Collection is open to the public.
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).
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.
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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.
Selections from the collection have been digitized and are available as part of the Inland Automobile Association Digital Collection.