Guide to the Martin Wohl papers, 1919-2000s

Martin Wohl C0174


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Martin Wohl, 1930-2009
Title Martin Wohl papers
Date 1919-2000s
Physical Characteristics 7.25 linear ft.; 10 boxes
Abstract Consists of information on urban transportation and traffic engineering subjects in reports (some co-written by Wohl), his degree work (bachelor's and master's theses, Ph.D. dissertation), interviews with Wohl, clippings, and correspondence, including letters to magazine and newspaper editors.
Collection number C0174
Language English

Biographical Information

Born in 1930 in Greensboro, North Carolina, Martin Wohl studied and wrote about transportation economics for more than 30 years. He received a master's degree in engineering from MIT in 1960 and a doctorate in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966. He worked in the Department of Commerce during the Kennedy Administration and taught at Harvard University for two years following that. He later returned to Washington, D.C., to head the transportation studies department at the Urban Institute in 1969, and in 1972, he accepted a faculty position at Carnegie Mellon University. He is most recognized for "The Transportation Problem" (1965), the book he co-authored with John R. Meyer and John F. Kain. He died in 2009 at his home in Fairfax City, Virginia.

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Scope and Content

This collections contains writings, records, photos, and scrapbooks of one of the founders of transportation economics, Martin Wohl. The majority of the collection focuses on Wohl's work as a transportation economist, but the records and photographs depict Wohl and his family and friends throughout his life.

The first series contains essays, newspaper articles, journal articles, books, and reviews surrounding Wohl's work in urban transportation and traffic engineering (written both by and about Wohl). Also in this series are his records, including degree work (bachelor's and master's theses, Ph.D. dissertation), interviews with Wohl, clippings, and correspondence, including letters to magazine and newspaper editors. Much of the professional correspondence contains information on the publication of his books (including copyrights), and there are also files with copies of reviews of his books The Urban Transportation Problem and Traffics Systems Analysis. Cities analyzed in the collection include Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles. The second series consists of photographs, mostly black and white snapshots. The subjects include family, military service, West Point, and Cambridge, and Wohl himself. The third collection contains two unbound scrapbooks that contain photographs and emphemra from Wohl's life mostly from the 1930s through the 1960s.

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Arrangement

Organized into three series.

Series 1: Subject Files, 1958-1993 (Box 1-7)
Series 2: Photographs, 1919-2000s (Box 8)
Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1930s-1960s (Box 9-10)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center holds many other transportation-related collections.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Wohl, Martin.

Subjects:

Local transit--United States.
Transportation engineering--United States.
Transportation--United States--Planning.

Document Types:

Photographic prints.
Scrapbooks.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Martin Wohl papers, Collection #C0174, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Damian Kulash in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Jesse Gastelle in 2010. EAD markup completed by Jordan Patty in 2009. Additional EAD markup completed by Jesse Gastelle in 2010.

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Contents List

Series 1: Subject Files, 1958-1993
Contains essays, newspaper articles, journal articles, books, and reviews surrounding Wohl's work in urban transportation and traffic engineering (written both by and about Wohl).
Box Folder
1 1 20th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Conference of AAA motor Clubs, 1972
2 A Study for the Improvement of Traffic Conditions At the Boston University Bridge
3 Applications of Simulation to Highway Traffic Design, 1963
4 Applications of Symbolic Models and Simulation In Traffic Engineering, 1960
5 Awards/Certifications, 1946-1983
The Society of the Sigma Chi,Chi Epsilon Fraternity, The National Society of Professional Engineers, Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineer, MIT B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering, MIT Education Council Member, MIT Sustaining Fellow Founding Life Member
6 Clippings, 1958
7 Clippings, 1959
8 Clippings, 1960
9 Clippings, 1961
Jan-Feb-March
10 Clippings, 1961
April
Box Folder
2 11 Clippings, 1961
May-June-July-August
12 Clippings, 1961
Sept-Oct-Nov-Dec
13 Clippings, 1962
14 Clippings, 1963
15 Clippings, 1964
16 Clippings, 1965
17 Clippings, 1966
18 Clippings, 1967
19 Clippings, 1968
20 Clippings, 1969
21 Clippings, 1970
22 Clippings, 1971
23 Clippings, 1972
24 Clippings, 1973-1977
25 Clippings, 1978-1988
Box Folder
3 26 Copyright, 1958-1967
Development Of A rational For Transportation Investment, Preliminary Notes On Advanced Highway Engineering, Urban Transportation Myths, Vehicle Speeds and Volumes Using Sonne Stereo Continuous Strip Photography
27 Department of Transportation/Commerce Papers, 1963-1981
28 Development of Rationale for Transportation Investment, 1967
29 Dr. Martin Wohl's Records, 1947-1966
30 Essays [1 of 2], 1966-1976
31 Essays [2 of 2], 1966-1977
32 Evaluation of the US National Capital Transportation Agency Report
Box Folder
4 33 Harvard Transportation Research Program Papers [1 of 2], 1965-1966
34 Harvard Transportation Research Program Papers [2 of 2], 1965-1967
35 From Private to Public Transit, 2002
36 Improvement of Bus Service Between Washington and Portions of Virginia, 1962
37 Institute of Traffic Engineers, 1958
Box Folder
5 38 Joint Highway Research Project, 1960-1968
39 Letters to Dr. Wohl, 1961-1977
40 Letters to Editors, 1966-1987
41 Magazines, 1968-1977
42 McGraw-Hill (Traffic System Analysis), 1960-1971
43 Meyer-Kain-Wohl Reviews and Comments, 1965-1968
44 Obituaries, 1940-1942
45 Policy Proposals, 1970-1972
"Assessing Prospects of Current Transport Proposals", "Analysis of Transportation Investment and Use", "Equity Considerations of Urban Transportation Planning", "Current mass-transit proposals: Answer to our commuter problems?", "Thoughts About Congestion Toll Pricing For Public Transport Facilities"
46 Preliminary notes on Advanced Highway Engineering, 1961
47 Pricing As It Relates to Investment Planning, Financing, and Highway Cost Allocation
48 Private and Unregulated Carriage, 1963
Box Folder
6 49 Public Transport Investment and Policy Analysis, 1978
50 Rand Corporation Memorandums, 1963-1969
"Alcohol and Traffic Accidents", "Safety In Transportation: The Role of Government, Law, and Insurance", "Emergency Medical Care and Traffic Fatalities", "Vehicle Safety: Why The Market Did Not Encourage It and How It might Be made To Do So", "Modeling the Traffic Safety System, Recent Land-Use Trends In Forty Eight Large American Cities", "A Conceptual Framework for Evaluating Traffic Safety System Measures", "Putting The Analysis and Evaluation Of Traffic Safety Measure Into Perspective"
51 Rand Corporation Papers, 1967-1968
"Another View of Transport System Analysis", "Notes on Transient Queuing Behavior, Capacity Restraint Functions and Their Relationship to Travel Forecasting" (2 copies), "An Economic Re-Evaluation Of The Proposed Los Angeles Rapid Transit System", "A Not So Common View of the Ground Transportation Problem", "New Directions For Passenger Demand Analysis and Forecasting"
52 Route 128 Study, 1958
53 The Urban Transportation Problem, 1974
Box Folder
7 54 Technology and urban Transportation, 1962
55 Traffic Systems Analysis for Engineers and Planners, 1967
56 Traffic System Analysis (Reviews and Comments), 1967-1969
57 Transportation Research Board, 1979
58 Urban Institute Reprints, 1970
"Congestion Toll Pricing For Public Transport Facilities", "Assessing The Prospects of Current Transit Proposals" (2 copies), A Methodology For Forecasting Peak and Off-Peak Travel Volumes" (2 Copies), "Urban transport We Could Really Use", "The Urban Transportation Problem: A Brief Analysis of Our Objectives and the Prospects for Current Proposals", "The Practicalities of Determining Marginal Delay Times and Costs" (2 Copies), "What Kind of Transport Will the Urban Public Use - Today and Tomorrow?", "The Junk Vehicle Problem: Some Initial Thoughts"
59 Urban Institute Working Papers, 1969-1970
"Towards Better Public Transport Financing, Pricing and Investment Decisions", "What Kind of Transport Will The Urban Public Use - Today and Tomorrow?", "A Methodology For Forecasting Peak and Off-Peak Travel Volumes"
60 Wohl Hendrickson Book Reviews, 1984-1993
Series 2: Photographs, 1919-2000s
Consists of photographs, mostly black and white snapshots. The subjects include family, military service, West Point, and Cambridge, and Wohl himself.
Box Folder
1 1 5th MIT Class Reunion, 1958
Includes marked overlay labeled: "Each dot = 1 Male classmate (Bob Anslow was not included)"
2 Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980s
3 Martin Wohl, 1923-2000s
4 Friends and Family, 1919-2000s
Anne Wolf, Stanley S. Wohl,
5 Hutzler Calendar, Annapolis, 1955
6 West Point, 1973
Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1930s-1960s
Contains two unbound scrapbooks that contain photographs and emphemra from Wohl's life mostly from the 1930s through the 1960s
Box
1 Scrapbook, 1930s-1960s
Box
2 Scrapbook, 1930s-1960s
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