About Us

We are the Library and Research Center for the Antique Automobile Club of America. Recognized as a world-renowned resource for the collectible vehicle community, we strive to continue setting the standard in celebrating, collecting, preserving and sharing automotive legacy.

Our collection contains books, sales literature, brochures, company documents, owner’s booklets, periodicals, service manuals and many more items all relating to the automotive industry and hobby. At the AACALibrary & ResearchCenter, we share your passion for the preservation of automotive history. We are open free to the public during our normal operating hours.

Our library is one of the largest and most honored libraries of its type in the world.  Currently we house over 1,000,000 individual items to help restorers and historians alike. We also house the collections of twelve car clubs and organizations in our state-of-the-art facility.  The AACA Library and Research is a free public library.

Our library was formed in 1977 and merged with the Antique Automobile Club of America in January of 2008. The AACA promotes the preservation and enjoyment of automotive history of all types and is a 501 (C) (3) charitable organization. The club was formed in 1935 and is the oldest and largest car club in this country.


Library Staff

Head Librarian: Chris Ritter
Catalog Librarian: Mike Reilly
Assistant Librarian: Matt Hocker

 

Facilities

The interior of the building is split into 3 levels. Our main entry level features rotating exhibits, art displays, and a duo of antique cars.  We have a 1906 Mitchell Model C-4 Runabout and a 1940 Ford Convertible Coupe currently on display. A 1965 Rice Quarter Midget race car has recently been added to our collection.

Our lower level contains our huge assortment of Periodicals and Magazines, The Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Historical Society Collection, and The Ralph Dunwoodie Archives.

The upper level contains our collection of automotive literature including sales brochures, service manuals,  reference books, owners manuals, special collections, shop manuals, marque specific books, and much more. Our main collection is housed in space saving movable stacks. This is reference material that has been donated as well as bought by the library for its value and use. Along with these files, there are flat files, card catalog and work centers for the staff as well as tables and chairs for those who have come in to do research.  Along side of the AACA collection sits the literature collections for several marque clubs that pay the library for storing their material and having it available to their membership.

The materials in our collection are very rare and valuable. Many of our holdings are irreplaceable.  To avoid accidental losses, purses, handbags, tote bags, briefcases, shopping bags, etc. are not permitted in the AACA Library. Please leave them in your car or check your bag at the desk.  Thank you for protecting our collection!

2014 Library Committee Members

Bernie GoliasAACA Vice President Library & Research Center
Dave Birchmire
Jim Claire
Chuck Gibson
Bill Hallman
Steve Heald
Brenda Shore Kaiser
Steve MoskowitzAACA Executive Director
Bill Sangrey
Fred Young