Posted Dec 10th 2012 4:44PM
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 searchable 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 over 4,500 kg. 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.