Research packages

World of Speed has a wide collection of materials available only through the Archive that 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, the cultures influencing that world, as well as motorsports’ influence on culture in turn.


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 World of Speed 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 select requested materials to be copied  — this can be defined either in the initial request form or after reviewing retrieved items. The World of Speed Archive requires additional fees for high-resolution copies 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 for whom onsite review is not available, low-resolution watermarked photocopies or electronic images can be delivered by email or post; these are not for redistribution and are for research purposes only. Audiovisuals are only available onsite due to copyright restrictions.

 

Research
Packages

Level 1: Student Researcher — $35*

(Ages 20 & under, school ID may be required)

  • Four half-hour segments (two hours total) of research assistance and retrieval, to be used at once or over time, without expiration
  • Ten photocopies or five low-resolution electronic copies

*Fee may be reduced to $20 if enrolled in a World of Speed semester course

 

Level 2: Compact Researcher — $50

  • Two half-hour segments (one hour total) of research assistance and retrieval, to be used at once or over time, without expiration
  • Ten photocopies or five low-resolution electronic copies
 

Level 3: Midget Researcher — $120

  • Six half-hour segments (two 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

  • Ten half-hour segments (five 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 the number 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 who cannot review items onsite and require items emailed or post-mailed.

 
 

Levels are based on amount of hours recorded in half-hour segments and number of copies.

Packages are monitored in half-hour blocks 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 or fewer items requested via the request form by the Researcher, with clear World of Speed ID #s found in the catalog, but 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 allowances. For example, Compact Researchers have a maximum allowance of 10 copies, and so may receive three electronic copies and four photocopies to make up the total of 10 [(3x2) + 4 = 10] or eight paper copies and one electronic copy [(1x2) + 9 = 10].

Once you have 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 may buy an additional researcher package.