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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series III. Automobiles - Vertical files

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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series III. Automobiles - Vertical files

Accession 20100108.ZTV.III

Published Collections, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Emily Cottle, Laura Muskavitch, Robin Valencia, Nicole Watts, Kenton Jaehnig, Alison Kreitzer, Annalise Berdini, and Vicki Wasserman in 2013.,

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series III. Automobiles - Vertical files (Accession 20100108.ZTV.III), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series III. Automobiles - Vertical files
Dates: 1901-2010, undated
Accession Number: 20100108.ZTV.III
Creator: Vinson, Z. Taylor
Extent: 17 linear feet
Language of Material: Most of the materials are in English, but a significant amount of material is in German, French, and Dutch. A few items are written in Italian, Czech, Swedish, Portuguese, Japanese, Hungarian, Romanian, Spanish, Slovak, Bulgarian, Russian, and Polish.
Repository: Published Collections
Abstract: Primarily consists of magazine clippings and newspaper clippings regarding individual automobile makes, compiled and arranged by Z. Taylor Vinson.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

Gift of the Z. Taylor Vinson Estate, 2010.

Processing Notes

The collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply.

The collection is housed in off-site storage. Please allow 24 hours notice to view the materials. Advance notice is not required for books and periodicals.

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Biographical Note

For over sixty years, Zachary Taylor Vinson (1933-2009) amassed a large and comprehensive collection of printed material documenting on the history transportation, particularly automobiles.

Born and raised in West Virginia, Vinson was a 1955 graduate of Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany, then moved to New York City to work in advertising until he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1961. Vinson practiced law with O’Melveney & Meyers in Los Angeles, California and the International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. until 1967 when he began working as a senior lawyer with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a position he held until his retirement in 2003. Vinson played a significant role in the drafting of federal safety regulations governing tires and those requiring high-mounted brake lights in the rear window of automobiles, which began with the 1986 model year.

At the age of four, Vinson was introduced to automobile literature when he was given a 1938 Ford trade catalog. Vinson began attending automobile shows to actively collect by the time he turned seven. He would ask that his parents drive him to Huntington’s “Automobile Row,” where Vinson would collect literature from the dealerships located there. By the age of fourteen, Vinson was writing to the British, French, Italian, and Czech embassies in Washington, D.C. to request the addresses of automakers in those countries from whom he could obtain literature.

As he grew older, Vinson collected trade literature from additional sources, including, but not limited to, automobile manufacturers, fellow collectors, memorabilia dealers, auto shows, and auctions. He eventually amassed so much material that he built an addition to his Virginia home to store it all, which he referred to as his “Autotorium.”

In addition to collecting, Vinson was an active member of automobile organizations. He was president of the Society of Automotive Historians from 1993 to 1995 and served as the editor of Automotive History Review from 1995 to 2009. Z. Taylor Vinson passed away at the age of 76 on October 25, 2009.

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Scope and Content

This series consists of files regarding individual automobile makes compiled and arranged by Z. Taylor Vinson. The vertical files consisting primarily of magazine clippings and newspaper clippings. Significant amounts of correspondence, newsletter clippings, press releases, web page printouts, trade catalog clippings, and copies of research papers can also be found here. Also included are brochures, newsletters, periodicals, and research notes.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by automobile make and chronologically thereunder.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Abarth, 1951-2003, undated
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Abarth. Fiat and Vignale are also mentioned in these materials. Material formats include magazine clippings and a July 2003 issue of the newsletter The Stinger.
Box
3-1 Abarth, 1951-2003, undated
AC, 1927-1998, undated
2 folders
Scope and Content
This subseries documents AC. Material formats include magazine clippings and newspaper clippings.
Box
3-1 AC, 1927-1998, undated
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3-OS1 AC, 1927
ACMAT, circa 1990s-2000s
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents ACMAT (Ateliers de Construction Méchanique de L'Antique). Material formats include a newspaper clipping of French president Jacques Chirac riding in an ACMAT military vehicle.
Box
3-1 ACMAT, circa 1990s-2000s
Acura, 1984-2007
2 folders
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Acura. Honda is also mentioned in these materials. Material formats include magazine clippings, newspaper clippings, a newspaper article reprint, and a press release.
Box
3-1 Acura, 1986-2007
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3-OS1 Acura, 1984-2007
Adler, 1927-1938
1 folder
Scope and Content
This series documents Adler. Material formats include magazine clippings. Materials are in English, German, and Dutch.
Box
3-1 Adler, 1927-1938
Aero, 1944-2004, undated
2 folders
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Aero. Material formats include magazine clippings, newspaper clippings, manuscript pages, a membership certificate, notes, a photocopy of a road map, and meeting programs. Materials are in English, Czech, and German.
Box
3-1 Aero, 1944-2004, undated
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3-OS1 Aero, 1989, undated
Aerocar, 2002, 2006
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Aerocar. Material formats include a magazine clipping and a newspaper clipping.
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3-1 Aerocar, 2002, 2006
Airway, 1949
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Airway. Material formats include a magazine clipping about the Airway microcar.
Box
3-1 Airway, 1949
A.J.S., 1932
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents A.J.S. (A.J. Stevens Limited). Material formats include magazine clippings on the A.J.S. 9 Horsepower Saloon.
Box
3-1 A.J.S., 1932
Alda, undated
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Alda. Material formats include a magazine clipping of the Alda 15-20 Horsepower.
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3-1 Alda, undated
Alfa Romeo, 1929-2006, undated
3 folders
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Alfa Romeo. Fiat is also mentioned in these materials. Materials formats include magazine clippings, newspaper clippings, a May-June 1974 issue of the newsletter Alfa Romeo da Tutto Il Mondo, and press releases. Materials are in mostly in English, but also include items in Italian, German, and Dutch.
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3-1 Alfa Romeo, 1929-1989
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3-1 Alfa Romeo, 1990-2006, undated
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3-OS1 Alfa Romeo, 1957-2005
Allard, 1952-1993, undated
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Allard. Material formats include magazine clippings.
Box
3-1 Allard, 1952-1993, undated
Allstate, 1940s-1951
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Allstate. Kaiser-Frazer Corporation and Sears Roebuck and Company are also mentioned in these materials. Material formats include a magazine clipping and newspaper clippings.
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3-1 Allstate, 1940s-1951
Alta, 1930s
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Alta. Material formats include a magazine clipping of the Alta Two-Seater Sports.
Box
3-1 Alta, 1930s
Alvis, 1931-2000, undated
2 folders
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Alvis. Material formats include magazine clippings, calendar pages, and web page printouts. Materials are mostly in English, but include a magazine clipping in Dutch.
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3-1 Alvis, 1931-2000, undated
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3-OS1 Alvis, 1960
Ambassador, undated
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Ambassador. Yellow Cab Manufacturing Company is also mentioned in these materials. Material formats include a photocopy of a newsletter clipping.
Box
3-1 Ambassador, undated
American Bantam, 1939-2000
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents American Bantam. American Austin is also mentioned in these materials. Material formats include a catalog clipping and a magazine clipping.
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3-1 American Bantam, 1939-2000
American Motors, 1955-2006
3 folders
Scope and Content
This subseries documents American Motors. Rambler, Hudson, Nash, Jeep, Renault, Eagle, and Chrysler are also mentioned in these materials. Material formats include magazine clippings, newspaper clippings, correspondence, production statistics, a press release, and newsletter clippings.
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3-2 American Motors, 1955-1969
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3-2 American Motors, 1970-2006
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3-OS1 American Motors, 1955-2006
Amilcar, 1930-2001, undated
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Amilcar. Material formats include magazine clippings, correspondence, a flyer, and web page printouts. Materials are in English, French, German, and Swedish.
Box
3-2 Amilcar, 1930-2001, undated
Amphicar, 1960
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries consists of materials documenting Amphicar. Material formats include a newspaper advertisement for the Amphicar amphibious car.
Box
3-2 Amphicar, 1960
Anadol, 1967
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Anadol. Material formats include a newspaper clipping of the Anadol A1.
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3-2 Anadol, 1967
Anderson, 1996
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Anderson. Material formats include a copy of Craig S. Pascoe's conference paper "Made in Dixie But...The Anderson Motor Company and the Problems of Financing and Acceptance of a Southern Made Automobile."
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3-2 Anderson, 1996
Ansaldo, 1931
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries consists of materials documenting Ansaldo. Material formats include a magazine clipping of a 1931 Ansaldo.
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3-2 Ansaldo, 1931
Arab, circa 1926-1928
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Arab. Material formats include a magazine clipping of an Arab coupe.
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3-2 Arab, circa 1926-1928
Argonaut, 1982, undated
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Argonaut. Material formats include a photocopy of a magazine advertisement and a photocopy an Argonaut delivery priority list.
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3-2 Argonaut, undated
Armstrong Siddeley, circa 1920s-1959
2 folders
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Armstrong Siddeley. Material formats include magazine clippings.
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3-2 Armstrong Siddeley, circa 1920s-1951
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3-OS1 Armstrong Siddeley, 1959
Arnolt, 1954
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Arnolt. Material formats include a magazine article on the 1954 Arnolt-Bristol.
Box
3-2 Arnolt, 1954
Aro, 1997-2003
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries consists of materials documenting Aro. Material formats include a magazine clipping and newspaper clippings.
Box
3-2 Aro, 1997-2003
Ascari, 2003
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Ascari. Material formats include a magazine clipping of the 2003 Ascari KZ1 concept car.
Box
3-2 Ascari, 2003
Aston Martin, 1931-2006, undated
2 folders
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Aston Martin. Ford is also mentioned in these materials. Material formats include magazine clippings, newspaper clippings, model car brochures, a press release, and a calendar page. Most materials are in English, but also include a few items in German.
Box
3-2 Aston Martin, 1931-2006, undated
Box
3-OS1 Aston Martin, 1961-2006
Astra, 1925, 2001
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Astra. Material formats include a photocopy of an Astra company overview and typed research notes. Materials are in English and Romanian.
Box
3-2 Astra, 1925, 2001
Auburn, 1929-2004, undated
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Auburn. Cord is also mentioned in these materials. Material formats include magazine clippings, a newspaper clipping, correspondence, and flyers.
Box
3-2 Auburn, 1929-2004, undated
Audi, 1933-2009, undated
3 folders
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Audi. Volkswagen and Porsche are also mentioned in these materials. Material formats include magazine clippings, newspaper clippings, correspondence, a class action settlement notice, and press releases. Also includes meal menus and table napkins. Materials are mostly in English, but also include a few items in German.
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3-2 Audi, 1969-1989
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3-2 Audi, 1990-2007, undated
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3-OS1 Audi, 1933-2009
Aurora, circa 1957-1958
1 folder
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Aurora. Material formats include a newspaper clipping on the Aurora and its designer Reverend Alfred S. Juliano.
Box
3-3 Aurora, circa 1957-1958
Austin, 1922-2003, undated
2 folders
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Austin. BMC (British Motor Corporation) and British Leyland are also mentioned in these materials. Material formats include magazine clippings, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. Most materials are in English, but also include a couple of items in Dutch.
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3-3 Austin, 1922-2003, undated
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