Museum Wins Award from The Society of Automotive Historians

The Museum is greatly honored to be the recipient of the James J. Bradley Distinguished Service Award. It is presented by The Society of Automotive Historians to deserving museums, archives, and libraries for exemplary efforts in preserving motor vehicle resource materials. 

The library contains thousands of items and its comprehensive automotive resources date from 1895 to present.  Holdings include:

·       Books

·       Periodicals

·       Automotive manufacturer’s sales literature

·       Automotive manufacturer’s owners’ operation manuals

·       Automotive shop manuals

·       Parts and accessories catalogues

·       Automotive service bulletins

·       Automotive paint color chips and formulas

·       Automotive upholstery samples

·       Vehicle wiring diagrams

·       Vehicle electrical specifications

·       Automotive blue prints

·       Photographs (prints, slides)

·       Glass plate negatives

·       35 and 16 mm films

·       Reel to reel audio tapes

·       Newspaper clippings (historic automotive events)

·       Comprehensive files of each vehicle in the museum’s collection, including provenance

·       Comprehensive files of vehicles formerly owned by Harrah's Automobile Collection, including provenance


While the library is not open to the public, research is actively conducted for scholars, journalists, authors, vehicle owners, restorers and the interested public. General Research is conducted for a variety customer needs ranging from operation and technical information, to photographs and the history of makes and models.

However, the Museum specializes in research of vehicles formerly owned by Bill Harrah’s world-famous Harrah’s Automobile Collection (HAC).  The library contains the original files and restoration binders produced by HAC.  Files contain purchase and restoration memos and correspondence (both internal and external), documents about the vehicle (such as verification of year/model, etc.), photographs (general and restoration) and ownership histories. The restoration binders are priceless and invaluable, as they document all aspects of authentic restorations performed by the renowned HAC shops under the watchful eye of Mr. Harrah. Binders include research materials; restoration documentation; paint, upholstery and wiring samples; photographs; and more.


I would like to thank you again for the wonderful service you provided regarding the historical information in your library regarding our 1926 Lincoln L-151 Sport Roadster. My bride and I are truly stunned at the depth of information contained in your files regarding the history of our car, the detail and research which went into the restoration. I would highly recommend that anyone who owns a car which was part of the original Harrah Collection to avail themselves of your research services. We simply could not be more pleased with the books you provided. Thanks again.  

-- Bob Joynt, Library Customer