History, with all The Dust Blown Off
Traveling into the past is a thrill when you ride with Harley-Davidson.
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
DID YOU KNOW?
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
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.
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.
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.
Attn: Archives Manager
500 W Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
|Senior (age 65+)||$14|
|US Military (w/ID)||$14|
|Child (age 5-17)||$10|
|Child under 5||Free|
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