Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America

About this collection

The Robert K. Austin collection consists of a picture reference file of American automobiles built between 1877 and 1979. Most pictures are illustrations clipped from magazines and other publications, but there are also some postcards, photographs, and ephemera items. This collection has not been digitized in its entirety. The online collection includes images dating from 1958 to 1962 and depict automobile assembly lines at General Motors Corporation plants. For a detailed description of the entire collection, click here to view the finding aid.

    Image: Inspecting final product during automobile assembly. Click to view.

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Automobile assembly, employees
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Welding a Buick, 1959, Wilmington, Del.
Note with image: 'Buick - 1959. B.O.P. Wilmington', Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Oldsmobile painting line
Note with image: 'Oldsmobile - 1959', Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Paint shop at Buick assembly plant
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly - soft trim
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly - body drop
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly - roll test
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly - final line
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly - welding
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
General Motors Corporation assembly plant, Wilmington, Del.
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, windshields
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly line
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, final line
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, soft top roofs
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, roll test
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, interiors
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, detail of roll test
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, detail of roll test
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, detail of roll test
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, testing
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, testing
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, detail of "rolls," at General Motors assembly plant in Wilmington, Del.
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, body drop, at General Motors assembly plant in Wilmington, Del.
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, body drop, at General Motors assembly plant in Wilmington, Del.
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, body drop, at General Motors assembly plant in Wilmington, Del.
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, body drop, at General Motors assembly plant in Wilmington, Del.
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, finished product
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, inspecting final product
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, preparing car for roll test
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, windshields
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, painting
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, body drop, at General Motors assembly plant in Fremont, Calif.
Note with image: 'One of the most dramatic points in the automobile assembly process at the new General Motors plant in Fremont, Calif., is the 'body drop' station on the final assembly line. Here, car bodies are lowered -- according to a precise schedule -- onto their matching chassis which have been assembled in another area of the plant. Linking together all production departments throughout the two-million square foot facility, an electronic 'broadcasting' system assures that the correct parts and accessories for a given car will arrive at the proper place at exactly the right time.', Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, roll test, at General Motors assembly plant in Fremont, Calif.
Note with image: 'Three cars undergo the 'mechanical roll test' simultaneously at the end of the final assembly line in General Motors' new plant at Fremont, Calif. After each car is positioned on the 'rolls' (four large revolving drums recessed in the plant floor) it is put through a cycle of acceleration, deceleration and braking to check engine, transmission, suspension and brakes for proper operation. Speedometer accuracy is also checked at this point.', Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, painting booths, at General Motors assembly plant in Fremont, Calif.
Note with image: 'Passenger cars receive their gleaming exterior finish at the General Motors Fremont Assembly Plant in paint-spray booths of the latest design. the large volume of fresh air supplied to each booth -- sufficient for more than 300 average-size homes -- is electrostatically filtered. Temperature and humidity of incoming air are also closely controlled, contributing further to the high quality of 'paint jobs' at Fremont.', Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, roll test
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automobile assembly, front end
Image was once part of a scrapbook or binder; is located with the ~30 loose pages from that book, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Robert K. Austin picture file on the history the automobile in America (Accession 1979.262), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807