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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XV. Magazine tear sheets

Accession 20100108.ZTV.XV

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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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XV. Magazine tear sheets (Accession 20100108.ZTV.XV), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XV. Magazine tear sheets
Dates: 1895-2009, undated
Accession Number: 20100108.ZTV.XV
Creator: Vinson, Z. Taylor
Extent: 34 linear feet
Language of Material: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Hungarian, Chinese, and Arabic
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Published Collections Department
Abstract: This series consists primarily of automobile advertisements.
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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 magazine tear sheets collected by Z. Taylor Vinson. It consists mainly of advertisements distributed by automobile manufacturers, but also includes advertisements for automobile components, coachbuilders, tire manufacturers, and automobile exhibitions.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder, chronologically by publication date. Below the subseries level, advertisements for specific foreign markets are organized alphabetically by country of origin. If country of origin is not specified, materials consist predominately of advertisements for the U.S. market.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Abbott-Detroit, 1911-1913
1 folder
This subseries documents Abbott-Detroit. Items include Abbott-Detroit magazine advertisements.
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets, 1911-1913
AC Cars, 1917-1960
1 folder
This subseries documents AC Cars. Items include AC Cars magazine advertisements.
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets, 1917-1960
AC Spark Plugs, 1951-1953
1 folder
This subseries documents AC Spark Plugs. Items include AC Spark Plugs magazine advertisements.
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1951-1953
Acura, 1908-2009
4 folders
This subseries documents Acura. Items include Acura magazine and newspaper advertisements. Materials are in English and German.
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets, 1980-1999
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets, 2000-2009
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1908-1928
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1989-2009
Adler, 1908-1939
1 folder
This subseries documents Adler Cars. Items include Adler magazine and newspaper advertisements. Materials are in English and German.
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets, 1908-1939
Aerocar, 1907-1992
1 folder
This subseries documents the Aerocar Company. Items include an Aerocar magazine advertisement and an Aerocar flier.
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets, 1907-1992
Aerospectives, 2003
1 folder
This subseries documents Aerospectives. Items include an Aerospectives magazine advertisement.
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets, 2003
A.J.S, 1931
1 folder
This subseries documents A.J.S Cars. Items include an A.J.S magazine advertisement.
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets, 1931
Alda, 1913, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Alda. Items include Alda magazine advertisements. All materials are in French.
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets, 1913, undated
Alfa Romeo, 1937-2008, undated
5 folders
This subseries documents Alfa Romeo. Items include Alfa Romeo magazine advertisements. Materials are in English, French, and German.
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets: France, 1988-2005
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets: Germany, 1991-2008
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets: United Kingdom, 1966-2006
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets: United States, 1937-2008
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1963-2008, undated
Allard, 1946-1951
1 folder
This subseries documents Allard Motor Company Limited. Items include Allard magazine advertisements.
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets, 1946-1951
Allen, 1916-1917
2 folders
This subseries documents Allen Motor Company. Items include Allen Motor Company magazine advertisements.
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets, 1916
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1917
Alvis Car and Engineering Company, 1926-1968
2 folders
This subseries documents Alvis Car and Engineering Company. Items include Alvis magazine advertisements.
Box
15-1 Tear Sheets, 1926-1968
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1928-1961
American Motors Company, 1909-1912
2 folders
This subseries documents the American Motors Company. Items include American Motors Company magazine advertisements.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1909-1912
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1911
American Motors Corporation, 1919-1972
3 folders
This subseries documents American Motors Corporation. Items include American Motors Corporation magazine advertisements. Materials are in English and Spanish.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1919
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1967-1980
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1920-1972
American Locomotive, 1911-1912
1 folder
This subseries documents American Locomotive Company (ALCO). Items include American Locomotive magazine advertisements.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1911-1912
Amilcar, 1922-1933
3 folders
This subseries documents Amilcar. Items include Amilcar magazine advertisements. All materials are in French.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1922-1933
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1925-1933
Box
15-F1 Tear Sheets, 1929
Anderson, 1919-1923
2 folders
This subseries documents Anderson Motor Company. Items include Anderson Motor Company magazine advertisements.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1923
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1919-1920
Angus-Sanderson, 1922
1 folder
This subseries documents Angus-Sanderson, Limited. Items include an Angus-Sanderson magazine advertisement.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1922
Ansaldo, 1926-1927, undated
2 folders
This subseries documents Ansaldo. Items include Ansaldo magazine advertisements. Materials are in English and French.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1926, undated
Box
15-F1 Tear Sheets, 1927
Apperson, 1913-1920
2 folders
This subseries documents Apperson Brothers Automobile Company. Items include Apperson magazine advertisements.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1913-1920
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1916-1920
Argonne, 1919
1 folder
This subseries documents Argonne Motor Car Company. Items include an Argonne magazine advertisement.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1919
Argylls, 1914
1 folder
This subseries documents Argylls Limited. Items include Argylls magazine advertisements.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1914
Aries, 1911-1929
2 folders
This subseries documents Aries. Items include Aries magazine advertisements. All materials are in French.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1911-1929
Box
15-F1 Tear Sheets, 1925-1927
Armstrong Siddeley, 1925-1959
2 folders
This subseries documents Armstrong Siddeley Motors Limited. Items include Armstrong Siddeley magazine advertisements.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1925-1952
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1925-1959
Armstrong-Whitworth, 1914
1 folder
This subseries documents Sir W.G. Armstrong-Whitworth and Company. Items include Armstrong-Whitworth magazine advertisements.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1914
Arnolt, 1954-1955
1 folder
This subseries documents S. H. Arnolt, Incorporated. Items include Arnolt magazine advertisements.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1954-1955
Arrol-Aster, 1927
1 folder
This subseries documents Arrol-Aster. Items include an Arrol-Aster magazine advertisement.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1927
Arrol-Johnston, 1914
1 folder
This subseries documents Arrol-Johnston. Items include Arrol-Johnston magazine advertisements.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1914
Aston-Martin, 1933-2008
3 folders
This subseries documents Aston-Martin. Items include Aston-Martin magazine advertisements. Materials are in English and German.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets: Germany, 2008
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1933-2007
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1964-2005
Atlas, 1910
1 folder
This subseries documents Atlas Motor Car Company. Items include Atlas magazine advertisements.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1910
Ateliers Lecourbe, 1923
1 folder
This subseries documents Ateliers Lecourbe. Items include an Ateliers Lecourbe magazine advertisement. All materials are in French.
Box
15-F1 Tear Sheets, 1923
Auburn, 1919-1937
2 folders
This subseries documents the Auburn Automobile Company. Items include Auburn magazine advertisements.
Box
15-2 Tear Sheets, 1930-1935
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1919-1937
Audi, 1937-2008
10 folders
This subseries documents Audi. Items include Audi magazine advertisements. Materials are in English, French, and German.
Box
15-3 Tear Sheets: France, 2002-2008
Box
15-3 Tear Sheets: Germany, 1999
Box
15-3 Tear Sheets: Germany, 2000-2008
Box
15-3 Tear Sheets: United Kingdom, 2000-2008, undated
Box
15-3 Tear Sheets: United States, 1937-1969
Box
15-3 Tear Sheets: United States, 1970-1979
Box
15-3 Tear Sheets: United States, 1980-1989
Box
15-3 Tear Sheets: United States, 1990-1999
Box
15-3 Tear Sheets: United States, 2000-2008
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1970-2005
Austin, 1908-1980s
2 folders
This subseries documents Austin Motor Company. Items include Austin magazine advertisements.
Box
15-3 Tear Sheets, 1923-1980s
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1908-1970
Austin-Healey, 1954-1963
2 folders
This subseries documents Austin-Healey. Items include Austin-Healey magazine advertisements.
Box
15-3 Tear Sheets, 1954-1963
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1959-1960
Austin and Morris, 1960-1967
1 folder
This subseries documents Austin and Morris, a division of the British Motor Corporation. Items include Austin and Morris magazine advertisements.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, 1960-1967
Austro-Daimler, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Austro-Daimler. Items include an Austro-Daimler magazine advertisement. All materials are in French.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, undated
Autocar, 1905, undated
2 folders
This subseries documents Autocar Company. Items include Autocar and Autocar Trucks magazine advertisements.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, 1905, undated
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, undated
Auto-Cycle Carriage Company, 1903
1 folder
This subseries documents the Auto-Cycle Carriage Company. Items include an Auto-Cycle magazine advertisement.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, 1903
Automobile Bodies, 1908-1949, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents multiple manufacturers of automobile bodies and frames. Items include magazine advertisements for automobile bodies and frames manufacturers. Materials are in English and French.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, 1908-1949, undated
Autronic-Eye, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Autronic-Eye, a division of General Motors and manufacturer of automatic headlight beams. Items include an Autronic-Eye magazine advertisement.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, undated
Avanti, 1981-1989
1 folder
This subseries documents Avanti Automotive Corporation. Items include Avanti magazine advertisements.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, 1981-1989
Babcock Electric Carriage, 1911
1 folder
This subseries documents Babcock Electric Carriage Company. Items include a Babcock Electric magazine advertisement.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, 1911
Baker Electrics, 1908-1918
2 folders
This subseries documents Baker Motor Vehicle Company. Items include Baker Electrics magazine advertisements.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, 1908-1918
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1911-1912
Baker R & L Company, 1915-1916
2 folders
This subseries documents Baker Rauch & Lang Company. Items include Baker R & L magazine advertisements.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, 1916
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1915-1916
Ballot, 1923-1930
3 folders
This subseries documents Ballot. Items include Ballot magazine advertisements. All materials are in French.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, 1923-1930
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1923-1930
Box
15-F1 Tear Sheets, 1926-1929
Bayliss Thomas, 1926
1 folder
This subseries documents Bayliss Thomas and Company. Items include a Bayliss Thomas magazine advertisement.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, 1926
Bean Cars, 1925-1928
1 folder
This subseries documents A. Harper, Sons and Bean, Limited. Items include Bean Cars magazine advertisements.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, 1925-1928
Bellanger, 1920-1929
1 folder
This subseries documents Automobiles Bellanger Frères. Items include Bellanger Frères magazine advertisements. All materials are in French.
Box
15-F1 Tear Sheets, 1920-1929
Bentley, 1929-2008
3 folders
This subseries documents Bentley Motors. Items include Bentley magazine advertisements. Materials are in English and German.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets: Germany, 2008
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets: United States, 1933-2008
Box
15-OS1 Tear Sheets, 1929-2008
Benz, 1895
1 folder
This subseries documents Benz & Cie. Items include a photocopied Benz magazine advertisement. All materials are in German.
Box
15-4 Tear Sheets, 1895