Automotive Research Library

Shining Light On Automotive History

The Automotive Research Library of the Horseless Carriage Foundation was established in 1985 with the primary purpose of recreating the pioneer automotive research libraries of W. Everett Miller and Dr. Alfred S. Lewerenz.

Our goal was, and still is, to make automotive research and restoration information readily available to hobbyists, restorers, and scholars worldwide.

The HCFI Library encourages and supports co-operation between automotive libraries in this country and overseas. Our funding comes from individual donations and grants from various charitable organizations including the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation. Additional income from user fees helps to support Library services.


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The Horseless Carriage Foundation has the world's largest digital archive of all things automotive.

They need your help to continue creating additional archival growth.

  • The HCFI library is my secret weapon in cataloguing, research and archival work.

    -David Traver Adolphus

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Visit our extensive library at Southern California location.

8186 Center Street, Suite F
La Mesa, California 91942

Located right off Interstate 8, we are within two blocks of the Grossmont Shopping Center and a variety of restaurants. A choice of lodging is within a two mile radius.
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  • Tuesday through Friday - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST
  • Saturday - By Appointment Only
  • Closed Most Holidays
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Proudly Associated with
The National Association of Automobile Museums (NAAM)

The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry.