NATIONAL ARCHIVE MONTH EVENTS KICK-OFF UPCOMING PRESERVATION & VOLUNTEER PROJECTS
Collections can sometimes be over-simply described as only covering the famous, the elite, or the select few. However, when we look at World of Speed’s collection, the donors who have contributed to the collection, and the visitors who share their stories in response, we see a much wider story of racing. It’s about how craft and sportsmanship intertwine at every level. It’s about evolving ingenuity from the ground level. It’s about how clubs, fans and funders shape the direction of a sport-based industry. It’s about how industries affect not just a vehicle’s mechanics but who and how you experience races and even what’s on the racers’ bodies, literally. It’s about fans and how that love stirs up and creates unique and personal stories. It’s about the opportunities taken and the results cemented. It's about you.
The focus of the WOS Archive continues to be on making your and many more stories available to the present and future generations. In the coming year, we are planning to digitize hundreds if not thousands of photos, slides, programs, and publications in order to preserve these delicate materials, most of which were donated by local community members, while making them available to the public so that the stories they hold can be accessed and given a longer life.
This can only be done with the help of volunteers who have already helped to make our book and magazine collections available to the public. It will be the archive volunteers who will help to organize and prepare donated collections to be cataloged, such as a large collection of local SCCA-focused slides, Harley Davidson franchise materials, vintage GM instructional videos, a local racer’s company papers, and much more. You can sign up to be an archive volunteer and help us best preserve our growing collection.
October is National Archive Month and WOS Archive will be focusing on you and sharing your stories as part of its series Racing History from the Driver’s Seat to kick off our upcoming preservation projects, unveil new resources from the Archive, and share some tips to preserve your own keepsakes. We are kicking off our digitizing and volunteer projects with two main events that look directly to you, as part of the racing community whether racer or fan, to participate hands-on to show and share your wears. First up is Archives from the Streets in which you can sign up to show off your own racing collectibles or keepsakes by displaying them here at the museum for Open Archive Days, October Friday 14th-Sunday 16th. You are also invited to sign up to have your racing home movies played on the museum’s big screen as part of Racing from Behind the Lens on Saturday 29th.
Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing more about the upcoming events, more about upcoming projects, and more about how your participation makes all the difference. Until then, if you have any questions or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuously committed to recording and preserving stories around racing, WOS Archive is working towards having a video recording kiosk in the museum gallery early next year. Think Oral Histories meets StoryCorps. From there, we will be able to collect, preserve, and share a unique collection of first person racing histories. Keep a look out for Driver Seat Stories, a series of short first-person racing memory videos that will be available on the Archive Blog and World of Speed’s Facebook page and other social media avenues starting in October.