Cycling history sources
The collection names at the head of each paragraph are links to the relevant catalogue descriptions.
The National Cycle ArchiveLink opens in a new window
The National Cycle Archive consists of many separate collections of books, journals and archives deposited or donated by cycling bodies and individuals. Most are catalogued according to their provenance, but some are catalogued according to their record type. The link above is to a list of all the Archive's component collections. The Archive was established in 1990 by the Cyclists' Touring Club with funds from a bequest by Frank Whitt. Its primary aim is the preservation of records relating to cycles and cycling. The National Cycle Archive Fund is administered by the trustees of the Cycling History and Educational Trust (272792).
Cyclists' Touring ClubLink opens in a new window
The CTC's own archive has its own catalogue.
The Motor Cycle Association, formerly the Cycle and Motor Cycle AssociationLink opens in a new window
The archive includes minutes, guard books, the Quarterly Journal/Bulletin, press cuttings, export statistics, catalogues for cycle/cycle and motorcycle shows, 1894-1997, papers of the Cycle Trade Union, 1914-1962, and of the British Motor Cycle and Cyclecar Research Association, 1920-1931.
Birmingham Small Arms Co. LtdLink opens in a new window
The archives include papers of BSA Cycles Ltd., 1919-1934. Other BSA records are held by Solihull Heritage and Local Studies ServiceLink opens in a new window.
Cycling archives in repositories elsewhere
- Coventry History CentreLink opens in a new window : the cycling collection includes periodicals and early cycling books, glass negatives and prints from H. W. Bartleet and elsewhere.
- Wessex Road Club papers are held in the Special Collections Department of the University of BirminghamLink opens in a new window (GB 0150 MS 17).
- The Raleigh Cycle Company archives, including the Sturmey-Archer papers, are held at Nottinghamshire ArchivesLink opens in a new window.
- National Clarion Cycling Club medals, ribbons and ephemera are held at the People’s History Museum, ManchesterLink opens in a new window.
- P. P. Baly of Warwick: cycling papers in the 1880s are held at the Warwickshire County Record OfficeLink opens in a new window.
- Percy T. Stallard (b.1909), cycle manufacturer and salesman, and racing cyclist: his papers are held at Wolverhampton Archives and Local StudiesLink opens in a new window.
- The Polytechnic Cycling Club, Westminster archives are held by University of Westminster Archive ServicesLink opens in a new window.