Two nonprofits, Worlds Apart, are coming together for the first time to transfer a special collection of car books.

Donation of books. Liquidation of an estate.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – September 23, 2021 – The Society of Automotive Historians (SAH), an affiliate of the American Historical Association, proudly associated with the Costa Mesa Historical Society (CMHS) over the past week to reposition over one hundred and twenty-five automotive-related books, or “carbooks.” The two nonprofits, at the antipodes, met for the first time following a phone call to (CMHS) by a local resident in need of assistance in disposing of the estate of a relative who was evidently a pioneer resident of Orange County.

Not only did this effort prevent the special collection of books of the late Sam N. Fuller, of Santa Ana, CA, from making an unceremonious arrival at landfills, it also provides a means of keeping the books within reach of car enthusiasts. for continuous use.

Sam Fuller was one of the founders in the 1960s of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America, Southern California Regional Group # 11, which met regularly at Hart Park in Santa Ana. Not only was Sam a Ford lover, fully engaged in the buying and selling of Ford cars and Ford parts, but also a book lover. As any bibliophile will tell you, letting go of your books can be difficult.

For those of us who have tackled an estate liquidation situation, ready to appraise and catalog properties and whoopee, you come across a collection of antique books – maybe even an entire library. Now the familiar question, what should I do with all these books? Too frequent a dilemma.

In this case, the executor, who is a cousin of Fuller, contacted the Costa Mesa Historical Society (Costa Mesa, Calif.) Who contacted SAH.

After the (CMHS), with its vast scope of research and network, contacted the leadership of the SAH, H. Donald Capps, president, and Robert G. Barr, vice-president, the San Diego / Inland chapter Empire has been appointed as the party responsible for developing and executing a mutually agreed upon plan for the transfer of the books.

The executor decided to donate the books. This is quite often the best solution for used books, especially niche books such as car books.

More and more people stumble upon an “old book” during an estate liquidation and they think, “Wow. It’s really old! It must be worth some really good money!

Many old books, even old books, are neither precious nor rare. Dealers and collectors generally follow the general rule that an antique is a piece that is at least 100 years old. In many cases, this does not apply to old books. Age has little to do with value unless the book is considerably old, and in the world of ancient books the term “old” generally refers to a book that is hundreds of years old.

The donation of used books is a win-win solution for donors and recipients. For donors, giving away old books brings the satisfaction of a decluttering job well done and the knowledge that recipient organizations will gain more from it. For recipients, old books can be a vital source of income or knowledge, or both, depending on the mission and purpose of the organization.

Donating old books has other benefits as well, such as reducing the donor’s carbon footprint and slowing the relentless growth of landfills on the planet. Along with other sensible lifestyle changes, swapping physical volumes for digital versions could be one of the best things we can do for the planet this year.

Donations can have a beneficial tax impact on the estate. Talk to an accountant.

Things have changed.

From a deadly pandemic to a global movement for racial justice, the year 2020 has certainly featured more than its fair share of world-changing events. 2020 has definitely pulled the rug out from under us. This includes donations.

Before the pandemic, a donor would bring his treasures of books to local libraries, howeverMany libraries today are running out of shelf space and have few staff to do the job, so they can only take books that they know will circulate on a regular basis.

In early spring 2020, the growing gap in educational resources caused by the COVID-19 disruptions was recognized. But amid the clouds of COVID-19, a silver lining has been found: restored faith in the value of book reading activities and a new push to eradicate illiteracy.

Even in today’s high-tech world, traditional paper books still have the amazing ability to provide inspiration, insight, and education. And sometimes there is nothing better than holding a book in your hand rather than a cell phone or tablet.

The International Literacy Association (ILA), a professional organization linking research and practice to continually improve the quality of literacy education across the world, shows that: ACCESS TO BOOKS IN GENERAL is considered by respondents as a major barrier to equity in literacy education. Fifty-seven percent of respondents say that one barrier is that families don’t have enough books at home, while 40% say that one barrier is not having enough books in school.

SAH is committed to create environments rich in literacy inside and outside the school. The organization places its emphasis on students taking more stimulating text such as what is featured in automotive magazines and professional works.

President of H. Donald Capps SAH said: “Automotive books, whether brand stories, dealing with many cultural or social aspects of automotive history, biographies, motorsport and others are important ”.


The Society of Automobile Historians ( was founded in Hershey, PA in 1969. We are an international organization with over 900 members. SAH members span over 20 countries around the world.

The Society is an eclectic but serious community of historians that includes academics, automotive journalists and publishers, museum and library professionals, educational and cultural organizations, car collectors and restorers, and enthusiasts.


The Costa Mesa Historical Society (CMHS) is a non-profit organization and is a member of the California Conference of Historical Societies, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the American Association for State and Local History.

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Company Name: The Society of Automobile Historians
Contact: Len Holland, PhD, President
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