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Helen J. Earley Lansing Automotive Collection


This collection is managed by the Forest Parke Library & Archives, a department of the Capital Area District Libraries.

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The Helen J. Earley Lansing Automotive Collection

Helen J. Earley was known as the First Lady of Oldsmobile. Her six decade career at the automaker and work preserving its history is well documented. The legacy she created exists in numerous collections—the Detroit Public Library National Automotive History Collection, the GM Heritage Center, in collections at the State Archives of Michigan, at the Library and Research Center for the Antique Automobile Club of America, in the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, at the RE Olds Transportation Museum and in the Helen J. Earley Lansing Automotive Collection.

This collection is a portion of the voluminous Olds collection she amassed over several decades. It was supplemented on her request after she passed. Described as one of the best ambassadors for the company, she co-authored two books on Olds, and with her co-author James Walkinshaw, conducted what was at the time the largest oral history program for a single U.S. corporation.

Helen J. Earley Lansing Automotive Collection Finding Aid



Helen J. Earley

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