news releases.

Arrangement of the Collection

Within each series, material is arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


McMorran, J. Burch, 1899-

Corporate Bodies

New York (State). -- Department of Public Works.
New York (State). -- Department of Transportation.


Civil engineers -- New York (State)
Civil engineers -- United States.
Roads -- New York (State)
Transportation -- New York (State)


New York (State) -- Public works.

Genres and Forms

Annual reports.
Speeches (documents)


Civil engineers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

J. Burch McMorran Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of J. Burch McMorran, 1968, 1969.

Table of Contents

Biographical material

Printed material

Speeches and remarks