Even More of the Archive Collection is Coming Your Way in 2019

Even More of the Archive Collection is Coming Your Way in 2019

Archive Room display case focused on Streamline Moderne; related WOS Archive blog post article available*

In 2019, the World of Speed Archive is offering more ways to bring the collection to you. After a celebrated trial run during last October’s Archive Month, we will be hosting quarterly Archives in the Gallery (Feb. 9-10, May 18-19, Aug 10-11, and Nov 9-10), giving gallery visitors the opportunity to view some of the many gems in the collection not regularly on display. We’ll also be hosting two Archives Behind-the-Scenes Experiences, the first being May 18, giving guests a one-of-a-kind experience engaging with otherwise off-limits collection items.


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In the coming months, expect to see more photo collections online including those of Rolla Vollstedt and his drivers, including Janet Guthrie. A focus of the Archive is preserving and sharing the stories and faces of local racers over the generations which is why we will be uploading over 50 photo profiles of local and national racers as well as adding photo collections including local racers, tracks, races and more to our online catalog and archive blog. Keep an eye out for images from Neil Swanson, Ray Hiebert, and others showcasing racing in the Pacific Northwest and on the national and international stage.

With the help of volunteers, we have scanned hundreds of photos, scrapbook pages, and papers to soon be shared online. If you haven’t already, check out the collection of Oregon’s own Duchess, images of Drag Trucks, a vast collection of Mid-Century Racing photos amassed by Jimmy and Gary Martin, a photo e-flipbook of Tattersfield Speed Parts, a unique collection of Early and Mid-Century Vehicles, and a selection of images showcasing over a century of Oregon Motorsports Milestones.

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We have already started to upload racing film, compilations, and home movies and with our new 8mm and Super8 digitizer, we hope to be able to better preserve and share film in the future, including our yet-to-be processed GM cartridge film collection. And with our new bulk slide scanner, we are hoping to make headway in digitizing selections from our slide collections including those from the Bob Plotts Collection.


Last fall, we brought select items from the collection to the Multnomah Central Library Collins Gallery showcasing the history, technology and culture of motorsports. Starting in January, you will see prints of photos, artifacts, and vehicles on display in the Portland International Airport car rental lobby, and this spring, you’ll see items from the collection in the updated lobby and convention center at the Holiday Inn Wilsonville just down the street.

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If you are interested in discovering our collection, bookmark and visit our online catalog and archive blog; or check out our research packages for a more in-depth, hands-on dive. And if you’d like to help up preserve and share the collection, maybe volunteering in the archive is for you! To donate to the collection or have questions about the collection, permission use, volunteering or researching, contact Archivist & Collection Manager Katrina O’Brien, katrina@worldofspeed.org.

*Streamline Modern article related to top photo: From Race Cars to Radios: A Look at Streamlining, 1930s-1940s