In the latest example of awesomeness from the Stanford Revs Program, Hearst Publishing is transferring the entire archives of Road & Track magazine to the Palo Alto, California campus for preservation. The program aims to create a researchable catalog of automotive history, and the archives are just the latest step in that effort. Road & Track dates back to 1947, and the combined archives filled 527 boxes weighing in at a total of 10,000 pounds. It took two trucks to ship the archives to Stanford. While the physical collection will be housed at the university's library, the Revs Program aims to digitize every issue and make them available to the public online.

But the archive is more than just old back issues. Revs Program Executive Director Reilly P. Brennan (and former AOL Autos editor in chief) notes the archive includes everything from hand-drawn graphs to receipts detailing everything from road test fuel purchases to dinners with Enzo Ferrari. There's a lot of original photos and art, too. No word on when the project will see all of the issues digitized, but we imagine it will be a minute or two.


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      Shotgunner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok that is excellent news. The last thing that has kept me from junking all my old car mags was the lack of anything over 10-15 years old available online. And the online material that is available is usually limited to new car reviews and comparison tests; columns, blurbs, racing articles, future car speculation and other neat stuff are usually left out. My parents' attic might someday be completely free of my old crap after all!
        Leather Bear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shotgunner
        I've also hung on to most of my old car mags (Automobile, C&D, Car, R&T). In one of the boxes out in the garage, I still have the first issue of R&T that I bought with my allowance back in 1962 (the "new" Corvette Stingray was on the cover).
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pity comment.
      Durishin
      • 2 Years Ago
      The ghost, and genius of HNM III lives - and is accessible, evermore! How awesome for anyone who would be an automotive writer. Go the the archive and look for his work. Brilliant!
      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Excellent! The R&T test data pages are fantastic resources. The old ones are very hard to find nowadays online. It's real hit or miss what you can dig up. Having every single one of them since 1947 available to the public is great news.