Support the Horseless Carriage Foundation

The Horseless Carriage Foundation is a public benefit corporation. We rely on gifts, memberships, grants, and endowments for financial support. Our research fees cover only a small percentage of our operational costs. Our income from grants and endowments is modest but is growing each year.

You, as individual donor/members, are the backbone of our financial support. Without you, we could not have accomplished so much in such a short period of time.

Here are some Automotive Research Library programs that your HCFI donations support:

  • Scanning archival material into the computer
  • Automotive research
  • Acquisition of early factory catalogs & manuals
  • Acquisition of early automotive trade periodicals
  • Preservation programs for library and archival materials
  • Computerized cataloging of the Library holdings
  • Educational outreach programs to other automotive libraries and museums and to historical automobile clubs.


The Horseless Carriage Foundation actively solicits gifts of cash, collectibles, and literature. Gifts of automobiles and automotive collectibles are welcome. The Library holds and seeks archival materials and historical memorabilia such as photographs, trophies, company records, automotive art, scrapbooks, factory drawings, show catalogs, and correspondence. All forms of automotive literature are welcomed as donations:

The Library seeks sales literature, owner’s manuals, parts lists and accessory catalogues for all forms of motor vehicles, foreign and domestic, up to the modern era. Automotive periodicals and enthusiast magazines are needed to complete our runs. Books on all aspects of the automobile are wanted, including histories, personalities, single marques, repair and restoration, early motor travel, racing, trucking, and motorcycles.

All gifts are deductible from State and Federal Income Tax to the extent allowed by law. The Horseless Carriage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation. Surplus literature is a valuable asset for the Library’s growth. Donations found to be duplicates of existing materials may be used for trading and fund raising.

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