Car Collections and Digital Technology

New Archive Creation Techniques!

A major editing and reorganization of this website was completed in 2016.  Updates to this website with new techniques are made on a continuing basis.  

A new Table of Contents (see bottom footer) was also activated during 2016; it links to the revised webpages and topics.  The original Table of Contents is now the "Archive-Table of Contents"; it can access the old webpages.

Further Web page updates were made later in 2016 after visiting three auto museums in Indiana. Two of these museums are accredited by American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and follow the "National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. Museums".  These updates reflect "lessons learned" from these visits.

This website's goal is to provide a progressive set of processes that an individual, collection or auto museum can use to organize auto-related materials, photos, books and documents.  These processes should also be applicable to a non-automotive collection/archive.  Many processes on these webpages will show individual collectors how to make a "digital scrapbook."

The news/blog section originally on this page has been moved to "CarLibrary.org-News".  

Your comments or questions are invited!  Email me:  Bob Schmitt, rgschmitt@gmail.com

Background

The CarLibrary.org web site describes an ongoing project which initially investigated several approaches to organizing the inventory, photographs, documents and other materials that are part of an auto collection or museum.  Prototype "digital collections" were quickly created with the Greenstone Digital Library open-source software.  These sample "digital collections" can be accessed through the "vault" image, below.

The techniques used to make digital archives/collections for car collections can be used for personal collections of photos and documents, both physical and digital.  These techniques are in the Table of Contents (bottom of page);  they are "how to" guides for creating archives and organized collections.  These topics review techniques using a spreadsheet (Excel) file, a database, the Greenstone Digital Library software and a Collections Management System (CMS).

Preview!

Click the image or link below to see a few of this project's original car collections/archives.  This link describes the contents of the library, which are sample, prototype Greenstone Digital Library collections of cars, their histories, photographs and documents.

Click any of the collection logos to go to a particular archive.  These online collections are updates and expansions of the digital library collections originally distributed on DVDs; these navigation tips apply if you need help.

Sample Car Collections/Libraries/Archives

(The Digital Archive has been online since May 15, 2012.  It has been offline briefly for hardware maintenance in December 2014; also in January, April and September 21-22, 2015.  Please report any access problems or slow response. Thanks!)

These Sample Car Collections/Libraries/Archives are available 7x24 online.  If server maintenance is required, they will be online from 6 a.m. until midnight, U.S. Pacific Coast time.

May 2017