World of Speed has a wide collection of materials available only through the Archive which can be viewed upon request for research purposes. The World of Speed Archive has books, magazines, film, racing paraphernalia, racer files, posters, artifacts, toys, clothing, audiovisuals and much more, offering a unique perspective on the world of motorsports and the cultures influencing them, as well as motorsports’ influence on the culture.
Researchers are encouraged to review requested items in the Archive Room at one of the research worktables though electronic delivery may be available. See the Archive Room for more details.
Not sure where to start? Check out our Online Collection Catalog.
To request World of Speed Archive materials for research purposes, fill out a Research Request Form online or onsite. If you are not already a WOS Researcher, we have five package levels for you to choose from.
Each Research Package includes research assistance and retrieval along with watermarked copies of requested materials.
Research Assistance: Using the Research Request Form as the starting point, the World of Speed Archive assists each researcher by retrieving items the researcher has identified through the online collection catalog and by assisting the researcher in identifying relevant materials in the collection that would support his or her research. Time needed to complete a request will depend on the size and extent of items pulled for review, the depth of resource identification assistance required, follow-up questions by Archive staff, and preparation.
Photocopies & Low-Resolution Electronic Images: Both photocopies and electronic images are watermarked and for research purposes only and are not to be used for redistribution. Researchers can decide which of the materials requested they would like to have copies made—this can be defined in the request form or after reviewing retrieved items. World of Speed Archive requires additional costs for high-resolution and use fees for captioned non-watermarked images for publication and redistribution.
Onsite vs. Remote Research Access: All pulled items requested are available for review onsite. For researchers not available to review onsite, low-resolution watermarked photocopies or electronic images can be delivered by email or post; these are not for redistribution and for research purposes only. Audiovisuals are only available onsite due to copyright restrictions.
Level 1: Student Researcher - $35*
(Ages 20 & Under, school ID may be required)
- 4 half-hour segments (2 hours total) of research assistance and retrieval to be used at once or over time, without expiration
- 10 photocopies or 5 low-resolution electronic copies
*Fee may be reduced to $20 if enrolled in a World of Speed semester course
Level 2: Compact Researcher - $50
- 2 half-hour segments (1 hour total) of research assistance and retrieval to be used at once or over time, without expiration
- 10 photocopies or 5 low-resolution electronic copies
Level 3: Midget Researcher - $120
- 6 half-hour segments (3 hours total) of research assistance and retrieval to be used at once or over time, without expiration
- 30 photocopies or 15 low-resolution electronic copies
Level 4: Streamliner Researcher - $175
- 10 half-hour segments (5 hours total) of research assistance and retrieval to be used at once or over time, without expiration
- 50 photocopies or 25 low-resolution electronic copies
Level 5: Enduro Researcher - $250
- 20 half-hour segments (10 hours total) of research assistance and retrieval to be used at once or over time, without expiration
- 80 photocopies or 40 low-resolution electronic copies
Researcher Copies Add-On - $40
26 additional photocopies or 13 low-resolution electronic copies to be used at once or over time, without expiration—to be used only when allowance of copies of items previously retrieved through a permission request form has hit its maximum allowance within your present research package. No research assistance and retrieval included. This is ideal for those who want complete copies of articles or image series of items retrieved and reviewed, or cannot review items onsite and require items emailed or post mailed.
Levels are based on amount of hours recorded in half hours segments and number of copies.
Packages are monitored in half hour block of time which will cover the archivist identifying and retrieving items from the collection for the researcher. As an example, one half-hour block of research assistance could include the Archive retrieving a list of three items or less requested via the request form by the Researcher with clear WOS ID#s found in the catalog, without additional assistance in identifying relevant materials.
The value of one low-resolution electronic copy is equal to two paper photocopies. As part of your research package, you may mix and match paper and electronic copies within your maximum number of photocopy allowance. For example, Compact Researchers have a maximum allowance of 10 copies and so may receive 3 electronic copies and 4 photocopies to make up the total of 10 [(3x2)+4=10] or 8 paper and 1 electronic copies [(1x2)+9=10].
Once you’ve purchased your research package, you will receive a Researcher ID # via email or in person if applicable. You will need your Researcher ID # when submitting a Research Request Form.
Researchers may upgrade to a higher research package and pay the difference or buy an additional researcher package.