Automobile Industry Photograph Collection
- Majority of material found within 1936-1942
Conditions Governing Access
Extent19 linear feet (25 boxes)
The automobiles manufacturers represented include Ford Motor Company and Lincoln; Chrysler Corporation and its Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge and Plymouth divisions; of General Motors Corporation and its Buick Motor Company, Cadillac Motor Company, Chevrolet Motor Company, General Motors Truck Company, Olds Motor Works and Pontiac Motor Company divisions; and independent automobile manufacturers Auburn Automobile Company, Graham-Paige Motors Corporation, Hudson Motor Car Company, Nash, Packard Motor Car Company, Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, Reo Motor Car Company, Studebaker, Willys-Overland, and the White Motor Company. There are also a small number of photographs from related organizations and businesses, such as the American Automobile Association, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, General Tire and Rubber Company, and Steward-Warner Speedometer Corp. The collection is arranged by manufacturer name.
During the 1930s, the Business Historical Society actively collected industrial photographs for deposit in Baker Library. Charles H. Taylor, treasurer of the Boston Globe and a founding member of the Business Historical Society, and J. T. Sullivan, automotive editor and writer for the Boston Globe, assisted the BHS in these efforts. From 1932 through the early 1940s, Taylor and Sullivan provided the Business Historical Society with a large collection of photographs and printed materials illustrating the efforts of automobile manufacturers to promote their new vehicles of the 1930s and early 1940s.
- Series I. Ford Motor Company, ca. 1936-1944
- Series II. Chrysler Corporation, ca. 1935-1944
- Series III. General Motors Corporation, ca. 1931-1944
- Series IV. The Independents, ca. 1936-1944
- Series V. Related organizations and businesses
- Series VI. Printed materials and duplicate photographs
By: Maggie Hale, assisted by Naomi Sanger
- Business Historical Society. Automobile Industry Photograph Collection, 1931-1944 (bulk 1936-1942): A Finding Aid
- Baker Library
- EAD ID
Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository
Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.
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