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The Automotive Research Library of the Horseless Carriage Foundation was established in 1985 with the primary purpose of recreating the pioneer automotive research libraries of W. Everett Miller and Dr. Alfred S. Lewerenz. Our goal was, and still is, to make automotive research and restoration information readily available to hobbyists, restorers, and scholars worldwide. Prior to June, 1995 the Automotive Research Library shared space in the San Diego Automotive Museum. In August, 1995 the Library opened its own facility in the San Diego area.
The core collection of the Automotive Research Library emphasizes literature of the pre-1943 era with motor vehicle literature including classic and foreign cars, trucks, sports and race cars. In addition to our extensive collection of pre-World War II literature, we also have an extensive archived literature collection of post-1943 vehicles.
We have scanned all of our publication journals from the earliest date 1895 to the year 1924. This includes publications like Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, Horseless Age, Motor, Motor Age, The Automobile etc. and consists of over 330,000 pages. These publications are now on line and available for our members to access. We are now in the process of scanning the next ten years of publications, 1925 to 1934.
Our owner’s manuals, sales catalogs, parts illustrated books etc. have also been scanned and the list of items available is on line and copies can be purchased on our secure web page or you can contact the Library directly.