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1Title:  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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2Title:  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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3Title:  Ford Motor Company fiftieth anniversary records, 1947-1952 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  242 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Office of Public Relations. 
 Abstract:  Ford Motor Company celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 1953 with the book Ford at Fifty. This collection contains records surrounding the creation of the book as well as notes on other companies’ anniversary activities. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Henry, 1917-1987 | Fairfield, Fred | Ford Motor Company. Office of Public Relations. | Ford Motor Company. Anniversaries, etc. | Ford Motor Company. History. | Ford Motor Company. Public relations. | Financial records | Corporate minutes | Proofs 
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4Title:  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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5Title:  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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6Title:  Nevins and Hill interviews series, 1952-1960 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  SE003 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  Allan Nevins and Frank Hill interviewed many people involved with Ford Motor Company for their three volume history of Henry Ford and the company. This series includes transcripts from many of these oral histories. The series includes Accessions 834 and 975. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1917-1987 | Ford, Benson, 1919-1978 | Kanzler, Ernest Carlton, 1892-1967 | Davis, J. R., (John R.), 1894-1985 | Miller, Arjay R. (Arjay Ray), 1916- | McNamara, Robert S. (Robert Strange), 1916- | Williams, Walker A. (Walker Alonzo), 1901-1981 | Ford Motor Company--History | Ford Motor Company. Archives. Oral History Section. | Oral histories | Sound recordings 
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7Title:  Ford Hydro-Electric Company records, 1917-1952 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  311 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Office of the Secretary. 
 Abstract:  The Ford Hydro-Electric Company was one of many companies owned by Henry Ford that supported various aspects of the automobile production process. These records include correspondence and other documents produced by the company as well as stock certificates for the Banner Fork Coal Company. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Henry, 1917-1987 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford Motor Company. Office of the Secretary. | Ford Hydro-Electric Company | Banner Fork Coal Company | Affiliated corporations | Subsidiary corporations | Water-power | Hydroelectric power plants | Coal mines and mining | Coal--Kentucky | Dams--Wisconsin | Stock certificates | Articles of incorporation | Corporate minutes 
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8Title:  Ford Listens records, 1970-1976 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1835 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Marketing Department. 
 Abstract:  Program established by Ford Motor Company in the 1970s to receive and respond to customer inquiries about the company's products and services. Records consist of original research sheets and material used by Ford Listens staff to answer the questions including press releases, clippings, photographs, publications, and manuals. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1917-1987 | Iacocca, Lee A., 1924- | Nader, Ralph, 1934- | Ford Motor Company. Marketing Department. | Ford Motor Company. Customer Service Division | Ford Motor Company--Public relations. | Automobile industry and trade | Advertising | Automobiles--Safety measures | Automobiles--Seat belts | Edsel automobile | Ford automobile | Lincoln automobile | Marketing | Mercury automobile | Pinto automobile | Pollution | Safety. | Sales promotion | Press releases | Clippings | Photographs | Publications | Vertical files 
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9Title:  Henry Ford II Awards and Tributes collection, 1943-1987 (bulk 1952-1959) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  222 
 Creator:  Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  The Henry Ford II awards and tributes collection is an assembled collection of awards and tributes presented to Henry Ford II for his accomplishments at Ford Motor Company. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1917-1987 | American Association for State and Local History | Boatmen's National Bank of St. Louis | Michigan. Legislature. House of Representatives. | Philadelphia Inquirer (firm) | Poor Richard Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) | University of Pennsylvania. Wharton School. | United States Junior Chamber of Commerce | Business awards | Business awards | Clippings (information artifacts) | Motion picture (visual work) | Photographs | Sound recordings 
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10Title:  Editorial Services Department records subseries, 1949-1956 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  720 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Office of Public Relations. 
 Abstract:  The Editorial Services Department records subseries contains speeches given by Ford Motor Company executives. The bulk of the speeches were given by Ernest R. Breech, Benson Ford, Henry Ford II, William T. Gossett, and Thomas R. Reid. The subseries also includes correspondence from the general public to Ford executives, including Henry Ford II, Ernest Breech, and Robert McNamara, along with replies written by the editorial staff on behalf of the executives. 
 Subjects:  Automobile industry and trade | Breech, Ernest R., 1897-1978. | Bugas, John S. (John Stephen) 1908-1982. | Crusoe, Lewis D., 1895-1973. | Duffy, Irving A., 1904-1980. | Ford, Benson, 1919-1978. | Ford, Henry, 1917-1987. | Gossett, William T., 1904-1998. | McNamara, Robert S. (Robert Strange), 1916- | Patterson, Charles H. | Reid, Thomas R., 1914-1987. | Williams, Walker A. 1901-1981. | Ford Motor Company. Office of Public Relations. Editorial Services Department. | Ford Motor Company. Office of Public Relations. Speech Services. | Ford Motor Company--Public relations. | Speeches. 
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11Title:  Ford Rotunda Lantern Slides series, 1948-1962 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  74.300.1182 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department 
 Abstract:  The Ford Rotunda was used for many purposes, including exhibit space and office space, from 1934 until it was destroyed by a fire in 1962. The Ford Rotunda Lantern Slides series contains glass lantern slides documenting Ford Motor Company's activities at the Rotunda building. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1917-1987. | Kahn, Albert Eugene, 1912-1979. | Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983 | Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, 1909- | Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department. | Ford Motor Company--Buildings. | Ford Motor Company--Tours. | Ford Rotunda (Dearborn, Mich.) | Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant | Ford Motor Company--Anniversaries, etc. | Ford Motor Company--Exhibitions. | Century 21 Exposition (1962: Seattle, Wash.) | Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934: Chicago, Ill.) | Exhibition buildings | Exhibit booths | Automobile industry and trade | Rotundas | Tourism | Horticultural exhibitions | Celebrities | Dearborn (Mich.)--Buildings. | Lantern slides 
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12Title:  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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13Title:  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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14Title:  Automotive industry design oral histories collection, 1980-1988 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1673 
 Creator:  Benson Ford Research Center. 
 Abstract:  The Automotive Industry Design Oral Histories collection consists of tapes and transcripts of interviews with automotive designers conducted by David Crippen of The Henry Ford staff during the late 1980s. There are approximately 118 interviews, some of which are available digitally and online: http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Oral_histories.htm 
 Subjects:  Automobiles--Design and construction | Automobile industry and trade | Industrial designers | Women designers | Andrews, Robert F. | Arrington, L. D. | Bernays, Edward. | Bordinat, Eugene. | Boyer, Robert A. | Brunn, Herman C. | Buehrig, Gordon. | Chapin, Roy D. (Roy Dikeman), 1880-1936. | Exner, Virgil M. (Virgil Max), 1909-1973. | Ford, Bill, 1957- | Ford, Henry, 1917-1987. | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943. | Gregorie, E. T. | Halderman, Gail. | Hodges, Audrey Moore. | Holls, David R. | MacMinn, Strother, 1918- | Madawick, Tucker P. | Mitchell, William L. (William Leroy), 1912-1988. | Morris, C. Lester | Najjar, John. | Rybicki, Irvin W. | Shenk, William B. | Teague, W. Dorwin. | Thomas, Robert | Tremulis, Alex Sarantos | Vanderbilt, Suzanne E. | Vandermolen, Willemina J. | Veraldi, Lewis C. | Walker, George W. | DaimlerChrysler | Ford Motor Company. | General Motors Corporation | Oral histories 
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15Title:  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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16Title:  Owen W. Bombard Interviews series, 1951-1961 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  65 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  In 1951, Ford Motor Company began an oral history program directed by Owen Bombard, which was intended to complement activities conducted for the company’s fiftieth anniversary. Over three hundred interviews were conducted by the time the program was discontinued in 1956. The series contains bound volumes, notes, draft manuscripts and audio tapes produced during the course of the program. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943. | Ford, Henry, 1917-1987. | Ford, Benson, 1919-1978. | Ford family | Bombard, Owen W. 1922- | Ablewhite, Hayward S., 1887-1964. | Ahrens, Norman J., 1895- | Alexander, P. A., 1890- | Bacon, Irving Ruben, 1875-1962. | Barthel, Oliver Edward, 1877-1969. | Bennett, Charles Henry, 1863-1956. | Bennett, Frank, 1881-1958. | Berghoff, Bredo W., 1887-1963. | Breech, Ernest R. (Ernest Robert), 1897-1978. | Brown, George A., 1881-1955. | Briggs, L. E. (Leon Eugene), 1892-1965. | Cooper, H. G. | Cutler, Edward James, 1882-1961. | Davis, J. R., (John R.), 1894-1985. | Derrick, Robert O. | Esper, Alphonse L., 1899-1985. | Farkas, Eugene Jeno, 1881-1963. | Hayes, Clarence B., 1866- | Hicks, Harold A., 1894- | Kanzler, Ernest Carlton, 1892-1967. | Lepine, Alfred J., 1885-1972. | Liebold, Ernest Gustav, 1884-1956. | Loskowske, Fred W., 1895-1959. | McCloud, John Lanse, 1891-1969. | McNamara, Robert S. (Robert Strange), 1916- | Mayo, William Benson, 1866-1944. | Miller, Arjay R. (Arjay Ray), 1916- | Moekle, Herman Liveright, 1885-1957. | Nelson, Walter G., 1900-1987. | O'Connor, James, 1887- | Parr, Fred Depler, 1885-1964. | Perry, Percival Lea Dewhurst, 1878-1956. | Pioch, William F., 1890- | Riecks, Frank C., 1894-1988. | Ruddiman, Stanley Perry, 1890- | Ruddiman, Margaret Ford, 1867-1960. | Schumann, Roy, 1897-1981. | Smith, Charles James, 1884-1955. | Smith, Roscoe Martin, 1894-1991. | Sorensen, Charles E. (Charles Emil), 1881-1968. | Stout, William Bushnell, 1880-1956. | Voorhess, Charles, 1886- | Ward, Willis F. (Willis Franklin), 1912-1983. | Williams, Walker A. (Walker Alonzo), 1901-1981. | Zoerlein, Emil A., 1902-1982. | Ford Motor Company. Archives. Oral History Section. | Ford Motor Company--History. | Oral histories | Sound recordings. 
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17Title:  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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18Title:  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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