Overview & Copyrights

Auto-Archives is a facility supported by people committed to the preservation of the automotive world. Our collections comprise almost 2,500 reference books, as well as over 70,000 magazines, car racing posters, programs and photographs ‐ all donated by the enthusiasts who originally collected them.

Auto-Archives archival function is to preserve these records of automotive history – for today’s burdensome paperwork is tomorrow’s historical documentation. In using these materials for research, Auto-Archives staff and volunteers work with authors, reporters, filmmakers, television producers, race teams and fans. Auto-Archives was created with the mission to preserve and share materials from automotive history worldwide.

Auto-Archives adheres to professional archival standards in caring for the hundreds of thousands of items in our collections. Whether a piece of rare fine art or an autographed book, a press kit, or a ticket stub from a race, each item is treated with the utmost care as it is catalouged and located in a secure, climate-controlled environment. Auto-Archives operates as a library, with every item in the collections available for public inspection and use by visitors in person.

Auto-Archives is designed to serve as both a research library and an archive and welcomes everyone, from the serious researcher to the casual fan.

People unable to visit Auto-Archives in person are invited to submit their questions to the Archive’s staff via email. The cost of research services is based on the extent of the question. A base fee of a $25 per hour donation is requested, but oftentimes the request is handled free of charge.

Researchers planning to visit the Auto-Archives to use our resources are asked to contact the staff ahead of time, if possible, so that the materials can be readied for them.

Images of artifacts that form the Auto-Archives collection are shared in the online catalog as representations of collection artifacts. Their physical possession is made accessible as part of its archive and education mission and is NOT for redistribution. While physically held by the museum, some collection items may have copyright ownership outside the museum. Permission to reprint and distribution requests can be sought through: library@auto-archives.org