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1Title:  James Snitgen collection, 1936-1940 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1653 
 Creator:  Snitgen, James 
 Abstract:  The collection contains phonograph records and filmstrips used as promotional and training materials for Ford Motor Company dealerships. 
 Subjects:  Automobile dealers | Sales promotion | Selling--Automobiles | Selling--Trucks | Filmstrips | Sound recordings 
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2Title:  Dealer Sales Training audio-visual Collection, 1930-1957 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1668 
 Creator:  Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  This collection contains phonograph records, reel-to-reel\ audio tapes, filmstrips created by Ford Motor Company for sales training. The collection also includes several compact discs that contain copies of the original materials. 
 Subjects:  Automobile dealers | Sales promotion | Selling--Automobiles | Selling--Trucks | Filmstrips | Sound recordings 
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3Title:  Edsel Ford in Memoriam subseries, 1943 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1390 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Estate of Henry Ford. 
 Abstract:  The Edsel Ford in Memoriam subseries is comprised of condolence letters, testimonials and bound remembrances of Edsel Bryant Ford, who died on May 26, 1943. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943. | Ford Motor Company. Estate of Henry Ford. | Condolence notes. | Clippings files | Sound recordings | Testimonials 
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4Title:  Fiftieth Anniversary Tributes subseries, 1953 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  129 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  The Fiftieth Anniversary Tributes subseries contains recordings, printed materials and awards presented to Ford Motor Company on its fiftieth anniversary. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford Motor Company--History | Ford Motor Company. Archives. | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Ford Motor Company--Anniversaries, etc | Ford Motor Company--Public relations | Archives | Press releases | Photographs | Sound recordings 
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5Title:  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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6Title:  Henry Ford Centennial subseries, 1963 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  SE004 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Archives. 
 Abstract:  The Henry Ford Centennial celebrated the 100th anniversary of Henry Ford and the 60th anniversary of the creation of Ford Motor Company in 1963. The Henry Ford Centennial subseries contains administrative files concerning the planning of the many events, memorabilia, photographs, clippings and a scrapbook commemorating these events. The subseries includes accessions 899 and 1139. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford Motor Company--History | Ford Motor Company. Archives. | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Ford Motor Company--Anniversaries, etc | Ford Motor Company--Public relations | Archives | Ford automobile | Ford Model T automobile | Birthdays | Press releases | Sound recordings | Photographs | Lantern slides | Motion pictures | Scrapbooks 
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7Title:  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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8Title:  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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9Title:  Audio Speeches series, 1938-1943 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1689 
 Creator:  Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943. 
 Abstract:  The series consists of recordings of speeches made by Edsel B. Ford during the period 1938-1943, and include speeches made at the 1940 New York World’s Fair, and the Willow Run (Mich.) bomber plant. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943. | Ford Motor Company--Presidents. | Ford Motor Company --Management. | Ford Motor Company--Public relations. | Ford Motor Company. Willow Run Bomber Plant. | Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) | United States. Navy Dept. | New York World's Fair (1939-1940) | Automobile driver education | Automobile industry and trade | Exhibitions--United States. | Radio programs | Used cars | World War, 1939-1945 | Ford Sunday Evening Hour (Radio program) | Compact discs. | Sound recordings. | Speeches. 
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10Title:  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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11Title:  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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12Title:  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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13Title:  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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14Title:  Bill Stumpf Papers, 1913-2006 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  2009.141 
 Creator:  Stumpf, Bill, 1936-2006 
 Abstract:  Bill Stumpf was an industrial designer who specialized in ergonomic chair and seating design. Working with the Herman Miller Research Corporation, he worked on the design of well-known ergonomic office chairs, including the Ergon and Aeron chairs. Stumpf's papers include drawings, correspondence, photographs, and other documents related to his design projects, as well as personal papers, publications, and memorabilia. 
 Subjects:  Stumpf, Bill, 1936-2006 | Campbell, Kermit | Chadwick, Don, 1936- | Child, Julia | De Pree, Hugh | De Pree, Max | Kelley, Jack | Propst, Robert | Weber, Jeff | Chadwick, Stumpf, and Associates | Herman Miller Research Corporation | Herman Miller, Inc. | Sister Kenny Institute | Stumpf, Weber, and Associates | Walker Art Center | William Stumpf and Associates | Chair design | Chairs | Ergonomics | Furniture | Furniture design | Human comfort | Industrial design | Office chairs | Office furniture | Office layout | Offices | Seating--Furniture Hospitals--Furniture, equipment, etc. | United States, Ann Arbor (Michigan) | United States, Cannon Falls (Minnesota) | United States, Madison (Wisconsin) | United States, Minneapolis (Minnesota) | United States, Santa Monica (California) | United States, St. Croix Valley (Minnesota) | United States, St. Paul (Minnesota) | United States, Stockholm (Wisconsin) | United States, Winona (Minnesota) | Advertisements | Audiocassettes | Awards | Awards certificates | Blueprints (reprographic copies) | Books | Brochures | Color negatives | Color photographs | Color slides | Color transparencies | Correspondence | Design drawings | Drawings | DVDs | Financial records | Floppy disks | Magazines (periodicals) | Memorabilia | Memorandums | Negatives (photographs) | Patents | Periodicals | Photograph albums | Photographic prints | Posters | Promotional materials | Reports | Sketches | Slides (photographs) | Sound recordings | Technical drawings | Technical reports | Trade catalogs | Videocassettes 
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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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