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1Title:  Ford Motor Company Henry Ford Patent Records, 1923-1964 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  74.300.1170 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company 
 Abstract:  The records consist of patent applications, primarily assigned to Henry Ford and dated 1923-1950, that were issued or in some cases either never filed or abandoned. At least one of the applications was assigned to Edsel B. Ford. Material includes application forms, drawings, photographs, internal and external communications, sketches, and notes. A small amount of the material (approximately 0.25 cubic ft. and dated 1931-1964) consists of patent and trade mark information related to the Ford Motor Company Johansson Gage Block Division. 
 Subjects:  Ford Motor Company | Patents 
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2Title:  Fred J. Thoms papers, circa 1910-1952 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  650 
 Creator:  Thoms, Fred J. 
 Abstract:  Fred J. Thoms was an employee of the Ford Motor Company for many years, and worked at several locations including the Flint (Mich.) plant. During his time with Ford he held many different positions including drill press operator. Among the materials in the collection are photographs, engineering and production data, and engineering drawings. 
 Subjects:  Thoms, Fred J. | Automobile industry and trade. | Photographs | Patents | Technical drawings 
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3Title:  Howard A. Elliot papers, 1930-2004 (Bulk 1964-1972) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2006.62 
 Creator:  Elliott, Howard A. 
 Abstract:  The Howard A. Elliott papers consist of correspondence, design drawings, reports, and patent copies related to Elliot's career in the automotive electrical systems industry. The papers include clippings about Essex Wire Corporation, design drawings of wiring connectors and harnesses, correspondence related to court actions he participated in, and copies of patents awarded to him personally and those assigned to Essex Wire. The bulk of the papers consist of general correspondence from Elliott's career at Essex, including plant photographs illustrating various wiring and winding tools and machines developed by Essex, as well as general reports. 
 Subjects:  Elliott, Howard A. | Essex Wire Corporation. | Ford Motor Corporation. Wiring Division. | Automobiles--Electric wiring | Design drawings | Patents | Photographs 
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4Title:  J. W. Whitmore papers, 1926-1942 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  685 
 Creator:  Whitmore, J. W. 
 Abstract:  The J. W. Whitmore papers are comprised of miscellaneous correspondence relating to Ford Motor Company arrangements for transportation for conventions, visiting individuals, dedications, etc. 
 Subjects:  Whitmore, J. W. | Rooney, Mickey | Windsor, Edward, Duke of, 1894-1972 | Frederick IX, King of Denmark, 1899-1972 | Foster, Stephen A. (Stephen Austin), 1866-1931 | Ford Motor Company--Employees | Ford Motor Company. Traffic Division | Boy Scouts of America | American Legion | Henry Ford (Organization). Greenfield Village | Automobile industry and trade | Annual Reports | Patents 
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5Title:  Stout Metal Airplane Company Records, 1925-1945 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  64.167.18 
 Creator:  Stout Metal Airplane Company 
 Abstract:  Consists of company and customer purchase orders; W.B. Mayo office records; R.T. Walker office records; service and sales files; aircraft engineering records; Ford Airport records; aircraft inventory and disposition records; aircraft construction computations; parts and tool catalogs; invoices; airplane and airport cost records; miscelleous engineering data; an original manuscript by William B. Stout; several reels of motion picture film. 
 Subjects:  Mayo, William Benson, 1866-1944 | Stout, William Bushnell, 1880-1956 | Walker, Robert T. | Ford Motor Company. Stout Metal Airplane Division | Ford Motor Company. Aircraft Division | Ford Motor Company. Aircraft Engineering Department | Stout Metal Airplane Company | Airplanes--Design and construction | Ford Three-engined Monoplane (Transport plane) | Airplane factories--Michigan | Aircraft industry--Michigan | Airports--Michigan | Ford Airport (Dearborn, Mich.) | Design drawings | Advertisements | Patents | Publications | Specifications | Trade catalogs 
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6Title:  C. Harold Wills papers, 1899-1939 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  418 
 Creator:  Wills, C. Harold (Childe Harold), 1878-1940 
 Abstract:  C. Harold Wills was an early associate of Henry Ford who later left Ford Motor Company to form his own automobile company, the C. H. Wills Company (later Wills Sainte Claire, Inc.). These papers mainly focus on Wills activities after leaving Ford Motor Company and include personal financial statements, business records and newspaper clippings. 
 Subjects:  Wills, C. Harold (Childe Harold), 1878-1940 | Hornsey, John | Lee, John R. | Ford Motor Company | C. H. Wills Company | Wills Sainte Claire, Inc. | Marysville Land Company | Automobile industry and trade--Michigan | Automobiles--Design and construction | Industrial designers | Mechanical engineers | Metallurgy | Marysville (Mich.) | Financial records | Patents | Scrapbooks | Technical drawings 
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7Title:  Ford Motor Company Legal Office Patent Records, 1905-1951 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  93.1.296 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company 
 Abstract:  The records from the Ford Motor Company Legal Office contain material related to patent and trademark agreements, lawsuits and registrations for aircraft, prosthetics, tractors, magnesium manufacture, and Ford automobiles. 
 Subjects:  Dow Chemical Company | Ford Motor Company | Henry Ford & Son, Inc. | Junkers, Hugo, 1859-1935 | Junkers Flugzeug- und -Motorenwerke, Dessau | Aircraft | Artificial hands | Fordson tractors | Lincoln automobile | Magnesium | Patents | Trademarks | Czechoslovakia | Germany | Great Britain | Spain | Photographs | Technical drawings | Blueprints 
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8Title:  Stickley family collection, 1879-1978 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1624 
 Creator:  Stickley family 
 Abstract:  Gustav, Leopold, and John George Stickley along with two other brothers were furniture craftsman in New York in the early 1900s. The collection, which contains correspondence, financial records, photographs and printed material, primarily documents the work of Leopold and John George Stickley. 
 Subjects:  Stickley family | Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942 | Stickley, John George, 1871-1921 | Gustav Stickley Co. | Stickley & Associates | Stickley Bros. Co. | L. and J. G. Stickley Inc. | Furniture industry and trade | Furniture workers | Furniture, Mission | Arts and crafts movement. | Advertisements. | Design drawings | Financial records | Minutes | Oral histories | Patents | Photographs | Sales catalogs | Trade catalogs 
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9Title:  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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10Title:  Mel Boldt and Associates records, 1950-1989 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1746 
 Creator:  Mel Boldt and Associates 
 Abstract:  Mel Boldt was a product sylist for household appliances. He opened his own firm in 1947, Mel Boldt and Associates. His records contain drawings and photographs of appliances designed by the firm as well as business records. 
 Subjects:  Boldt, Melvin H., 1917-1981 | Mel Boldt and Associates | Amana Refrigeration, Inc. | Bendix Corporation | National Presto Industries, Inc. | Zenith Electronics Corporation | Zenith Radio Company | Cooking--Equipment and supplies | Designers | Household appliances--Design and construction | Household electronics--Design and construction | Industrial designers | Prototypes, Engineering | Radio--Receivers and reception | Sound--Equipment and supplies | Television--Receivers and reception | Color photographs | Design drawings | Patents | Photographs | Technical drawings | Trade catalogs 
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11Title:  Thomas A. Edison collection, 1860-1980 (bulk 1860-1950) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1630 
 Creator:  Benson Ford Research Center. 
 Abstract:  Thomas A. Edison was a great American inventor, applying for 1,093 patents during his lifetime. The collection includes correspondence, drawings, notes, financial records, artifacts, photographs and negatives concerning his work, family, associates and relationship with Henry Ford. 
 Subjects:  Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Edison family | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Jehl, Francis, 1860-1941 | Latimer, Lewis Howard, 1848-1928 | Edison Pioneers | Henry Ford (Organization) | Menlo Park Laboratory | Light’s Golden Jubilee (1929) | Electric engineers | Historic buildings | Inventors--United States | Inventions | Incandescent lamps | Sound recording industry | Correspondence | Financial records | Maps | Negatives | Patents | Photographs | Photograph albums | Scrapbooks | Sketches | Technical drawings 
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12Title:  Mechanical and Electrical Power Collection, 1785-1940 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2005.0.32.0 
 Creator:  Henry Ford (Organization). Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  An assembled collection containing a variety of material relating to mechanical and electrical power, the collection is divided into four series: Electrical Power, Internal Combustion Power, Steam Power, and Other Power Sources. Included are manuscript materials, newspaper and professional trade journal clippings, original trade literature, technical drawings, a few ephemera items, and photographic prints. The Electrical Power series is the largest series with 140 electric power suppliers and electrical equipment manufacturers represented. 
 Subjects:  Boilers | Electric batteries | Electrical engineering | Electric generators | Electric power | Electric lighting, Incandescent | Electric power systems | Electricity | Electric railroad trains. | Engines | Internal combustion engines | Motors | Power-plants | Power (Mechanics) | Power transmission | Steam power plants | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Campsall, Frank Charles, 1884-1946 | Humberstone, James, 1909- | Morton, Herbert Frederick, 1890-1966 | Smith, Fred | Edison Electric Light Company | Edison General Electric Company | Ford Motor Company | General Electric Company | Henry Ford (Organization) | Menlo Park Laboratory | Technical drawings | Blueprints (Reprographic copies) | Clippings (Information artifacts) | Patents | Photographs | Trade catalogs 
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13Title:  Bill Stumpf Papers, 1913-2006 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2009.141 
 Creator:  Stumpf, Bill, 1936-2006 
 Abstract:  Bill Stumpf was an industrial designer who specialized in ergonomic chair and seating design. Working with the Herman Miller Research Corporation, he worked on the design of well-known ergonomic office chairs, including the Ergon and Aeron chairs. Stumpf's papers include drawings, correspondence, photographs, and other documents related to his design projects, as well as personal papers, publications, and memorabilia. 
 Subjects:  Stumpf, Bill, 1936-2006 | Campbell, Kermit | Chadwick, Don, 1936- | Child, Julia | De Pree, Hugh | De Pree, Max | Kelley, Jack | Propst, Robert | Weber, Jeff | Chadwick, Stumpf, and Associates | Herman Miller Research Corporation | Herman Miller, Inc. | Sister Kenny Institute | Stumpf, Weber, and Associates | Walker Art Center | William Stumpf and Associates | Chair design | Chairs | Ergonomics | Furniture | Furniture design | Human comfort | Industrial design | Office chairs | Office furniture | Office layout | Offices | Seating--Furniture Hospitals--Furniture, equipment, etc. | United States, Ann Arbor (Michigan) | United States, Cannon Falls (Minnesota) | United States, Madison (Wisconsin) | United States, Minneapolis (Minnesota) | United States, Santa Monica (California) | United States, St. Croix Valley (Minnesota) | United States, St. Paul (Minnesota) | United States, Stockholm (Wisconsin) | United States, Winona (Minnesota) | Advertisements | Audiocassettes | Awards | Awards certificates | Blueprints (reprographic copies) | Books | Brochures | Color negatives | Color photographs | Color slides | Color transparencies | Correspondence | Design drawings | Drawings | DVDs | Financial records | Floppy disks | Magazines (periodicals) | Memorabilia | Memorandums | Negatives (photographs) | Patents | Periodicals | Photograph albums | Photographic prints | Posters | Promotional materials | Reports | Sketches | Slides (photographs) | Sound recordings | Technical drawings | Technical reports | Trade catalogs | Videocassettes 
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14Title:  Robert Propst Papers, 1952-1998 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2010.83 
 Creator:  Propst, Robert 
 Abstract:  This collection covers the professional and personal life of noted industrial designer Robert L. Propst. Propst is best known for his work with Herman Miller and for designing the "Action Office," an office furnishing system which became the basis for the modern cubicle. Materials include reports, design photographs, design drawings, and blueprints, as well as personal photographs, writings, and artwork. 
 Subjects:  Propst, Robert | De Pree, D.J. (Dirk Jan De Pree), 1891-1990 | De Pree, Hugh | De Pree, Max | Houy, Chuck (Charles) | Kelley, Jack | Stumpf, Bill (William) | Wodka, Michael (Mike) | Herman Miller, Inc. (HMI) | Herman Miller Research Corporation (HMRC) | Herman Miller Research & Design | Michigan State University | The Propst Company | Propst Design Company | Propst Forestry System Corporation (PFSC) | Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) | University of Massachusetts | Chairs | Children's furniture | Furniture | Furniture design | Furniture designers | Hospital beds | Industrial design | Living room furniture | Logging | Lumbering | Medical offices | Office chairs | Office furniture | Playground equipment | Seating (Furniture) | Travel | China | Japan | Tibet | United States, Ann Arbor (Michigan) | United States, Denver (Colorado) | United States, Redmond (Washington) | United States, Zeeland (Michigan) | Advertisements | Artwork | Audiocassettes | Blueprints (reprographic copies) | Brochures | Calendars | Color negatives | Color photographs | Color slides | Color transparencies | Design drawings | Drawings | Engineering drawings | Financial records | Floppy disks | Journals | Manuals | Microfiche | Microfilm | Negatives (photographic) | Pamphlets | Patents | Photograph albums | Photographic prints | Portraits | Posters | Promotional materials | Publications | Reports | Sketches | Slides (photographs) | Sound recordings | Technical drawings | Transparencies | Videocassettes 
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