Greetings to the Vinson Community!

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kenton Jaehnig and I am the new Project Archivist/Cataloger for the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at Hagley Museum and Library. I assumed my duties on July 6th from Emily Cottle, whom as you may already know, left us to become the University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian at Delaware State University. I feel much honored to have been chosen to continue the processing and cataloging of the Vinson Collection. I am truly excited to be granted the opportunity to work with this very significant collection of transportation materials.

A little bit about my background. I received my B.A. in history from the University of Pittsburgh and earned my M.A. in history from Wright State University, with a concentration in archives and historical administration. Professionally, I have over twelve years of archives processing experience and have processed a number of large twentieth-century archives collections over the course of my career. I arrived at Hagley Museum and Library in March 2011. Before coming to Hagley, I held processing archivist positions at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Virginia. At Hagley, prior to accepting the Vinson position, I served as the William Pahlmann Project Archivist.

In addition to my archives background, I have a longstanding personal and scholarly interest in automobiles. As with Vinson, my fascination with automobiles dates back to childhood. In recent years, I have developed a scholarly interest in imported cars that started arriving on American shores in the years following World War II. I am the author of a scholarly article on this subject entitled “History of Foreign Cars in Wyoming: 1946 to 1963,” which was published in the Spring 2006 issue of Annals of Wyoming.

We will continue to use the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection blog to highlight unique items, discuss our methodology, and to keep everyone informed of the progress of the project. We will also continue to update this blog on a weekly basis with features submitted by myself, interns, and volunteers. So stayed tuned for the latest developments on the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection project!

Alas, it is now time for me to get back to work on this ever-fascinating collection. Before I do, I would like to thank Emily Cottle for all of her hard work on Z. Taylor Vinson Collection project and to wish her the best of luck at Delaware State University. Emily’s contributions are, and will continue to be vital to the success of this project. For my part, I will strive to complete the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection project in accordance with the high standards established by Emily. I am also looking forward to hearing your responses to the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection blog.

Kenton Jaehnig is the Project Archivist/Cataloger for the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at Hagley Museum and Library.

8 thoughts on “Greetings to the Vinson Community!

    • Dear Mr. Simeone:

      Thank you very much for your kind welcome. I am always glad to hear from a colleague, particularly one who has custodianship over a collection that is apparently similar to ours.

      I would be delighted to establish a working relationship with you regarding our respective collections. I will certainly welcome any suggestions you may have as the Vinson project progresses.

      I will looking forward to hearing from you again in the future!

  1. Kenton
    As Taylor Vinson’s brother I want to welcome you and know what a fine job you will do with his collection . We all look forward to coming to view it once the processing has been completed.
    Best wishes to you .
    Edwin Vinson

    • Dear Mr. Vinson:

      I am delighted to hear from you. Thank you very much for your kind words! Your brother’s collection is a real treasure and I consider myself very privileged to have been given the opportunity to work on it.

      As I have already mentioned, I will keep you up to date on the latest developments as the project progresses. I will look forward to hearing from you again in the future!

  2. Kenton – glad you have joined this important project. All of us in the extended family of Z. Taylor Vinson (know to us as Uncle Taylor), are eager to get your updates and hear how things are going with processing. We know the collection will take some time to go through, but we would love to come visit when the Hagley is ready to have us. Uncle Taylor was very keen on his relationship with the Hagley, and we want to continue to honor that connection.
    - Erica (niece-in-law)

    • Dear Ms. Ruggles:

      I am delighted to hear from you. As I mentioned to your Uncle Edwin, Taylor’s collection is a real treasure. I am just pleased as punch to have been chosen to work on it. I am also particularly pleased to hear the extended Vinson Family is so interested in this project.

      I will keep you up to date on the developments on the project. I will look forward to hearing from you again in the future!

  3. Congratulations on your appointment and I wish you every success in your archiving endeavors.
    I am the compiler of the Cadillac Database on behalf of the Museum and Research Center of the Cadillac and La Salle Club Inc. One section of the Database is devoted to merchandising literature produced by the Cadillac Company since 1902. Much of the information contained therein came from Taylor Vinson’s incredible collection. I have the pleasure of being related to Taylor through my wife; he was her brother in law. I am at your disposal to discuss any Cadillac literature queries you might have.

    • Dear Mr. Saunders:

      My apologies for not getting back to you earlier. I am always delighted to hear from a member of Z. Taylor Vinson’s extended family. I believe we communicated via e-mail once before.

      Thank you very much for offering to place your expertise with Cadillac sales literature at my disposal. If you ever have any queries regarding materials in the Vinson Collection, by all means do not hesitate to contact me.

      I will keep you up to date on developments regarding the Z. Vinson Taylor Vinson Collection. I will also look forward to hearing from you again in the future.

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