The Ford Motor Company tokens, coins, medallions, and badges collection is an assembled collection of physical objects from various accessions. Numerous tokens, medallions, and similar objects were created to commemorate important anniversaries and milestones for Henry Ford, his family, and the Ford Motor Company. Other pieces, such as employee badges and some tokens used as "company money," originally had some official intended use and only later became collector's items. Many of the tokens were originally sold or given away at exhibitions such as the 1934 Chicago World's Fair. In addition to the objects (or in some cases images of the objects), the collection includes photocopies of articles on the history and description of various employee identification and security badges, tokens, coins, medals, and medallions, along with citations of sources of further information. The collection contains items from Accessions 491 and 1800.
Two copies of the booklet, "The Automobile in Popular Song," provide a history of popular songs that feature automobiles and other motor vehicles between 1900 and 1960. The booklet was compiled by Christy Borth and distributed by the Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. at the 43rd National Automobile Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan from October 15-23, 1960.
Ford Motor Company. Sales and Advertising Division. Advertising Department.
The Henry Ford - Benson Ford Research Center
68 cubic ft., 2 volumes, and 2 oversize boxes.
The Advertising General File subseries is organized into twelve groups. The American Legion Junior Baseball records, 1943-1946 (0.4 cubic ft.), contain information regarding Ford dealership sponsorship of local youth baseball teams. The Correspondence Files, 1943-1948 (4.8 cubic ft.), contain correspondence files of Ben R. Donaldson, Advertising Department Director, and J. Walter Thompson Company. The Dealer Material, 1933-1946 (2.4 cubic ft.), contain technical manuals, price lists, policy letters, salesmen's reports, and other dealer material. The Financial records, 1937-1949 (11.6 cubic ft.), include budget estimates, literature account sheets, work orders, and invoices. The Foreign Advertising records, 1941-1946 (4 cubic ft.), contain work orders, estimates, branch reports, and advertising tear sheets from Canada and England, printed ads, direct mail campaign material, correspondence and foreign advertising. The Oversize Material, 1945-1947 (0.8 cubic ft., 2 volumes and 2 oversize ... Read More
Papers are comprised of Ford Motor Company purchase orders from the Walz Foundry, 1906-1912; fourteen volumes of pattern records, 1928-1944; a 1947 Engineering Division organizational chart; inventories of material removed from Henry Ford's office to the Henry Ford Museum; unprocessed copies of engineering drawings (primarily cylinder designs); and a booklet on the Henry Ford School of Vocational Guidance.
The records are comprised of three series. The Harley Earl Associates series, 1945-1991 (bulk 1945-1964) (13.6 cubic ft., 1 oversize box and 1 oversize folder), includes administrative material such as marketing and employee documentation, along with project records. Project records include design work for 3M, Alcoa, Argus, Bissell, U.S. Rubber, Nabisco along with many others. The Walter B. Ford Design Associates series, 1952-1953 (0.4 cubic ft.) is slight as it is comprised of material for only one project. The Ford Rotunda renovation, 1952-1953 includes, however, the significant design of a geodesic dome over the central court by R. Buckminster Fuller and Associates. This was the first commercial application of Fuller's dome. The Ford & Earl Design Associates series, 1966-1999 (2.4 cubic ft., 14 oversize boxes and 1 oversize folder) include design concepts, photographs, negatives, and design drawings for a wide variety of products such as housewares, cameras, writing implements, ... Read More
The Collection on Barney Oldfield consists of photographic prints, advertisements, postcards, promotional brochures, and event tickets highlighting various races and exhibitions in which Barney Oldfield participated. The Collection on Barney Oldfield consists of two series. The Photographic Prints series, ca. 1902-1936, contains photographic prints of Barney posing in various race cars or with other drivers. The Printed Material series, ca. 1895-1949, consists of printed matter related to races and exhibitions. The series includes advertisements, clippings, correspondence and event tickets. Researchers should note that individual object identification numbers are included in the inventory.
The Superintendents Office (Ford Motor Company) records subgroup consists of four series: The Clarence W. Avery records series, 1888-1931 (15.2 cubic ft.), Acc. 420, 457, 575, 679, 680, 814; The William B. Mayo records series, 1912-1932 (79.2 cubic ft.), Acc. 18, 37, 251, 262, 263, 264, 383, 620; the Charles E. Sorensen records series, 1913-1946 (77.6 cubic ft. and 1 volume), Acc. 38, 60, 266, 689; the Superintendents Office (Ford Motor Company) Administrative records series, 1912-1947 (54.6 cubic ft. and 35 volumes), Acc. 91, 216, 371, 759, 760, 771, 784, 968.
The 1978 Model Introduction Tour Manual consists of an unbound manual used by tour guides and host staff during Ford Motor Company's 1978 new model introduction events in Dearborn, Michigan. The manual includes schedule details and presenter speeches for various groups including Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealers, field staff, and employees and their families. In some instances, tour guide presentations are identified for use with dealers, staff, wives, or combination groups and were used primarily during bus transit between event locations at the Fairlane Manor, Henry Ford Museum, and Greenfield Village (now The Henry Ford).
The collection includes two departmental communications to Carswell including one from Edsel Ford concerning the responsibilities of the Superintendent of Stock position; a notebook of chemicals in alphabetical order and how they are used at Ford Motor Company; a folio of notebook sheets containing stock related reports; one photograph of an early Model T assembly line; and eleven photographs of various stock department storage facilities. The collection also contains three artifacts from the Ford Motor Company: a piece of the first safety glass produced; a prism of the first glass produced; and a piece of the first bar of steel that come through the 14" Merchant Mill machine at the River Rouge plant on November 23, 1925.
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