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1Title:  Clara Ford Estate records series, 1947-1955 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  588 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Estate of Henry Ford. 
 Abstract:  The Clara Ford Estate records were maintained during the settlement of the estate after Clara Ford’s death. They are primarily comprised of tax related material, appraisal and inventory documents, trust related documents, estate sale catalogs, and disbursement records. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Bryant, Edgar LeRoy. | Ford family | Cemeteries | Charities | Condolence notes. | Estate records | Financial records | Ledgers | Obituaries 
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2Title:  Henry Ford II European Trip collection, 1948 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  11 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives 
 Abstract:  In February of 1948, Henry Ford II and his advisor Graeme K. Howard undertook a fact-finding trip to survey the condition of the company’s assets in Europe. Among the collection materials that document this trip are clippings, photographs, speeches, and dinner menus. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1917-1987 | Ford, Anne Mc Donnell | Ford family | Ford Motor Company-–Presidents | Automobile industry and trade | International travel | Clippings | Photographs 
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3Title:  Claud E. Ford papers, 1860-1965 (bulk 1930-1965) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1676 
 Creator:  Ford, Claud E., 1879-1965 
 Abstract:  Claud E. Ford was a distant relative of Henry Ford who worked for the U. S. Postal Service. His papers include correspondence, diaries and photographs, many of which feature other members of the Ford family. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Claud E., 1879-1965 | Ford family | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, William, 1826-1905 | Ford, William Henry, 1844-1939 | Ford, Sarah Davis | Financial records | Diaries | Genealogies | Photographs | Photograph albums | Picture postcards | Cartes-de-visite 
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4Title:  Overview for the Henry Ford and Ford Family papers, 1773-1955 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  RG002 
 Creator:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 
 Abstract:  This document presents an overview of the Henry Ford and Ford Family record group. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford family | Ford Motor Company. Office of Henry Ford. | Ford Motor Company--History. 
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5Title:  Official telegram file records, 1938-1948 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  50 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Henry Ford Office. 
 Abstract:  The Official telegram file records contain business telegrams of the Ford Motor Company as well as personal telegrams between the Ford family, the general public and students at the Edison Institute. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford family | Ford Motor Company. Henry Ford Office. | Ford Motor Company. Willow Run Plant. | Willow Run Industrial Complex | Automobile industry and trade | Aircraft industry--Michigan--Willow Run | Birthdays | Condolence notes | World War, 1939-1945 | Telegrams 
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6Title:  William Clay Ford records, 1913-1981 (bulk 1953-1961). Requires cookie*
 Accession:  921 
 Creator:  Ford, William Clay, 1925- 
 Abstract:  William Clay Ford, the son of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, worked for the Ford Motor Company from 1949 to 2005. His office files consist of records pertaining to public relations projects, philanthropies, the Edison Institute (The Henry Ford), and speeches. Also included are electrical drawings and a photograph album. 
 Subjects:  Ford, William Clay, 1925- | Ford family | Henry Ford (Organization) | Ford Motor Company. Management. | Ford Motor Company. Public Relations. | Automobile industry and trade | Automobiles--Design and construction | Lincoln Continental Automobile | Design drawings | Technical drawings | Photograph albums 
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7Title:  Raymond H. Laird collection, 1776-1950 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1635 
 Creator:  Laird, Raymond H., 1898-1968. 
 Abstract:  Raymond H. Laird was an engineer at Ford Motor Company and was asked by Henry Ford to gather and create Ford family genealogical records. This collection consists primarily of documents, letters and notes pertaining to the genealogy of the Ford family. 
 Subjects:  Laird, Raymond H., 1898-1968. | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. | Ford, William, 1826-1905. | Ford, Rebecca, 1810-1886. | Ford family | Laird family | Webster, Charles. | Fair Haven (Mich.) | Maps. | Postcards. | Photographs. | Autograph books. | Obituaries. | Quotations (texts) | Portraits. | Genealogy 
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8Title:  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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9Title:  Seventy-fifth Anniversary Committee records subseries, 1975-1978 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1389 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Office of Public Relations. 
 Abstract:  Ford Motor Company celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 1953 and its seventy-fifth anniversary in 1978. The subseries holds material documenting the celebration of Ford Motor Company's seventy-fifth anniversary including news releases; press packets; interoffice correspondence; Ford and non-Ford publications; photographs of Ford Motor Company plants around the world, Ford products, Ford family members, and others; newspaper clipping books; 16mm film footage and audio tape coverage of the seventy-fifth anniversary celebration at Greenfield Village; news articles of seventy-fifth anniversary activities in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Uruguay, and Venezuela, many which are in foreign languages; and a design drawing for the 1903 Model A Ford which was used to create official commemorative models. 
 Subjects:  Automobile factories | Automobile industry and trade | Ford Model A automobile | Press releases | Ford family | Ford Motor Company--Anniversaries, etc. | Ford Motor Company. Archives. | Ford Motor Company. Office of Public Relations. | Ford Motor Company--Public relations. | Ford Rotunda (Dearborn, Mich.) | Design drawings. | Motion pictures. | Photographs. | Sound recordings. 
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10Title:  Chronological Information Files subseries, 1863-1958 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  902 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. Oral History Section. 
 Abstract:  Owen W. Bombard headed the Oral History Section of the Ford Motor Company in the 1950s. The Chronological Information Files subseries contains chronological histories of Ford Motor Company and the life and interests of Henry Ford. 
 Subjects:  Bombard, Owen W., 1922- | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford family | Ford Motor Company. Archives. Oral History Section. | Henry Ford (Organization) | Automobile industry and trade | Automobile factories | Assembly-line methods | Automobile industry workers | Ford Motor Company--History | Ford Motor Company--Employees | Ford Motor Company--Industrial relations | Ford Motor Company--Public relations | Industry and education | Aircraft industry | Industrialists | Oral history | Pacifism | Philanthropists | Radio--History | Camping | Chronologies 
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11Title:  Frank Ernest Hill papers, 1950-1966 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  940 
 Creator:  Hill, Frank Ernest, 1888-1969 
 Abstract:  Frank Ernest Hill collaborated with Allan Nevins in the 1950s on the first two volumes of a comprehensive history of Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company. He coauthored a third volume. The papers are comprised of research material. 
 Subjects:  Hill, Frank Ernest 1888-1969 | Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971. | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943. | Ford, Henry, 1917-1987. | Ford, William Clay, 1925- | Ford family | Ford Motor Company -- History. | Ford Motor Company -- Industrial relations. | Henry Ford (Organization). Greenfield Village. | Henry Ford (Organization). Henry Ford Museum. | Automobile industry and trade | Automobile industry workers | Automobile factories | Airlines | Ford automobile | Lincoln automobile | Industry and education | Labor -- History. | Trade unions -- Automobile industry workers. | Philanthropists | World War, 1914-1918 | World War, 1939-1945 | Detroit (Mich.) -- History | Genealogies. 
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12Title:  Henry Ford II European trip records, 1954 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  439 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Public Relations Department. 
 Abstract:  Henry Ford II traveled to Europe in 1954 to observe company operations in the European cities of Brussels, Cologne, Stockholm and Helsinki. This collection includes newspaper clippings, photographs, itineraries and other records relating to the trip. 
 Subjects:  Automobile industry and trade | Automobile industry and trade--Belgium. | Automobile industry and trade--Finland. | Automobile industry and trade--Germany. | Automobile industry and trade--Ireland. | Automobile industry and trade--Netherlands. | International business enterprises | Ford, Henry, 1917-1987. | Ford, Anne McDonnell. | Ford family | Ford Motor Company--Presidents. | Ford Motor Company. Public Relations Department. | Ford Motor Company. Cork Plant. | Clippings (information artifacts). | Photographs. | Photograph albums. 
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13Title:  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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14Title:  Subject Information Files subseries, 1863-1958 (bulk 1950-1956) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  903 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. Oral History Section. 
 Abstract:  Owen W. Bombard headed the Oral History Section at Ford Motor Company in the 1950s. The Subject information files subseries contains reference and topical files created by Bombard and his staff. 
 Subjects:  Bombard, Owen W., 1922- | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford family | Ford Motor Company. Archives. Oral History Section. | Henry Ford (Organization) | Automobile industry and trade | Automobile factories | Assembly-line methods | Automobile industry workers | Ford Motor Company--History | Ford Motor Company--Employees | Ford Motor Company--Industrial relations | Ford Motor Company--Public relations | Industry and education | Aircraft industry | Industrialists | Oral history | Pacifism | Philanthropists | Radio--History | Camping | Chronologies 
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15Title:  Topical Photographic Prints in Binders series, circa 1903-1960 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1854 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company Archives 
 Abstract:  This series is a reference tool created by Ford Motor Company Archives staff prior to 1965. It contains photographic reproductions of continuous tone photographs, documents and printed materials. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford family | Ford Motor Company--Archives. | Ford Motor Company--History. | Henry Ford (Organization). Greenfield Village. | Henry Ford (Organization). Henry Ford Museum. | Ford Times | Canadian Ford Times | Advertising--Automobiles | Automobile industry and trade | Aircraft industry | Assembly-line methods | Automobile racing | Automobile travel | Automobiles--Social aspects | Celebrities | Ford Model T automobile | Ford Model A automobile | Ford automobile | Lincoln automobile | Lincoln Continental automobile | Mercury Zephyr automobile | Ford trucks | Roads | Ford Zephyr automobiles | Lincoln Zephyr automobile | Portraits | Photographs 
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16Title:  Disbursing Vouchers subseries, 1912-1952 and Statements series, 1918-1950 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  286 
 Creator:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 
 Abstract:  Accession 286 includes multiple subseries from the Disbursing Vouchers and Remittances series as well as the entire Statements series. The accession contains bank statements, cancelled checks, vouchers and other financial records. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Campsall, Frank Charles, 1884-1946 | Finch, Stanley Wellington, 1872- | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947--Homes and haunts | Ford family | Liebold, Ernest Gustav, 1884-1956 | Ford Motor Company. Office of Henry Ford | Botsford Inn (Mich.) | Dearborn Country Club (Dearborn, Mich.) | Dearborn Inn (Dearborn, Mich.) | Dearborn Realty and Construction Company | Dearborn State Bank | Detroit, Toledo, and Ironton Railroad | Edison Institute Schools | Ford Motor Company | Ford Village Industries | Henry Ford Farms | Henry Ford Hospital | Henry Ford (Organization). Greenfield Village | Henry Ford (Organization). Henry Ford Museum | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) | Antiques | Automobile industry and trade | Historic buildings | Historic sites--Conservation and restoration | Industrialists--Michigan--Dearborn | Dearborn (Mich.) | Richmond Hill (Ga.) | Bank statements | Financial records | Vouchers 
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17Title:  Office of Henry Ford and Clara Ford Estate records series, 1832-1955 (bulk 1918-1951) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  587 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Estate of Henry Ford. 
 Abstract:  The Office of Henry Ford and Clara Ford Estate records series contains materials pertaining to Henry and Clara Ford's estates after their deaths as documents from their personal interests and business. Property and business transactions make up the bulk of the records. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Bennett, Harry Herbert, 1892-1979. | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 -- Employees. | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 -- Homes and haunts. | Lapham, David P., 1851-1926. | Liebold, Ernest Gustav, 1884-1956. | Ford family | David P. Lapham Bank. | Dearborn Country Club (Dearborn, Mich.) | Dearborn Realty and Construction Company. | Dearborn State Bank. | Dearborn Water Works. | Edison Institute Schools. | Ford Motor Company. | Ford Homes Historic District (Dearborn, Mich.) | Henry Ford (Organization) | Henry Ford Farms. | Molony Subdivision. | Quirk Farms. | Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) | Cemeteries | Charities | Yachts | Dearborn (Mich.) | Dearborn (Mich.)--Buildings. | Richmond Hill (Ga.) | Blueprints (reprographic copies) | Card files. | Deeds. | Design drawings. | Estate records. | Financial records. | Ledgers (account books) | Maps. | Obituaries. | Photographs. | Technical drawings. 
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18Title:  Topical for Henry Ford series, 1918-1930 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  34 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Engineering Photographic Department. 
 Abstract:  The series contains two subseries: the General photograph albums subseries and the Camping albums subseries. The General photograph albums subseries contains photographs of Henry Ford's mother's family, Fair Lane, and the ships M/S Henry Ford II and M/S Benson Ford. The Camping subseries contains photographs of Henry Ford's camping excursions with Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and John Burroughs. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Benson, 1919-1978 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943--Travel | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1966-1950--Travel | Burroughs, John, 1837-1921--Travel | Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933--Travel | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931--Travel | Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923--Travel | Ford family | Litogot family | Litogot, Sapharia, 1833-1878 | Mayo, William Benson, 1866-1944 | Ford Motor Company. Engineering Photographic Department | Ford Motor Company. Marine operations | Henry Ford II (Ship) | Benson Ford (Ship) | Ford Fleet | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) | Cargo ships | Santa Claus | Shipping--Great Lakes | Christmas | Camping | Automobile travel | Vacations | Waterwheels | Ford automobile | Packard automobile | Photographers | Locomotives | Horsemanship | Tractors | Fishing | Carts & wagons | Dearborn (Mich.) | Upper Peninsula (Mich.) | Great Smoky Mountains (N.C. and Tenn.) | Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) | Photographs | Photograph albums | Photographic prints | Genealogies | Portraits | Group portraits | Negatives 
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19Title:  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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20Title:  Nevins and Hill Research, Original Documents and Notes Series, 1845-1960 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  572 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives 
 Abstract:  In 1954, Columbia University historian Allan Nevins in collaboration with Frank Ernest Hill published the first volume of a comprehensive history of Henry Ford and his automobile company. The series is comprised primarily of original documents that were selected between 1952 and 1954 from accessions held by the Ford Motor Company Archives for research use in the three volume Nevins and Hill history of the company. 
 Subjects:  Automobile industry and trade | Automobile factories | Assembly-line methods | Aircraft industry | Ford automobile | Automobile dealers | Automobile industry workers | Industrialists | Pacifism | Philanthropists | Industry and education | Schools | Tractor industry | Vehicles, Military | World War, 1939-1945 | World War, 1914-1918 | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford family | Couzens, James, 1872-1936 | Hill, Frank Ernest, 1888-1969 | Kanzler, Ernest Carlton, 1892-1967 | Knudson, William S., 1879-1948 | Liebold, Ernest Gustav, 1884-1956 | Martin, Peter Edmund, 1882-1944 | Mayo, William Benson, 1866-1944 | Nevins, Allan 1890-1971 | Sorensen, Charles Emil 1881-1968 | Wills, Childe Harold, 1878-1940 | Ford Motor Company--History | Ford Motor Company. Archives | Ford Motor Company. Sociological Department | Ford Motor Company. Highland Park Plant | Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant | Ford Motor Company--Executives | Ford Motor Company--Employees | Ford Motor Company--Industrial relations | Ford Motor Company--Public relations | Henry Ford (Organization) | Detroit, Toledo, and Ironton Railroad | Henry Ford Hospital | Henry Ford Trade School | Ford Village Industries | Ford Fleet | Detroit (Mich.)--History | Upper Peninsula (Mich.)--History | Genealogies 
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