Collections

The Museum's collections are contained in three main areas: the automobile collection, the archives collection, and the small artifact collection. Each collection segment has its own bulls-eye design.  Artifact segments closer to the center of bulls-eye are those most significant to the collection.

Any items that fall outside of the scope of the bulls-eye are eliminated from or are not accepted into the collection. In addition, the museum collections are exhibited in a significant historic building.  The vehicles include significant examples, dating from the 1890s to the 1990s, which illustrate the achievements of the Auburn Automobile Company as well as vehicles from other manufacturers. The archives collection contains original photographs, sales materials, correspondence, and periodicals related to Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs as well as the larger automotive industry. The small artifact collection contains items relevant to the activities of the company, its vehicles, and associates.

The museum building, the museum’s largest artifact, was constructed for the Auburn Automobile Company in 1929 after a design by A.M. Strauss of Fort Wayne.  It is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the Midwest. The Auburn Automobile Company Administration Building housed the corporate showroom, executive and general offices, engineering and experimental design departments, design studios, and telephone switchboards until the company’s end in 1937.  The museum building is considered to be the museum’s most significant artifact and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was named a National Historic Landmark in 2005.

AUTOMOBILE COLLECTION VIDEOS

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum displays some of the best classic automobiles in the country.

Learn more about these outstanding cars and vehicles with these self-guided tour videos. The story of each unique vehicle is told by the people who know them well.

Thank you to the Midwest Film Factory, Inc. for filming and editing these videos featuring cars from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

PASTPERFECT ONLINE

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has worked hard to digitize its archival collection to make it available to the public.  Eventually, all of the archives will be searchable and available online.  Currently, the Auburn Photograph Collection is available by accessing PastPerfect Online below.