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101Title:  Ross Family Photographs, circa 1920-1960 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2011.443 
 Creator:  Ross family 
 Abstract:  The Ross Family Photographs, circa 1920-1960, contains one album with photographic prints, newspaper clippings, and a greeting card relating to an African American family from Detroit, Michigan. Extent: 0.34 cubic ft. (1 box). The collection is open for research. 
 Subjects:  Ross family | Burns, John H. | Ross, Mary O. | Ross, Solomon David (Reverend S.D.) | African Americans | Families | Military uniforms | Detroit (Mich.) | Clippings (information artifacts) | Greeting cards | Photographic prints 
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102Title:  Faught Family Records Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2012.108 
 Creator:  Faught family 
 Abstract:  The Faught family lived in Michigan during the 1890s. Shortly before Sarah Faught gave birth to her twelfth child on 19 January 1890, she made a batch of doughnuts for her family. When Sarah unexpectedly died five days after giving birth to her daughter Josie, the family kept one of the doughnuts as a memorial to her life, along with other mementos. This collection contains the family Bible, which held loose correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other items. Also included are 4 photographs, including prints of Sarah and Josie. There is also a scrapbook with additional photographs, newspaper clippings, and birth, marriage, and death certificates relating to family members. 
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103Title:  Peter Bryant Papers, 1964-2008 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2012.65 
 Creator:  Bryant, Peter 
 Abstract:  Peter E. Bryant was an automotive engineer who began his career in the race car industry. After designing cars for the Canadian-American (Can-Am) Challenge Cup, most notably the Autocoast Ti-22 and the United Oil Products (UOP) Shadow, Bryant moved into other areas of vehicle design. His later works include transports for Disney, a variety of buses, and a mobile CAT scan unit. 
 Subjects:  Bryant, Peter | Thompson, Mickey | Amtech Incorporated | General Motors Corporation | Shelby American, Inc. | Society of Automotive Engineers | United Oil Products | Automobile parts | Automobile racing | Automotive engineering | Buses | Canadian-American Challenge Cup | Electric vehicles | Engineering drawings | Patents | Renewable energy sources | Safety | Shelby automobile | Bonneville Salt Flats (Utah) | Brochures | Catalogs | CD-ROMs | Color photographs | Color slides | Floppy disks | Photographs | Promotional materials | Technical drawings | Trade literature | Transparencies | Videocassettes 
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104Title:  Goltry Family Papers Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2012.37.5 
 Creator:  Goltry family 
 Abstract:  Herbert and Isabelle Goltry lived in Allen Park, Michigan, and had 3 children: William (Billy), Marie, and Ester. On 24 June 1946, Isabelle's brother wed, and at the reception, chicken salad tainted with typhoid bacteria was served, sickening 22 wedding guests and leading to 11 year old Billy's death. This collection focuses mainly on Billy Goltry, and includes his birth certificate, report cards, pencil drawings, and Cub Scout card. Also included are greeting cards; correspondence and newspaper clippings regarding his illness and death; original and copied photographic prints; invitations to his uncle's wedding and the 1957 Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing graduation; and Marie's reminiscences of life with Billy. 
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105Title:  Automobile Plant Construction Photographs, 1918, 1940-1941 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2012.47 
 Creator:  Mow, Floyd V. 
 Abstract:  The Automobile Plant Construction Photographs consist of 136 black-and-white photographic prints of images taken during construction of the Ford Motor Company Rouge River Plant located in Dearborn, Michigan, and of a Chevrolet Service Parts Division building located in Saginaw, Michigan. 
 Subjects:  Mow, Floyd V. | Albert Kahn Associates | Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant (Dearborn, Mich) | General Motors Corporation. Chevrolet Motor Division | Automobile factories | Automobile industry and trade | Design and construction | Dearborn (Mich.) | Saginaw (Mich.) | Photographs | Photographic prints 
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106Title:  Charles Hyde Chrysler Corporate History Research Papers, circa 1995-2003 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2013.141 
 Creator:  Hyde, Charles K., 1945- 
 Abstract:  The Charles Hyde Chrysler Corporate History Research Papers, circa 1995-2003, contain photocopies of documents Hyde used in the writing of his book, "Riding the Roller Coaster: A History of the Chrysler Corporation." The information in the photocopies relates to Walter P. Chrysler and his company's history, from 1875-2002. Also included are annual reports from 1993-2000 as well as a draft of the manuscript. 4.7 cubic ft. (5 boxes). The collection is open for research. 
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107Title:  DARPA Urban Challenge Collection, 2007 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2013.16.4 
 Creator:  United States. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 
 Abstract:  The DARPA Urban Challenge was part of a series of competitions intended to promote the development of autonomous (driverless) motor vehicles. This collection of materials related to the 2007 event consists of press releases, team press kits, and a poster illustrating the event course. Note: This is an unprocessed collection. 
 Subjects:  Cars | Automobiles | Trucks | Experimental automobiles | Victorville (Calif.) 
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108Title:  Carl (Charles) Cappel Papers Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2013.19 
 Creator:  Cappel, Carl (Charles), 1895-1971 
 Abstract:  Carl (Charles) Cappel owned Cappel & Co. in Dusseldorf, Germany, which made specialized truck bodies on Ford Truck frames. He also owned Ford and Lincoln dealerships in Germany before World War II. From 1939 to 1960, Cappel owned a Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln dealership in Richmond Hill, New York. The collection contains approximately 140 photographic prints of the dealer buildings, truck bodies, and dealer events, including the 1939 New York World's Fair. Also included are postcards depicting automobiles, a Lincoln plant and the Menlo Park Laboratory in Greenfield Village; a medallion from the Ford Plant in Koln, Germany; and two handmade wooden carvings of the Ford V8 logo and the Ford Motor Company oval logo. 
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109Title:  Stella G. Slonina Photograph Album, 1933-1949 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2013.59 
 Creator:  Slonina, Stella G., 1917-2005 
 Abstract:  The collection consists of a single photograph album compiled by Stella G. Slonina. The album contains black-and-white and hand-colored photographic prints, and include images of Slonina's family and friends; trips and vacations; home exteriors and interiors (her home and friends' homes); weddings and other formal occasions; family activities, and clothing styles. Notably, the trips and vacations include travel to New York and the 1939 New York World's Fair. 
 Subjects:  Photographs | Photograph albums | New York World's Fair (1939-1940) 
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110Title:  Winthrop Sears Papers, 1950-1997 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2014.0.30 
 Creator:  Sears, Winthrop, 1918-2000 
 Abstract:  Winthrop Sears served as archivist at the Ford Motor Company and at The Edison Institute (The Henry Ford) from 1951 to 1981. The papers include correspondence, reports, space planning documents, and arrangement and description documentation. The collection is open for research. 
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111Title:  Jim Johnson Halloween Research Collection Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2014.56 
 Creator:  Johnson, Jim 
 Abstract:  Halloween has been a part of American culture in some form since the start of the country. With its Celtic origins, and other traditions rooted in pagan and Christian practices, immigrants continued to celebrate the holiday. In the early 20th Century, Halloween became more associated with pranks and mischief, resulting in public parties with treats becoming more prevalent to discourage vandalism. Trick-or-treating also began around the same time, becoming an established U.S. custom during the 1950s. This collection, assembled by The Henry Ford curator Jim Johnson, contains 88 books, pamphlets, and periodicals documenting home and public celebratory practices of Halloween, mostly from the 20th Century. Included are a set of reproduction Dennison's Bogie Books from 1912-1926 and 1933. Also included are two wood engraving prints that were clipped from magazines. 
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112Title:  Ford Motor Company Central Accounting Office Ledgers, 1904-1970 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2015.1.1965 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company 
 Abstract:  General records and accounting ledgers from Ford Motor Company Central Accounting Office. Includes data covering Henry Ford & Son Inc., and Lincoln Motor Company, Inc. 
 Subjects:  Ford Motor Company 
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113Title:  Firestone Homestead Test Center Collection, 1946-1973 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2015.111 
 Creator:  Harper, Charles, 1920-2009 
 Abstract:  In order to analyze new tractor tire products, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company utilized the Firestone Farm in Ohio as a proving center. Charles Harper started working on the farm in 1948 as an assistant manager, eventually moving up to manager, where he served for 30 years. The farm, while providing a testing area for the company, also raised crops and cattle. The Firestone Homestead Test Center Collection contains 2 booklets regarding the center, circa 1960; a notebook containing copy photographs from the Homestead farm and photocopies of the 2 booklets; a copy photograph of Firestone Farm at Greenfield Village in 2005; photocopies of Firestone Farm reports from 1946, 1948, and 1954; and 6 large format photoprints or photocopies containing images of Firestone Farm in Ohio. 0.7 cubic ft. (1 box). 
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114Title:  Lucas Family Papers Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2015.23 
 Creator:  Lucas family 
 Abstract:  The Lucas family is representative of a 21st Century American family, and this collection covers milestones of modern family life: visiting Walt Disney World for the first time, a marriage and honeymoon, and the birth of a child. The collection contains memorabilia from a visit to Walt Disney World in 1997, during the park's 25th Anniversary celebration; memorabilia and digital photographs from the couple's honeymoon in Walt Disney World in May 2007, including two DVDs; greeting cards, photographic prints, and digital images regarding the baby shower for and birth of their first child in 2009; and greeting cards and digital photographs from their child's first birthday in 2010. 
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115Title:  La-Z-Boy Incorporated Records, 1939-2014 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2015.78 
 Creator:  La-Z-Boy (Firm) 
 Abstract:  Unprocessed collection consisting of the records of La-Z-Boy Incorporated, 1939-2014, including financial and marketing materials, meeting minutes, employee handbooks, newsletters, engineering data, fabric catalogs, photographs and audio-visual materials. Approximately 100 cubic ft. (77 boxes, 16 tubes, several oversize flat items). 
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116Title:  Joseph Grenier Packard Photographs Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2015.86 
 Creator:  Grenier, Joseph Robert (Bob) 
 Abstract:  Joseph R. Grenier worked as a photographer for the Packard Motor Car Co. in Detroit, Michigan. This collection contains a large number of 8x10 black-and-white photographic prints and negatives documenting the Packard plant, automobile shows, assorted Packard automobiles including the Patrician and the Clipper, assorted automobile parts, testing in the plant and on the road, and firefighter drills performed at the plant. Also included are the December 1949 issue of the Packard News, two audiocassettes that contain an interview with Grenier made on 3 March 2003, six CD-ROMs containing digital images, and one unlabeled CD-ROM. 
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117Title:  Packard Master Salesmanship Program Filmstrips Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2015.87 
 Creator:  Wilding Picture Productions 
 Abstract:  Around 1948, the Packard Motor Car Co. commissioned filmstrips to assist its sales department in working with customers. These instructional films covered assorted topics, including appearance and chassis features, building a clientele, having a selling career with Packard, basic Packard superiorities, selling a new car, and new engine features for 1948. This collection contains all 8 of the filmstrips, which had been owned by Robert N. Perry of the sales department. Titles of the films are: "On the Line," "Whattcha Gonna Gimme?," "Million Dollar Chassis," "Yours for a Lifetime," "The Second Chance," "The Little Giants," "The Nimble Young Man," and "Three of the Finest." Also included is one DVD, produced by the Benson Ford Research Center, that contains digital copies of the filmstrips. 
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118Title:  William K. Bondesen Collection Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2015.88 
 Creator:  Bondesen, William K. 
 Abstract:  William K. Bondesen of Houston, Texas, purchased a new Ford Thunderbird in 1962. Ford Motor Company later sent him a packet of materials, enclosed in a gold-color mailing tube. This collection contains that mailing tube as well as the contents, which include a letter of thanks signed by Lee Iacocca, a scroll in recognition of his purchase, and a wallet card inscribed with Bondesen's name and the car's serial number that was to be presented to be assured of preferred service from Ford dealers. 
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119Title:  Photographs Formerly on Exhibit in Wright Cycle Shop, 1908-1909 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2016.0.4 
 Creator:  Henry Ford (Organization) 
 Abstract:  The Wright Brothers operated their cycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, from 1897 to 1908. In the late 1930s, Henry Ford bought the building and had it reconstructed in Greenfield Village, with input from Orville Wright. The Photographs Formerly on Exhibit in Wright Cycle Shop contains 20 photographic prints of Wilbur Wright with various individuals, as well as the Wright Flyer in France or Germany, that had previously been on display in the shop. The collection is open for research. 0.3 cubic ft. (1 box). 
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120Title:  Evdokin Bartoshuk Papers, 1913-1958 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2016.120 
 Creator:  Bartoshuk, Evdokin, 1895- 
 Abstract:  Evdokin Bartoshuk worked as a tool maker and leader at Ford Motor Company from 1913 to 1962. His papers contain charts, data and drawings related to tool making and machining, along with his Ford English School diploma and a photographic portrait. 
 Subjects:  Bartoshuk, Evdokin, 1895- | Ford Motor Company | Ford English School | Machinists | Tool and die makers | Notes | Photographs | Technical drawings | Wheel charts 
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