Automotive History Collection Is Worth a Look


Seven years before Ransom E. Olds built his first cars in Detroit , the Detroit Public Library ( DPL ) bought its first book focused on the automobile. The 1896 purchase of John Henry Knight’s Notes on Motor Carriages: With Hints for Purchasers of and Users was the foundation upon which today’s vast collection of automotivematerial is built. Ever since that first purchase, the DPL has aggressively added auto-related material to the collection.

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