Papers of John Tjaarda, 1900-1962 (bulk 1926-1958)

Tjaarda, John, 1897-1962


10 boxes (5 linear ft.)..
95 blueprints.
86 drawings.
2 photographs.
1 portfolio.
Organized into the following series: I. Personal files, 1930-1054; II. Employment history, 1926-1955; III. Business agreements, 1926-1959.
The collection covers the following important topics: Briggs Manufacturing Company; Chrysler Corporation; Cortez automobile; Edsel Ford; Ford Motor Co.; General Motors Corp.; independent wheel suspension; Lincoln Zephyr automobile; plastic bodies; Sterkenburg automobile; unit-body construction; International Car Project; and includes notable correspondents Walter P. Chrysler; Fred S. Duesenberg; James V. Forrestal; Fried Krupp; Charles A. Lindbergh. Also included are non-automotive topics, mainly household appliances, including drawings.
Born in Holland on Feb. 4, 1897. Engineer, mechanic, designer, race driver, pilot and advocate for airfoil car design. His innovative designs, such as a rear-engine automobile, plastic bodies, and a fuel economical auto were, at the time, not appreciated by the auto industry establishment. A holder of more than 60 patents, both automotive and non-automotive, Tjaarda died on March 20, 1962.
Over 200 photographs were removed from the collection and placed in the Special Photograph Collections under entry MS6/John Tjaarda Collection.
See finding aid for complete listing.
John Tjaarda Collection, National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library.
Finding aid and white index cards available in the National Automotive History Collection and on the World Wide Web.

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