The Revs Digital Library

The Revs Digital Library

The Revs Institute Library is a repository for scholars, preservationists, and passionate connoisseurs of automotive history, and it reflects the legacy of the transformative impact the automobile had on 20th century society. To ensure that legacy continues, the Library is the world’s leading repository of historical automotive artifacts, books, journals, and photographs. The mission of the Library is to advance the scholarly study of the automobile by providing research collections and services that support them. The Library cultivates, maintains, and makes accessible diverse and unique collections that are essential to the study of the history of the automobile. The Library is the definitive leader in automotive libraries and the premier destination (physical or virtual) for automotive research.

The heart of the Library is its photographic collections. Through the years, the Library has acquired materials of some the world’s most significant automotive photographers. The images document the dawn of the motoring age, the golden age of racing, and on into the 21st century. The types of images vary widely, from glass plate and nitrate negatives, slides and transparencies of all sizes, and now born-digital pictures. The collections contain about 1 million negatives and slides, and about the same number of prints. Beginning in 2012, the Library began digitizing its collections, and now, with over 500,000 photographic images available, it is one of the largest online archives in the world.

Contact: Please feel free to email us at library@revsinstitute.org. You can also reach our library staff by phone Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time at 239-687-7387.