Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

What Once Was: Washington Welcome the Automobile, part 1 – Resources


Amzi Lorenzo Barber. The Best Road and the Right Way to Make It. New York, A.L. Barber Asphalt Company, [1909]

Don H. Berkebile. “The 1893 Duryea Automobile in the Museum of History and Technology.” In Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology, Paper 34. Washington, DC, Smithsonian Institution, 1966.

John De Ferrari. Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, D.C. History Press, 2015).

Charles E. Duryea and James E. Homans. The automobile book; a practical treatise on the construction, operation and care of motor cars propelled by gasoline engines; with full explanations of all the essential parts. New York, Sturgis & Walton company, 1916.

Donald G. Godfrey. C. Francis Jenkins, Pioneer of Film and Television. Urbana, Illinois, University of Illinois Press, 2014.

Ann Norton Greene. Horses at Work: Harnessing Power in Industrial America. Cambridge, Harvard University, 1908.

Charles Francis Jenkins. Boyhood of an Inventor. Washington, DC, National Capital Press, 1931.

Beverly Rae Kimes and Henry Austin Clark, Jr. Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1805-1942. 2nd Ed. Iola WI, Krause Publications, 1989.

Clay McShane. The Automobile and the American City. New York, Columbia University Press, 1994.

Clay McShane. The Automobile: A Chronology of it Antecedents, Development, and Impact. Westport CT, Greenwood Press, 1997.

E. D. Merrill. “Changing Fashions in Transportation.”  Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Vol. 48/49, (1946/1947), pp. 159-170.

Peter D. Norton. “Street Rivals: Jaywalking and the Invention of the Motor Age Street.” Technology and Culture 48 (2007): 331-359.

 Richard P. Scharchburg. Carriages Without Horses: J. Frank Duryea and the Birth of the American Automobile Industry. Warrendale, PA, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1993.

Zachary M. Schrag, “‘The Bus Is Young and Honest’: Transportation Politics, Technical Choice, and the Motorization of Manhattan Surface Transit, 1919–1936,” Technology and Culture 41 (2000): 51–79

A. Leftwich Sinclair, Jr. “History of the Automobile in the District of Columbia.”  

Traffic conditions in the District of Columbia. Hearings before a subcommittee of the Committee on the District of Columbia, United States Senate, Sixty-seventh Congress, fourth session, pursuant to S. Res. 419, providing for an investigation of traffic conditions in Washington, District of Columbia, and of accidents resulting therefrom, and better measures for protecting the public against injury and damage arising from negligence. November 5, 6, 7, 19, 20, 21, 27, and December 10, 11, and 20, 1923 … Washington, Govt. print. off., 1923.

Duryea Bros. Build 1st US Motorcar, Despite Themselves. http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/duryea-brothers-build-1st-us-motorcar-despite/

Frank Duryea Drives the First Automobile in Connecticut, May 21, 2016. https://connecticuthistory.org/frank-duryea-drives-the-first-automobile-in-connecticut/

John A. Russell. “After 100 Years, 12 Million Autos, Venerable Tarrytown Turns To Dust.” Automotive News July 12, 1999. https://www.autonews.com/article/19990712/ANA/907120709/after-100-years-12-million-autos-venerable-tarrytown-turns-to-dust

Larz Anderson Auto Museum https://larzanderson.org/history/

“The Washington Automobile & The Carter Motor Car Corporation” American Automobiles. https://www.american-automobiles.com/Washington.html

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