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Haynes Automobile Company records

 Collection — Folder: S3290
Identifier: S3290

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials created by the Haynes Automobile Company in July 1928 to promote and commemorate the 28th anniversary of “the first trip of America’s first mechanically successful automobile” and the dedication of an historical marker to Elwood Haynes. The trip being commemorated was taken on Pumpkinvine Pike near Kokomo, Indiana.


  • 1922/07


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Elwood Haynes (1875-1925) is one of several men who claimed to be the inventor of the first American gasoline-powered automobile. He produced his first automobile in 1893. He was a teacher by trade and later became a principal. He also served on the Indiana Board of Education. Indiana University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Law degree.

In 1896, Haynes and Edgar Apperson formed the Haynes-Apperson Automobile Company. They incorporated the company the following year. The company enjoyed greater success than many of the other small automobiles companies of the time. In 1902, Edgar Apperson left, but the name did not change until September 1905 when it became the Haynes Automobile Company. This is despite the fact that Apperson began his own company, Apperson Brothers Automobile Company, when he left in 1902. The Haynes Automobile Company went bankrupt in 1924.


Madden, W. C. Haynes-Apperson and America’s First Practical Automobile: A History. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Haynes Automobile Company on 1922/07/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2006/05 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid created in 2006/05 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/06 by Brittany Kropf.
Haynes Automobile Company records
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.