In 2019, the World of Speed Archive is offering more ways to bring the collection to you. We will be hosting quarterly Archives in the Gallery and two Archives Behind-the-Scenes Experiences. In the coming months, expect to see more of the museum’s photo collections uploaded online including over 50 photo profiles and array of photo collections. Offsite, we will be sharing the collection at the Portland International Airport and the Holiday Inn, Wilsonville.
For one weekend only as part of American Archive Month, the World of Speed Archive shared images, papers, artwork and artifacts never before on display before in the museum gallery. Take a peak at the items on display from cartoons to photos, programs and personal letters, and examples of Streamliner Modern design, along with race car and parts cutaway illustrations, and track design drawings. Check out photos or play the walk-through video at the end for a more detailed viewing experience.
Whether you’ve got a specific question or want to go down the rabbit hole, our over 400 magazines titles are available. Research Packages are a great way to dive into the wealth of materials within their pages. Over 45 titles covering the 1950s; 60 for the 1960s; nearly 100 for the 1970s; over 125 each for the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s; along with over 50 titles into 2010s. Titles cover those specific to the Northwest, national titles over multiple decades, and unique specialty or niche titles, along with those specific to vehicle brands as well as those relating to specific racing types.
If you have racing or motorsports-related photos or papers that you’d like scanned, this is for you! Preserve them digitally for free while also helping us preserve the rich history of motorsports. October 27-28, the Archive staff will scan as many of your photos as possible on multiple high-resolution scanners and send you home with a USB flash drive filled with your photos or papers along with your returned original prints. The digital copies will then be added into our permanent collection in order to build, preserve and share the story of motorsports.
The World of Speed Archive in making its way to Collins Gallery at the Multnomah Central Library in downtown Portland for the month of September and October, celebrating the history, technology and culture of racing during the 1950s, '60s and '70s, with a focus on local racing, motorsports in pop culture, and the evolution of technology. Images include only a taste of the breadth of items that will be on display, as well as the content included in each of the twelve display cases.
It has been just over three years since World of Speed opened its doors to the public. And since then, we have been supported by individuals and organizations who have generously given images and artifacts to the Museum’s Archive Collection. The World of Speed Archive is continuously finding ways to share the items donors and lenders have so generously brought into the World of Speed Collection. As we continue to preserve the history, technology and culture of motorsports to celebrate and educate for generations to come, we want to say thank you to the individuals and organizations that have contributed to the World of Speed Collection.
The Archive volunteers have gotten their hands on some pretty great materials while helping to preserve a wide range of motorsports materials. Glenn has started to unpack a donation from a past Harley-Davidson store manager. Steve is taking on the papers of local Indy car designer Rolla Vollstedt while Gregg and Frank top off our annual magazine sorting project. Tom J. is incorporating new magazine issues and titles into our master magazine list after the annual volunteer sorting project. Meanwhile, Au has moved to the prints collection of SIR track photographer Jeff Dykes.
With over 400 magazine titles covering decades of racing, cars, motorcycles, models and more, the World of Speed Archive can help. If you've got a subject that's peaked your interest, we can suggest titles or time periods to sift through for that perfect article or subject you've been craving to find out more about. From niche titles to international brands, these magazines have a wealth of information from how-tos to who's who's. Check out our list of all magazine title available.
Just a taste of the many books from bio picks to behind-the-scenes exposés, award winning cars to engineering feats, motorcycle care to auto math, and even pulp fiction. Books reviewed include: Behind the Wall: A Season on the NASCAR Circuit; Faster! A Racer’s Diary; Drag Racing’s Quarter-Mile Warriors; Offenhauser: The Legendary Racing Engine and the Men Who Built It; Road Race of Champions; Auto Math Handbook: Calculations, Formulas, Equations and Theory for Automotive Enthusiasts; Motorcycle Detailing Made Easy; and Cobra: the First 40 Years.
If you've missed any of the latest additions to Inside the World of Speed Archive, here's a quick list of links where you can find hundreds of scanned photos and complete scrapbooks from our collection, highlights of local legends and surprising stories, as well as print and video interviews and presentations.
The Pacific Northwest Community Racing Timeline shares moments in local motorsports history. Experience firsthand accounts and historical moments of early tracks, those behind the wheel or in the stands, clubs and cars, local heroes and all those that make up the Pacific Northwest's rich motorsports experience.
The PNW Racing Timeline is generated from material included in the World of Speed Archive as well as submissions provided by visitors to the Museum during American Archive Month (2017) as well as through our online submission form. To be part of the experience, contribute at http://www.worldofspeed.org/pnw-community-racing-timeline.
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.
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.
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’ll be kicking off the month-long Tag & Post Contest and the publicly-sourced PNW Community Racing Timeline. The Archive is hosting a free workshop Preserve Now, Find Later! (Sat 28th) 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). 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) and get your racing memories on video to preserve and share.We’ll also 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.
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.
Once a month the World of Speed Archive hosts Open Archives Days but in October, at part of National Archive Month, we used the days for Archives from the Streets: an event that invited you to show off your own racing collectibles or keepsakes by displaying them here at the museum alongside items previously donated. In case you missed it, here is your opportunity to look at the interesting array of objects shared.