After quite a bit of courteous and understandable to-ing and fro-ing about a project of mine, I was given access and made welcome at MSA House in August 2012. My having an MSA licence seemed to help. As far as I can tell, all that is held from RAC days are the bound minutes of the Competition Committee and the chairmens’ agenda books. I understand MSA may now be taking steps to digitise this material which will safeguard the originals and should make their content more readily accessible. It certainly is an important and fascinating resource but that is about all the MSA has from before its formation.
I believe the archives of the RAC contain all the other motor sport material and these are in the care of Churchill College, Cambridge. I have not yet made use of it, but an on-line catalogue can be found via http://bookings.roya...tstartframe.asp ; I believe all the original motoring and motor sport material is available at the Churchill College archive centre.
I haven’t enquired but I would hope the CSI archives are preserved in Paris; it would be useful to know and perhaps this is something our various national historic delegates might follow up? The archives of the Auto-Cycle Union are at the University of Warwick and there is an on-line catalogue which I haven't made use of. I enquired at the FIM and understand it does have archives but I haven’t sought access.
I also made a number of enquiries of the major British national clubs regarding events they promoted in the 1940s and ‘50s and understand as follows:
· BARC – results, programmes only
· BRSCC didn’t reply but DCPR told me all 500 Club stuff was destroyed years ago
· BRDC - results, programmes only
· VSCC - minutes are digitised and I haven't asked about other documents
The purpose of this post is to suggest others share their knowledge and experience of useful archives whether public or private. It is also useful to know what doesn’t exist - saves looking.
Edited by tsrwright, 14 January 2013 - 06:59.