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1Title:  Burt L. Burley papers, 1970-1978 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1420 
 Creator:  Kloha, A. J. 
 Abstract:  Burt L. Burly was student project director for Henry Ford Estate Fair Lane power plant renovation project that occurred in the late 1970s. The collection consists of records pertaining to the renovation. 
 Subjects:  Burley, Burt L. | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Ford, Henry, 1917-1987. | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Engineering -- Study and teaching | Hydroelectric power plants -- Michigan . -- Dearborn. | Buildings -- Michigan -- Dearborn -- Repair and reconstruction. | Historic buildings -- Michigan -- Dearborn. | Landscape architecture -- Michigan -- Dearborn. | Power-plants -- Michigan -- Dearborn. | Historic sites -- Michigan -- Conservation and restoration. | Rouge, River (Mich. : River) | Slides (photographs) | Architectural drawings 
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2Title:  Collected Research Papers subgroup, 1935-1976 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  SE005 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  The Collected research papers subgroup is a set of research papers that cover a wide range of subjects. The papers came from a variety of sources, including students, graduate students, and people writing family reminiscences. Subgroup includes accessions 168, 423, 819, 858, 866, 872, 997, 1129, 1164, 1216, and 1417. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Mayo, William Benson, 1866-1944 | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Burroughs, John, 1837-1921 | Firestone, Harvey Samuel, 1868-1938 | Ford Motor Company. Archives | Ford Motor Company. Highland Park Plant | Ford Motor Company. Airplane Division | Ford Motor Company--Employees | Henry Ford Hospital | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Automobile industry and trade | African American automobile industry workers | Industry and education | Lumbering | Pacifism 
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3Title:  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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4Title:  Clipping books series, 1879-1951, (bulk 1913-1950) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  7 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. 
 Abstract:  The Clipping Books series contains newspaper clippings from Detroit newspapers and other newspapers around the United States about the varied interests of Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company history. 
 Subjects:  Automobile industry and trade | Ford automobile | Ford Model A automobile | Ford tractors | Industry and education | Jews | Labor | Profit-sharing | Public welfare--Michigan--Detroit. | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931. | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. | Newberry, Truman Handy, 1864-1945. | Sapiro, Aaron, 1884-1959. | Ford Motor Company--History. | Ford Motor Company--Public relations. | Henry Ford Peace Expedition (1915-1916) | Lake Carriers Association. | League of Nations | Five dollar day. | Mount Clemens (Mich.) | Muscle Shoals (Ala.) | Clippings. | Comic strips. | Scrapbooks 
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5Title:  Irving R. Bacon papers, 1863-1957 (bulk 1929-1945) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1657 
 Creator:  Bacon, Irving R. (Irving Ruben), 1875-1962 
 Abstract:  Irving R. Bacon worked for Henry Ford as an artist. His work ranged from cartoons in the Ford Times to paintings of artifacts and events at the Edison Institute. His papers include photographs, drawings, and correspondence related to his career with Ford Motor Company and the Edison Institute. 
 Subjects:  Bacon, Irving R. (Irving Ruben), 1875-1962 | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford family | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 | Bennett, Sir John, 1805-1891 | Burroughs, John, 1837-1921 | Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 | Firestone, Harvey Samuel, 1868-1938 | Thumb, Tom, 1838-1883 | Dearborn Inn (Dearborn, Mich) | Ford Motor Company | Ford Motor Company. Highland Park Plant | Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant | Henry Ford (Organization). Greenfield Village | Henry Ford (Organization). Henry Ford Museum | Dearborn Independent | Fordson tractor | Actors and actresses | Celebrities | Artists | Painting | Theater--Stage setting and scenery | Sketches | Photographs 
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6Title:  James Humberstone papers, 1916-1952 (bulk 1928-1936) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  900 
 Creator:  Humberstone, James, 1909- 
 Abstract:  James Humberstone worked for the Edison Institute and is among a select group who once lived in Greenfield Village. His papers include records from the Edison Institute, Ford Motor Company Apprentice School and the Henry Ford Trade School as well as Edison memorabilia and miscellaneous photographs. 
 Subjects:  Humberstone, James, 1909- | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Rooney, Mickey | Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917 | Henry Ford (Organization). Henry Ford Museum. | Henry Ford (Organization). Greenfield Village. | Henry Ford Trade School | Ford Apprentice Schools | Sir John Bennett Jewelry Store | Sir John Bennett Sweet Shop | Dearborn Engineering Laboratory (Dearborn, Mich.) | Engine and Electrical Engineering Building (Dearborn, Mich.) | Ford Motor Company--Statistics | Industry and education | Schools--Michigan | Trade schools--Michigan | Vocational education--Michigan | Automobile industry and trade | Agricultural implements | Photographs 
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7Title:  Frank Campsall records series, 1887-1991 (bulk 1920-1935) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  SE007 
 Creator:  Campsall, Frank Charles, 1884-1946 
 Abstract:  Frank Campsall served as personal secretary to Henry Ford. His papers contain records on the various interests, activities and properties of Henry Ford, including a large subseries concerning the Wayside Inn in Massachusetts. 
 Subjects:  Campsall, Frank Charles, 1884-1946 | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Brooks, Harry, 1902-1928 | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Ganghe, Mahatma, 1869-1948 | Howe family | Sack, Israel, 1883-1959 | Sorensen, Charles Emil, 1881-1968 | Sturdevant, Joseph L. | Dearborn Country Club | Dearborn Realty and Construction Company | Ford Homes Historic District (Dearborn, Mich.) | Henry Ford Farms | Henry Ford Hospital | Oscar II (Ship) | Scotch Settlement School | Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) | Henry Ford Peace Expedition (1915-1916) | Anti-Semitism | Dance | Labor unions | Mills and mill-work | Voyages and travels | Water-power | La Belle (Fla.) | England | Richmond Hill (Ga.) | Savannah (Ga.) | South America | Stratford (Va.) | Sudbury (Mass.) | Blueprints (reprographic copies) | Clippings | Photographs | Postcards | Publications | Scrapbooks 
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8Title:  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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9Title:  Fair Lane papers subgroup, 1835-1950 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1 
 Creator:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. 
 Abstract:  Henry and Clara Ford lived in a succession of fourteen homes, the last of which, Fair Lane, was constructed on the shores of their Rouge River estate in 1915. The Fair Lane papers contain documents representing the Fords' busy and complex lives assembled from the rooms of the mansion after Clara died in 1950. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947--Homes and haunts | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947--Family | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford, Henry, 1917-1987 | Ford family | Burroughs, John, 1837-1921 | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Firestone, Harvey Samuel, 1868-1938 | Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926 | Jensen, Jens, 1860-1951 | Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943 | Ford Motor Company--History | Henry Ford (Organization) | Henry Ford Hospital | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) | Ford Foundation | Ford Motor Company. Airplane Division | Ford Motor Company. Willow Run Bomber Plant | Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad | Neutral Conference for Continuous Mediation (1916) | Henry Ford Peace Expedition (1915-1916) | Dearborn Independent | Automobile industry and trade | Ford automobile | Ford Model T automobile | Lincoln automobile | Historic gardens--Michigan | Historic buildings | Historic sites--Conservation and restoration | Ford tractors | Automobiles, Racing | Pacifism | Peace movements | Technology--United States | World War, 1914-1918--Peace | Schools--Michigan | Power-plants--Michigan | Industrialists--Michigan--Dearborn | Camping | Landscape architecture | Willow Run (Mich.) | Richmond Hill (Ga.) | Dearborn (Mich.) | Scrapbooks | Genealogy | Diaries | Postcards | Landscape architectural drawings 
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10Title:  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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11Title:  Photographic Vertical File series, 1860-1980 (bulk 1890-1955) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1660 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  The Photographic vertical file series is an assembled collection of photographs from a variety of sources. The series contains both original photographs and copy photographs, covering a wide range of topics. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford, Eleanor, 1896- | Ford, Henry, 1917-1987 | Ford family | Bryant family | Litogot family. | Burroughs, John, 1837-1921. | Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943 | Disney, Walt, 1901-1966. | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Firestone family | Ford Motor Company. Archives. | Ford Motor Company. Highland Park Plant | Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant | Ford Motor Company. Willow Run Bomber Plant. | Ford Motor Company -- Employees. | Ford Motor Company -- Executives. | Ford Motor Company -- Buildings. | Ford Village Industries. | Ford Rotunda (Dearborn, Mich.) | Ford Fleet. | Henry Ford Hospital | Henry Ford Trade School | Henry Ford (Organization) | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) | Automobile industry and trade | Automobile industry workers | Automobile racing drivers | Assembly-line methods | Automobile factories | Automobiles, Racing | Endurance races. | Ford automobile | Lincoln automobile | Mercury automobile | Rubber industry and trade | Tractors | Trucks | Industrialists | Camping | Celebrities | Power-plants | Aircraft industry | Airplanes | Advertising | Peace movement -- United States. | Vehicles, Mililtary. | Women automobile industry workers | African American automobile industry workers | World War, 1914-1918 | World War, 1939-1945 | Ford Airport (Dearborn, Mich.) | Richmond Hill (Ga.) | Peace Ship. | Photographs | Group portraits | Vertical files 
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12Title:  Records Stored in 1919 series, 1902-1923 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2 
 Creator:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 
 Abstract:  The Records Stored in 1919 series contains materials created or maintained by Ford Motor Company treasurer and secretaries. The series includes financial records, correspondence, telegrams, and architectural estimates of Ford's Fair Lane estate. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Anderson, Gary S. | Burroughs, John, 1837-1921 | Campsall, Frank Charles, 1884-1946 | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947--Employees | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947--Homes and haunts | Klingensmith, Frank L. | Liebold, Ernest Gustav, 1884-1956 | Plantiff, Gaston, 1874-1934 | Selden, George Baldwin, 1846-1922 | Waddell, H. R. | Dearborn State Bank | Ford Hawaiians | Ford Motor Company | Ford Motor Company--Employees | Ford Motor Company--Executives | Ford Motor Company--Finance | Ford Motor Company. Office of Henry Ford | Ford Motor Company--Presidents | Ford Motor Company--Trials, litigation, etc | Henry Ford & Son, Inc. | Henry Ford Hospital | Oscar II (Ship) | Sialia (Ship) | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Valley Farm, Inc. | W. H. Van Tine Building Organization, Inc. | Henry Ford Peace Expedition, 1915-1916 | Neutral Conference for Continuous Meditation 1916 | Automobile industry and trade | Automobiles--Patents | Buildings--Michigan--Dearborn | Ford automobile | Ford Model N automobile | Industrialists--Michigan--Dearborn | Pacifism | Patent infringement | Peace movements--United States | Shipbuilding | Tractors | World War, 1914-1918 | Dearborn, Mich. | Bank statements | Ciphers | Financial records | Photographs | Publications 
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