Bye Bye Bye: 1998 Dodge Viper

Cover of a Dodge Viper catalog from 1999.

Before coming to work on this extraordinary collection, nobody would have described me as a “car person.” In fact, while growing up, I had never really paid much attention to cars at all. One of the first memories I do have of actually noticing a car was as a teenager. This car was the red 1998 Dodge Viper used in ‘N Sync’s 2000 music video for the song Bye bye bye. At the time I was sure I would one day have one of my very own (note: I do not own a Dodge Viper…yet and yes, I am indeed a child of the nineties boy band craze). It is with a heavy heart that I must bid the Vinson project and Hagley a sad bye bye bye.

I have accepted the position of University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian at Delaware State University. My last day at Hagley will be May 30. I want to express my gratitude to all of our readers and especially to my colleagues, whom I will miss very much (speaking of my wonderful colleagues, in addition to reading this Vinson blog, you should also check out what the rest of the Library is doing, with their newsletter and the latest Hagley article published on Bloomberg). The last fifteen months that I have spent on this project have been very memorable, not to mention how much of a car expert I have become!

I know you’re all very worried about the collection and where you’ll get your weekly Vinson fix. I can assure you that there is a stockpile of blog articles queued up to keep your weekly read going all summer long! I hope you’ll all stick with us through the transition because I know you all will not want to miss what is to come as we get closer and closer to the collection opening in early 2014!

It is an especially sad time because in addition to my impending departure, we are bidding farewell to Robin Valencia, who has been my dedicated graduate assistant since last summer. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Robin for all of her hard work over the last year. Thanks to her diligence, we have made exceptional progress in processing. Her positive attitude made her a pleasure to work with and she never once complained about the heavy boxes or cold temperatures of our storage facility. I wish Robin the best and I can say with certainty this project is much better off for her having been a part of it. Thank you, Robin!

We aren’t all tears and heartache here today though, as we are also very excited to welcome back to the Vinson Collection, Laura Muskavitch. Laura did a brief internship with me last March and has now returned for the summer. She began a few weeks ago and has quickly jumped back into processing and is already making great headway.

As I mentioned, though I will be gone, the blog posts from  Robin, Laura, and I will continue on into the summer, so please stay tuned for some great pieces on summer travel tips from Studebaker, a history of the Willys-Overland company, another methodology post, and much more!

Thank you again to all of you; knowing that people like you are interested in what we’re doing is a great feeling and your readership and comments have meant the world to me! I’ll miss you and the Vinson collection very much!

Emily Cottle was the Project Archivist/Cataloger for the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at Hagley Museum and Library.

5 thoughts on “Bye Bye Bye: 1998 Dodge Viper

  1. I also want to say thank you and bid farewell to our loyal readers and our colleagues. It has been an extreme pleasure to work on the Vinson collection, get to know the materials he collected, and present them to the public with this blog.

    I wouldn’t call myself an expert on cars. I came to this project, however, with an appreciation of cars that bordered on amateur specialist via the television show Top Gear. I didn’t know a lot about the mechanics or advertising of cars, but after spending much time with Vinson’s trade catalogs, I came to learn much more than I expected.

    This experience has not only taught me about the history of cars, but also about archives. I was not an archivist coming into this project, but as I learned the methods of processing and researching for archival collections, I grew to appreciate the art of archiving.

    Last, but definitely not least, I also want to thank Emily for giving me the opportunity to work on the collection for as long as I did. Though my enthusiasm for cars was somewhat greater than hers, she put up with my constant, “This is so cool! Look at this car! I just saw it at a car show…” comments from over the cubicle wall. This has been a wonderful experience, and I will miss working on the collection and with all the people involved.

    Make sure to keep reading every week and thanks again!

  2. Thanks to both of you Emily and Robin for the care you are taking with our uncle’s collection. You do his memory great honor and I know he would be pleased with all the progress (and would have so enjoyed reading your updates as he was a computer guy too). Good luck to you both.

    • I want to add my thanks to Erica’s for both of you! Thank you so much for all of the work you’ve done on our Uncle Taylor’s collection, and I love the blog! Welcome to Laura and looking forward to seeing more.

  3. Goodbye Emily! Best of luck in your new position. If you ever want an antique wrench lecture, display, or a f a whole collection, you know where to find me.

    Bob Wickes
    Landenberg, PA

  4. That Dodge Viper was the first sports car that really caught my eye as well, though I never saw that music video.

    From what I’ve seen so far, I can tell you’ve got fantastic collection. Great work maintaining and expanding it!

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