The Horseless Carriage, a collection of automobile history, 1893-1965 bulk 1938-1955

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The Horseless Carriage, a collection of automobile history, 1893-1965 bulk 1938-1955

MS 035

Collection Summary

Creator: Smith, Steadman. Collector
Collection Name: The Horseless Carriage Collection of Automobile History
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1938-1955)
Physical Description:.9 linear feet
Abstract:The Horseless Carriage Collection of Automobile History consist of pamphlets, magazines, promotional reports, newspaper articles, advertisements, calendars, newsletters, photographs, and other pictorial items relating to the history and development of the automobile, dated 1893 to 1965. Most are items distributed by car-related businesses in the 1940s and 1950s. Earlier materials are nostalgic reprints of turn-of-the-century materials.
Collection Number:MS 035
Language: Materials in English
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

An attorney and a car enthusiast from Southern California; Steadman Smith was active in antique automobile clubs and gathered these materials related to his interests.

Scope and Content Note

Collection of printed materials and photographs relating to cars, from their early development in the 1890s through the contemporary trends of the 1960s including pamphlets, magazines, promotional reports, newspaper articles, advertisements, calendars, newsletters, pictorial items and photographs. The turn-of-the-century items are nostalgic reprints; the earliest original item is a 1924 Automobile Trade Journal. Most of the items date from the 1940s and 1950s, and were distributed by car and tire dealerships, auto manufacturers, petroleum and motor oil corporations, automobile clubs, and the specialty publisher Floyd Clymer.

There are newsletters, clippings and notices of activities, mostly from 1938 to 1949, for the Horseless Carriage Club. Some publicity brochures describe particular makes of cars. Most of the material relates to the United States but a small amount is about the British and German automobile industries. Brochures and clippings commemorate special events such as the 1908 New York to Paris race, J. Frank Duryea’s winning of America’s first automobile race in 1895 and its fiftieth anniversary in 1945, and the automobile industry’s celebration of its Golden Jubilee in 1946. Black-and-white photographs are present, 1938 to 1940, of collectors with their antique cars, and there are several original drawings by Alexander G. Telatco. Calendars from 1946 and 1953 have color reprints of early cars in Americana settings by artists such as Norman Rockwell.


This collection is organized into one series.





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Related Material

A longer and more complete run of Horseless Carriage Club Gazette is cataloged in the Library’s main collection

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Duryea, J. Frank (James Frank), 1869-1967
Smith, Steadman, collector

Antique and classic cars
Automobile industry and trade—History
Automobile rallies—History
Automobiles—Collectors and collecting—United States
Automobiles—Design and construction—History
Automobiles—Pictorial works
Automobiles—Social aspects—History
Automobiles—Societies, etc.
Horseless Carriage Club

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Horseless Carriage Collection of Automobile History (MS 035). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Automobile history materials 1893-1965 bulk 1938-1955
This series is arranged by type of material.
11 Historical articles
12 Historical photographs
13 Automobile Trade Journal, (historical issue) December 1, 1924
14 Advertisements (magazine)
15 Floyd Clymer’s “Independent Test Report and Investigation of [various] cars” 1940's
16 Mobilgas Economy Run, (Grand Canyon) 1950 1952
21 Frank Duryea and America’s First Automobile Race
22 Horseless Carriage Club, Los Angeles (Misc. materials)
23 Horseless Carriage Club Gazette, v.1-9 1938-1947
24 Antique Automobile Club of America (Misc. materials)
25 Pictorial items and cartoons
26 Tours, races and club activities (various)
27 Automobile Industry Golden Anniversary, commemorative publicatons 1946
28 Miscellaneous items, The Times (London), Survey of the British Motor-Car Industry 1951
3 Brochures about various automobiles
3 Two pictorial calendars
3 1st Annual Revival, Glidden tour, (reprint of newspaper publicity) 1946