Zeon Signs Digitization Fund

Zeon Sign, officially called Electrical Products of New Mexico, was an Albuquerque business that designed and installed neon signs for businesses in New Mexico from the 1950s through the 1970s. These signs are noteworthy for their quality as well as their place in American popular culture, as most of them were designed to attract customers to businesses along the U.S. Highway Route 66 corridor. The University of New Mexico University Libraries are proposing to digitize the design drawings for these neon signs, in order to document some of the vitality and allure of Route 66. After digitization the images will be made available online as digital facsimiles through New Mexico Digital Collections, a state-wide project hosted by the University Libraries. This will make the drawings available for students, scholars in fields such as art history and regional history, and the general public.