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    @rjp sorry for not replying. I don't always think to check in this section, as we receive most questions via email or over the phone. I did check, and the AACA Library does have information on the 1917 Dort. However, it's dependent on what type of information you are looking for. We have two pieces of factory sales literature - a 26 page catalog and a double-sided specifications sheet. There are also two pages of specs from the Lester-Steele Handbook of Automobile Specifications, and this is likely a file on Dort in the Dunwoodie Archive (which, depending on the contents, may include copies of period trade journal articles, historical articles, appraisal notes, letters of correspondence on history and/or photographs. If you would like to purchase copies of any of this, please send me a direct message or call the AACA Library at 717-534-2082. If you are an AACA member, please have your membership number handy so that this will count to your 1.5 hours of free research with the library. You would only pay for copies and shipping & handling. Thanks and best regards, Matthew Hocker Assistant Librarian
  2. @John S., thanks for ordering those remaining brochures. I saw your email and wanted to let you know that I'm glad to hear you received and enjoyed them!
  3. Hi @rwchatham. None for sale, but we do have a 1959 upholstery album in the collection if you plan on coming in for research.
  4. Yes, if you are looking to bulk up on literature, the AACA Library's Tuesday sale is going to be great. 20% off everything, including random and themed bundles. Lots of rare data books and color & upholstery albums this year, too!
  5. Good morning, @Terry Bond You are welcome to come and look through the periodicals at the library any time. Sorry to hear you can't make it during Hershey Fall Nationals this year, but it's understandable; it's a huge event. For something like period newspaper articles or original photos, I would suggest reaching out to the following organizations: PA State Archives Historical Society of Dauphin County
  6. This list has been updated! - Over 70 titles have been added to the list, a few of which are replacements for books that were out of stock.
  7. With the help of volunteer Bruce Vaughn, the AACA Library has compiled a list of over 1,000 books for sale in the library reading room. These are books that are NOT available through our eBay store. You will find everything from marque-specific titles and decade-specific books to biographies and autobiographies. Bundle up to save money! The List: Click HERE to view the complete list. If you are interested in finding specific titles, makes, authors, etc. you can search the document. To bring up the search bar, click on one of the fields. Then hold the "CTRL" plus "F" keys. To start, it's best to keep your searches general (ie: author's last name before first and last name). Condition: Due to the amount of time involved, we did not include in-depth condition descriptions. The list does note whether or not the book has the original dust jacket (sometimes denoted as a "sleeve"). If you have questions about a specific book please let us know. Shipping & Handling: Media Mail - The default method for shipping books within the U.S. Prices are very reasonable, but shipping times can vary from a few days to a few weeks (over a month on very rare occasions). For time-sensitive orders, please consider USPS Priority Mail. FREE SHIPPING in the U.S. on all orders of $50 or more. OR free pick-up at the library First Class International - The default method for shipping books internationally. Weight limit is less than 4 lbs before being bumped up to Priority International. This can get pricey very fast. More information: Call: 717-534-2082 Email:
  8. @aspares, thanks for your interest in the event! We may be able to accommodate your request, but it is entirely dependent on how busy we are. The books on the shelves in the reading room will be immediately accessible regardless of how busy we are. The literature will be in a different location, requiring one of the staff to be present. If the weather is really good, foot traffic in the library is usually lighter. When it rains, it can turn into a packed house. We are more than happy to grant you access to the sales items, so long as we are able to. One more thing to add is that, in order to keep things fair, we will have to honor the event pricing and are unable to offer any further discounts. If you can, I would suggest coming first thing in the morning when we open at 8am or giving us a call to see how busy things are because, believe me, I definitely want to show you around! 🙂
  9. Hello, If you are an AACA member, you are eligible for 1.5 hours of free research. Just send an email with your membership number to Please include pictures of the models in question, along with the period you believe they date from. I will say that, at best, we may be able to date them. I searched the patent numbers you provided but didn't turn anything up. For interchangeability on pre-war cars, the Lester Steele Handbook of Automobile Specifications is a great resource and covers model years 1915-1942. Many of the specifications lists identify the manufacturers of equipment, so you might be able to see the different cars which used the same generator. If you happen to live close enough, it might be worth visiting the library for more in-depth research. -Matt Hocker, Assistant Librarian
  10. Hello everyone! Do you want to help build the car enthusiasts of tomorrow? The AACA Library is looking for donations of used LEGO parts, sets, etc. We would like to use them in a children's play area for our August 24th Kickin' Cancer Cars & Coffee Event. We plan on hosting children's activities, and one of the things we would like to have is a LEGO building area. This would provide children the opportunity to build their own little cars to show off alongside the "big kids!" The library will continue to use these bricks for future children's activities. "Kickin' Cancer: A Cars & Coffee Event" will be held on August 24th from 8am-noon at the future home of AACA headquarters. Proceeds will benefit Ryan Packer and his family in his fight against Leukemia. More information on the event can be found here: If interested in donating LEGO bricks to the cause, please contact Matthew Hocker at 717-534-2082 or
  11. @gerard down unda Hi Gerard. Sorry for not seeing this until now. Can you please send an email to Matthew Hocker (me) at with more information/details? The library does offer research services for $30 per hour, plus a $10 processing fee. AACA members receive their first 1.5 hours of research for free. I would need to discuss things with you further to determine what your precise needs but, based on what you are looking for, this sounds like it might be on the longer side timewise. Drop me an email when you have a chance, and I'll see what we can do. Thanks and best regards, Matthew Hocker Assistant Librarian
  12. Hi Terry, You are correct, in that the AACA Library eBay Store's prices were adjusted to reflect the current situation with shipping rates going up. Our previous pricing was no longer sustainable under the new rates. There was another good reason for the change, in that it clears up some confusion over eBay's "add to cart" button. A lot of people choose buy-it-now, which requires immediate payment on each individual item. Leaving everything with free shipping clears that part up. I am currently working on revising all the listings, so that sales literature and photographs will have free shipping - with bulk order discounts. eBay has a tiered pricing system, in which we can set it up so that anyone buying more than one item can receive a discount on a sliding scale. ie: Buy one of more photos, get 15% off your order. Buy two or more, get 20% off your order. It simplifies the workflow. I don't know if we will be doing this with the books yet, as Media Mail is already fairly cheap. If someone wants to buy multiple photos in person or over the phone, we are happy to go buy the old price, plus shipping. For eBay, we had to change the listings to what would be more practical and, these days, free shipping has become the norm with many online retailers. Best Regards, Matthew Hocker Assistant Librarian
  13. January is a time for resolutions, and we are set on clearing out our stash of extra items! We are currently running an eBay auction of 260 pieces of automotive literature, including the likes of 1950s Porsche brochures, prewar owner's manuals, rare dealer data books, and much more. The auctions will be ending from Sunday through next Thursday. You can find the full run of our auction listings by clicking here. There are some really stellar items for sale, and we would like to see them go to good homes! This weekend, local antique mall Black Swan Antiquities will be running their 2nd anniversary sale, with deals of up to 20% off storewide. The AACA Library booth will be participating with discounts of 20% off. Their address, phone number, and hours of operation can be found via their Facebook page.
  14. Hi @Valerie Stabenow, thanks for your question. Please send any data you have to We also have a contact who keeps track of Duesenbergs throughout the world I might be able to put you in touch with. Have a good day.