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We Are All About Saving Automotive History

"Preserving the Past for the Future"

Who We Are

The Automotive History Preservation Society (AHPS) is an IRS non-profit 501 c(3) public charity that has been in existence since 2010. We are "Preserving the Past for the Future" - by digitizing the history of the automobile as found in pictures, period print advertisements, brochures, magazine articles, manufacturer's published training and education materials as well as any other items that document the history of the automobile, including press photos, vehicle service manuals and guides, and any other appropriate sources.

We also promote the history of the automobile through scholarship programs with colleges, universities, and training institutions by engaging and financially supporting students through projects that will assist in the collection and digitization of documents.

When it comes to materials we collect, we scan them, restore them to their original condition and then post them to our Internet-based Digital Documents Library where anyone can view them, or download them or print them. We have over 250,000 pages of material already stored and available. Our staff is composed of experienced archivists, automotive experts and authors as well as many volunteers who donate their time and material to our efforts.

The AHPS is headquartered in Michigan, U.S.A. where we are also registered as a non-profit organization. We rely on donations, sponsorships and grants to continue our growth and to fund our projects and scholarship programs. Many donations are tax-deductible. Learn more about us by clicking HERE.

What We Do

The AHPS sources printed material from individuals, manufacturers, publishers and other small collections. This material is carefully sorted and prepared for digital scanning. Once scanned, the digital material is cataloged according to topic, brand and original source - many times by automobile manufacturers. The original material is either returned to the donor or, with their permission, is auctioned to raise additional funds.

In addition to these original sources, the AHPS accepts work from contributing editors that use our materials to document activities in automotive history. We even promote "living history" encouraging enthusiasts to write about their personal vehicle. As part of that venue we cover car shows and events and encourage technical discussions. All materials created in this fashion are placed in permanent digital storage on the Society's website.

The Society also publishes a digital e-Magazine called No Limits - where we highlight our collections and offer current automotive news from a historical perspective.

Why This is Important to You

Any individual or organization interested in anything related to automobiles will find the Society's collections a highly useful, valuable and entertaining resource.

  • For the researcher, writer, educator, or student, the Society's website contains thousands of original documents and materials as well as a compiled data from multiple sources to assist you in your work, including even excerpts from magazines and press releases and press photos.

  • For those whose passion is restoring (or simply refurbishing) an older car, the material in the Digital Documents Library and Technical Center includes service manuals, original vehicle assembly manuals, listings of paint codes and paint mix codes, factory brochures and advertisements as well as magazine articles from the period of the automobile in question.

  • For the enthusiast who is interested in what was happening in earlier years of the automobile, the website is a fun place to explore favorite brands, different model years - or to make comparisons of different vehicles.

  • For someone who is thinking of purchasing an older automobile, we have information on factory models, options and photographs to help evaluate the potential purchase.

  • For a car club - the website contains invaluable reference material to assist your members in restoring or improving their cars.

How You Can Help

  • Monetary. As a non-profit 501 c(3) public charity, the Society relies on donations from interested parties and contributions from sponsors for the working capital to continue our efforts.

  • Helping Hands. Additionally, the AHPS welcomes volunteers who can locate or contribute material or can help in the scanning and cleaning of paper documents. A computer and scanner along with some inexpensive photo editing software is all that is needed.

Note: Sponsors can champion their favorite brand. We welcome individuals who want to assist in the Society's capital needs by directly funding the continued growth of their favorite brand. All sponsors have their efforts highlighted in the website's sections where they have provided direct assistance, or they can be memorialized on our "Wall of Fame". Please contact us at sponsorships@ahpsoc.org for more information.

Please join the Society and help support us through donations, volunteerism and sponsorships. You can start helping us by clicking the gold "Join" box on the upper left or by making a financial contribution using the PayPal "Donate" button. Join now!.

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