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  1. Seeking full set of AMA/MVMA Specification forms that were provided by all the U.S. manufacturers from 1955 to 1984. These multi-page forms were submitted each year for each model produced and included detailed technical information of every component that made up that specific car or truck. Forms typically were from 10-30 pages in length and I've attached one to this post.
  2. Access is in the eye of the beholder, or something like that. I live in the center of the country so making a trip to the east coast just doesn't make sense unless I am researching a pretty big project that would require many hours in an archive I know is going to have everything I want. The problem is, I have no idea what the AACA Library actually holds as there is no search method that will give me an index of all the information they might have on say, a 1947 Hudson Big Boy 178 pickup. As the generations behind us begin searching for automotive information (please...I sincerely hope they do
  3. So Walt...Not knowing your age, what will happen to your collection in say 10-15 years? If someone that is 30 years old today would like to learn more about what you know, how would that person approach it or what would be your advice? Your knowledge of coachwork is an important aspect of our automotive history so future historians will want to have access to information so they can study it much the same way you have, except access will be an issue. I'm currently in the midst of a research project for a publisher wanting to put together a comprehensive history of John Deere tracto
  4. As enthusiasts we all, on occasion, want to find information whether it is in a book, magazine or somewhere online. All of us have favorite resources and methods, but what seems to work the best for you? Do you try to visit libraries and archives personally? Do you have an extensive collection of books that provide what you need? Or do you simply rely on Google search (or some other search engine) to point you in the right direction?
  5. Would this be helpful in encouraging collectors to donate printed materials to automotive history related organizations? 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use41 Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made
  6. Bob...I've deeply appreciated the education you've provided this old gearhead about how metadata must be a primary part of this archive/indexing project. I've shared with our SAH group about my recent participation in a historical archive being developed in my home state (fortepaniowa.org) who are excited to include a couple hundred images related to a former dirt track race track in my hometown. I worked three years collecting 1200+ images from dozens of sources that ran the gamut from photo packed shoe boxes to damp and forgotten scrap books no one thought would be of interest to anyone. And
  7. Agreed, Terry, but I think the intention, at least at the moment, is to garner support for a cooperative effort and I'd love to see AACA take the reins and begin reaching out to other organizations to get the discussion going on a larger scale. It will take a financial commitment and there will be lots of opportunities to take advantage of lots of volunteer expertise (technical and otherwise), but if the effort can't make any headway because we can't get the support, even if it's just exposure of the issue, we'll not have accomplished much. I've begun the process of surveying all a
  8. I've been looking at various information resources and, of course, came across Walter Miller's autolit.com which is still posted, but is not actively accif everything still resides epting orders. When Walter died last November there was news his giant collection of literature and memorabilia was going to auctioned, but I've found nothing that confirms that ever happened. Anyone know the status?
  9. As I've noted earlier, I deeply appreciate the AACA effort. But this issue does need visibility within this community and this forum post, put together by BobBurbank, is a start. How can this message be taken even further? Publications? Other forums? Social media? Maybe some of those organizations and individuals will reconsider their "importance" and put ego aside. We can only try.
  10. Walt G---You've identified the crux of the problem in preservation. It's hard for me, as a lifelong enthusiast, to think that our automotive history will be lost because of an unwillingness to share and cooperate with each other, including organizations. It's a shame and this discussion needs to extend out further to get our brethren to at least consider how important this is. I have multiple friends within the hobby who have collections of vehicles that are never driven. They gaze at them occasionally and cling to memories while those vehicles deteriorate. When asked what they int
  11. So has there been any discussion between AACA and HCCA about sharing resources either one or the other might not have? And if not, why not? And one last question (okay...I admit it might not be the last one). What is the demographics of the AACA? Average age? Youngest? Oldest? How do those demographics lay out in percentages? As we enthusiasts age, who is coming up behind us and what are their interests? (Guess my one question ended up with multiple parts!)
  12. Vermontboy, I'd love to make contact with your friend to see if those discoveries could be brought to light. It's apparent that we, as current generation enthusiasts, know this information exists, but those discoveries remain shrouded in mystery, never to be part of the continuing automotive story. Having been part of the academic community for a number of years, I can assure you unless those materials are drawn out by enthusiasts, no one will care. And eventually those wonderful donations will simply be lost to neglect and disinterest.
  13. The problem, of course, is no one really knows what has survived and where. Bound materials could be stashed away in cardboard file boxes with no one having an interest in saving the material or getting it to an organization that might preserve it. That's the point. No one knows what is out there and how much duplication exists. I'd be interested in knowing about literature collections that are accessible. Anyone have a complete list?
  14. I may be old, but I was thrust into this technology stuff many years ago when the printing industry was suddenly faced with digital production. "Impossible" they said. "Not useful". "Completely out of the realm of reality!" But yet...today we have technology that did the impossible by creating systems that now can produce a one-off full color poster or publication that back in the day would have costs thousands of dollars and taken weeks to complete. As I've mentioned in past posts, this is not an easy project to take on. It is huge and seems overwhelming. But discussion needs to oc
  15. Walt G...you emphasize you a lot in your comments, but honestly this exploration has little to nothing to do with me as an individual. But I am trying to understand how those you(s) in the future will access this astounding amount of information. I can appreciate studying for weeks on end trying to learn about a specific topic...Lord knows I've done plenty of that while working through 40 years of business, writing and teaching. We began this effort to learn what is on the horizon and are there issues that still may need to be addressed. I'm an old gearhead who has lived through a lot of this
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