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Rootes Archive Centre,
Units G151-4, Cherwell Business Village,
Southam Road, Banbury,
Oxon OX16 2SP, UK

Rootes Archive Centre

Rootes Archive Centre - Index.

On-line index of information about the Rootes Group and their Products.

This page contains information about the Archive Centre and related holdings.

The Archive Centre and Individual Cars

The work of Owners' Clubs is to maintain information about extant vehicles and provide help to their owners. Whilst there are some common demands on information, we complement their activities by providing a clear "factory" perspective.

To help owners with individual cars we have undertaken to provide Heritage Certificates and Car Details sheets. This work is carried out with help from the respective owners clubs. See page on Heritage Certificates.

Drawings

The master list of drawings housed in cabinets and tubes at the Archive Centre is here (click to open).

We were lucky enough to obtain the original card index for the drawings which is available for inspection and historical research.

Some clubs are beginning to investigate the potential of the drawings and work with us to create an on-line digital index. This is ongoing work so we encourage interested parties to help with this activity and check the following links on a regular basis. Thanks to Peter Firmstone for his contributions and information about Rootes commercial vehicles surviving in Australia.

As an example, the link below is a partial list of Imp drawings and other related material. It is far from complete but already represents many hours work on the drawings accession index and other archive contents. We hope that all clubs will help to produce a digital index of the drawings and information in the Centre. This is necessary as there are over 150,000 drawings and a large amount of related material!

We are currently seeking help to catalogue all other drawings in the Archive. See link to information here..

Drawings in Cabinets

  • [HTML] We are currently listing these by section as they are identified.
  • PDF document with list of drawings in tubes [PDF] (many pages and growing - so to save trees don't print it).

Drawings in Tubes

  • [HTML] All large drawings are stored in tubes. We are currently listing these by section as they are identified.
  • PDF document with list of drawings in tubes [PDF] (many pages and growing - so to save trees don't print it).

Microfiche

These have yet to be fully catalogued. Please help us to do this.

We now know that there are at least a small number of really early drawings - for instance Humber parts from the 1920s - that have survived on microfiche. They were probably recorded before the major clear-out under the new Chrysler programme in the late 1960s. Any bad press therefore seems un-justified as the Engineering Department's drawings library certainly did a fantastic job for which we should all feel profoundly grateful, as much as we do to the company personnel in Coventry who kept so many of the original drawings and the microfiche safe until the Trust could take over.

A recent discovery is a number of Sunbeam Tiger drawings on microfiche which have not survived in full format. Please ask for more information.

  • [HTML] Microfiche drawings. This is currently just the list from one drawer.
  • This is also available as [PDF] (to save trees don't print it).
  • We are currently seeking help to catalogue all other microfiche in the Archive. See link to information here..

Listings by Model

Alpine and Tiger Drawings

  • [HTML] Tiger drawings and other material.
  • This is also available as [PDF] (many pages - so to save trees don't print it).

Avenger Drawings

  • [HTML] Avenger drawings and other material.
  • This is also available as [PDF] (many pages - so to save trees don't print it).

Commer Drawings

  • [HTML] Commer drawings and other material.
  • This is also available as [PDF] (many pages - so to save trees don't print it).

Humber Drawings

  • [HTML] Humber drawings and other material.
  • This is also available as [PDF] (many pages - so to save trees don't print it).

Imp Drawings

  • [HTML] Imp drawings and other material.
  • This is also available as [PDF] (many pages - so to save trees don't print it).

Some of the larger Imp drawings listed are stored in tubes, so will also appear in the list above and have been moved to Section 56 in the Archive.

Rapier Drawings

  • [HTML] Rapier drawings and other material.
  • This is also available as [PDF] (many pages - so to save trees don't print it).

Engineering Master Lists, Change Requests and Bulletins.

Engineering Master Record Books and Assembly Lists

A sample is shown below. Others have yet to be catalogued.

Engineering Change Requests.

Service Bulletins.

Please help to add information outside this period.

Engineering Standards

The standards books list many series of smaller components sourced from outside manufacturers. They were used by designers and to maintain the production quality.

  • [HTML] Index of engineering standards.
  • This is also available as [PDF] (to save trees don't print it).

Photographs, Albums and Negatives

Photograph Albums

The Archive Centre has a remarkable collection of photograph albums recording significant aspects of Rootes history.

  • [HTML] List of photographs in albums.
  • PDF document with list [PDF]

Photographs and Negatives

Samples are shown below. Others are currently being catalogued.

The Coventry Transport Museum have the entire collection of Rootes negatives taken by the Clayton Company. They are 100,000 in number, and the Museum is currently trying to digitise them.

Brochures, Books and Manuals

Brochures

Books

Note that the Birmingham City Council Science Library also has a loan collection of over 200 workshop manuals, handbooks and other books covering the Rootes Group. Go to the search page and search for "Rootes Group".

Owner and Workshop Manuals.

Note: this will be included in above section soon.

The Archive Centre contains an extensive set of owner's and workshop manuals and parts lists. These are (partially) listed below. We have also received copies of scanned manuals and parts lists from a number of sources and these will be made available subject to copyright, which we believe is covered in our agreement with P.T.

We hope to soon have an fully agreed source of scanned documents for many Rootes vehicles - watch this space...!

Please note there are some copies of these on CD being sold on the Internet, which should be avoided if they do not carry the Archive Centre logo...

Films

Company Production and Export Records

Magazine Racks

Information yet to be added.

Competition Archive

Information yet to be added.

Other Information

Information yet to be added.

Please do not assume this is everything, it is part of an ongoing process of documenting the Rootes Archive contents to enable easy access and increasing ways to use the information available.

It is likely that we shall provide search facilities for these lists. Please also see the glossary of search terms.


"Preserving the past for the future."
Rootes Archive Centre Trust, Units G151-4, Cherwell Business Village, Southam Road, Banbury, Oxon OX16 2SP, UK


The Rootes Archive Centre is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales number 1108882.
Patrons: Lord Rootes, T.D. Rootes, W.B. Rootes.


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