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1Title:  Ford Motor Company production reports, 1919-1952 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  BFRC01 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. 
 Abstract:  The Ford Motor Company production reports contains production reports, schedules, ledgers, and other documentation relating to production from 1919 to 1952. The reports are comprised of three Accessions: 221, 382 and 396. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford Motor Company | Automobile industry and trade | Ford automobile | Production scheduling | Branches (Business enterprises) | Financial records 
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2Title:  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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3Title:  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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4Title:  Automobile advertisements series, 1903-1994 (bulk 1923-1959) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  19 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. 
 Abstract:  The Automobile Advertisements series contains advertisements for the Edsel, Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars. Special use automobiles, such as police cars and taxis, as well as advertisements for dealer shows featuring new models are also found in this series. The advertisements are arranged by size. Within each size category the advertisements are arranged alphabetically by make, chronologically by model year and then alphabetically by title of the advertisement. When there is no applicable model year, the date has been determined by the date of publication. Advertisements which feature the full line of Ford Motor Company automobiles have been organized with the ads entitled Ford, unless the illustrations or text refers to a specific make and then is filed in the appropriate grouping. Likewise, advertisements which feature both Lincoln and Mercury automobiles have been placed with Lincoln. Although there were no automobiles produced during 1942-1945 model years, there were advertisements in 1945 promoting the resumption of new models for the 1946 model year. These advertisements have been designated as 1945 advertisements whereas the 1946 advertisements focus on the features of the actual 1946 models. 
 Subjects:  Advertising--Automobiles | Advertising, Magazine | Advertising, Newspaper | Edsel automobile | Ford automobile | Lincoln automobile | Mercury automobile | Ford Motor Company. | Advertisements. | Proofs. | Tear sheets. 
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5Title:  Engineering data collection, 1948-1958 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1119 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  The Engineering Data collection is an assembled collection containing summary technical information for new model cars, trucks and tractors. 
 Subjects:  Automobile industry and trade | Automobiles--Design and construction | Automobiles--Motors | Ford automobile | Lincoln automobile | Mercury automobile | Lincoln Cosmopolitan automobile | Ford tractors | Ford trucks | Photographs | Technical manuals 
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6Title:  Ford and Model T songs collection, 1908-1939 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  163 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  The collection includes sheet music and audio recordings of songs related to Henry Ford or the Model T. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford Motor Company | Automobile industry and trade | Ford Model T automobile | Ford automobile | Sheet music | Audiotapes | Phonograph records | Cassette tapes | Compact discs 
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7Title:  Ford Motor Company Tokens, Coins, Medallions, and Badges collection, 1915-2001 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1812 
 Creator:  Benson Ford Research Center. 
 Abstract:  The Ford Motor Company tokens, coins, medallions, and badges collection contains assorted Ford Motor Company and Ford family memorabilia. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford Motor Company | Automobile industry and trade | Exhibitions | Ford automobile | Lincoln automobile | Ford Motor Company--Anniversaries | Ford Motor Company--Centennial celebrations | Badges | Medallions | Tokens 
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8Title:  Ford Motor Company Textile Laboratory Records, 1959-1969 (bulk 1962-1964) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2006.1.1911 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company 
 Abstract:  Also known as the Master Bodycloth File, the Textile Laboratory Records consist of working files of the Ford Motor Company Textile Laboratory Section staff. Files include correspondence, testing reports, material samples, and specifications for fabrics. 8 cubic ft. (8 boxes). 
 Subjects:  Brunn, Hermann C., 1908-1989 | Automobile industry and trade | Automotive design | Carpets | Cloth | Convertibles | Ford automobile | Lincoln Continental automobile | Mercury automobile | Mustang automobile | Safety belts | Seating | Testing | Upholstery | Correspondence | Reports | Samples 
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9Title:  Miscellaneous Ford Motor Company blueprints and drawings collection, 1906-1951 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  181 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company 
 Abstract:  The collection includes various Ford Motor Company drawings, including Henry Ford’s first internal combustion engine, the Quadricycle, Model T and Lincoln parts, and Fordson tractors. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford Motor Company | Engines | Automobile industry and trade | Ford automobile | Ford Model T automobile | Lincoln automobile | Technical drawings | Blueprints (reprographic copies) 
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10Title:  Reports of Management Meetings, 1947-1954 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  422 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Industrial Relations. 
 Abstract:  Ford Motor Company implemented monthly management meetings in 1947 to establish two-way communication between all parts of the management team. This collection contains the monthly reports from those meetings from 1947 to 1954. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1917-1987 | Breech, Ernest R., 1897-1978 | Ford Motor Company. Personnel management. | Ford Motor Company. Employees. | Ford Motor Company. Management. | Automobile industry and trade | Ford automobile | Reports 
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11Title:  Publications series, 1953-1964 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  532 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  Ford Motor Company Archives staff documented many special events held by the company in the 1950s and 1960s. The Publications series contains publications and artwork from many of these events. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford Motor Company--History | Ford Motor Company. Archives. | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Ford Motor Company--Public relations | Archives | Ford automobile | Ford Model T automobile | Automobile racing | Press releases | Photographs 
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12Title:  Ford International executive newsletters, 1950-1956 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  505 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Public Relations Department. 
 Abstract:  The Ford International executive newsletters were informal newsletters intended to share information about overseas branches of the Ford Motor Company. This collection contains newsletters from the 1950s as well as economic news abstracts from the same period. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1917-1987. | Mills, A. K. (Augustus King), 1902-1954. | Ford Motor Company. Public Relations Department. | Ford Motor Company. International Division--Public relations. | Automobile industry and trade | Ford automobile | Branches (Business enterprises) | Ford Motor Company--Management. | Reports. 
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13Title:  Henry Ford Centennial subseries, 1963 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  SE004 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  The Henry Ford Centennial celebrated the 100th anniversary of Henry Ford and the 60th anniversary of the creation of Ford Motor Company in 1963. The Henry Ford Centennial subseries contains administrative files concerning the planning of the many events, memorabilia, photographs, clippings and a scrapbook commemorating these events. The subseries includes accessions 899 and 1139. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford Motor Company--History | Ford Motor Company. Archives. | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Ford Motor Company--Anniversaries, etc | Ford Motor Company--Public relations | Archives | Ford automobile | Ford Model T automobile | Birthdays | Press releases | Sound recordings | Photographs | Lantern slides | Motion pictures | Scrapbooks 
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14Title:  Ocean to Ocean Race Re-Enactment subseries, 1959 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  717 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  In 1959, Ford Motor Company re-enacted a 1909 transcontinental race that had been won by a Model T. The re-enactment celebrated the 50th anniversary of the race and the construction on the 50 millionth Ford. The collection contains promotional materials, newspaper clippings and maps from the re-enacted race. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford Motor Company--History | Ford Motor Company. Archives. | Ford Motor Company--Anniversaries, etc | Ford Motor Company--Public relations | Archives | Ford automobile | Ford Model T automobile | Automobile racing | Press releases | Transcontinental journeys | Maps | Motion pictures | Photographs | Sound recordings 
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15Title:  Sidney Olson papers, 1952-1963 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  PP004 
 Creator:  Olson, Sidney 
 Abstract:  Sidney Olson conducted independent research in the Ford Archives, with the intention to write a series of books on Henry Ford. After his death, his manuscript was published under the title Young Henry Ford. His papers contain his manuscript, research notes, and plans for other projects. 
 Subjects:  Olson, Sidney | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford family | Ford Motor Company--History. | Ford Motor Company--Public relations. | Ford Motor Company--Employees. | Ford Motor Company--Executives. | Automobile industry and trade | Ford automobile | Ford Falcon automobile | Flora (Ill.) | Chronologies | Photographs | Maps | Minutes 
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16Title:  Valentine Y. Tallberg Records subseries, 1944-1949 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  480 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Engineering Division. 
 Abstract:  Valentine Y. Tallberg worked in multiple positions in Ford Motor Company, including Administrative Engineer and Vice President of Engineering. These records include meeting minutes and agendas, progress reports and program schedules of many of the committees on which Tallberg served. 
 Subjects:  Tallberg, Valentine Y. (Valentine Yngve), 1901-1976 | Ford Motor Company. Engineering Division | Automobiles--Design and construction | Automobile engineers | Automobile industry and trade | Ford Model A automobile | Ford automobile | Lincoln Continental automobile | Mercury automobile | Production scheduling | Tractor industry | Truck industry | Corporate minutes | Reports | Schedules (time plans) 
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17Title:  William M. Schmidt papers, 1950-1962 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1672 
 Creator:  Schmidt, William M. 
 Abstract:  William M. Schmidt worked as an automotive stylist and designer at Ford Motor Company, Packard Motor Car Company, Chrysler and his own private studio. His papers include photographs and clippings about various cars he helped design. 
 Subjects:  Schmidt, William M. | Ford Motor Company | William M. Schmidt Associates | Automobile industry and trade | Automobiles--Drawings | Automobiles--Design and construction | Drafting and industrial drawings | Ford automobile | Industrial designers | Lincoln automobile | Mercury automobile | Packard automobile | Studebaker automobile | Trucks--Design and construction | Photographs | Design drawings 
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18Title:  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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19Title:  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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20Title:  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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