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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XIII. Miscellaneous

Accession 20100108.ZTV.XIII

Published Collections Department, 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 XIII. Miscellaneous (Accession 20100108.ZTV.XIII), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XIII. Miscellaneous
Dates: 1862-2009, undated
Accession Number: 20100108.ZTV.XIII
Creator: Vinson, Z. Taylor
Extent: 2 linear feet
Language of Material: The materials are mostly in English, but also include a small amount of text in German.
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Published Collections Department
Abstract: This series contains an assortment of items collected by Z. Taylor Vinson that do not readily fit into any other series of the collection.
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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 contains an assortment of items collected by Z. Taylor Vinson that do not readily fit into any other series of the collection. Some of the items in this series regard transportation in general. A number of items not pertaining to transportation are also found in this series. A few personal items belong to Z. Taylor Vinson are found in this series as well. Material formats include, but are not limited to, clippings, brochures, correspondence, stickers, lists, business cards, and comic books.

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Arrangement

Alphabetical by subject, thereunder chronological.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box
13-1 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, 1964-1965 [Contains brochures for several pavilions at this world's fair held in New York City.]
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13-1 1982 World's Fair, 1982 [Contains admission tickets for this world's fair held in Knoxville, Tennessee.]
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13-1 Battersea, Frank, 2009 [Contains a greeting card from Frank Battersea. Also contains a photograph of Frank Battersea's horses Battersea Zachary and Battersea Tirol.]
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13-OS1 Bon Appètit, 2008 [Contains the 2008 calendar Bon Appètit, which features art reproductions of vintage food advertising posters.]
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13-1 Bristol Hotel Kempinski, circa 1950s [Contains a sticker for this hotel in Berlin, Germany.]
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13-1 Business Archives and Special Collections, undated [Contains a list of business archives and special collections in the United States. The list was used for an unidentified survey of these institutions.]
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13-1 Chalet Motel, undated [Contains a brochure for this motel in Mequon, Wisconsin.]
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13-1 Columbia Firehouse Restaurant, undated [Contains a business card for this restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia.]
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13-1 Cosmos Club, undated [Contains stationary from this private social club in Washington, D.C.]
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13-1 Currency, 1862-1969 [Contains paper currency minted by several countries. Includes bank notes from St. Pierre, United States, Confederate States of America, Brazil, China, Soviet Union, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Peru.]
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13-1 Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, undated [Contains a brochure for this historic house in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.]
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13-1 Eisenhower National Historic Site, undated [Contains a brochure for Dwight D. Eisenhower's house and farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.]
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13-1 Elwood Haynes Museum, undated [Contains two brochures for this historic house in Kokomo, Indiana.]
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13-1 Esso War Map III featuring the Pacific Theater, circa 1941-1945 [Contains this map of the Pacific Theater during World War II. The map was distributed either by Standard Oil Company of New Jersey or Standard Oil Company of New York.]
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13-1 European Route of Industrial Heritage, 2006 [Contains a brochure for this international network of industrial heritage sites in Europe.]
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13-1 France, 1994, 2001, undated [Contains photocopied magazine clippings and newspaper clippings regarding France.]
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13-OS1 France, 1998-2003, undated [Contains oversize newspaper clippings regarding France.]
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13-OS1 Freer Gallery of Art, 1970 [Contains oversize newspaper clippings regarding this art museum in Washington, D.C.]
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13-1 Fulks, Peter, 2004 [Contains an order form for Peter Fulks' book The Gate to Westmoreland, which was co-written with Willard F. Daniels, Jr.]
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13-1 General Lewis Hotel, undated [Contains a brochure for this hotel in Lewisburg, West Virginia.]
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13-1 George VI, King, undated [Contains a hand written letter written by King George VI of Great Britain, when he was still known as Albert, Duke of York.]
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13-1 Haslem, Jane, circa 1990 [Contains a photocopied price list of David Itchkawich etchings offered for sale by this art dealer in Washington, D.C.]
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13-1 Historic Houses of the Auto Barons, 1996 [Contains a brochure for the following historic houses in the Detroit, Michigan area: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Henry Ford Estate (Fair Lane), The Fisher Mansion, and Meadow Brook Hall.]
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13-1 Hitler, Adolf, 1941, undated [Contains blank stationary reserved for use by Fuhrer of Germany Adolf Hitler. Also include a clipping of the magazine article " The World According to Germany."]
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13-1 Hyundai, 1987 [Contains a 1987 calendar printed by this South Korean industrial conglomerate. The calendar features photo reproductions of Hyundai products and facilities.]
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13-1 Joe Hadeed Carpet, undated [Contains a carpet cleaning reminder flyer from this carpet cleaner in Vienna, Virginia.]
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13-1 John Bassett Moore Society, circa 1959-1961 [Contains meeting announcements from this international law society at the University of Virginia. Z. Taylor Vinson was a University of Virginia Law School alumnus and a member of the John Bassett Moore Society.]
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13-1 The Kennedy-Warren, undated [Contains a guest directory and a sticker for this hotel in Washington, D.C.]
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13-1 Komatsu, 2007 [Contains a trade catalog for crawler dozers manufactured by this Japanese construction equipment manufacturer.]
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13-1 Letters - Civil War, 1862-1865 [Contains letters written by Union soldiers during the American Civil War.]
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13-1 Looney Tunes - Merrie Melodies, 1943 [Contains a July 1943 issue of this comic book.]
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13-1 Matsch, Richard, 1998-2003 [Contains a photocopied transcript of Judge Richard Matsch's sentencing statement at the criminal trial of Terry Nichols. Also contains an accompanying letter from Judge Richard Matsch to Z. Taylor Vinson. Judge Richard Matsch presided over the federal trial of Terry Nichols, one of the participants in the Oklahoma City Bombing, a domestic terrorist attack which occurred on April 19, 1995.]
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13-1 Meadow Brook Hall, undated [Contains a brochure for this historic house on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.]
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13-1 Miscellaneous Clippings, 1948-2009, undated [Contains miscellaneous magazine, catalog, and newspaper clippings regarding various subjects.]
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13-OS1 Miscellaneous Clippings, 1930-2009, undated [Contains miscellaneous magazine and newspaper clippings regarding various subjects.]
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13-1 Philip C. Duschenes, Incorporated, 1980 [Contains a catalog of rare books offered for sale by this rare book dealer in New York City.]
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13-1 Pine Inn, undated [Contains stationary from this hotel in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California.]
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13-1 Russell, Jane, undated [Contains a decal of this American movie actress.]
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13-1 A Self Guided Tour of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, undated [Contains a brochure for this self guided tour of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.]
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13-1 Shakespeare's Grave, undated [Contains a flyer for William Shakespeare's grave at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-on-Avon, England.]
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13-1 Shakespeare's House, undated [Contains a fold-up card of William Shakespeare's house in Stratford-on-Avon, England.]
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13-1 The Spirit, 1941 [Contains an April 27, 1941 issue of this comic book.]
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13-1 Tempo Restaurant, 2009 [Contains a menu from this restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia.]
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13-1 Tippecanoe Place Restaurant, circa 1990s-2000s [Contains a menu from this restaurant in South Bend, Indiana.]
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13-1 True Comics, 1947 [Contains a March 1947 issue of this comic book.]
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13-2 U.S. Department of Transportation, 1967 [Contains this federal government agency's pamphlet, Suggestions for Surviving Nuclear Attack. Also includes an accompanying letter.]
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13-2 Vinson, Edwin and Brandy, 2007 [Contains programs and an invitation for the wedding of Edwin and Brandy Vinson.]
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13-2 Vinson, Z. Taylor - Baby Book, 1933-1941 [Contains Z. Taylor Vinson's baby book, which documents the first seven years of his life.]
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13-2 Vinson, Z. Taylor - Business Cards, undated [Contains Z. Taylor Vinson's business cards.]
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13-2 Vinson, Z. Taylor - Correspondence, undated [Contains a letter to Z. Taylor Vinson from an unidentified person.]
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13-2 Vinson, Z. Taylor - "Dear Friends of the American Chrome-and-Steel Cults," 1980s [Contains this typed manuscript written by Z. Taylor Vinson, which regards transportation in Europe.]
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13-2 Vinson, Z. Taylor - Drawings, 1940, undated [Contains two childhood drawings by Z. Taylor Vinson.]
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13-2 Vinson, Z. Taylor - International Drivers License, 1956 [Contains Z. Taylor Vinson's international driver's license.]
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13-2 Vinson, Z. Taylor - Materials from Baby Book, 1933-1945 [Contains miscellaneous loose items from Z. Taylor Vinson's childhood found in his baby book. Items include Vinson's birth certificate, correspondence, a report card, a confirmation certificate, a business card, drawings, and newspaper clippings.]
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13-2 Vinson, Z. Taylor - Notebooks, 1983 [Contains two notebooks kept by Z. Taylor Vinson during his 1983 trip to Europe.]
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13-2 Vinson, Z. Taylor - Notes, undated [Contains miscellaneous notes written by Z. Taylor Vinson.]
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13-2 Vinson, Z. Taylor - OCC Summer Party, 1986-2007, undated [Contains guest lists for Z. Taylor Vinson's annual OCC Summer Parties, which were held at his residence in Alexandria, Virginia.]
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13-2 Vinson, Z. Taylor - Passport, 1953 [Contains Z. Taylor Vinson's passport.]
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13-2 Vinson, Z. Taylor - Retirement Party Flyers, 2003, 2005 [Contains party flyers, e-mail correspondence, typed remarks, and a newspaper clipping regarding Z. Taylor Vinson's retirement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.]
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13-OS1 Vinson, Z. Taylor - Scrapbook, 1937-1943 [Contains Z. Taylor Vinson's childhood scrapbook "Airplanes of World War II." The scrapbook contains magazine clippings and the publication Warplanes of the World.]
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13-OS1 The Woodberry Oracle, 1948 [Contains an October 9, 1948 issue of this student newspaper published at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Virginia. Z. Taylor Vinson was a Woodberry Forest School alumnus.]
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13-2 World of Tomorrow, circa 1941-1946 [Contains magazine clippings and newspaper clippings regarding future technology as envisioned during the 1940s.]
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13-OS1 World of Tomorrow, circa 1941-1946 [Contains oversize magazine clippings regarding future technology as envisioned during the 1940s.]