About The Revs Institute Library and Archives

The Revs Institute Library and Archives is the largest and most comprehensive automotive collection in the world.

The mission of the Library and Archives is to support the scholarly and instructional work of the Revs staff and volunteers, and user community. It acquires monographs, journals, audio-visual resources, mascots, manuals, photographs, posters, and other materials to support its mission. The priority is to collect items that directly support the maintenance and research into the Collier Collection marques and models, support the research into the history of Grand Prix and Indy car racing, and reflect the history of other marques and automobility in general.

Within the Revs Institute’s rich and expanding collections, researchers can explore a broad spectrum in the history of business and industry, design, historic preservation, inventors, marques and models, motorsports, races, racing car drivers, transportation, and social impact of automobility. The Revs Institute’s holdings are comprehensive with 100 archival collections, over 24,000 books, 200,000 magazine and journal issues, and 700,000 online images. Materials are in English, French, German, Italian, and Japanese.

The book collection includes rare early treatises on precursors to the automobile and the cradle of the automotive industry, including early electric and steam vehicles and 19th-century gasoline engine experimentation.

Revs has complete runs of nearly every enthusiast magazine publication, most technical and trade journals, and a large variety of both professional and hobbyist newsletters. Of special note are early publications including The Car Illustrated, Motor (online and print), and Rapiditas.

Finally, the Library contains publications such as auction catalogs, auto show programs, racing programs, and sales literature.

The Library also has archival collections containing original diaries, engineering documents, letters, papers, photographs, and scrapbooks from individuals and organizations that have left their marks in automotive history and the pageant of motor sport.

Email the Library at library@revsinstitute.org.