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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XXII. Audiovisual

Accession 20100108.ZTV.XXII

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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Descriptive Summary

Title: Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XXII. Audiovisual
Dates: 1939-2009, undated
Accession Number: 20100108.ZTV.XXII
Creator: Vinson, Z. Taylor
Extent: 4 linear feet
Language of Material: English, French
Repository: Published Collections
Abstract: This series consists of promotional videos and brochures for new automobile models circulated by automobile manufacturers.
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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 promotional videos and brochures for new automobile models circulated by automobile manufacturers. Formats include VHS tapes, audiocassettes, compact discs, DVDs, promotional brochures, and correspondence. Only a handful of items concern other forms of transportation, including airplanes and helicopters.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder, alphabetically by format type.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Acura, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Acura. Formats include a promotional VHS tape regarding test driving the Acura NSX.
Box
22-1 Your Personal Invitation to the NSX Driving Adventure, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Museum, undated
2 items
Scope and Content
This subseries contains video footage from the archives of the Auburn, Cord, Dusenberg Museum. Formats include two VHS tapes. Farther, Faster, Safer is a promotional film about different modes of transportation made by Metropolitan Pictures in 1934 for the Pennzoil Company. Making Pleasure Makers provides a tour of the Auburn Automobile Company's factory filmed in 1927.
Box
22-1 Farther, Faster, Safer, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-1 Making Pleasure Makers, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Audi, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Audi of Ingolstadt, Germany. Formats include a VHS tape about the Audi 5000.
Box
22-1 The Audi 5000: An Investigation, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Auto Styling Themes, 2005
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries contains a power point presentation with the handwritten label, "Auto Styling Themes." It is arranged alphabetically by format. Formats include a CD and an accompanying note written to Z. Taylor Vinson from Michael Lamm of Lamm-Morada, Incorporated.
Box
22-1 Auto Styling Themes, 2005; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Bentley Motor Cars, 2002, undated
2 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Bentley Motor Cars of Crewe, England. Formats include a CD with the handwritten label "Bentley ZTV PMC." Also included is a promotional DVD for the Bentley Azure Mulliner and an accompanying business card from Newport Auto Center of Newport Beach, California.
Box
22-F1 Tracta Album, undated [Contains the Tracta Scrapbook/Album. This album was gifted to Z. Taylor Vinson by a friend and was identified to be from the offices of Tracta by the editor of "Automobiles", and therefore, the office of JA Gregoire, in Feb. 2005. The album contains a variety of photographs of various makes and models, as well as parts, such as prototypes of the Adler Junior and Amilcar (designed by JA Gregoire). There is also a set of photographs in the back of the album from the Henry Ford Museum, two photographs of a wrecked Maserati, and an unidentified blueprint. Materials are in French and English.]
Box
22-1 Bentley ZTV PMC, undated; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
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22-1 Azure Mulliner: Reflect Yourself, 2002; 1 videodisc (DVD).
Bombardier, 2009
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Bombardier Aerospace of Montreal, Quebec Canada. Formats include a promotional DVD for this aircraft manufacturer.
Box
22-1 Bombardier, June 2009; 1 videodisc (DVD).
Bosch, 2005
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Robert Bosch GmbH of Gerlingen, Germany. Bosch is an international supplier of automotive parts. Formats include a promotional DVD and accompanying brochure. Materials are in French.
Box
22-1 Bosch, 2005; 1 videodisc (DVD).
Buick, 1994
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Buick Motors a division of General Motors Corporation. Formats include a VHS with an accompanying brochure, a customer survey, and a letter addressed to Z. Taylor Vinson. Regards promotional materials for the 1995 Buick Riviera.
Box
22-2 1995 Riviera By Buick, 1994; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Cadillac, 1989-2005, undated
4 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Cadillac, a division of General Motors Corporation. Formats include an audio cassette tape and three VHS tapes concerning promotional materials for Cadillac vehicles. The CD includes images of a 1927 Cadillac Color Book and an accompanying letter. The three videos each include an accompanying promotional letter, and the VHS tape about the Cadillac Fleetwood includes an accompanying brochure as well.
Box
22-2 Cadillac Gold Key Delivery System: De Ville/Fleetwood, 1989; audiocassette
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22-2 1927 Cadillac Color Book, 2005; compact disc
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22-2 1992 Seville, 1992; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-2 The 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-2 1993 Cadillac Northstar Series, 1993; 1 videocassette (VHS).
California's Gold, 1998
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries contains a film called, California's Gold #906: China Clipper. Formats include a VHS tape of California history hosted by Huell Howser.
Box
22-2 California's Gold, 1998; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Chevrolet, 1932, undated
2 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Chevrolet, a division of General Motors Corporation. Formats include a promotional record and thirteen paper car cut-outs for the 1932 line of Chevrolet automobiles and a promotional VHS tape for the 1995 Chevrolet Blazer.
Box
22-2 Advice Information: The Great American Value for 1932, 1932; 1 sound disc (phonograph): analog, audio
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22-2 1995 Chevrolet Blazer, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Chrysler, 1992-1997, undated
5 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Chrysler Corporation of Auburn Hills, Michigan. Formats include one U-Matic tape and four VHS tapes. Regards Chrysler Corporation and various Chrysler models.
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22-3 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision, undated; 1 videocassette (U-Matic).
Box
22-3 1994 Chrysler New Yorker, 1993; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Box
22-3 1998 Chrysler Concorde: Operating Tips, 1997; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Box
22-3 The Chrysler Story From Walter P. to Lee, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-3 The Complete Edge: The Team Approach to Chrysler's New LH Cars, 1992; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Dodge, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Dodge, a division of Chrysler Corporation. Formats include a promotional VHS tape. This video focuses on the Dodge Stratus.
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22-3 Car and Driver Questioned Everything!, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Eagle, 1995, undated
2 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Eagle, a now defunct division of Chrysler Corporation. Formats include two promotional VHS tapes for the Eagle Vision.
Box
22-3 The Eagle Test Drive, 1995; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-3 Well, Here's What the Experts Think, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Energy Partners, Incorporated, 1991
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Energy Partners, Incorporated. Formats include one VHS tape. This video is a six minute promotional film about the Green Car narrated by E.G. Marshall.
Box
22-3 The Green Car, 1991; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Eurocopter, 2009
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Eurocopter, a subsidiary of EADS (European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company) and a manufacturer of civil and military helicopters. Formats include a CD entitled, Photo Gallery 2009. The CD is still wrapped in its original plastic.
Box
22-3 Photo Gallery 2009, 2009; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Ford, undated
2 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Ford Motor Company. Formats include an audio cassette tape featuring music from the movies Back to the Future and ET to test the Ford Dolby HX Pro sound system. Also contains a VHS tape with an accompanying letter, a brochure, and a customer survey promoting the 1995 Ford Contour.
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22-3 Ford Audio Systems: Demonstration Tape, undated; audiocassette
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22-3 1995 Ford Contour, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Foundation M. Berliet, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents the Berliet Foundation of Lyon, France. Formats include a VHS tape of the American version of the film, The Berliet Foundation.
Box
22-4 The Berliet Foundation, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Frank Gump, undated
2 items
Scope and Content
This subseries contains two identically marked DVDs labeled, "Frank Gump: Sample of Automobile." It is arranged alphabetically by format type.
Box
22-4 Frank Gump: Sample of Automobile, undated; 1 videodisc (DVD).
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22-4 Frank Gump: Sample of Automobile, undated; 1 videodisc (DVD).
Geely, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Geely, a Chinese automotive manufacturing company with headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Formats include a DVD about the history of Geely.
Box
22-4 The Story of Geely, undated; 1 videodisc (DVD).
General Motors, 1991-2008
11 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents General Motors Corporation. Formats include a two disk promotional CD package for the Hummer H2 and H3 Alpha models. This series contains an eight disc DVD series about Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Also included is a nine minute promotional VHS tape about the 1991 Chevrolet Caprice featuring Bob Sterling.
Box
22-4 2008 Hummer, 2008; 2 items 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
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22-4 My Years With General Motors: Alfred P. Sloan, Jr, 2008; 8 items 1 videodisc (DVD).
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22-4 The Smart Choice, 1991; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Infiniti, 1991-1996
5 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Infiniti, a division of Nissan Motor Corporation. Formats include five promotional VHS tapes with accompanying brochures. The Infinity I30 and 1992 Infiniti Q45 VHS tapes also include accompanying letters addressed to Z. Taylor Vinson.
Box
22-4 1992 Infiniti Q45 Performance Luxury Sedan Video, 1991; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Box
22-5 Infiniti I30: The Newest Expression of Infiniti, 1995; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Box
22-5 Infiniti J30: Believe Your Eyes, 1993; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Box
22-5 Infiniti J30: Believe Your Eyes, 1994; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-6 Infiniti Q45, 1996; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Jaguar, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Jaguar, a division of Jaguar Land Rover Automotive of Coventry, England. Formats include a promotional VHS tape and an accompanying specifications brochure.
Box
22-6 The New Jaguar XJ Series, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Land Rover, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Land Rover North America. Formats include a promotional VHS tape for the Land Rover Discovery Series II.
Box
22-6 Discovery Series II: A Test Drive Around the World, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Lexus, 1995-2003
3 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Lexus, a division of Toyota Motor Corporation. Formats include a DVD with accompanying press information and two promotional VHS tapes that each includes accompanying letters.
Box
22-6 Press Information, 2003; 1 videodisc (DVD).
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22-6 An Entirely New LS 400. A New Journey, 1995; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-6 Lexus LS 430 "The Calling," 2000; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Lincoln, undated
3 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Lincoln Motor Company, a division of the Ford Motor Company. Formats include three VHS tapes. The 1990 Lincoln Town Car video includes an accompanying letter, and the 1998 Lincoln Navigator film includes an accompanying letter and brochure.
Box
22-6 1990 Lincoln Town Car: What a Luxury Car Should Be, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-7 1998 Lincoln Navigator, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-7 The History of Lincoln, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Living Dangerously, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries contains a VHS tape with the handwritten label, "Living Dangerously Auto Thrill Shows, Daredevils Stunts, and Demo Derbys." Additional notes indicate that the video includes clips of Joie Chitwood, the 1965 Tour of Thrills, Jack Kochman's Hell Drivers, and a 1986 demolition derby.
Box
22-7 Living Dangerously Auto Thrill Shows, Daredevil Stunts, and Demo Derbys, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
The Men Who Started It All, 1993
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries contains an audio cassette tape about automobile designers and manufacturers of the early twentieth century. The audio tape is based on the book, America's Automobile Entrepreneurs, written by William Northcote.
Box
22-7 The Men Who Started It All, 1993; 1 sound cassette : analog.
Mercedes-Benz, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Mercedes-Benz of Stuttgart, Germany. Format includes a VHS tape with an eight minute promotional video for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Box
22-7 The New S-Class, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Nissan, 2003, undated
3 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Nissan North America. Formats include a promotional DVD showing a test drive of the Nissan Z through the streets of Prague in the Czech Republic. It is packaged with three postcards. Also included are two promotional VHS tapes. The video on Maxima contains an accompanying note and brochure.
Box
22-7 The Run: Nissan Z, 2003; 1 videodisc (DVD).
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22-7 1996 Pathfinder on Safari, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-7 The New Maxima, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
North American International Auto Show, 1990
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries concerns the 1990 North American International Auto Show, which was held in Detroit, Michigan. Formats include a VHS tape and an accompanying letter addressed to Z. Taylor Vinson at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offices in Washington, D.C.
Box
22-7 1990 Show Highlights, 1990; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Old Car Commercials, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries contains an audio cassette tape labeled "Old Car Commercials." It is arranged alphabetically by format type.
Box
22-7 Old Car Commercials #1, undated; 1 sound cassette : analog.
Oldsmobile, 1992-2002, undated
3 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Oldsmobile, a division of General Motors Corporation. Formats include a phonograph record with sounds from the Oldsmobile Toronado as well as a musical ride in the 1966 Rocket Action Oldsmobile. Also contains a promotional DVD with an accompanying brochure and a promotional VHS tape.
Box
22-7 Oldsmobile Presents Sounds of the Toronado, undated; 1 sound disc : analog, 33.3 rpm.
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22-7 2003 Oldsmobile, 2002; 1 videodisc (DVD).
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22-8 The 100,000-Mile Real-World Road Test, 1992; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Paris Air Show, 2009
3 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents the 2009 Paris Air Show. Formats include three CDs containing press information for Airbus and the United Kingdom.
Box
22-8 Airbus Military: Media Pack, 2009; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Box
22-8 Airbus Press Information, 2009; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
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22-8 UK Pavilion Press Pack, 2009; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Pontiac, 1972
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Blank Pontiac, Incorporated, an automobile dealership located in Washington, D.C. Formats include one 33 1/3 inch phonograph record that provides a message regarding the warranty and service information for purchasers of Pontiac cars.
Box
22-8 An Important Message Regarding Warranty and Service, 1972; 1 sound disc : analog, 33.3 rpm.
Ralph Lauren Collection, 2005
2 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents the Speed, Style, and Beauty exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which featured sixteen automobiles from the personal collection of designer, Ralph Lauren. Formats include two CDs.
Box
22-8 Ralph Lauren Collection: Boston MFA (1 of 2), March 2005; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
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22-8 Ralph Lauren Collection: Boston MFA (2 of 2), March 2005; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Ranger EV, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents the Ranger, an electric vehicle manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Formats contain a VHS tape with a five minute promotional video.
Box
22-8 1999 Ranger EV: Product Information, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Richmond, 2006
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries contains one CD labeled, "Richmond 2006." It is arranged alphabetically by format type.
Box
22-8 Richmond 2006, 2006; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Scion, 2002-2003
2 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Scion a division of the Toyota Motor Corporation for the North American market. Formats include two CDs featuring music.
Box
22-8 Scion CD Sampler 4, 2002; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
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22-8 Scion CD Sampler 7, 2003; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Society of Automotive Historians, 2007
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents the Board of Directors meeting of the Society of Automotive Historians held on October 12, 2007 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Formats include one DVD.
Box
22-8 Society of Automotive Historians Awards Ceremony, 2007; 1 videodisc (DVD).
SsangYong, 2007
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents SsangYong Motor Company of Seoul, South Korea. Formats include a DVD concerning press information.
Box
22-8 WZ: SsangYong Press Information, 2007; 1 videodisc (DVD).
Subaru, 1991
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Subaru, a division of Fuji Heavy Industries. Formats include a promotional VHS tape for the Subaru SVX with an accompanying letter, a customer survey, and a competitive comparison price chart.
Box
22-8 Our New Look Subaru SVX, 1991; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Terraplane, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Terraplane, which was built by Hudson Motor Car Company. Formats include a VHS tape featuring a twenty-nine minute movie entitled, 1932 Terraplane Christening.
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22-8 1932 Terraplane Christening, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Toyota, 1994-1996, undated
4 items
Scope and Content
This subseries documents Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan. Formats include a CD containing articles about gasoline, hybrid, and electric vehicles. Also includes three promotional VHS tapes. The two videos featuring the Toyota Avalon and the Toyota Camry include accompanying letters.
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22-9 Engine Technologies for the Future, undated; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
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22-9 Avalon. A Whole New Level of Driving, 1994; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-9 The New Camry: Better Than Ever, 1996; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-9 The New Supra: The Road and You, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Unidentified, undated
2 items
Scope and Content
This subseries contains two unidentified items. Formats include an unidentified CD and VHS tape. There are no labels or handwritten notes on either of these items.
Box
22-9 Unidentified, undated; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
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22-9 Unidentified, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Vintage Automobile Commercials, undated
2 items
Scope and Content
This subseries contains two VHS tapes with vintage automobile commercials. It is arranged alphabetically by format type.
Box
22-9 Vintage Automobile Commercials Vol. 4, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
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22-9 Vintage Automobile Commercials Vol. 5, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Volvo, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries documents a press campaign by Volvo Car Corporation. Formats include a DVD, an accompanying press report, and a brochure featuring conversations between people who discuss their adventures and traveling experience.
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22-9 Life on Board Project, undated; 1 videodisc (DVD).
Western Way of War, undated
1 item
Scope and Content
This subseries contains an unopened CD concerning a college course about the development of warfare in the West taught at Princeton University by Professor Miguel Angel Centeno. It is arranged alphabetically by format type.
Box
22-9 The Western Way of War, undated; 1 sound disc (CD) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.