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Over 660,000 images with more added each month.
The mission of the Library and Archives is to support the scholarly and instructional work of the Revs Institute staff, volunteers, and user community. The priority is to collect items that directly support the maintenance and research into the Miles Collier Collections marques and models, bolster the research into the history of Grand Prix and Indy car racing, and reflect the history of other marques and automobility in general. Watch a screencast on how to find information in the Library.
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Auto Show Programs: listing of auto show programs and guides from a variety of auto show events held in the United States as well as abroad, and organized by the name of the auto show event.
Books on Alfa Romeo, Austin, Ballot, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroën, Duesenberg, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, Hispano-Suiza, Jaguar, Lancia, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes, MG, Packard, Peugeot, Pierce-Arrow, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Stutz, Sunbeam, Trabant, Vauxhall, and Volkswagen
Car Clubs: over 240 magazines and newsletters from car clubs, mostly in the US and UK.
Clothing and Race Gear: coats, glove, helmets and more worn for racing.
Color and Trim Collection: automobile color and trim samples dating from 1896 to 1989, including color swatches for coach builders. Of particular note are the booklets of suggested colors for Rolls Royce and Bentley cars.
Digital Exhibits: six online exhibits on automotive history.
Film: over 140 films from around the world, mostly on racing, many with a 30-second clip.
Parts Manuals: listing of 3,444 parts catalogs and price lists dating back to 1900, published worldwide.
Posters: 1,000 posters, most available online.
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 the social impact of automobility. The Revs Institute’s holdings are comprehensive, with 120 archival collections, over 24,000 books, 200,000 magazine and journal issues, and over 650,000 online images. Materials are in English, French, German, Italian, and Japanese.
Revs Institute offers research services for a fee. There is a base research fee of 2 hours ($50 per hour for non-commercial and $100 per hour for commercial), and research can be extended in 2-hour increments. All billings are invoiced and paid through PayPal only. New requests enter the existing queue and Revs Institute team will respond as soon as possible. The staff undertakes extensive research, but please note that finding the requested material is not guaranteed. The staff will look through its various formats, including text, images, audio, and video. Depending on copyright, Revs Institute may digitize and license these items for individual use. Normal image licensing fees will apply to any images found and licensed through the research process. Textual materials do not need to be individually licensed, but the time spent on digitization will be included in the research time.
The Revs Institute Library and Archives 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.