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National Automotive History Collection

Due to a facilities issue, the Skillman Branch, which houses the National Automotive History Collection (NAHC), is temporarily closed. Staff does not have access to the building at this time. All NAHC reference service is suspended until further notice. 

If you wish to be notified when access is restored, please send an e-mail to

The National Automotive History Collection is regarded as the nation's premier public automotive archive documenting the history and development of the automobile and other wheeled land transportation.


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  • Photographs
  • Books
  • Manuscripts
  • Service manuals
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