The HCFI Library has a huge collection of literature, mostly from the pre WWII era. Over one million pages are now available on-line at www.hcfi.org.
There is also a video describing the HCFI Library and how to join at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK1fPIg7Keo.
Have fun watching the video, there are Model T photos and please consider using the on-line library for any research you do in the future
Thank you for posting the link and pointing us in that direction. For anyone who likes to look at the photos longer -- don't panic. They only flip through the photos of the cars for about 30 seconds and then it takes up a slower pace. [If someone knows how to slow down the presentation -- I would like to look at the car photos -- but you probably expected that from me.]
I am member of the Horseless Carriage Foundation Inc. and I have found their information helpful in tracking down details about early Fords. I am especially excited about their effort to digitize the information. While initially a lot of work -- it allows anyone anywhere in the world to search and access the information. And as they point out in the film, Xeroxing the pages over and over again tends to make them fade faster.
There are many worthwhile organizations that do a lot of good things. But I would encourage anyone that is interested in helping to preserve automotive history to consider supporting the HCFI. From becoming a member to donating literature or information they welcome all kinds of support. Note, they have expanded their mission to go beyond the early cars all the way up to the present.
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Sadly, For financial reasons and family issues, I have not yet renewed my membership this year. I have been a member for about ten years. They are doing knowledge preservation that will hopefully last for many lifetimes. I try to help support them.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2