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Automobiles -- Design and construction

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Boyertown Auto Body Works photographs

Accession: 2023-212

Boyertown Auto Body Works was a manufacturer of delivery truck bodies for commercial and industrial use, as well as specialty and military vehicles. The works manufactured electric, gas, and diesel vehicles and bodies on all types of vehicles. This small collection comprises photographs of food service vehicles manufactured by Boyertown Auto Body Works during the 1960s.

Dates: circa 1960s

Budd Company historical files

Accession: 2411

The collection consists of a synthetic historical file assembled for public relations purposes at Budd Company's Michigan headquarters.

Dates: 1914-1993; Majority of material found within 1929-1982

Budd Company legal documents

Accession: 2557

The collection consists of a small group of legal documents of the Budd Company and its related firms preserved by a former employee. Also included are the papers of Budd Company's British and German affiliates, property leases, and agreements.

Dates: 1926-1965

Budd Company photographs

Accession: 1999-228

The Budd Company was a manufacturer of steel automobiles, passenger rail cars, and other transportation products. This collection’s photographs focuses on the Budd Company rail division with some images of automobiles and wheel products and manufacturing. The bulk of the materials date from the 1940s, 1950s and the 1980s. The collection is organized into five series: Company executives and employees; Plants and manufacturing; Products; Advertising; and Films and videos.

Dates: 1912-1990s

John T. Houlihan papers

Accession: 2766

John T. Houlihan (1944-) is an industrial designer who worked for General Motors, SCM Corporation, General Electric, South Bend Toy, and Timex. His papers consist of sketches, drawings, and renderings from those companies, spanning nearly forty years.

Dates: 1967-2017; undated

Strother MacMinn's Cars of Tomorrow prints

Accession: 1997-268

Strother MacMinn (1918-1998) was a designer, writer and influential teacher of automotive design. He assisted in the design of automobiles at General Motors, Opel, and Oldsmobile. But his main position was as an instructor of automotive design at the distinguished Art Center College of Design in California. These are six prints of car models designed by MacMinn for DuPont.

Dates: circa 1950

WorldAutoSteel records

Accession: 2747

WorldAutoSteel is an institutional membership organization comprised of eighteen major global steel producers dedicated to innovative vehicle steel application technologies that are environmentally sustainable and meet the automotive industry's needs. This collection consists of records that document a series of projects conducted by WorldAutoSteel, a unit of the World Steel Association. The files come from WorldAutoSteel headquarters, primarily from Edward Opbroek, who was the director of WorldAutoSteel from 2006 to 2011 and the program director for UltraLight Steel Auto Body (ULSAB) and UltraLight Steel Auto Body - Advanced Vehicle Concepts (ULSAB-AVC). These records would be of value to researchers interested in the intersection of the steel and automobile industries, automotive benchmarking, innovations in steel design and engineering, and communications strategies.

Dates: 1964-2013; Majority of material found within 1994-2002