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The Society

The American Truck Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers.

Incorporated in 1971, the American Truck Historical Society was formed to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers. Originally headquartered in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, ATHS was relocated to Birmingham, Alabama in 1977, and Mrs. Zoe James was hired to oversee the library, archives, and membership. Today, the Zoe James Memorial Library boasts a collection of more than 50,000 photographs, 35,000 pieces of sales literature, 45,000 books, and periodicals, along with a vast collection of scale models and trucking memorabilia.

An annual convention has been held each year since 1972, with a public antique truck show added in 1980. This show has grown from humble beginnings to more than 1,000 trucks and trailers of every make, shape, and size. People come from around the world to take part in the ATHS National Convention & Truck Show, the official kick-off event of the summer season.

We preserve American trucking history in several ways:

Signing the Charter
Signing of the ATHS Charter, Dearborn Heights, MI. 1971. Zoe James Memorial Library.

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