Library and Archives

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. Explore:

  • Revscat, the Library’s online catalog of artifacts, books, magazines, posters, and more
  • Revs Digital Library, with 500,000 images
  • Revs Online Exhibits, featuring items from the collections
  • Revs Amazon Store for buying duplicate books

  • 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.

    Researcher
    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.

    The Revs Institute Library grants access to researchers with an interest supported by the collection. Access is by appointment only. A researcher must present a valid photo identification and proof of current residence to library staff. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license or state identification, a passport or a faculty or student identification card.

    Questions? Email the Library at library@revsinstitute.org.