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Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection

Author:
Ryder Mobile Homes, Inc.  Search this
Donor:
Zink, Philip G.  Search this
Zink, Scott  Search this
Zink, Philip G.  Search this
Zink, Scott  Search this
Names:
Ryder, Ralph  Search this
Extent:
15 Cubic feet (44 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Advertisements
Business records
Photographs
Trade catalogs
Date:
circa 1920s-2001
Summary:
The collection documents trailer park life, particularly the Ryder Mobile Homes Park founded by Ralph Ryder in New Haven, Connecticut in 1930.
Scope and Contents:
The collecton consists of photographs, trade literature, plans, park bulletins, specifications, sales materials and contracts from manufacturers, articles, and sales literature on the company's own products. There are some personal items relating to the company founder Ralph Ryder. The photographs depict the Ryder Mobile Homes Park, and its trailers and residents, as well as other mobile homes and recreational vehicles.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into seven series.

Series 1: Ryder Mobile Homes Park, 1930-1990s

Series 2: Residential Mobile Homes Materials, 1947-2001

Series 3: Recreational Trailer Materials, 1967-1972

Series 4: Mobile Homes Trade Literature, circa 1920s-circa 1970s

Series 5: Mobile Homes Accessories Trade Literature, 1945-1994

Series 6: Magazines, 1936-1973

Series 7: Photographs, 1928-1989
Historical note:
Ryder Mobile Homes, Inc. operated a mobile home park in New Haven, Connecticut from 1930 to 1981. Ralph Ryder established the company in 1930. He built and lived in a house car, a trailer on a truck body, near New Haven, Connecticut. The company designed and built its own recreational vehicles in the 1940s and operated a dealership circa 1950 to 1981, where it sold many different brands of mobile home trailers and recreational vehicles. Ryder began selling trailers in 1936 and moved his sales operation and trailer home to a ten-acre wooded lot in Hamden, Connecticut, that he purchased from Henry Usher. He opened his trailer lot to other residents, creating one of the first mobile home parks in the United States. The trailer lot expanded to sixty acres and is still in operation. Ryder's nephew, Gary Zink, joined the business in 1947. Zink continued the business operations after Ryder's death in 1973 and then sold the business in 1999.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center by Scott and Phillip G. Zink on July 10, 2001.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Mobile home industry  Search this
Recreational vehicle industry  Search this
Recreational vehicle living  Search this
Recreational vehicles  Search this
Mobile home living  Search this
Mobile homes  Search this
Mobile home parks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Advertisements -- 20th century
Business records -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Trade catalogs
Citation:
Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0777
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Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0777
Online Media:

Home bound : Filipino American lives across cultures, communities, and countries / Yen Le Espiritu

Author:
Espiritu, Yen Le 1963-  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 271 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Philippines
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Filipino Americans--Social conditions  Search this
Filipino Americans--Ethnic identity  Search this
Families  Search this
Transnationalism  Search this
Racism  Search this
Relations  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_714890

The unknown world of the mobile home / John Fraser Hart, Michelle J. Rhodes and John T. Morgan, with the cartographic collaboration of Mark B.Lindberg

Author:
Hart, John Fraser  Search this
Rhodes, Michelle J. 1972-  Search this
Morgan, John (John T.)  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 142 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Mobile homes  Search this
Mobile home living  Search this
Mobile home industry  Search this
Mobile home parks  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_687884

Trailers / photographs by Carol Burch-Brown ; text by David Rigsbee

Author:
Burch-Brown, Carol  Search this
Rigsbee, David  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 93 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Virginia
Montgomery County
Date:
1996
Topic:
Mobile homes--Pictorial works  Search this
Mobile home living--Pictorial works  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_545299

Galloping bungalows : the rise and demise of the American house trailer / David A. Thornburg

Author:
Thornburg, David A. 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
197 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
Topic:
Mobile homes--History  Search this
Mobile home living--History  Search this
Call number:
TL297.T56 1991X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_405550

Wheel estate : the rise and decline of mobile homes / Allan D. Wallis

Author:
Wallis, Allan D  Search this
Physical description:
x, 283 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
Topic:
Mobile homes--Psychological aspects  Search this
Mobile homes--Sociological aspects  Search this
Mobile home industry  Search this
Mobile home living  Search this
Housing policy  Search this
Call number:
HD7289.62.U6W35 1991X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_410763

The new revised home is where you park it / Kay Peterson

Title:
Home is where you park it
Author:
Peterson, Kay  Search this
Physical description:
200 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Recreational vehicles  Search this
Mobile home living  Search this
Call number:
GV198.7 .P48 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_470776

Home is where you park it / Kay Peterson

Author:
Peterson, Kay  Search this
Physical description:
199 p. : ill ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1982
C1982
Topic:
Recreational vehicles  Search this
Mobile home living  Search this
Call number:
GV198.7 .P48 1982
GV198.7.P48 1982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_231354

Rolling homes : handmade houses on wheels / Jane Lidz

Author:
Lidz, Jane  Search this
Physical description:
96 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
C1979
Topic:
Mobile homes  Search this
Mobile home living  Search this
Call number:
TH4819.M6 L53X
TH4819.M6L53X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_122251

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