May 27, 2022

Digital Collections: Automotive History Photos Available Online From Detroit Public Library

Note from Gary Price, Founder/Editor of infoDOCKET:

Kudos to DPL!  One of the many wonderful things about attending the Wayne St. Library and Info Science Program in Detroit is having the Detroit Public Library across the street (literally). Thrilled to share the news that some of the great automobile images available at DPL are now easily accessible to all on the web. 

From the Detroit Public Library:

More than 32,000 photos from the National Automotive History Collection (NAHC) are now available on the Internet to news organizations, car enthusiasts and the general public through the Detroit Public Library.

Under development since early 2014, the NAHC’s photo archive is part of the library’s current collection of nearly 70,000 digital photographs.

“Auto enthusiasts from around the world now have direct access to one of the largest selections of digital automotive photography available,” noted Mark Bowden, coordinator of the library’s Special Collections. “We are especially grateful to the library staff, our sponsors and volunteers for helping to make this vast collection of automotive history available online.”

Several organizations and individuals donated funds to the digital photo project, including the National Automotive History Collection’s Board of Trustees, the Detroit Public Library’s Friends Foundation, Nicolas and Diane Quintana, and the MotorCities National Heritage Area.

Bowden noted that many of the library’s digital automotive photos come from the Nathan Lazarnick Collection which is devoted to individual automobiles, motorsports events and drivers, auto shows and manufacturing facilities from the first quarter of the 20thcentury.

Online access to the historical photos is available through the “digital collections” tab on the Detroit Public Library’s website —,

New images are constantly being added to the database.

Direct to National Automotive Historical Collection

Search/Browse All Detroit Public Library Digital Collection

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.