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Collection & Archives

The Petersen Automotive Museum collection houses a large number of objects relating to the history of the automobile, with a special focus on those with a strong local connection. We consider the typical as important as the rare and seek to acquire vehicles and related artifacts that are important to automotive history even though their significance may not be immediately obvious. All potential acquisitions are measured against their relevance to the mission of the museum and evaluated individually on a case-by-case basis. Our collection is organized into four major categories: vehicles, other three-dimensional objects, two-dimensional objects, and audio/visual materials.

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Vehicles

Autos & Trucks

Autos & Trucks

Passenger cars, station wagons, pickups, buses, limousines, delivery vans, SUVs, and other powered vehicles from all eras whether foreign or domestic, large or small, antique or modern, original or restored, popular or rare, military or civilian, expensive or affordable, standard or alternative power, private or commercial, street or competition.

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Motorcycles & Other

Motorcycles & Other

Motorcycles, scooters, mini bikes and other two-wheeled vehicles (with or without sidecars, back-cars, and other attachments) from all regions and time periods whether antique or modern, original or restored, popular or rare, military or civilian, expensive or affordable, standard or alternative power, private or commercial, street or competitions.

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Three-Dimensional Artifacts

Parts & Accessories

Parts & Accessories

Vehicle components such as wheels, gauges, engines (and engine components), auto-camping accouterments, first aid kits, radiator badges, hubcaps, license plates, heaters, radios, child seats, vanity kits, etc.

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Clothing & Driver Related Artifacts

Clothing & Driver Related Artifacts

Racing suits, logo apparel, helmets, caps, driving shoes, goggles, dusters, lap robes, gloves, etc.

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Sculptures & Models

Sculptures & Models

Hand-built scale models, sculptures, toys, fine art, and other similar objects from all regions and time periods.

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Equipment & Tools

Equipment & Tools

Jacks, diagnostic devices, wrenches, machining equipment, hand tools, factory tool kits, etc.

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Other

Other

Gas pumps, oil cans, porcelain signs, stop signals, speed limit signs, dealer sales aids, and related ephemera.

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Two-Dimensional Artifacts

Brochures & Advertising

Brochures & Advertising

Promotional literature, postcards, magazine advertisements, dealer data books, auto show flyers and other materials relating to Foreign or American literature, postcards, truck Literature, construction equipment, fire engines, tractors, police cars, taxis, buses, ambulances, hearses, etc.

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Historical Documents

Historical Documents

Letters, journals, financial records, patent documents, legal papers, window stickers, order forms, franchise agreements, etc.

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Historical Photographs

Historical Photographs

Full color or black and white, original or reproduction, early or recent, professional or amateur, depicting any vehicle, individual, vehicle-related object or scene.

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Posters & Artwork

Posters & Artwork

Racing, auto show, and event posters, whether black and white, large or small, early or recent; and artwork such as paintings, drawings, renderings, blueprints, patent drawings, and related materials.

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Other

Other

Press kits, scrap books, ticket stubs, programs, business cards, calendars, bumper stickers, credentials, etc.

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Audio / Video

Past Exhibits

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