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 […]

Now Hiring

As of Sept. 2017 – this position has been filled. SPAAMFAA Archives is now hiring a Part-time, On-site, Archivist Posted:     June 2017 Expires:   Open until filled Location: Kansas City, MO • Entertaining applicants as Independent Contractors • Part-time: 8 hours per week (flexible schedule) • Payable upon Invoice/Status Report: $12.50 per hour BACKGROUND: “The mission […]

Progress Updates and Posts

Posted April 3, 2018: On March 15, 2018, the SPAAMFAA Archives in Kansas City took possession of a collection of books from longtime member, and fire bookophile, Tom Scott. Tom, and his wife Janet, began collecting fire books in 1955. Since 1973, they wrote the popular “On the Bookshelf” column for SPAAMFAA’s Enjine!-Enjine! magazine.   Together […]

Make a Financial Contribution

Donating Money to the Archives: SPAAMFAA will need to support its Archives & Library in a different and stronger way than it has in the past. A really basic change has been the increase of the annual rental fee because we now own the collections outright, and because there had not been an increase in […]

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 — […]