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The roots of the ECMD lay in 1998, when the NCAD (Netherlands Centre for Documentation on Automotive History) was founded in Arnhem at the Polytechnic for Automotive Engineering. Dr. ing. Gijs Mom and dr. Fons Alkemade, founders of the NCAD, noticed that many valuable collections of (auto-)mobility documentation were not accessible or even  thrown away by companies, institutes and private persons. The objective of the NCAD was to collect and preserve this documentation and ensure public accessibility. The location in Eindhoven includes a professional reading-room and compact filing systems.

The archive grows continuously due to private persons and companies that donate or outsource their collections. At this moment the entire collection exists of almost 2.000 meters of documentation: books, 600 magazine titles, several categorized article collections, scientific papers and policy reports, brochures, press releases and 50.000 photographs from the end of the nineteenth century to the present, covering all aspects related to automobility. The most important collections include those from the Dutch touring club (ANWB), the engine and automotive laboratories of TU Delft, a collection on automotive technology from Piet Olyslager and several personal collections. As the term mobility implicates, documentation on mobility in general is also available. A large part of the archive is in Dutch language, although there is a substantial amount of international, mainly English and German, documentation in the collection (especially trade journals, from 1897 onwards).

The archive is consulted by a wide range of visitors: car enthusiasts, mobility historians, automotive and design students and journalists. The entire collection is accessible to the public. One can visit the centre and browse the archive, but it is also possible to request information by internet or telephone. Twenty enthusiastic volunteers are providing help in finding the requested documentation and information.
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