Inland Automobile Association Records, 1903-1974  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Inland Automobile Association
Inland Automobile Association Records
1903-1974 (inclusive)
7 cubic ft.
Collection Number
SPC 974-0011
Records kept by Frank W. Guilbert and his son David, two automotive pioneers of Eastern Washington and leaders in the Spokane County Good Roads Association and the Inland Automobile Association (IAA). The collection also includes materials from five other local, state, and regional automobile groups as well as the American Automobile Association.
Eastern Washington University
Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collections
Eastern Washington University Libraries
320 Media Lane - 100 LIB
Cheney, WA
Telephone: 509-359-2475
Fax: 509-359-4840
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Inland Automobile Association (IAA) Records include those of six other local, state, and regional automobile groups, as well as the national American Automobile Association (AAA). They are tied together by the activities of two men, Frank W. Guilbert and his son, David. Frank Guilbert was instrumental in founding the two main organizations which lobbied for roads in the Inland Empire - the Spokane County Good Roads Association (SCGRA) in 1903, and the Inland Automobile Association in 1912. From then until his death in 1942, Guilbert held various offices in, and was one of the controlling forces in both organizations. After Frank died, his son David took over his position, retiring in 1972 as IAA secretary. The Guilberts were also active in other automotive groups, such as the Eastern Washington Highway Association (EWHA), the National Parks Highway Association (NPHA), the Washington State Loop Highway Association (WSLHA), the Washington State Good Roads Association (WSGRA), and the Western Federation of Motor Clubs (WFMC).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The bulk of this collection consists of the records of the IAA and the SCGRA. The remaining records are those of other automobile organizations, and reflect the participation in them by the Guilberts.

The materials include organizational papers, minutes, reports, financial records, correspondence, speeches, subject files, publications, maps, advertisements, cartoons, newsclippings, and photographs. Of particular note as a record of early travel conditions, is a collection of 137 photographs taken on the 1916 National Parks Highway Tour from Chicago to Tacoma. Frank Guilbert was a participant, and helped organize the tour. The collection also contains additional separate series of maps and publications of the American Automobile Association, as well as other organizations.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Use of this collection is subject to the rules concerning access to archival and manuscript collections at Eastern Washington University. For more information, see:

Copyright restrictions may apply. For more information or permission to publish, contact Eastern Washington University Libraries, Archives & Special Collections at (509) 359-2475, or

Preferred Citation

Inland Automobile Association Records; SPC 974-0011; box number; folder number; Archives & Special Collections, Eastern Washington University.

The literary rights for all materials in this collection are retained by the IAA.

Alternative Forms Available

Selections from the collection have been digitized and are available as part of the Inland Automobile Association Digital Collection.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Automobile driving--United States
  • Automobile travel--Northwestern States
  • Automobile travel--Washington (State)
  • Automobiles--Periodicals
  • Automobiles--United States--Societies, etc.
  • Automobiles--Washington (State)--Societies, etc.
  • Highway planning--United States--Maps
  • Roads--United States--Design and construction
  • Roads--United States--Maps
  • Roads--Washington (State)--Finance--Periodicals
  • Transportation, Automotive--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Guilbert, David C.
  • Guilbert, Frank W., -1940
  • Corporate Names :
  • American Automobile Association
  • Eastern Washington highway association, Apr. 1929-
  • Inland Automobile Association
  • National Parks Highway Association
  • Spokane county good roads association, Apr. 1929-
  • Washington State Good Roads Association
  • Washington State Loop Highway Association
  • Western Federation of Motor Clubs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Advertisements
  • Cartoons (humorous images)
  • Charters and articles of incorporation
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Files (document groupings)
  • Financial records
  • Maps
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Minutes (Records)
  • Organization files
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Publications (documents)
  • Records (Documents)
  • Reports
  • Road maps
  • Speeches
  • Speeches (documents)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Guilbert, David C. (creator)
    • Guilbert, Frank W., -1940 (creator)