Attention readers! For a little more than 3 years, you have been patiently waiting for the day in which you could access the materials found in the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection. Today, it gives me great me pleasure to notify you that the long wait is almost over. On January 2, 2014, the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection will be officially open to the general public. Beginning on January 2nd, researchers will be able to visit Hagley and take a first-hand look at the wonderful materials found in the collection.
By making the Z. Taylor Vinson collection available to you, we at Hagley have brought the project to its official conclusion. From our perspective, Vinson Collection Project was an enjoyable one to work on and satisfying to complete. The collection’s contents are truly fascinating and we learned a great deal about automobiles and automotive history over the course of the project. By working with the Vinson Collection, we also learned some immensely valuable lessons on how to best process very large imprint collections. This newly acquired knowledge will be applied to other processing projects at Hagley in the future.
Now that the project is completed, I am also writing to announce that this will be my final installment of the Vinson Collection Blog, and that I will soon be saying farewell to Hagley. I have accepted the position of Project Archivist at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My last day at Hagley will be on December 31st. Although I am sad to be leaving Hagley, I am very happy that the Vinson Collection is now being properly preserved and will soon be available to researchers. I will also be watching future developments regarding the collection with great interest.
Before I leave, I would like to use this opportunity to thank all of my colleagues at here at Hagley who made my stay here an enjoyable one and whose valuable contributions helped bring the Vinson Collection Project to its successful completion. I would also like to thank the readers for regularly tuning in to the Vinson Collection Blog and for patiently bearing with us while the collection was being processed. Once again, starting on January 2nd, we at Hagley cordially invite you to pay us a visit and have a first-hand look at the materials found in the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection.
Goodbye and Good luck!
Saab 96, Fast Roomy Handsome – Built with Aircraft Quality: Saab: Trade Catalogs: Specific Models: 9X, 90, 92, 92X, 95, 96, Aero, Aero X, Granturismo 750, Shrike, Sonett II, Sonett III, Sonett V4, Special, Turbo, and V4, 1951-2006, n.d., Z. Taylor Vinson Collection, Hagley Museum and Library.
The Sensational Hupp Skylark, America’s Most Distinguished Low Priced Car: Hupmobile: Trade Catalogs: Specific Models: 417, 421-J, 427, 517, 518, 521, 527, Club Sedan, and Skylark, 1934-1935, n.d., Z. Taylor Vinson Collection, Hagley Museum and Library.
Kenton Jaehnig is the Project Archivist for the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at Hagley Museum and Library.