History, with all The Dust Blown Off

Traveling into the past is a thrill when you ride with Harley-Davidson.

Harley-Davidson Archives

Harley-Davidson has been preserving its history for over 100 years. Before moving to the Museum in 2008, the Archives was housed at the company’s Juneau Avenue headquarters in Milwaukee behind closed doors. Now on display to the public in museum exhibits, the collection is also used for research by various departments of the Motor Company, providing background or inspiration for many tasks ranging from marketing to new product development.

Only a small portion of the Archives collection is on view in the museum at a given time. Several hundred vehicles are stored on the third floor of the Archives building, and the second floor houses thousands of objects such as collectibles and toys, parts and accessories, clothing and riding gear, art, documents, and photographs.

From The Archives


    Pioneering Women

    By 1921, when Harley-Davidson began marketing to “girls” as more than just passengers, the first solo women riders were long gone – opening up new roads to adventure on their own

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    Headlight Advertising, 1930
    Della Crewe

    25 Years of the
    Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

    Hey, Fat Boy. For twenty-five years the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy has remained a staple of the company’s model line. Its name comes from its beefy look and its roots in biker culture. With appearances in numerous Hollywood films, this bike is truly a cultural icon.

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    1990 FLSTF Fat Boy
    1990 FLSTF Fat Boy

    Happy Anniversary,
    Electra Glide!

    The 2015 model year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. But, the bike didn’t just appear out of thin air in 1965.

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    This 1968 Electra Glide is on display in the Museum.
    This 1968 Electra Glide is on display in the Museum.

Donating An Artifact

If you wish to offer an item to the permanent collections of Harley-Davidson, please mail or e-mail the following to the address below:

  • A detailed description of the item
  • A photograph of the item
  • Your complete contact information, including phone number

Your submission will be reviewed by the Archives and Curatorial Staff of Harley-Davidson. If we are interested in acquiring the item for the Harley-Davidson Archives collections, you will be contacted for further information. Unfortunately, the Archives cannot accept unsolicited donations.

Harley-Davidson Archives

Attn: Archives Manager
500 W Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202


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