Welcome to day 2 of the 2022 Online
World Forum For Motor Museums seminar
Below you can find today’s presentations
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Collecting at the Close: How to Turn the End into a New Beginning
In November 2018 General Motors announced the closure of the Oshawa, Ontario, Canada assembly plant, which had produced more than 20 million motor vehicles over 112 years. The Canadian Automotive Museum, located just a few miles away, had just over one year to prepare for the scheduled closure and decided what to collect for future generations and how to communicate its history to the public. Now, a year after the closure of the Oshawa Assembly Plant, the Canadian Automotive Museum has acquired important archival collections, strengthened its position in the community, opened a highly successful exhibit, and built a new relationship with General Motors of Canada. Gates will discuss how this event lead to numerous outcomes from acquisitions to exhibition creation, and most importantly for a not-for-profit charity, creating new partnerships and fundraising opportunities.
Bio: Alexander Gates has served as the executive director and curator of the Canadian Automotive Museum since 2014. A graduate of Drake University and the University of Toronto, he began his career as the Executive Director of the North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma, Michigan, where he is still an honorary citizen.
Paving the Way for the Digital Auto Archives
Jim Volgarino, Bob Schmitt, Mark Vargas
Many automobile museums have some amount of archival or library material that may require digital cataloging, conservation, and preservation. This session focuses on two current projects to locate and describe those materials. Jim Volgarino and Bob Schmitt, members of the Society of Automotive Historians, will discuss a project to locate archival collections and an effort to compile digitization standards from a variety of sources. The CarLibrary.org (http://www.carlibrary.org/) investigates several approaches to organizing the inventory, photographs, documents and other materials that are part of an auto collection or museum. The site also encourage digitization of all automotive resources at all levels – individuals to institutions, and encourages coordination of digitization efforts at all levels to avoid duplication. Mark Vargas, of the Revs Institute, will discuss the digital and metadata standards and best practices used to create the Revs Digital Library ( https://library.revsinstitute.org/digital/ ) of over 670,000 images, scanning of public domain sales literature, manuals, and books, use of WorldCat, interlibrary loan, and a large new film project. Mark will discuss the Revs Institute goal of sharing information as widely as possible through the world’s largest library network.
Bio: Jim Volgarino spent a majority of his youth yearning to know as much about cars as possible, hanging out with the local hometown gearheads while developing a skill for manipulating words as a writer. Out of high school he paid $40 for his first car, traded it to build a custom ’53 Chevy and headed off to college to become a famous journalist. Uncle Sam intervened, marriage followed along with family and a working career in the print/graphics business, but never far from anything automotive he could slip into the mix. A bit of drag racing, a land speed license at Bonneville, restoring/rebuilding/modifying a long list of vehicles and finally retirement where the focus has gone back to a first love…writing about cars. An interest in historical preservation was piqued when he found no information about his hometown’s 1/4 mile dirt track resulting in gathering some 1200 images and writing a book documenting the track’s 35-year history.
Bio: From an early age, Bob Schmitt built model cars and airplanes in Chicago until he bought his first vehicle at age 14. It was a 1955 Vespa with a sidecar – to speed up and increase newspaper deliveries. Bob’s first car was a $750 Jaguar XK-120, sold in 1966 when he began active duty in the Marine Corps. The Corps eventually sent him to Honolulu, where he bought a derelict 1952 Frazer Nash Mille Miglia in 1975. To learn more about the Frazer Nash marque and make connections, Bob used his IT experience to start FrazerNash-USA.com website in 1997. The Frazer Nash restoration wasn’t completed in New Zealand until 2005. Volunteer work at two Los Angeles auto museums and membership in several car clubs increased Bob’s interest in auto history. More than 10 years ago, Bob used open-source digital library software to make and distribute auto history collections on disk. These disks included digitized copies of ‘50s auto racing publications made in 2004 by the late Bob Norton, a JPL employee. Bob joined the NAAM in 2014 when it held a conference at the Petersen Automotive Museum and joined the SAH a few years later. Bob retired in 2007 from a career in IT contracts management. He still owns the Vespa and sidecar.
Bio: Mark A. Vargas is Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Library and Archives at Revs Institute®. Previously, Mark was Dean of Learning Resources Services at St. Cloud State University and Library Director at Saint Xavier University. He was an archivist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Assistant Archivist at MIT. Mark received a M.A. in History and M.L.S. in Library Science from the University of Maryland.
Copyright, Customs and Other Bad Things at the Border
Chris Butler, Josh Knerly, Jeanne Seewald