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1Title:  Automotive Price Books Collection, 1930-2017 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2017.88 
 Creator:  Price Books and Forms, Inc. 
 Abstract:  Price books like those found in this collection were used by new car and truck salespeople to help sell their products and were updated and published as pricing and option changes occurred over the course of a vehicle model year. The collection consists of approximately 2700 books covering Ford (1930-2016), General Motors (1960s-2017), Chrysler (1960s-2017), and Nissan (1991-2016) vehicles. 
 Subjects:  Automobile dealers | Automobile industry and trade 
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2Title:  Dealer Sales Training audio-visual Collection, 1930-1957 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1668 
 Creator:  Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  This collection contains phonograph records, reel-to-reel\ audio tapes, filmstrips created by Ford Motor Company for sales training. The collection also includes several compact discs that contain copies of the original materials. 
 Subjects:  Automobile dealers | Sales promotion | Selling--Automobiles | Selling--Trucks | Filmstrips | Sound recordings 
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3Title:  James Snitgen collection, 1936-1940 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1653 
 Creator:  Snitgen, James 
 Abstract:  The collection contains phonograph records and filmstrips used as promotional and training materials for Ford Motor Company dealerships. 
 Subjects:  Automobile dealers | Sales promotion | Selling--Automobiles | Selling--Trucks | Filmstrips | Sound recordings 
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4Title:  William Ford Tractor Sales Company Records, 1930-1938 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  351 
 Creator:  William Ford Tractor Sales Company 
 Abstract:  Records of the William Ford Tractor Sales Company of Dearborn, Michigan, including legal documents such as articles of association, a building lease, an employment and stock purchase agreement, and the certificate of dissolution. Also included are annual stockholder meeting notices, proxy voting notices, Board of Directors resolutions, balance sheets, and a Dun & Bradstreet report on the history and financial status of the company. 
 Subjects:  Automobile dealers | Motor vehicle industry | Tractor industry | Tractors | Allen, Marshall T. | Ford, William D. 1871-1959 | William Ford Tractor Sales Company 
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5Title:  Ford Motor Company Advertising and Sales Promotion Records, 1953-1964 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2009.1.1949 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company 
 Abstract:  Collection consisting of Ford Motor Company advertising and sales records related to the 1964 vehicle model year. Extent: 0.3 cubic ft. (1 box). The collection is open for research. 
 Subjects:  Ford Motor Company | Advertising | Automobile dealers | Automobile industry and trade | Automobiles--Marketing | Correspondence | Reports | Specifications 
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6Title:  Lincoln-Mercury Sales Records Series, 1929-1942 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  481 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. General Sales Department 
 Abstract:  The Lincoln-Mercury Sales records series contains correspondence and subject files of the General Sales Department regarding Lincoln and Mercury automobiles. Of interest in the records are summary reports on branch personnel, branch operations, prices, production, purchasing, sales, shipments and specifications; correspondence regarding custom built Lincoln automobiles such as hearses, ambulances, armour-plated cars and limousines; and employment applications with attached photographs of Lincoln sales branch personnel around the United States. The records also include Lincoln and Lincoln-Zephyr general letters. 
 Subjects:  Ambulances | Automobile dealers | Ford automobile | Hearses (Vehicles) | Limousines | Lincoln automobile | Mercury automobile | Zephyr automobile | Ford Motor Company--Employees | Ford Motor Company. General Sales Department | Photographs | Portraits 
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7Title:  Orville L. Willard papers, 1920-1932 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  794 
 Creator:  Willard, Orville L., 1892-1959 
 Abstract:  Orville L. Willard worked as a salesman for Ford Motor Company and multiple sales equipment companies throughout the 1920s and early 1930s. His papers include letters and scrapbooks concerning his work and products he sold. 
 Subjects:  Willard, Orville L., 1892-1959 | Dealers' Aids Company | Sales Equipment Company | Standard Forms Company | Automobile dealers | Automobile industry and trade--California | Automobile industry and trade--Cuba | Automobile industry and trade--Washington | Dealer aids. 
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8Title:  Marvin Buckberry papers, 1944-1949 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  42 
 Creator:  Buckberry, Marvin 
 Abstract:  The Marvin Buckberry papers consist of research material collected by Buckberry in preparation for writing a history of Ford Motor Company. The papers in include photographs, Ford Motor Company records and correspondence, handwritten notes and copies of other unpublished manuscripts on the company’s history. 
 Subjects:  Buckberry, Marvin | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Henry Ford (Organization) | Henry Ford, 1863-1947--Homes and haunts | Ford Motor Company--History | Ford Motor Company--Industrial relations | Automobile dealers | Automobile industry and trade | Automobile factories | Dance | Pacifism | Labor Unions--Automobile industry workers | Labor--History | Chronologies | Genealogies | Photographs 
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9Title:  Frank Hadas papers, 1905-1924 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  488 
 Creator:  Hadas, Frank, 1882- 
 Abstract:  Frank Hadas worked as a branch assembly plant inspector for Ford Motor Company from 1912-1926. His papers include papers and photographs relating to his work at Ford Motor Company, as well as an album of personal and family photographs. 
 Subjects:  Hadas, Frank, 1882- | Ford Motor Company | Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant. | World War, 1914-1918--Equipment and supplies | Shipbuilding | Automobile dealers | Factory management | Hunting | Fishing | Automobile industry and trade | Ford Motor Company--Employees | Branches (Business enterprises) | Eagle boats | Panoramas | Photographs | Photograph albums | Maps 
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10Title:  Gaston Plantiff papers, 1905-1931 (bulk 1920-1930) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  66 
 Creator:  Plantiff, Gaston, 1874-1934. 
 Abstract:  Gaston Plantiff was New York Branch Manager for Ford Motor Company from 1913-1929. The papers consist of files maintained by Plantiff during this time. 
 Subjects:  Plantiff, Gaston 1874-1934. | Ford Motor Company. | Ford Motor Company -- New York. | Bulow, Robert. | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943. | Kanzler, Ernest Carlton, 1892-1967. | Sorensen, Charles Emil, 1881-1968. | Neutral Conference for Continuous Mediation 1916. | Automobile industry and trade | Automobile dealers | Advertising--Automobiles | Tractors | Correspondence 
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11Title:  Ford Motor Company, Account Receivable and Accounts Payable Records Subseries, 1904-1925 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  64.167.623 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Auditing Department 
 Abstract:  The Ford Motor Company, Account Receivable and Accounts Payable Records Subseries, 1904-1925 (15.4 cubic ft.), Accession 64.167.623, is made up of ledgers from the General Accounting Office containing the following financial data: accounts receivable, 1905-1914 and 1918-1920, which include an incomplete listing of cars sold to Ford Motor Company dealers and Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd., from 1905 to 1914; accounts payable, 1907-1909; special accounts receivable, 1913-1920, the bulk of which is entries for management personnel including Henry Ford and Edsel B. Ford; Lincoln accounts payable, 1922; a patterns lent account book, 1913-1917, regarding suppliers of malleable iron castings; and miscellaneous account books, including journal vouchers and foreign and domestic accounts receivable, 1918-1925. 
 Subjects:  Ford Motor Company. Auditing Department | Ford Motor Company. Finance Staff | Ford Motor Company--Finance | Ford Motor Company. Lincoln Division | Ford Motor Company of Canada | Automobile dealers | Automobiles--Accounting | Automobile industry and trade--Costs | Automobile industry and trade--Statistics | Accounts payable | Accounts receivable | Branches (Business enterprises) | Cost control | Costs, Industrial | Financial statements | Ford autmobile | Labor costs | Lincoln automobile | Sales accounting | Wages--Accounting | Ledgers 
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12Title:  Advertising Department scrapbooks subseries, 1934-1952. Requires cookie*
 Accession:  722 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Lincoln-Mercury Division. 
 Abstract:  The Advertising Department assisted the Sales Department in the preparation and production of sales promotion materials and materials to be used in the training of dealer retail salesmen. The subseries contains scrapbooks maintained by Robert F. G. Copeland, advertising manager for Lincoln-Mercury Division, which include: Ford used car advertising; Ford V-8 magazine advertising, Lincoln magazine and newspaper advertising, Mercury magazine and newspaper advertising; Announcement advertising for new Lincoln-Mercury dealers; Lincoln-Mercury dealer advertising and advertising fund; Lincoln-Mercury promotional materials; and a flip chart on the purpose of the Advertising Department. 
 Subjects:  Advertising--Automobiles | Advertising, Magazine | Advertising, Newspaper | Automobile dealers | Automobile industry and trade | Ford automobile | Lincoln automobile | Lincoln Continental automobile--History. | Mercury automobile | Sales promotion | Copeland, Robert F. G., 1902-1966. | Ford Motor Company. Lincoln Division. | Ford Motor Company. Lincoln-Mercury Division. Advertising Department. | Ford Motor Company. Lincoln-Mercury Division. Marketing Plans Department. | Advertisements. | Scrapbooks 
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13Title:  American Road marketing and publicity photographs series, 1903-1964 (bulk 1920-1950) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1859 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  A set of photographs called American Road that was created primarily as a resource to help staff of the Ford Motor Company Archives answer requests for historical photographs that fell under the heading "something about roads." 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford Motor Company. Archives | Advertising--Automobiles | Automobile dealers | Automobile driving on mountain roads | Automobile driving in bad weather | Automobile travel | Automobile--Social aspects | Bridges | Ferries | Ford automobile | Ford Model T automobile | Railroads | Roads | Roads--Design and construction | Street-railroads | Transportation--History | Women automobile drives | Aerial photographs | Photographs | Cityscapes | Landscapes | Streetscapes 
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14Title:  Automotive product literature collection, 1895-ongoing Requires cookie*
 Accession:  175 
 Creator:  Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  The Automotive Product Literature collection is an intentionally assembled collection of sales, promotional and informational material published by automotive manufacturers and used primarily by automotive dealers or sales agents to market and sell automobiles. The collection includes sales brochures, press kits, press releases, service bulletins, photographs, comparative literature, color and trim books and color chips, salesman's manuals, owner's manuals and reference books for over 1000 past and present automobile manufacturers worldwide. 
 Subjects:  Automobile industry and trade | Automobile dealers | Automobiles--Handbooks, manuals, etc. | Automobiles, Foreign | Automobiles, Steam | Edsel automobile | Automobiles, Electric | Ford automobile | General Motors automobiles | Lincoln automobile | Mercury automobile | Marketing | Sales promotion | Press releases | Ford Motor Company. | General Motors Corporation | Brochures | Manuals (instructional materials). | Photographs | Publications | Sales catalogs 
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15Title:  E-M-F, Flanders, and Studebaker photographs, circa 1910-1914 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  91.1.1769 
 Creator:  Unknown 
 Abstract:  Mainly unlabeled and undated photographs that detail the history of E-M-F and Flanders automobiles, both of which were incorporated into Studebaker Brothers manufacturing Company in 1912 and sold under that name. Also depicted is automotive production and shipping, images of automobile track racing, and photographic materials that promote the durability and reliability of E-M-F, Flanders and Studebaker vehicles. 
 Subjects:  AAA (Organization : U.S.) | Atlantic, Yellowstone and Pacific Highway Association | Everett-Metzger-Flanders Co. | Everett, Barney | Flanders, Walter E. (Walter Emmett), 1871-1923 | Glidden, Charles J. (Charles Jasper), 1857-1927 | Metzger, William | Pelletier, LeRoy | Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Co. | Assembly-line methods | Automobile dealers | Automobile driving on mountain roads | Automobile driving in bad weather | Automobile industry and trade | Automobile industry workers | Automobile racing | Automobile racing drivers | Automobile travel | Automobiles--Performance | Endurance sports | Industrialists | Denver (Colo.) | Detroit (Mich.) | Grand Canyon (Ariz.) | Savannah (Ga.) | Seattle (Wash.) | Photographic prints 
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16Title:  Frank C. Armstrong papers, 1898-1906 (bulk 1900-1906) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1750 
 Creator:  Armstrong, Frank C., 1872-1936. 
 Abstract:  Frank Armstrong worked as a salesman, traveling field representative, and New York branch manager for the Electric Vehicle Company during the company's most ambitious and unsuccessful attempt to establish a monopoly in the automobile industry and in the market for taxicab service in major American cities. The papers are comprised of both Armstrong's business and personal papers and consist of correspondence, meeting minutes, financial statements, stock issues and general accounting information related to his career in the electric vehicle industry at the beginning of the twentieth century. Also included are materials related to several lawsuits Armstrong was involved in, his military records, and a small number of blueprint reproductions of several electric vehicles. 
 Subjects:  Armstrong, Frank C., 1872-1936. | Electric Vehicle Company (Hartford, Conn.) | Electric Vehicle Co. (New York, N.Y.) | Columbia and Electric Vehicle Co. (Hartford, Conn.) | Ansonia Motor Car Co. | New Jersey Electric Vehicle and Transportation Company. | New York Electric Vehicle Transportation Co. (New York, N.Y.) | Washington Electric Vehicle Transportation Company. | Columbia Automobile Company. | Riker Electric Motor Company. | Automobiles--Design and construction | Automobile industry and trade | Electric automobiles | Selling--Automobiles | Automobile dealers | Taxicabs | Used cars | Actions and defenses | Business records. | Blueprints (reprographic copies) | Financial records. | Photographs. | Product literature. 
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17Title:  Small Accessions Collection, 1812-1984 (bulk 1903-1978) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  Not Available 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives 
 Abstract:  Originally started by Ford Motor Company archivists to house and administer collections deemed too small to be described individually, the bulk of the Small Accession collection was donated to The Henry Ford in the 1964 donation (the first and largest transfer of archives from Ford Motor Company to The Henry Ford) and the practice was continued by Edison Institute staff. 
 Subjects:  Airplanes | Automobile dealers | Automobile industry and trade | Automobiles | Buildings--Michigan--Dearborn | Ford automobile | Ford tractors | Lincoln automobile | Fordson tractors | Industrialists | Philanthropists | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Henry, 1917-1987 | Ford family | Ford Motor Company | Ford Motor Company--Anniversaries, etc. | Ford Motor Company--Buildings | Ford Motor Company--Employees | Ford Motor Company--Public relations | Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant | Ford Village Industries | Lincoln Motor Company | Edison Institute Schools | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Henry Ford Farms | Henry Ford (Organization) | Henry Ford (Organization). Greenfield Village | Henry Ford (Organization). Henry Ford Museum | Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) | Dearborn (Mich.) | Detroit (Mich.) | Oral histories | Audiotapes | Blueprints (reprographic copies) | Compact discs | Design drawings | Diaries | DVDs | Ledgers (account books) | Photographs | Publications | Sound recordings | Technical drawings | Videotapes 
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18Title:  World's Fair photographs series, 1933-1964 (bulk 1933-1940) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  232 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Photograpic Department. 
 Abstract:  Ford Motor Company was a leading exhibitor in world fairs and other expositions held in America between 1934 and the early 1960s. This collection, consisting of 8x10 black and white photographic prints, documents various aspects of Ford's involvement including buildings, exhibits, displays, employees, celebrities and special events. 
 Subjects:  Exhibitions--20th century. | Exhibition buildings | Exhibit booths | Rotundas | Public relations--Automobile trade | Automobile industry workers | Lincoln-Zephyr automobile. | Ford automobile | Mercury automobile | Families--United States. | Tourism | Automobile industry and trade--By-products. | Celebrities | Automobile dealers | Soybean products | Roads | Automobile driver education | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943. | Disney, Walt, 1901-1966. | Ford Motor Company--Exhibitions. | Ford Motor Company--Employees. | Ford Rotunda (Dearborn, Mich.) | Henry Ford (Organization) | Henry Ford Trade School. | Ford Village Industries. | WED Enterprises, Inc. | Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.) | Texas Centennial (1936 : Dallas, Tex.) | California Pacific International Exposition (1935-1936 : San Diego, Calif.) | New York World's Fair (1939-1940) | New York World's Fair (1964-1965) | Photographs. | Portraits. | Group portraits. | Aerial views. 
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19Title:  General Personal Records series, 1823-1984 (bulk 1920-1947) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  23 
 Creator:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 
 Abstract:  The Henry Ford Office was created in 1906 by James Couzens to manage Henry Ford's correspondence and personal affairs. The General Personal records series contains material from the Henry Ford Office related to many of Henry Ford's non-automotive business and personal interests. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Avery, Clarence W. (Clarence Willard), 1882-1949 | Buchman, Frank Nathan Daniel, 1878-1961 | Burroughs, John, 1837-1921 | Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943 | Correll, Charles J., 1890-1972 | Coughlin, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1891-1979 | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford family | Gosden, Freeman F., 1899-1982 | Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951 | Hill, Percival S. | Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 | Meadowcroft, Wm. H. (William Henry), 1853- | Perry, Percival S. | Plantiff, Faston, 1874-1934 | Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 | Sacco, Nicola, 1891-1927 | Trowbridge, J. T. (John Townsend), 1827-1916 | Vanzetti, Bartolomeo, 1888-1927 | Ford Motor Company | Ford Motor Company--Employees | Ford Motor Company--Management | Ford Motor Company--Presidents | Berry Schools | Camp Legion | Camp Willow Run | Edison Illuminating Company | Edison Institute School | Henry Ford Farms | Henry Ford (Organization) | Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) | Automobile industry and trade | Automobile dealers | Crops--Soybeans | Dance | Goldenrods | Rubber | Rubber industry and trade--Brazil | Fort McAllister (Ga.: Ford) | Richmond Hill (Ga.) | Blueprints (reprographic copies) | Clippings | Genealogy | Greeting cards | Ledgers | Maps | Microforms | Photographs | Postcards | Publications | Scrapbooks | Sheet music | Telegrams | Trade catalogs 
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20Title:  General Photographs series, 1913-1954 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  833 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department. 
 Abstract:  Ford Motor Company photographers recorded the company’s manufacturing work and contributions to innovation around the nation and world. This series contains photographic prints and negatives created by the company’s first photographic department. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943. | Ford family | Kahlo, Frida, 1907- | Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973 | Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957 | Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department. | Ford Motor Company. Highland Park Plant | Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant | Ford Motor Company. Willow Run Bomber Plant. | Ford Motor Company. Marine operations. | Ford Motor Company--Buildings. | Ford Motor Company--Employees. | Ford Motor Company--Executives. | Henry Ford (Organization) | Ford Village Industries. | Henry Ford Trade School. | Dearborn Inn (Dearborn, Mich.) | Detroit Institute of Arts | Ford Fleet. | Ford Rotunda (Dearborn, Mich.) | Henry Ford Hospital. | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Assembly line methods | Automobile industry and trade | Automobile industry workers | Automobile factories | Automobile dealers | Aircraft industry | Factories--Design and construction | Aircraft industry | Airplanes | Buses | Ford automobile | Lincoln automobile | Mercury automobile | Cargo ships | Industry and education | Industrial buildings | Photographers | Power-plants | Radio--History | Rubber industry and trade | Service stations | Soybean products | Tractors | Trucks | Vehicles, Military | Women automobile industry workers | African American automobile industry workers | Photographs. | Photographic prints | Portraits. | Group portraits. | Negatives (Photographic) 
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