History, with all The Dust Blown Off

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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.

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

donations@harley-davidson.com

HARLEY-DAVIDSON HISTORY
OUR FAVORITE THINGS

FROM THE ARCHIVES

OUR FAVORITE THINGS

Every object at the Harley-Davidson Museum tells a unique story. While it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite, our Museum staff is excited to share which artifacts from the Archives’ unparalleled collection inspire them. 
DELLA CREWE

DID YOU KNOW?

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
The AMF Years

FROM THE ARCHIVES

AMF Purchase of Harley-Davidson

January 8, 2019 marked 50 years after AMF (American Machine and Foundry) purchased Harley-Davidson Motor Company. 
1937 catalog for club uniforms

FROM THE ARCHIVES

HISTORY OF H-D APPAREL

The history of Harley-Davidson apparel is so extensive and diverse, to attempt to cover it all just might take a book.