SCA Journal

The SCA Journal, published semiannually since 1978, features scholarly articles on commercial archeology. Richly illustrated, this full-color publication focuses on topics such as auto trails, historic highways, diners, motels, movie theaters, tiki culture, mid-century architecture and gas stations. Additional subjects include historical travel journals, trading posts, rest areas, shopping centers, auto hood ornaments, and the minority experience on the road.

Edited by Douglas Towne since 2004 and designed by Brian Butko since 1994, the SCA Journal has six regular features:

    • Editor’s Word – Douglas Towne covers his favorite roadside topics.
    • Next Exit – Beth “Mod Betty” Lennon features an eye-catching neon image.
    • Ephemera – Diane DeBlois highlights collectibles related to commercial archeology.
    • Sign Lines – Debra Jane Seltzer writes about themes and styles of signs.
    • Northern Roadsides – Peter Glaser describes the Canadian roadside experience.
    • Book Reviews – Reviews of the most critical recent roadside publications.

All issues still in stock are available by mail for $6 each. Select issues, including all recent issues, are available for immediate download at $5 each. No membership required. Click the link below the thumbnail to review an issue’s table of contents.