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1Title:  William S. Vardon papers, 1929-circa 1949 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  996 
 Creator:  Vardon, William S. 
 Abstract:  Plant engineering records. Includes material related to Willow Run bomber plant, and Rouge Tunnel. 
 Subjects:  Photographs. | Brochures. 
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2Title:  Truck Product Literature Collection Requires cookie*
 Accession:  180 
 Creator:  Henry Ford (Organization). Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  The Truck Product Literature collection is an intentionally assembled collection of sales, promotional and informational material published by truck manufacturers and used primarily by truck dealers or sales agents to market and sell trucks. 
 Subjects:  Trucks | Ford trucks | Marketing | Sales promotion | Press releases | Brochures | Manuals (Instructional materials) | Photographs | Publications | Sales Catalogs 
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3Title:  Truck Product Literature Collection, 2006 Addendum Requires cookie*
 Accession:  180.1 
 Creator:  Henry Ford (Organization). Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  The Truck Product Literature collection is an intentionally assembled collection of sales, promotional and informational material published by truck manufacturers and used primarily by truck dealers or sales agents to market and sell trucks. 
 Subjects:  Trucks | Ford trucks | Marketing | Sales promotion | Press releases | Brochures | Manuals (Instructional materials) | Photographs | Publications | Sales Catalogs 
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4Title:  Josephine H. Dibble Murphy papers, 1907-1961 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2009.139 
 Creator:  Murphy, Josephine H. Dibble, 1888-1974 
 Abstract:  Papers of Josephine H. Dibble Murphy comprised of a photograph album, scrapbook, alumni publications, illustrated calendars and clippings related to Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia. 
 Subjects:  Murphy, Josephine H. Dibble, 1888-1974 | Atlanta University. | Atlanta University Alumni Association. | African Americans | Education | Brochures | Clippings | Photographs | Photograph albums | Scrapbooks 
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5Title:  Smith Silo Company Records, circa 1920-1978 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  76.16 
 Creator:  Smith Silo Company 
 Abstract:  A collection consisting primarily of photographs documenting concrete farm silos built by the Smith Silo Company of Paw Paw and Oxford, Michigan. Extent: 0.4 cubic ft. (1 box). The collection is open for research. 
 Subjects:  Smith, Hiram | Smith, Warren | Smith Silo Company | Farms | Silos (Agricultural structures) | Oxford (Mich.) | Paw Paw (Mich.) | Audiocassettes | Brochures | Photographs | Photographic prints 
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6Title:  L.A. Weis Collection, 1950-1977 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  78.300.1310 
 Creator:  Weis, Lawrence A. (L.A.) 
 Abstract:  The L.A. Weis Collection, 1950-1977, contains public relations materials pertaining to Ford Motor Company products, most significantly the development of the Mustang I experimental car and the Mustang II. 
 Subjects:  Weis, Lawrence A. (L.A.) | Iacocca, Lee A., 1924- | Ford Motor Company | Ford automobile | Mustang automobile | Audiocassettes | Brochures | Clippings (information artifacts) | Motion pictures (Visual works) | Photographic prints | Reports 
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7Title:  Fruehauf Trailer Company Records, 1931-1969 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  98.1.1828 
 Creator:  Fruehauf Trailer Company 
 Abstract:  The Fruehauf Trailer Company was founded in 1918 by August Fruehauf. The records contain annual reports, product literature, product manuals, and photographs spanning from the early 1930s into the 1960s. 
 Subjects:  Fruehauf Trailer Company | Advertising | Selling | Transportation | Tractor trailer combinations | Trailers | Truck trailer industry | Truck trailers | Detroit (Mich.) | Advertisements | Annual reports | Brochures | Greeting cards | Instructional materials | Manuals | Pamphlets | Photographs | Photographic prints | Promotional materials 
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8Title:  Bobby Unser papers, 1930-2009 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2009.123 
 Creator:  Unser, Bobby, 1934- 
 Abstract:  Bobby Unser is one of automobile racing's elite performers. As a driver, he has piloted every category of professional race car to success from karts and dirt track racers to Formula 1 and stock cars. The Bobby Unser papers contain correspondence, technical data and photographs documenting his extensive racing career. 
 Subjects:  Unser, Bobby, 1934- | Bobby Unser Inc. | Theodore Racing, Ltd. | Automobile racing--Rules. | Automobile racing drivers. | Automobiles, Racing--Motors | Automobiles, Racing--Chassis | Automobiles, Racing--Models | Automobiles, Racing--Motors Testing | Automobiles, Racing--Aerodynamics | Automobiles, Racing. | Trials, litigation, etc. | Drag racers. | Endorsements in advertising. | Formula One automobiles. | Indy cars. | Pikes Peak Race to the Clouds. | Sprint cars. | Stock car drivers. | Stock cars (Automobiles) | Brochures. | CD-ROMs. | Contracts. | Digital images. | Financial records. | Manuals (instructional materials) | Models (representations) | Operating manuals. | Periodicals. | Photograph albums. | Photographs. | Promotional materials. | Sales catalogs. | Scrapbooks. | Souvenir programs. | Technical manuals. | Telegrams. | Trade catalogs. | Videocassettes. 
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9Title:  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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10Title:  Exhibitions and World's Fair collection, 1848-1986 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  Assembled 
 Creator:  Benson Ford Research Center. 
 Abstract:  The Exhibitions and World's Fairs Collection consists of a variety of ephemeral materials related to expositions and exhibitions. 
 Subjects:  Exhibitions--20th century. | Tourism | 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) | Advertisements | Brochures | Certificates | Circulars | Clippings | Announcements | Guidebooks | Invitations | Maps | Menus | Periodicals | Programs (documents) | Booklets | Souvenirs | Stamps | Stationery | Tickets | Admission tickets 
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11Title:  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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12Title:  Research Center Travel Literature Collection, 1826-2019 (bulk 1905-1985) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  RC.26 
 Creator:  Henry Ford (Organization). Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  The Travel Literature Collection is gathered from many sources and covers the period from 1826 to the present. The collection is ongoing. One of the major contributors was the American Automobile Association of Michigan. 
 Subjects:  Air travel | Amusement parks | Automobile travel | Bed and breakfast accommodations | Bus travel | Historic parks | Historic sites | Hotels | International travel | Motels | Museums | National parks and reserves | Ocean travel | Railroad travel | Restaurants | Tourism | Tourist camps, hostels, etc. | Travel | U.S. states | American Automobile Association | Disneyland (Calif.) | Grand Canyon (Ariz.) | Walt Disney World (Fla.) | Niagara Falls National Heritage Area (N.Y.) | Canada | Europe, Western | Mexico | Atlases | Brochures | Diaries | Directories | Maps | Pamphlets | Schedules | Souvenirs | Tickets | Travel guidebooks | Viewbooks 
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13Title:  A.B. Dick Company Records, 1884-1998 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2004.3 
 Creator:  A.B. Dick Company 
 Abstract:  The A.B. Dick Company Records, 1884-1998, contain corporate records, photographic prints, product information and samples, company publications, product service manuals, clippings, printing plates, advertisements, motion pictures, sound recordings, and artwork regarding the office equipment A.B. Dick produced for over a century. 
 Subjects:  A.B. Dick Company | Dick, Albert Blake, 1856-1934 | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Teague, Walter Dorwin, 1883-1960 | Indianapolis Speedway Race | New York World's Fair (1939-1940: New York, N.Y.) | World's Columbian Exposition (1893: Chicago, Ill.) | Advertising | Automobile racing | Copying | Electric typewriters | Indy cars | Mimeograph | Newsletters | Office equipment and supplies | Office equipment and supplies industry--United States | Offset printing | Photocopying machines | Printing machinery and supplies | Chicago (Ill.) | Niles (Ill.) | Advertisements | Annual reports | Brochures | CD-ROMs | Clippings (information artifacts) | DVDs | Filmstrips | Manuals (instructional materials) | Negatives (photographic) | Operating manuals | Phonograph records | Photographic prints | Publications | Sales catalogs | Samples | Scrapbooks | Slides (photographs) | Sound recordings | Trade catalogs | Trademarks | Videocassettes 
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14Title:  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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15Title:  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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16Title:  Research Center General Brochure and Pamphlet Collection, 1921-2019 (bulk 1948-1967) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  RC.12 
 Creator:  Henry Ford (Organization). Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  The General Brochure and Pamphlet Collection is an intentionally assembled collection which includes material published by non-profit, government and corporate organizations that provide information about their products, services or viewpoints. The collection includes several Civil Defense brochures from the 1950s and 1960s. Organizations represented include the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, Federal Civil Defense Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Freedom Associates, among others. The collection is arranged by subject. 
 Subjects:  Advertising, Classified | Antisemitism | Atheism | Automobiles--Societies, etc. | Automobile driving | Child care services | Christianity | Christmas | Civil defense | Civil defense--Biological warfare | Civil engineering | Civil rights | Clothing and dress | Communications, Military | Conelrad | Coffee--Processing | Container industry | Cooking | Dairy products | Dams | Diet therapy | Dogs | Ecology | Education | Electric industries | Electric utilities | Emblems, State | Emergency communication systems | Emergency food supply | Emergency water supply | Ethics | Crops--Corn | Crops--Soybeans | First aid in illness and injury | Gardening | Industrial safety | Industries--Defense measures | Insurance | Interior decoration | Nuclear power plants | Nuclear weapons | Nutrition | Olympics | Public speaking | Radio broadcasting | Radioactive fallout | Radiation -- Measurement | Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.) | Survival | Taxation | Transportation | Water--Fluoridation | Waterways | Weight loss | Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant (Mich.) | United Farm Workers of America | United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. | International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural | Implement Workers of America | Olympic Winter Games (8th : 1960 : Squaw Valley, Calif.) | Boston (Mass.)--Centennial celebrations, etc. | United States--Economic conditions | Scientific research. | Brochures | Pamphlets | American Association for the Advancement of Atheism | American Automobile Association | American Dairy Association | American Radio Relay League | American Water Works Association | Coffee Development Group (U.S.) | Congress of Racial Equality | Freedom Associates | Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. | International Labor Defense | Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | National Science Foundation (U.S.) | Northrup King & Co. | Smith, Kline & French Laboratories | Socialist Labor Party | Trumbull Electric Manufacturing Co. | United States. Army. Corps of Engineers | United States. Dept. of Agriculture | United States. Dept. of Commerce | United States. Dept. of Labor | United States. Federal Civil Defense Administration | United States. Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization | White Panther Party 
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