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1Title:  How Long is a Rod artwork, 1939-circa 1950 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  920 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. 
 Abstract:  Collection is comprised of original artwork for Ford Motor Company publication entitled How Long Is a Rod? 
 Subjects:  Publications. 
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2Title:  Truck Product Literature Collection Requires cookie*
 Accession:  180 
 Creator:  Henry Ford (Organization). Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  The Truck Product Literature collection is an intentionally assembled collection of sales, promotional and informational material published by truck manufacturers and used primarily by truck dealers or sales agents to market and sell trucks. 
 Subjects:  Trucks | Ford trucks | Marketing | Sales promotion | Press releases | Brochures | Manuals (Instructional materials) | Photographs | Publications | Sales Catalogs 
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3Title:  Truck Product Literature Collection, 2006 Addendum Requires cookie*
 Accession:  180.1 
 Creator:  Henry Ford (Organization). Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  The Truck Product Literature collection is an intentionally assembled collection of sales, promotional and informational material published by truck manufacturers and used primarily by truck dealers or sales agents to market and sell trucks. 
 Subjects:  Trucks | Ford trucks | Marketing | Sales promotion | Press releases | Brochures | Manuals (Instructional materials) | Photographs | Publications | Sales Catalogs 
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4Title:  Emery L. Applegate records, 1923-1962 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  989 
 Creator:  Applegate, Emery L. 
 Abstract:  These records contain the desk files of Emery L. Applegate. They include branch histories as well as information about Ford Motor Company products such as the Tri Motor plane, the Model A and the Model T. 
 Subjects:  Applegate, Emery L. | Ford Motor Company. | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. | Ford Motor Company. | Automobile industry and trade. | Ford Model T automobile. | Ford Three-engine Monoplane (Transport plane) | Ford Tri-Motor. | Photographs | Publications | Reports 
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5Title:  Ford Foundation subject file records, 1949-1977 (bulk 1966-1976) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1410 
 Creator:  Ford, Benson, 1919-1978 
 Abstract:  The Ford Foundation is a philanthropic organization founded in 1936. Benson Ford served as a trustee for the foundation from 1947 to 1976. This collection contains records from Benson Ford’s office relating to his work with the foundation. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Benson, 1919-1978 | Ford Motor Company | Ford Foundation | Henry Ford (Organization) | Ford Foundation--Finance | Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations | Charities | Foundations | Philanthropists | Annual reports | Oral histories | Organizational charts | Publications 
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6Title:  Henry Ford Imprints and Reprints Collection, 1850-1950 (bulk 1935-1944) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1023 
 Creator:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 
 Abstract:   
 Subjects:  Agriculture--Research | Soybean products | Soybean industry | Soybean products | Dance | Cigarettes | Education | Industrial relations | Pacifism | Poetry | Politics and literature | Smoking | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Henry Ford (Organization) | Henry Ford Peace Expedition (1915-1916) | Publications | Cameron, William John, 1878-1955 
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7Title:  Stout Metal Airplane Company Records, 1925-1945 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  64.167.18 
 Creator:  Stout Metal Airplane Company 
 Abstract:  Consists of company and customer purchase orders; W.B. Mayo office records; R.T. Walker office records; service and sales files; aircraft engineering records; Ford Airport records; aircraft inventory and disposition records; aircraft construction computations; parts and tool catalogs; invoices; airplane and airport cost records; miscelleous engineering data; an original manuscript by William B. Stout; several reels of motion picture film. 
 Subjects:  Mayo, William Benson, 1866-1944 | Stout, William Bushnell, 1880-1956 | Walker, Robert T. | Ford Motor Company. Stout Metal Airplane Division | Ford Motor Company. Aircraft Division | Ford Motor Company. Aircraft Engineering Department | Stout Metal Airplane Company | Airplanes--Design and construction | Ford Three-engined Monoplane (Transport plane) | Airplane factories--Michigan | Aircraft industry--Michigan | Airports--Michigan | Ford Airport (Dearborn, Mich.) | Design drawings | Advertisements | Patents | Publications | Specifications | Trade catalogs 
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8Title:  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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9Title:  Dearborn Independent Aaron Sapiro V. Henry Ford lawsuit collection, 1919-1929 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  48 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  Aaron Sapiro was an agricultural cooperative advocate who initiated a libel lawsuit against Henry Ford and the Dearborn Independent concerning anti-Semitic articles in the paper. The collection includes correspondence and transcripts of the trial as well as information on similar cases around the country. 
 Subjects:  Saprio, Aaron, 1884-1959 | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Dearborn independent | Arkansas rice news | American cooperative journal | Cooperative manager and farmer | Farmer’s elevator guide | Journal of cooperation | Actions and defenses | Trials (Libel) | Agriculture, Cooperative | Cooperative marketing of farm products | Agriculture | Antisemitism | Anti-Jewish propaganda | Publications 
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10Title:  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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11Title:  Photographic Library (Earle Hager) records series, 1938-1971 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1685 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Photograpic Department. 
 Abstract:  Earle Harger was a librarian for the Ford Motor Company. The series contains research files on Ford Motor Company history, reports on practices of other large photographic libraries and printed and published material about the company. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Harger, Earle, 1905-1976 | Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department. | Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant. | Ford Motor Company. Archives. | Ford Motor Company--By-products | Ford Rotunda (Dearborn, Mich.) | Henry Ford Hospital | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Automobile industry and trade | Ford automobile | Assembly-line methods | Automobile racing | Automobiles--Design and construction | Agriculture--Research | Coal mines and mining | Waste products | Lincoln automobile | Rubber industry and trade | Special libraries | World War, 1939-1945 | Annual Reports | Chronologies | Photographs | Posters | Publications 
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12Title:  A.B. Dick Company Records, 1884-1998 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2004.3 
 Creator:  A.B. Dick Company 
 Abstract:  The A.B. Dick Company Records, 1884-1998, contain corporate records, photographic prints, product information and samples, company publications, product service manuals, clippings, printing plates, advertisements, motion pictures, sound recordings, and artwork regarding the office equipment A.B. Dick produced for over a century. 
 Subjects:  A.B. Dick Company | Dick, Albert Blake, 1856-1934 | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Teague, Walter Dorwin, 1883-1960 | Indianapolis Speedway Race | New York World's Fair (1939-1940: New York, N.Y.) | World's Columbian Exposition (1893: Chicago, Ill.) | Advertising | Automobile racing | Copying | Electric typewriters | Indy cars | Mimeograph | Newsletters | Office equipment and supplies | Office equipment and supplies industry--United States | Offset printing | Photocopying machines | Printing machinery and supplies | Chicago (Ill.) | Niles (Ill.) | Advertisements | Annual reports | Brochures | CD-ROMs | Clippings (information artifacts) | DVDs | Filmstrips | Manuals (instructional materials) | Negatives (photographic) | Operating manuals | Phonograph records | Photographic prints | Publications | Sales catalogs | Samples | Scrapbooks | Slides (photographs) | Sound recordings | Trade catalogs | Trademarks | Videocassettes 
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13Title:  Frank Campsall records series, 1887-1991 (bulk 1920-1935) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  SE007 
 Creator:  Campsall, Frank Charles, 1884-1946 
 Abstract:  Frank Campsall served as personal secretary to Henry Ford. His papers contain records on the various interests, activities and properties of Henry Ford, including a large subseries concerning the Wayside Inn in Massachusetts. 
 Subjects:  Campsall, Frank Charles, 1884-1946 | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Brooks, Harry, 1902-1928 | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Ganghe, Mahatma, 1869-1948 | Howe family | Sack, Israel, 1883-1959 | Sorensen, Charles Emil, 1881-1968 | Sturdevant, Joseph L. | Dearborn Country Club | Dearborn Realty and Construction Company | Ford Homes Historic District (Dearborn, Mich.) | Henry Ford Farms | Henry Ford Hospital | Oscar II (Ship) | Scotch Settlement School | Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) | Henry Ford Peace Expedition (1915-1916) | Anti-Semitism | Dance | Labor unions | Mills and mill-work | Voyages and travels | Water-power | La Belle (Fla.) | England | Richmond Hill (Ga.) | Savannah (Ga.) | South America | Stratford (Va.) | Sudbury (Mass.) | Blueprints (reprographic copies) | Clippings | Photographs | Postcards | Publications | Scrapbooks 
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14Title:  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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15Title:  Robert Propst Papers, 1952-1998 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2010.83 
 Creator:  Propst, Robert 
 Abstract:  This collection covers the professional and personal life of noted industrial designer Robert L. Propst. Propst is best known for his work with Herman Miller and for designing the "Action Office," an office furnishing system which became the basis for the modern cubicle. Materials include reports, design photographs, design drawings, and blueprints, as well as personal photographs, writings, and artwork. 
 Subjects:  Propst, Robert | De Pree, D.J. (Dirk Jan De Pree), 1891-1990 | De Pree, Hugh | De Pree, Max | Houy, Chuck (Charles) | Kelley, Jack | Stumpf, Bill (William) | Wodka, Michael (Mike) | Herman Miller, Inc. (HMI) | Herman Miller Research Corporation (HMRC) | Herman Miller Research & Design | Michigan State University | The Propst Company | Propst Design Company | Propst Forestry System Corporation (PFSC) | Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) | University of Massachusetts | Chairs | Children's furniture | Furniture | Furniture design | Furniture designers | Hospital beds | Industrial design | Living room furniture | Logging | Lumbering | Medical offices | Office chairs | Office furniture | Playground equipment | Seating (Furniture) | Travel | China | Japan | Tibet | United States, Ann Arbor (Michigan) | United States, Denver (Colorado) | United States, Redmond (Washington) | United States, Zeeland (Michigan) | Advertisements | Artwork | Audiocassettes | Blueprints (reprographic copies) | Brochures | Calendars | Color negatives | Color photographs | Color slides | Color transparencies | Design drawings | Drawings | Engineering drawings | Financial records | Floppy disks | Journals | Manuals | Microfiche | Microfilm | Negatives (photographic) | Pamphlets | Patents | Photograph albums | Photographic prints | Portraits | Posters | Promotional materials | Publications | Reports | Sketches | Slides (photographs) | Sound recordings | Technical drawings | Transparencies | Videocassettes 
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16Title:  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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17Title:  Records Stored in 1919 series, 1902-1923 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2 
 Creator:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 
 Abstract:  The Records Stored in 1919 series contains materials created or maintained by Ford Motor Company treasurer and secretaries. The series includes financial records, correspondence, telegrams, and architectural estimates of Ford's Fair Lane estate. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Anderson, Gary S. | Burroughs, John, 1837-1921 | Campsall, Frank Charles, 1884-1946 | Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 | Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947--Employees | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947--Homes and haunts | Klingensmith, Frank L. | Liebold, Ernest Gustav, 1884-1956 | Plantiff, Gaston, 1874-1934 | Selden, George Baldwin, 1846-1922 | Waddell, H. R. | Dearborn State Bank | Ford Hawaiians | Ford Motor Company | Ford Motor Company--Employees | Ford Motor Company--Executives | Ford Motor Company--Finance | Ford Motor Company. Office of Henry Ford | Ford Motor Company--Presidents | Ford Motor Company--Trials, litigation, etc | Henry Ford & Son, Inc. | Henry Ford Hospital | Oscar II (Ship) | Sialia (Ship) | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Valley Farm, Inc. | W. H. Van Tine Building Organization, Inc. | Henry Ford Peace Expedition, 1915-1916 | Neutral Conference for Continuous Meditation 1916 | Automobile industry and trade | Automobiles--Patents | Buildings--Michigan--Dearborn | Ford automobile | Ford Model N automobile | Industrialists--Michigan--Dearborn | Pacifism | Patent infringement | Peace movements--United States | Shipbuilding | Tractors | World War, 1914-1918 | Dearborn, Mich. | Bank statements | Ciphers | Financial records | Photographs | Publications 
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18Title:  Ford Motor Company, Ltd. collection, 1903-1990 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1790 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company, Ltd. 
 Abstract:  The collection consists of correspondence, advertising, promotional material, and photographs documenting Ford Motor Company's operations in England, Europe, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. 
 Subjects:  Burgess Wise, David | Hennessy, Patrick | Perry, Percival L. D. (Lea Dewhurst), 1878-1956. | Briggs Body Works, ltd. | Ford Motor Company | Ford Motor Company ltd. | Ford Motor Company ltd.--History. | Ford Motor Company--History. | Ford Motor Company--Public relations. | Ford Motor Company ltd.--Public relations. | Henry Ford & Son, Ltd. | Advertising--Automobiles. | Ralleye automobile Monte Carlo. | Automobiles--Design and construction | Automobiles--Maintenance and repair | Automobile dealers | Automobile industry and trade | Automobile industry and trade--Belgium. | Automobile industry and trade--Brazil | Automobile industry and trade--Canada | Automobile industry and trade--Sri Lanka. | Automobile industry and trade--China | Automobile industry and trade--Denmark. | Automobile industry and trade--Egypt. | Automobile industry and trade--England--Dagenham. | Automobile industry and trade--Finland. | Automobile industry and trade--France | Automobile industry and trade--Germany | Automobile industry and trade--Greece. | Automobile industry and trade--India | Automobile industry and trade--Ireland. | Automobile industry and trade--Italy. | Automobile industry and trade--Malta. | Automobile industry and trade--Netherlands. | Automobile industry and trade--Norway. | Automobile industry and trade--Philippines. | Automobile industry and trade--Poland. | Automobile industry and trade--Portugal. | Automobile industry and trade--Romania. | Automobile industry and trade--Spain. | Automobile industry and trade--Sweden. | Automobile industry and trade--Switzerland. | Automobile industry and trade--Turkey. | Automobile industry and trade--United States | Automobile factories | Automobile rallies | Automobile racing | Automobiles, Racing | Sales reporting | World War, 1939-1945 | Anglia automobile | Consul automobile | Corsair automobile. | Cortina automobile | Escort automobile | Ford automobile | Ford Model A automobile | Ford Model T automobile | Lincoln automobile | Ford Motor Company, Ltd. collection | Meteor automobile | Pilot automobile. | Prefect automobile | Popular automobile | Mercury Zephyr automobile | Zodiac automobile | Bus industry | Fordson tractors | Thames truck. | Trucks--Design and construction | Truck industry | Press releases | Ford Zephyr automobile | Lincoln Zephyr automobile | Production reports | Clippings | Contracts | Design drawings | Glass negatives | Photograph albums | Photographs | Publications | Scrapbooks 
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