Donating to Collection

The library will continue to accept gifts of archival, two-dimensional, materials and the committee asks that you contact us to discuss such photographs or specifications that you have in mind. [ Donor Form Coming Soon]

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The SPAAMFAA Archives consists of 120 feet plus of shelved materials, flat files, vertical files and hundreds of books. We collect material on the design, manufacturing and manufacturers of American fire apparatus. The collections include material on hand (manual), horse (steam) and motor (gas & diesel) equipment from the smallest detail to the complete, operating […]


The SPAAMFAA Archives consists of more than 120 feet of shelved materials, flat files, vertical files, and thousands of photographs, books, and fire service periodicals. We collect materials on the design, manufacturing of American fire apparatus including sales literature, parts lists, repair manuals and fire apparatus blueprints. The collections include information on hand-pulled (manual), horse-drawn […]


Doing Research in the Collections: Unfortunately, the SPAAMFAA Archives is not prepared to handle any specific research inquiries at this time. Please be patient as we move and grow into our new facility and the new digital age. A part-time archivist is being sought [see here] and trained, and research procedures are being established. We […]

Online Photo Gallery

After years of promises, and lots of hard work we are pleased to announce the very beginnings of the SPAAMFAA Archives getting online. The Archives consists and enormous amount of material — more than 120 feet shelving with files, and thousands of photographs, books, and fire service periodicals. We the Archives Committee have been working […]

Now Hiring

SPAAMFAA Archives is now hiring a Part-time, On-site, Archivist Posted:     April 2019 Expires:   Open until filled Location: Kansas City, MO • Entertaining applicants from a Firm or by an Independent Contract • Part-time: 16 hours per week (flexible schedule) Monday thru Friday, 8am – 5pm • Payable upon Invoice/Status Report: $14.00 per hour BACKGROUND: The […]

Progress Updates and Posts

Posted May 22, 2018: The Archives and Library Committee of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA), is pleased to announce: Effective May 20, 2019, Dan Patterson has been hired as part-time archivist, for the SPAAMFAA Archives and Library. Following a lengthy career with Hallmark Cards in […]

Make a Financial Contribution

With the vast holdings of the SPAAMFAA Archives comes great opportunities and great responsibilities. We are now own the collection outright, and are solely responsible for it’s storage and maintenance. In the past year, we have hired professionally trained staff, and purchased archival storage materials to better preserve and protect our holdings. We are also […]

Book: On the Ramp

The SPAAMFAA Archives Committee proudly announces its first publication: The SPAAMFAA Archives contains a vast treasure-trove of information about American fire apparatus, including: literature, drawings, technical manuals, and photographs. More than one-hundred of these images, both color and black & white were selected to illustrate the history of fifty-four different American fire apparatus manufacturers — […]