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Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection

Author:
Ryder Mobile Homes, Inc.  Search this
Names:
Ryder, Ralph  Search this
Donor:
Zink, Philip G.  Search this
Zink, Scott  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
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82d2b7c2f-1aea-4fea-ac52-0d3ca1c835ba
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0777
Online Media:

Richard Petty

Artist:
Al Satterwhite, born 1944  Search this
Sitter:
Richard Lee Petty, born 2 Jul 1937  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print
Dimensions:
Image: 21 x 31.3 cm (8 1/4 x 12 5/16")
Sheet: 27.9 x 35.5 cm (11 x 14")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\California\Riverside\Riverside
Date:
1977 (printed 2009)
Topic:
Exterior\Landscape  Search this
Vehicle\Automobile  Search this
Richard Lee Petty: Male  Search this
Richard Lee Petty: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Race car driver  Search this
Richard Lee Petty: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Al Satterwhite
Object number:
NPG.2009.30
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© 2008 Al Satterwhite
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm433bfdcc0-cf60-491f-9789-c727b6112137
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2009.30

Monnett Moni

Manufacturer:
Harold Weston  Search this
Designer:
John Monnett  Search this
Materials:
Overall - Aluminum airframe, semi-monocoque construction.
Dimensions:
Wingspan: 8.4 m (27 ft 6 in)
Length: 4.5 m (14 ft 7.5. in)
Height: 0.7 m (28 in)
Weights: Gross, 227 kg (500 lb)
Empty, 118 kg (260 lb)
Engine: KFM 107E, two-cylinder, two-stroke air-cooled, 25 horsepower
Type:
CRAFT-Aircraft
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Gift of Harold C. Weston.
Inventory Number:
A19920066000
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station:
World War II Aviation
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv999224667-deb1-4ccd-8b28-3a473d996ac7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19920066000
Online Media:

Paul's Housetruck, Front

Artist:
Paul Herzoff, born Hollywood, CA 1946  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1971
Topic:
Architecture\vehicle\recreational vehicle  Search this
Object\other\sign  Search this
Architecture Exterior\other\parking lot  Search this
Architecture\vehicle\van  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts
Copyright:
©1971, Paul B. Herzoff
Object number:
1983.63.720
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7c2504008-034b-470f-bacc-31e3c983c57d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1983.63.720

[Trade catalogs from Custom Bilt Body, Inc.]

Company Name:
Custom Bilt Body, Inc.  Search this
Related companies:
Case LIV-N-ROAM Cruiser Div.  Search this
Notes content:
Case Liv-n-Roam Cruiser ; RV ; recreational vehicles
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Hamburg, New York, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Automobiles and automotive equipment (including trucks and buses)  Search this
Camping equipment  Search this
Topic:
Automobiles  Search this
Camping equipment industry  Search this
Motor vehicles  Search this
Outdoor recreation  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_45381
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_45381

The Biglin Brothers Turning the Stake

Alternate Title:
John Biglin and Bernard Biglin
Artist:
Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins, 25 Jul 1844 - 25 Jun 1916  Search this
Sitter:
John Biglin, born c.1844  Search this
Bernard Biglin, c. 1841 - ?  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
102.2cm x 153cm (40 1/4" x 60 1/4"), Estimate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1873
Topic:
Nature & Environment\Plant\Tree  Search this
Vehicle\Boat  Search this
Exterior\Landscape\Riverscape  Search this
John Biglin: Male  Search this
John Biglin: Sports and Recreation\Athlete  Search this
Bernard Biglin: Male  Search this
Bernard Biglin: Sports and Recreation\Athlete  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Cleveland Museum of Art
Object number:
1984.1927 CMA
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm49209ae5c-6d85-4749-8f05-c25568bb3f10
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1984.1927_CMA

Jim Clark, Indianapolis, Indiana

Artist:
Harry Benson, born 02 Dec 1929  Search this
Sitter:
James Clark, 4 Mar 1936 - 7 Apr 1968  Search this
Dimensions:
Frame: 59.2 x 65.7cm (23 5/16 x 25 7/8")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\Indiana\Marion\Indianapolis
Date:
1965
Topic:
Exterior\Sports arena  Search this
Vehicle\Bicycle  Search this
Symbols & Motifs\Banner  Search this
Vehicle\Truck  Search this
James Clark: Male  Search this
James Clark: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Race car driver  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Harry Benson Ltd.
Object number:
EXH.HB.018
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Harry Benson Ltd. All rights reserved
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm434251faf-9e3d-4775-9bb0-c1045b0e48bf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_EXH.HB.018

A. A. Zimmerman

Alternate Title:
Zimmerman and His Machine
Artist:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864 - 1901  Search this
Sitter:
A. A. Zimmerman, 1869 - 1936  Search this
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1895
Topic:
Vehicle\Bicycle  Search this
A. A. Zimmerman: Male  Search this
A. A. Zimmerman: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Cyclist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Boston Public Library
Object number:
MA300096
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm42d7fb184-421f-43e6-a42e-a242d3047d7f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_MA300096

John Biglin

Alternate Title:
Perspective Drawing and Study of John Biglin
Artist:
Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins, 25 Jul 1844 - 25 Jun 1916  Search this
Sitter:
John Biglin, born c.1844  Search this
Medium:
Pencil, pen and colored washes
Type:
Drawing
Date:
before 1872
Topic:
Vehicle\Boat  Search this
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Oar  Search this
Study  Search this
John Biglin: Male  Search this
John Biglin: Sports and Recreation\Athlete  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Whitney Museum of American Art
Object number:
NY490302
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm40a3aadcb-0b3d-4ab3-a562-3145a6638189
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY490302

A.J. Foyt, Cartwheel series

Artist:
Ron Kleeman  Search this
Sitter:
Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr., born 16 Jan 1936  Search this
Medium:
Silkscreen
Dimensions:
Image: 43.8 x 61cm (17 1/4 x 24")
Type:
Print
Date:
1977
Topic:
Vehicle\Automobile  Search this
Exterior\Sports arena\Racetrack  Search this
Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr.: Male  Search this
Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr.: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Race car driver  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Louis K. Meisel Gallery
Object number:
NY900022
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm463ed99a8-a87b-4e7f-8627-17155afc5ad4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY900022

Herbert Mason Sears

Alternate Title:
Commodore Herbert Mason Sears on the Deck of the Yacht Constellation
Artist:
John Singer Sargent, 12 Jan 1856 - 15 Apr 1925  Search this
Sitter:
Herbert Mason Sears, 1867 - 1942  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
36.8 × 44.5cm (14 1/2 × 17 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1924
Topic:
Vehicle\Ship  Search this
Herbert Mason Sears: Male  Search this
Herbert Mason Sears: Business and Finance\Businessperson  Search this
Herbert Mason Sears: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Yachtsman  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Peabody Essex Museum
Object number:
PC990581
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4cf6a576b-651a-4d61-80d6-b8edb4c534aa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PC990581

Antenna, Satellite, T4 RV, Winegard

Manufacturer:
Winegard  Search this
Materials:
Plastic, Steel, Brass, Copper
Dimensions:
3-D: 34.3cm, 4.5kg, 38.1cm (1 ft. 1 1/2 in., 10lb., 1 ft. 3 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-Aerials & Antenna
Country of Origin:
United States
Credit Line:
Gift of the Winegard Company
Inventory Number:
A20220308000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv95d220766-b52c-4dc6-9434-1aa28f55f28d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A20220308000
Online Media:

[Trade catalogs from Pickup Tops Mfg. Co.]

Company Name:
Pickup Tops Mfg. Co.  Search this
Related companies:
Siesta Recreation Vehicles  Search this
Notes content:
Siesta Recreation Vehicles ; RVs ; cabover campers ; Ranchero Telescopic Cab-Over campers ; El Camino Telescopic Cab-Over campers
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Color images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Sunnyvale, California, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Automobiles and automotive equipment (including trucks and buses)  Search this
Camping equipment  Search this
Topic:
Automobiles  Search this
Camping equipment industry  Search this
Motor vehicles  Search this
Outdoor recreation  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_45347
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_45347

[Trade catalogs from Krager Kustom Koach, Inc.]

Company Name:
Krager Kustom Koach, Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
recreational vehicles ; RVs ; motorhomes ; includes floor plans
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
3 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Winona, Minnesota, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Automobiles and automotive equipment (including trucks and buses)  Search this
Camping equipment  Search this
Topic:
Automobiles  Search this
Camping equipment industry  Search this
Motor vehicles  Search this
Outdoor recreation  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_43970
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_43970

[Trade catalogs from Blue Bird Corp.]

Company Name:
Blue Bird Corp.  Search this
Related companies:
Blue Bird Wanderlodge, Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
OVERSIZE. School buses ; motor coaches ; recreational vehicles ; RVs ; "Blue Bird Wanderlodge" motorhomes
Includes:
Trade catalog and histories
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
102 pieces; 4 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Fort Valley, Georgia, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Automobiles and automotive equipment (including trucks and buses)  Search this
Camping equipment  Search this
Educational institutions; equipment and supplies (includes playground equipment)  Search this
Topic:
"Schools -- Furniture, equipment, etc."  Search this
Automobiles  Search this
Camping equipment industry  Search this
Motor vehicles  Search this
Outdoor recreation  Search this
Playgrounds  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_8066
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_8066

Recreational Vehicle (RV) Directories

Collection Author:
Ryder Mobile Homes, Inc.  Search this
Container:
Box 17, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971-1972
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection
Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection / Series 3: Recreational Trailer Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep84e8eb9f3-218a-4702-8468-8f931bc44176
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0777-ref101

Recreational Vehicle (RV) Articles

Collection Author:
Ryder Mobile Homes, Inc.  Search this
Container:
Box 17, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1967
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection
Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection / Series 3: Recreational Trailer Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep83094dca2-4ace-479b-9ad2-893ed488d12c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0777-ref107

Mallard Recreational Vehicles

Collection Author:
Ryder Mobile Homes, Inc.  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection
Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection / Series 4: Mobile Homes Trade Literature
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep84f119e7f-b378-49bf-bd90-272e43122b82
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0777-ref165

Two small notebooks containing Ride's notes from the Rogers Commission

Collection Creator:
Ride, Sally, 1951-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 13, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Sally K. Ride Papers, Acc. 2014-0025, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Sally K. Ride Papers
Sally K. Ride Papers / Series 2: NASA Career / 2.2: NASA Commissions and Reports / 2.2.1: Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident (Rogers Commission Report)
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg27260749f-c97b-4ffb-84ea-e5ce9334a733
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2014-0025-ref230
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Recreational vehicle (National Coach)

Collection Donor:
Stansbury, Jacqueline  Search this
Collection Creator:
Stansbury, Benjamin H., 1935-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975
1978 - 1978
1974
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Benjamin H. Stansbury Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Benjamin H. Stansbury Collection, 1959-1995, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Benjamin H. Stansbury Papers
Benjamin H. Stansbury Papers / Series 8: The Stansbury Company
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d9080f3c-7a18-4699-820f-d9921b443092
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1350-ref205

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