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  1. Great discussion! Also, for a few months, several SAH members have been "meeting" on Zoom to keep auto history preservation active, primarily about coordinating digitization efforts. Not a good idea to spend much effort and digitize Road & Track more than once! We also have put together a guide to resources. It's crude in its Google Sheets format, so we hope to get some expert advice eventually to transition to a database, accessible to anyone. Also to have a "comments & corrections" function, for anyone to improve this resource. This is it in "read only" format: htt
  2. Hi all - No new posts in a long time! Since last May, several SAH members have been "meeting" on Zoom to keep auto history preservation active, primarily about coordinating digitization efforts. Not a good idea to spend much effort and digitize Road & Track more than once! We also have put together a guide to resources. It's crude in its Google Sheets format, so we hope to get some expert advice eventually to transition to a database, accessible to anyone. Also to have a "comments & corrections" function, for anyone to improve this resource. This is it in "read only"
  3. Hi all - Nothing new for two weeks, but there has been 10 SAH and AACA members exchanging emails on this topic and there are tangible results. See: http://carlibrary.org/CarLibrary-AutoHistory.htm This is - and will be - a webpage that has links to a prototype "Auto History Resource Guide". The Guide now has summaries and reviews of nearly 30 history resources . The current Google Sheet format is not very "user-friendly", but our goal is to copy the data to a solid database. There also is demonstration of improving the identification of historic photos, using 1952 f
  4. Greetings! - This repeats a topic/project which is on the main AACA forum, but perhaps there will be more interested viewers here. Since mid-June, there has been 10 SAH and AACA members exchanging emails on this topic and there are tangible results. See: http://carlibrary.org/CarLibrary-AutoHistory.htm This webpage has links to a prototype "Auto History Resource Guide". The Guide now has summaries and reviews of nearly 30 history resources . The current Google Sheet format is not very "user-friendly", but our goal is to copy the data to a solid database. There also
  5. One of the stated goals when we originally posted was Goal #4: 4. Encourage digitization of all automotive resources at all levels - individuals to institutions. There have been separate email messages exchanged between the original group of 3 SAH members, 4 other SAH members and two other auto historians - one in England. Although there seems to be agreement on the value of digitization, what is next, especially for individuals? I started the CarLibrary.org website 8 years ago to list steps to create an archive of digital objects - photos, documents, lists. Some of the pro
  6. All these comments are very encouraging to Jim & I, the SAH members who brainstormed this topic. Before we found this forum, another SAH member, Helen Hutchings, suggested we check HathiTrust at https://www.hathitrust.org/ . It was a revelation when I found much on Packard, although I only have a passing interest in that marque. But it is a good example of documents already digitized, but that will only be useful if future digitizers are diligent to check existing source before starting a particular project. Another example, I have seen a large collection of Automobile Topics,
  7. I concur that much appreciation is due to those who have gotten the AACA library this far and have a good vision for the future. Agree that digitization per se is not the entire solution to improved research. How much time is wasted search on google with a word or phrase? This is a problem that traditional libraries have faced and (partly) solved for generations. What good are book on shelves if there is no "catalog" or "index"? Many of us are old enough to remember card catalogs - now library searches are done on a computer, in the library or offsite. As an aside, I've heard
  8. At the end of a normal workweek (not applicable to me, I'm retired) it is very encouraging to see thoughtful and informative posts on this topic. An early posting put 11 separate, mostly related issue up for discussion. Much to absorb! I'm interested in getting thoughts on #6 - avoiding duplication of digitization projects. I suspect there is no coordination between libraries, museums or collections to avoid digitizing Motor Trend, Hot Rod, Road & Track etc. more than once - assuming to accepted standards. Personally, I prefer to have access to the actual magazines, but I would lov
  9. Steve & Bob - We are somewhat aware of the work of the AACA, REVS and others, but on the presumption it's better to duplicate topics and efforts rather than miss a few tasks, these are our thoughts to date: 1. Establish safe, online resources where information of all types is indexed and accessible for searching and access. 2. Review, endorse or draft archival standards to preserve paper-based materials and auto history artifacts on other media. 3. Identify or create an index of U.S. and worldwide digital archives, to include museums, public and private collectio
  10. Several members of the Society of Automotive Historians stated a project to ensure all aspects of automotive history are being preserved, cataloged, archived, and made generally accessible to historians and anyone with an interest in vehicles!
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