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1Title:  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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2Title:  Michigan Inspection Bureau records, 1890-1964 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  85.1.1692 
 Creator:  Michigan Inspection Bureau 
 Abstract:  The Michigan Inspection Bureau, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, offered free inspection services to statewide businesses to reduce fire risk. The inspection records list name of company, location, number of employees, and type of products, raw stocks, machinery and processes at each company. 
 Subjects:  Michigan Inspection Bureau | Business enterprises--Michigan. | Fire insurance--Michigan. | Fire prevention--Inspection--Michigan | Real property--Michigan | Maps | Reports 
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3Title:  Richmond Hill Plantation records series, 1773-1954 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  97 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Estate of Henry Ford. 
 Abstract:  Richmond Hill Plantation, located in Georgia, was built as a winter residence for the Fords. The records document the history of the Richmond Hill region, including Fort McAllister, as well as daily activities of the Georgia operations, primarily between 1940 and 1951. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947--Homes and haunts. | Plantations--Georgia. | Fort McAllister (Ga. : Fort) | Richmond Hill (Ga.) | Maps | Photographs 
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4Title:  Connecticut Women’s Land Army Scrapbook, circa 1943 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2001.48.36 
 Creator:  Unknown 
 Abstract:  The Connecticut Women's Land Army Scrapbook, circa 1943, contains one scrapbook with photographic prints, applications, newspaper clippings, notes, and pamphlets about the group's work to provide women workers to farms during World War II. Extent: 0.31 cubic ft. (1 box). The collection is open for research. 
 Subjects:  Women's Land Army of America | Agricultural laborers | Agriculture | Dairy farming | Education | Tractors | Women employees | World War, 1939-1945 | United States, Connecticut | Clippings (information artifacts) | Maps | Newsletters | Pamphlets | Photographic prints | Scrapbooks 
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5Title:  Ford Aviation Activities Records subseries, 1925-1931 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  413 
 Creator:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 
 Abstract:  Henry Ford's business made him extremely wealthy, allowing him to focus on other interests in his later years. Aviation was one of those interests. This material contains records relating to the Ford Airport and other aviation-related topics. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Brooks, Harry, 1902-1928 | Lindbergh, Evangeline Lodge Land | Mayo, William Benson, 1866-1944 | Stout Metal Airplane Company | Aircraft industry--Michigan | Airport--Michigan | Air mail service--United States | Ford Airport (Dearborn, Mich.) | Clippings | Contracts | Maps | Photographs 
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6Title:  Northern Michigan Operations photographs series, 1920-1951 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  270 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department. 
 Abstract:  In the 1920s Ford Motor Company constructed what was at the time the worlds largest sawmill complex in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Iron Mountain plant supplied automobile body parts and wood patterns for the production of aircraft, ships, railroad cars, and mining trams. The photographs in this series serve to visually document Ford Motor Company production methods, as well as sawmill production, lumber manufacturing, and logging camp life. 
 Subjects:  Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department. | Ford Motor Company--Buildings. | Assembly-line methods | Automobile industry and trade | Automobile industry workers | Automobile factories | Industrial buildings | Automobiles--Design and construction. | Iron mines and mining--Michigan | Iron Industry | Logging--Michigan. | Lumbering--Michigan | Lumber camps | Lumbermen | Power-plants | Sawmills--Michigan. | Station wagons | Woodies (Automobiles) | Wood in automobiles | Gliders (Aeronautics) | Aircraft industry | Chemical plants--Michigan. | Charcoal | World War, 1939-1945 | Waste products | Shipping--Michigan. | Big Bay (Mich.) | Iron Mountain (Mich.) | Pequaming (Mich.) | Sidnaw (Mich.) | Upper Peninsula (Mich.) | Photograph albums. | Photographs. | Photographic prints | Maps. | Negatives. 
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7Title:  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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8Title:  Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour collection, 1925-1927 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  677 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  Henry and Edsel Ford organized the Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour to promote air travel and encourage construction of airfields. The collection primarily includes material documenting the first occurrence of the event in 1925. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943--Contributions in aeronautics | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947--Contributions in aeronautics | Aeronautics--Competitions | Aeronautics--United States | Airports--Michigan--Dearborn | Airplanes--United States | Air pilots--United States | Air Shows--United States | Balloons | Ford Reliability Tour | Ford Airport (Dearborn, Mich.) | Photographs | Photograph albums | Blueprints | Maps 
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9Title:  Ford Motor Company Iron Mountain Plant records, 1950-1951 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  523 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Plant Engineering Department. 
 Abstract:  Ford Motor Company owned a large amount of land in the Upper Peninsula from the 1920s to 1954. One use of the land was the building of the Iron Mountain Plant. These records include plant engineering data on the Iron Mountain plant such as plant layouts, photographs, and technical drawings. 
 Subjects:  Ford Motor Company. Plant Engineering Department. | Ford Motor Company. Iron Mountain Plant. | Iron mines and mining--Michigan | Automobile--Materials | Factories--Design and construction | Industrial buildings | Ford Motor Company. Buildings. | Iron Mountain (Mich.) | Maps | Photographs | Reports | Technical Drawings 
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10Title:  Frank Hadas papers, 1905-1924 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  488 
 Creator:  Hadas, Frank, 1882- 
 Abstract:  Frank Hadas worked as a branch assembly plant inspector for Ford Motor Company from 1912-1926. His papers include papers and photographs relating to his work at Ford Motor Company, as well as an album of personal and family photographs. 
 Subjects:  Hadas, Frank, 1882- | Ford Motor Company | Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant. | World War, 1914-1918--Equipment and supplies | Shipbuilding | Automobile dealers | Factory management | Hunting | Fishing | Automobile industry and trade | Ford Motor Company--Employees | Branches (Business enterprises) | Eagle boats | Panoramas | Photographs | Photograph albums | Maps 
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11Title:  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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12Title:  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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13Title:  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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14Title:  Ford Farms, Pequaming and Fair Lane records series, 1914-1935 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  93 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Office of Henry Ford. 
 Abstract:  In addition to the Dearborn, Michigan, Fair Lane Estate, Henry and Clara Ford owned properties for personal and business-related purposes in other locations within Michigan. The series is comprised of architectural drawings and photographs illustrating the town of Pequaming, Michigan; the Fair Lane entrance gates and lodge; and Ford Farms in Dearborn, Michigan. 
 Subjects:  Ford Motor Company. Office of Henry Ford. | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947--Homes and haunts. | Henry Ford Farms. | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | LaRue, D. W. | Willeke, Leonard Bernard, 1884-1970 | Zahnow, C. A. | Historic buildings | Lumbering--Michigan | Sawmills--Michigan. | Gates--Michigan. | Dearborn (Mich.) | Pequaming (Mich.) | Architectural drawings | Maps | Photographs | Photographic prints 
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15Title:  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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16Title:  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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17Title:  Ford Motor Company Property records collection, 1920-1971 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1700 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Plant Engineering Department. 
 Abstract:  The Ford Motor Company Property records collection consists of correspondence, real estate records, and plat maps of various personal properties owned by Henry Ford and Edsel Ford, as well as Ford Motor Company production and manufacturing properties. 
 Subjects:  Ford Motor Company. Plant Engineering Department. | Botsford Inn (Mich.) | Ford Motor Company. | Ford Motor Company. Willow Run Bomber Plant | Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) | Aircraft industry--Michigan--Willow Run | Hydroelectric power plants | Real property | Big Bay (Mich.) | Botsford Inn (Mich.) | Bryan County (Ga.) | Chester (Pa.) | Clarkston (Mich.) | Flat Rock (Mich.) | Hamilton (Ohio) | Hudson Mills (Mich.) | Macon (Mich.) | Manchester (Mich.) | Milford (Mich.) | Mount Clemens (Mich.) | Richmond Hill (Ga.) | Scio Township (Mich.) | Somerville (Mass.) | Southfield (Mich.) | Tecumseh (Mich.) | Waterford (Mich.) | Willow Run (Mich.) | Ypsilanti (Mich.) | Blueprints (reprographic copies) | Contracts | Maps 
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18Title:  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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19Title:  Water Power and Real Estate Records series, 1918-1945 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  SE006 
 Creator:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 
 Abstract:  Henry Ford purchased substantial tracts of farmland in southeast Michigan and timber and mining properties in other parts of the country. The Water Power and Real Estate records series consists of two subseries that contain records from the various properties owned by Ford. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Edsel, 1863-1943--Homes and haunts | Burroughs, John 1837-1921 | Dahlinger, Raymond C., 1885-1969 | Sialia (Ship) | Ford Motor Company | Botsford Inn | Detroit, Toledo, and Ironton Railroad | Ford Foundation | Ford Motor Company. Highland Part Plant | Ford Motor Company. Rough River Plant | Ford Motor Company. Real Estate Department | Ford Village Industries | Henry Ford Farms | Lincoln Motor Company | Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) | Dams | Housing--Michigan | Hydroelectric power plants | Real property | Rental housing | Water-power | Brazil | Brooklyn (Mich.) | Carleton (Mich.) | Clarkston (Mich.) | Dearborn (Mich.) | Detroit (Mich.) | Dundee (Mich.) | Farmington (Mich.) | Flat Rock (Mich.) | Green Island (N.Y.) | Grosse Ile (Mich.) | Hamilton (Ohio) | Iron Mountain (Mich.) | Macon (Mich.) | Manchester (Mich.) | Milan (Mich.) | Milford (Mich.) | Henry Ford Office records | Personal topics subject file subgroup | Water Power and Real Estate series | Nankin (Mich.: Township) | Newburg (Mich.) | Northville (Mich.) | Pinckney (Mich.) | Plymouth (Mich.) | Saint Paul (Minn.) | Sault Sainte Marie (Mich.) | South Sudbury (Mass.) | Tecumseh (Mich.) | Trenton (Mich.) | Waterford (Mich.) | Ypsilanti (Mich.) | Blueprints (reprographic copies) | Contracts | Maps | Reports | Photographs 
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20Title:  Leab Kyes Family Scrapbook Collection, 1903-2009 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2010.85 
 Creator:  Leab family 
 Abstract:  The Leab Kyes Family Scrapbook Collection, 1909-2009, contains 46 scrapbooks documenting a family's travels throughout the United States and Europe, mainly Germany, Switzerland, and England, from 1961-2007, as well as an oral history interview with Daniel J. Leab. Extent: 33.5 cubic ft. (35 boxes). The collection is open for research. 
 Subjects:  Leab, Daniel J., 1936-2016 | Leab, Katharine Kyes, 1941-2020 | Kyes, Carolyn | Kyes, Helen J., 1904-2003 | Kyes, Roger M., 1906-1971 | Leab, Abigail E. | Leab, Constance M. | Leab, Herta, 1901-1981 | Leab, Leo, 1897-1979 | Leab, Marcus Rogers | American Book Prices Current | Hedda Maar Beauty Aids | American Revolution Bicentennial, 1976 | Expo 67 | Airplanes | Airports | Auctions | Booksellers and bookselling | Botanical gardens | Cable cars (Streetcars) | Cemeteries | Circus | Concorde (jet transports) | Conference proceedings | Genealogy | Helicopters | Hotels | Ice skating | Lectures and lecturing | Motion pictures | Museums | Passports | Railroad trains | Restaurants | Seminars | Ships | Skis and skiing | Theaters | Zoos | Austria | Belgium, Brussels | Belgium, Ostend | Bulgaria, Varna | Canada, Montreal | Denmark, Copenhagen | France | Germany | Germany, Bad Dürkheim | Germany, Berlin | Germany, Bremen | Germany, Cologne | Germany, Düsseldorf | Germany, Falkenstein | Germany, Frankfort | Germany, Freiburg | Germany, Göttingen | Germany, Hamburg | Germany, Hannover | Germany, Köln | Germany, Munich | Germany, Nuremburg | Germany, Stuttgart | Germany, Tübingen | Hungary, Budapest | Italy | The Netherlands | The Netherlands, Amsterdam | The Netherlands, Rotterdam | Russia, Moscow | Switzerland, Basel | Switzerland, Bern | Switzerland, Engelberg | Switzerland, Geneva | Switzerland, Lucerne | Switzerland, St. Moritz | Switzerland, Zurich | United Kingdom, England | United Kingdom, England, London | United States, Detroit (Michigan) | United States, Georgia | United States, New York (New York) | United States, Palm Beach (Florida) | Albums (books) | Business cards | CD-ROMs | Clippings (information artifacts) | Conference materials | Correspondence | Greeting cards | Maps | Menus | Notebooks | Photographic prints | Postcards | Receipts | Stationery | Trade catalogs 
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