What Our Archive Volunteers Are Working On!

What Our Archive Volunteers Are Working On!

The volunteers in the World of Speed Archive are a special group. They have sorted magazines and helped make our book collection easily searchable. But their help goes deeper to build the Collection and make it available to motorsports enthusiasts near and far. Each of the present seven Archive volunteers come in almost weekly to dive into micro-collections donated to the Museum.

 

Susan and Glenn working on the book collection, 2016.

Susan and Glenn working on the book collection, 2016.

Glenn Wong just finished processing the Pat Usher Collection which came to the Archive in Pat's original file cabinet filled with articles and teaching notes related to his work as a race car mechanic and mechanics teacher, and is now sorted, organized, rehoused and accessible through the online finding aid and collection highlight. Glenn is now helping the Plotts Collection, inventorying the groups of slides previously sorted by Susan Stone and Steve Dietz.

Steve previously completed the Steve Denbo Collection, part of which was included in the PIR exhibit that unveiled earlier this year. Rich in artifacts connected to the then upcoming exhibit, Steve helped identify objects and images that would be interesting and relevant to the drag section of the PIR exhibit, while also building a finding aid and collection highlight. Steve has since started scanning John Fuez's photo and scrap books.

A few of the items Steve picked from the Denbo collection included in the PIR exhibit.

A few of the items Steve picked from the Denbo collection included in the PIR exhibit.

Susan, like Glenn, started off in sorting magazines and then became part of the two-person team with Glenn to build the first inventory of books now available for all to enjoy in the Archive Room. Susan took on three pallets of mostly slides by Bobby Plotts, who some say was the unofficial historian and photographer of SCCA Oregon with an affinity for photographing racing. Susan with the help of other volunteers (special thanks to Peter for his knowledgeable eye) sorted the pallets into grouping that Glenn will then take to build an initial inventory of the subjects covered.

Our Archive Volunteer Processing Room when the Plotts collection on the left and Scott collection on the right where about to start. 

Our Archive Volunteer Processing Room when the Plotts collection on the left and Scott collection on the right where about to start. 

On the other side of the processing room, Megan Glazer-Anderson has been busy diving into the P.R. Scott Collection, another avid photographer of local racing but also a fan bursting with tons of memorabilia. Amidst photos, there are posters, newspaper clippings, vintage license plates, and plenty more that Megan has been steadily working on to build up into an accessible collection.

While many have been working on a micro-collection or two, Au Nguyen has been taking on scan projects. It's with his help that the scrapbooks of Sue Mitchell, Art Pollard, and most recently a 1930s scrapbook are now available online. Presently, he's working on the Everett Duncan Collection. 

Au making his way through the Duncan slides.

Au making his way through the Duncan slides.

Another volunteer archive project creating buzz is the Granatelli blueprints and papers. Both retired engineers, Tom Styczynski and Frank Bakuanau come together once a week to organize and inventory these unique items and will be sharing their finds as part of a World of Speed members event near the end of the year.

Frank and Tom stopping to take in one of the many blueprints they're finding.

Frank and Tom stopping to take in one of the many blueprints they're finding.

Interested in volunteering in the Archive, check out our volunteer page and contact katrina@worldofspeed.org.