SCA Publications

There are many benefits of an SCA membership, including our regular email newsletter, SCA Roadside Roundup, and two outstanding printed publications: SCA Journal, published semi-annually and SCA News, published quarterly.


Looking for more roadside news? Sign up for the recently launched Society for Commercial Archeology e-newsletter: the Roadside Roundup. The quarterly e-newsletter will bring the latest SCA news, a roundup of roadside news articles and more. The Roadside Roundup will allow the SCA to share oodles of additional material with its membership. We’re happy to feature short articles, promote endangered roadside resources, highlight roadside places for sales, or any must-share roadside news. Send in your tips and suggestions to

The Roadside Roundup is available to SCA members and friends. Anyone interested in the American roadside is encouraged to subscribe. If you are a current SCA member and have not yet received the Roadside Roundup, we might not have your e-mail on file.

To sign up for the Roadside Roundup, click the subscribe button. You can unsubscribe at any time.

SCA Road Notes

SCA News

SCA News, sometimes referred to as “Road Notes,”provides timely news about the organization and commercial archeology. Produced quarterly since 1993, the eight-page publication features articles and announcements on commercial archeology.

SCA News has been designed by noted roadside historian and graphic designer Rick Kilby since 2005, and features four regular columns:

    • Five Favs – Contributors promote their top commercial archeology selections for a place (such as a city or highway), roadside topic (such as motels or diners), or artist’s portfolio (paintings or photos).
    • Sign Snippets – Debra Jane Seltzer covers vintage signs that have recently been restored, adapted, removed, or destroyed.
    • In Brief – Features condensed versions of important commercial archeology articles submitted by SCA members.
    • Editor’s Column – Douglas Towne touches on underreported roadside topics and people.



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.