CAR heralds
CAR Coat of Arms

On December 16, 1997, the Planning Committee of the Cleveland Archival Roundtable (CAR) approved the design of a coat of arms proposed by member and former treasurer Anthony W. C. Phelps. This new logo for CAR was first presented to the membership at the December 17, 1997 meeting held at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The arms were accepted and registered by the Committee on Heraldry of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, on June 25, 1998.

BLAZON (description in heraldic terms): Gyronny of eight argent and sable, an annulet counterchanged, on a chief per pale of the second and the first three billets counterchanged.

SIGNIFICANCE: The “gyronny” (the eight divisions of the main background field) and the “annulet” (ring) symbolize the wheel of a car and its steering wheel; or alternatively, a round table withe the alternating black and white showing the interchange of persons and ideas flowing into and out of gatherings.
The “chief” or upper portion of the shield is also black and white and is charged with three “billets” or briefs/sheets or stylized archive boxes. These billets symbolize the preservation, conservation and accessibility of records in archives; shedding light on the past and at the same time keeping records safe from light, and the records coming out of the dark into the light of day.


  1. Just a point of historical memory–Tony Phelps was not known as the “treasurer” of CAR but insisted on the title of “Prefect of the Exchequer.”

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