If you missed the World of Speed Archive's free "Preserve Now, Find Later!" as part of American Archive Month in October here at the museum with Archivist Katrina O'Brien or more recently at Tigard Public Library, check out some simple things you can do to take care of your family heirlooms and collectibles, including things to look out for and how to best store and label.
Each year, World of Speed highlights a new group of women in motorsports through artifacts, images, videos and words. This year's Women in Racing - Open Wheel Edition showcases Janet Guthrie, Danica Patrick, and local Lindsay Barney. Look back on the past and check out material from previously highlighted women including Lyn St James, Cindi Lux, and Michelle Miller; as well as video of local racer Ariel Biggs.
Over the last six months, volunteers have been plugging away, working on two large donated collections in the archive processing room. On the right, archive volunteer Megan has been steadily moving through the Scott collection while on the left, a team of volunteers starting with Susan and then handed off to Glenn and just recently adding Au are pushing to get through a mountain of slides. Which collection will be done first?!
World of Speed is proud to highlight the life work of Everett Duncan through a collection of photos and artifacts donated to the museum. With roots in the Pacific NW, Duncan went to work for famed race car builder Kurtis Kraft in 1946. Later, in 1954 Duncan joined Quin Epperly, who pioneered the "laydown Offy" car design. Duncan's cars saw action all over the US, from the dirt ovals of Southern California to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Some of the cars that Duncan worked on have historical interest and value even many years later, including the Demler Special and the Vukovich Indy Streamliner.
The PNW Community Racing Timeline is made from the experiences shared by individuals throughout the region. You’ll see a family through decades of racing, migration up and down the west coast, tracks as social hubs come and gone, a local legend’s final moment, a small girl thrill of racing, family connections, historical changes, mechanical evolution, personal triumphs and celebrity fandom. You can still add your stories and even images anytime to the PNW Community Racing Timeline online. Starting in November, the Archive will begin building the interactive timeline including stories submitted online and from the initial whiteboards. The World of Speed Archive is excited to build, preserve and share this local racing timeline that highlights the people, places and experiences.
Missed this month's volunteer talk? Fear not. Flip through the pages and learn about the collections and scrapbook projects undertaken by World of Speed Archive volunteers! Check out the scrapbooks and collections of Sue Mitchell, Everett Duncan, Art Pollard, Steve Denbo, John Fuez, Andy Granatelli, Pat Usher, Bobby Plotts, and PR Scott.Thanks to all the Archive Volunteers including Au Nguyen, Steve Diez, Frank Bakanau, Tom Styczynski, Glenn Wong, Susan Stone, and Megan Glazier-Anderson.
Explore the scrapbooks of 1960s Indy race car fabricator and mechanic local John Feuz who worked on cars designed by Rolla Vollstedt and driven by Len Sutton, Billy Foster, and Cale Yarborough. Filled with articles, photographs, papers, these scrapbooks primarily contain newspaper articles and photographs from 1964 to 1966. The focus of most of the materials cover a transitional and innovative time when rear engine cars were coming into vogue along with major changes in body styles and suspension packages. Drivers A. J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Jimmy Clark, Roger Ward, Bobby Unser, and Graham Hill are also included while covering both the triumphs and tragedies of the Indianapolis 500 participants and provide a real look into three years that were pivotal for the race.
In preparation for next month’s celebration of American Archive Month, the World of Speed Archive has tons of activities in store for you. With a focus on community engagement, we’ve put together a host of events for you. To start off, we’ll be kicking off the month-long Tag & Post Contest with a chance to win a gift certificate for the most posts by one person. We’ll also be kicking off the PNW Community Racing Timeline where you can add your racing moments either online or while visiting the museum throughout the month of October. Need another reason to visit? The Archive is hosting a free workshop Preserve Now, Find Later! (Sat 28th, 11am-12noon) to learn how to care for and protect your images and memorabilia. The Archive volunteers will also be sharing collections they have worked on including the collections of Plotts, Duncan, Scott, Usher, Denbo, Fuez and Granatelli during the Archive Volunteers Talk (Sat 7th, 10:30-11:30am). Items from these collection will be part of the Volunteers Collection Showcase (Sat 7th – Sun 15th). Still not enough? Come by the museum to Record Your Racing Story (Sat 21st, 11am-3pm) and get your racing memories on video to preserve and share. It going to be a full month with lots to do but there’s one more thing: we’ll be playing Racing Home Movies on the Big Screen Sat 21st & 22nd.
Find out what our Archive Volunteers are up to here at World of Speed. Glenn just finished the Usher Collection and about to take on the Plotts Collection which Susan has been deep sorting. Across the room from Plotts Collection is the P.R. Scott Collection being worked on by Megan. And then there's Au, who has scanned multiple scrapbooks and now working on the Duncan Collection while Steve finishes scanning John Feuz's photo loans after finishing the Denbo Collection. Tag team Tom and Frank are taking on the papers and blueprints from the Granatelli Collection.
World of Speed is supported by individuals and organizations who generously give images and artifacts to the World of Speed Archive Collection. Each bring stories, memories, and memorials to an often personal world of motorsports. Roughly 90 percent of the Museum’s Archive Collection has come from donors and lenders, people like you. As we continue to preserve the history and culture of motorsports to celebrate and educate for generations to come, we want to thank past and future donors and lenders for making this all possible.
See some highlights from the newly unveiled Pat Usher Collection. As a race car driver, local speed shop owner, and professional mechanics teacher, Usher was fully committed to motorsports racing which shows in the wide collection of articles and other published material he collected alongside his own teaching material and notes for the nine-month professional mechanics class he taught. From his auto shop in Beaverton, he worked on and built racing engines and chassis while also constantly reading and learning, keeping up on advancements in machines and technology in the field.
This digitized scrapbook is a window into the world of motorsports in the 1930s with all the fascination and thrill of true speed enthusiasts. Volunteer Au Nguyen highlights some of the pages he found while scanning these rich scrapbook in the WOS Archive. Check out the included flipbook as well for a page by page look at the racing articles and photos from the 1930s.
Every two years, the World of Speed Archive goes through the meticulous process of inventorying its complete collection, item by item, to make sure we are caring for all of the items in our catalog, many items donated by local motorsports enthusiasts like you. Along the way, we’ve gotten to dig into the boxes and remember some of the fun and unique items from the Collection. So obviously we wanted to share some with you.
The World of Speed Archive keeps over 200 racer files at the ready for visitors to take a peak. And we are always adding on so if you see a racer not covered but willing to donate something that would help us start a racer file on them, get in touch! Many of these include fan cards while some include articles or other material connected to the racer. Don't forget the check out our photo profiles too.
Volunteer Steve Dietz highlights the Steve Denbo PIR Drag Racing Collection after organizing the collection, making his way through each of the over a half dozen boxes, helping to identify items for the display, and creating the finding aid for everyone to be able to see and experience the full Denbo collection donated by Roseie Denbo.
Local racer Sue Mitchell is part of World of Speed's recent Women in (DRAG) Racing exhibit at World of Speed through November 2017. Sue has loaned her scrapbook to the WOS Archive to be fully digitized with the help of volunteer Au Nguyen. Get a taste of what's available in this newly digitized scrapbook, available in the Archive's online collection catalog, with a selection of images picked out by volunteer Au..
The World of Speed Archive is celebrating motorsports not just at the museum and online but out in the community as well, including the Tigard Public Library through April and May, 2017. If you couldn't make it to our "Racing Stories From the Archive" in early April with Collection Manager & Archivist Katrina O'Brien, take a look at the presentation images shared as well as details from the onsite display.
The World of Speed Archive just digitized two scrapbooks belonging to racer Art Pollard of Medford, OR. A true local hero, Art went from racing midgets and modified stock cars in the Pacific Northwest, to Indy cars in USAC, the pinnacle of American automobile racing. At his prime, Art was wheel-to-wheel with Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt and the Unsers.
Loaned to the World of Speed Archive, local drag racer Sue Mitchell's scrapbook has been scanned and organized into a flipbook to make it easy for all to enjoy. Click on the embedded screen for a full screen view of the flipbook with easy zoom to read the articles, see photo details, and easily flip through the pages.