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1Title:  E. J. Wedge papers, 1940-1953 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  596 
 Creator:  Wedge, E. J. 
 Abstract:   
 Subjects:  Photographs. 
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2Title:  William S. Vardon papers, 1929-circa 1949 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  996 
 Creator:  Vardon, William S. 
 Abstract:  Plant engineering records. Includes material related to Willow Run bomber plant, and Rouge Tunnel. 
 Subjects:  Photographs. | Brochures. 
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3Title:  Hermann C. Brunn papers, 1923-1946 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  642 
 Creator:  Brunn, Herman C. 
 Abstract:   
 Subjects:  Brunn & Company | Photographs. | Photographic prints. 
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4Title:  Lester Moore papers, 1933-1934 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1762 
 Creator:  Moore, Lester 
 Abstract:  As a salesman at Neimann Motors, Inc., a Ford dealership in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lester Moore and three others drove a Ford V-8 panel truck from Atlantic City, New Jersey to Los Angeles, California. The papers contain materials compiled to commemorate the coast to coast trip. 
 Subjects:  Moore, Lester. | Ford trucks--Performance. | Photographs. 
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5Title:  Glenn Hoppin papers, 1924-1939 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  621 
 Creator:  Hoppin, Glenn 
 Abstract:   
 Subjects:  Stout, William B. | Detroit Aircraft Corporation | Airplanes. | Photographs. 
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6Title:  Emil A. Zoerlein Records subseries Requires cookie*
 Accession:  674 
 Creator:  Zoerlein, Emil A., 1902-1982 
 Abstract:   
 Subjects:  Zoerlein, Emil A., 1902-1982 | Dearborn Engineering Laboratory (Dearborn, Mich.) | Photographs. 
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7Title:  Lelia Mildred Gibson Photograph Album, 1919-1921 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2017.89 
 Creator:  Gibson, Lelia Mildred, 1891-1981 
 Abstract:  The collection consists of a photograph album containing 32 pages of captioned snapshots along with several loose album pages, likely from the same album. It is assumed that Lelia Gibson took the photographs, assembled the album, and captioned the album pages. The snapshots, thought to date between 1919 and 1921, are primarily of various tourist spots along the Potomac River and in nearby areas of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Other locations include Florida, Yellowstone National Park, and Glacier National Park. The album also includes images of President Warren G. Harding's inauguration on the east portico of the U.S. Capital Building on March 4, 1921. 
 Subjects:  Photographs | Photograph albums 
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8Title:  Edsel Automobile Public Relations Records, 1955-1960 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  765 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. M-E-L Division 
 Abstract:  C. Gayle Warnock worked in Ford’s public relations department in the late 1940s and continued to work for the company after his retirement. The bulk of this collection relates to Warnock’s involvement with the beginning and short life-span of the Edsel automobile as well as his earlier work for the Lincoln-Mercury Division in the late 1940s through the early 1950s. 
 Subjects:  Warnock, C. Gayle | Ford Motor Company. M-E-L Division | Edsel automobile | Press releases | Photographs. 
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9Title:  Henry Ford In Repose Photographs, April 1947 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2017.34 
 Creator:  Gniewek, Mack 
 Abstract:  A collection of 19 4x5 inch black-and-white prints of images taken by photographer Mack Gniewek following the death of Henry Ford in April 1947. The photographs were taken for the Detroit Times newspaper and primarily show Henry Ford lying in repose at Lovett Hall as well the line of mourners. Also included are images of black bunting and lowered flags displayed at the Ford Rouge Plant and the Dearborn Municipal Building. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Photographs 
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10Title:  Phil Harms Collection Photographic Negative Index, 1896-2003 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2009.103 
 Creator:  Harms, Phil 
 Abstract:  The index lists photographic negatives in the Phil Harms Collection, and was created by Mr. Harms. The original Microsoft Access database that this index is drawn from is part of the collection. A finding aid for the collection is available separately. 
 Subjects:  Harms, Phil | Automobile racing | Photographs 
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11Title:  Robert Stuart Abbott papers, 1909-1982 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1636 
 Creator:  Abbott, Robert Stuart, 1885-1982. 
 Abstract:  Robert Stuart Abbott began his career with the Ford Motor Company as a salesman in 1907. He later served as both branch and district managers before acquiring his own automobile dealership. The Robert Stuart Abbott papers contain biographical and genealogical information about Abbott and his family. 
 Subjects:  Abbott, Robert Stuart, 1885-1982. | Abbott family | Automobile dealers -- Louisiana. | Photograph albums. | Photographs. | Portraits. 
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12Title:  Stella G. Slonina Photograph Album, 1933-1949 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2013.59 
 Creator:  Slonina, Stella G., 1917-2005 
 Abstract:  The collection consists of a single photograph album compiled by Stella G. Slonina. The album contains black-and-white and hand-colored photographic prints, and include images of Slonina's family and friends; trips and vacations; home exteriors and interiors (her home and friends' homes); weddings and other formal occasions; family activities, and clothing styles. Notably, the trips and vacations include travel to New York and the 1939 New York World's Fair. 
 Subjects:  Photographs | Photograph albums | New York World's Fair (1939-1940) 
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13Title:  Copied Photographs and Documents Subseries, 1890-1980. "O" File of Copy Negatives. Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1660 
 Creator:  Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  Copied photographs and documents subseries, 1890-1980 (41.2 cubic ft.), is comprised of negatives and prints of copies of documents and photographs. The copies of documents, known as the "D" file, are photographic copies of letters, telegrams, jottings, legal papers, advertisements and other material relating to Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company as they were needed for publication or reference use. Primarily a negative file, there are some prints filed with the negatives. The copied photographs, known as the "O" file, are negatives and reproductions of historical photographs reproduced from both internal and external sources. See also Accession 1660. 
 Subjects:  Photographs | Negatives (Photographic) | Photographic prints 
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14Title:  Eva Tanguay papers, 1892-1947 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2005.100 
 Creator:  Tanguay, Eva, 1878-1947 
 Abstract:  The Eva Tanguay papers document the life of one of vaudeville’s most charismatic stars. The collection includes a large amount of sheet music and lyrics, many of which were penned by Tanguay herself. 
 Subjects:  Tanguay, Eva, 1878-1947. | Vaudeville--United States. | Vaudeville songs. | Vaudeville shows. | Advertisements | Clippings. | Menus. | Photographs. | Postcards. | Promotional material. 
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15Title:  Ford Motor Company Engineering Research Photographs, 1938-1946 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  64.167.461 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company 
 Abstract:  The records consist of photographs of automotive parts and materials, such as metals, plastics, and glass, tested by the Ford Motor Company engineering laboratory. Primarily black-and-white 8x10 inch photographic negatives, along with some photographic prints. 3 cubic ft. (3 boxes). 
 Subjects:  Ford Motor Company | Testing | Photographs | Negatives (Photographs) | Photographic prints 
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16Title:  Georgia Boyer Hobart papers, 1910-1942 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  395 
 Creator:  Hobart, Georgia Boyer, 1887-1976 
 Abstract:  Georgia Boyer worked for Ford Motor Company from 1907 to 1925. Her papers include employment-related correspondence, a photograph of her brother and a newspaper clipping. 
 Subjects:  Hobart, Georgia Boyer, 1887-1976 | Women automobile industry workers | Clippings | Photographs 
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17Title:  Wright brothers collection, 1867-2006 (bulk 1903-1956) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1623 
 Creator:  Benson Ford Research Center. 
 Abstract:  The Wright Brothers collection is comprised of published material, photographs, and some correspondence, primarily from the period following the first Wright brother's flight on December 17, 1903. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. | Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912 | Wright, Orville, 1871-1948 | Wright family | Wright Aeronautical Corporation. | Henry Ford (Organization). Greenfield Village. | Aeronautics--United States--History. | Airplanes--Design and construction | Gliders (Aeronautics) | Clippings. | Correspondence. | Photographs. | Scrapbooks 
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18Title:  Frank Vivian papers, 1907-1950 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  89 
 Creator:  Vivian, Frank, 1885- 
 Abstract:  Frank Vivian worked for the Ford Motor Company for a number of years at the Richmond, California plant, and was personally acquainted with Henry and Edsel Ford. His papers include correspondence, administrative material, photographs, published pieces, and clippings. 
 Subjects:  Vivian, Frank, 1885- | Ford Motor Company--Management. | Ford Motor Company--Exhibitions. | Ford Motor Company--Public Relations. | Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940: San Francisco, Calif.) | Automobile industry and trade--California. | Automobile factories--California. | Exhibitions--California--20th century. | Flags--United States | Process control | World War, 1939-1945 | Antiques | Photographs. 
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19Title:  John Tjaarda papers, 1916-1962 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1714 
 Creator:  Tjaarda, John, 1897-1962 
 Abstract:  The John Tjaarda papers include general and legal correspondence, clippings, photographs and a sketch book of designs. The bulk of the papers cover Tjaarda's work at Briggs Manufacturing Company and subsequent legal claims against Briggs and Chrysler Corporation over ownership of designs and patents. 
 Subjects:  Tjaarda, John, 1897-1962. | Briggs Manufacturing Company. | Ford Motor Company. | John Tjaarda and Associates. | Automobile industry and trade | Automobiles--Design and construction. | Drafting and industrial drawings. | Industrial designers. | Lincoln automobile | Patent suits | Photographs. | Design drawings. 
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20Title:  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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