The Defense Contracts Department records series consists of files maintained by the Defense Contract Financial Administration Department, Controller's Office, Finance Division. The records document Department of Defense contract administration of Ford's maritime operations during World War II. Records include correspondence from Ford employees in the Traffic Import-Export Department in Edgewater, New Jersey; Traffic Department; and Marine Department. Files from the postwar period, circa 1947-1948, are predominantly from the Ford Navigation Company. Materials are arranged by subject.
The records consist of copies of annual reports containing summary financial data for the Ford Motor Credit Company (FMCC) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the years 1971 and 1975, a letter discussing FMCC financial standing, challenges, and achievements in 2006 sent to Ford dealers along with an invitation to the FMCC display at the National Automobile Dealers Association annual convention, and a specialty metal luggage tag that was part of a dealer participation program giveaway. Annual reports from 2001 on are available on the company's web site.
Approximately 192.2 cubic ft. and 24 oversize boxes.
The Automotive Parts and Service collection is an intentionally assembled collection of books and pamphlets published by automotive manufacturers for use in the repair and service of their automobiles. The collection includes parts catalogs and price lists, shop and owner's manuals, maintenance and service guides, service bulletins and mechanic's training material for the products of over 160 automobile manufacturers worldwide. The bulk of the collection covers Ford Motor Company (Ford, Mercury, Lincoln and Edsel) and General Motors (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Geo, LaSalle, Oldsmobile and Pontiac) brands. Other manufacturers well represented include Chrysler, Citroen, Dodge, Franklin, Hudson, Mercedes-Benz, Nash, Packard, Pierce-Arrow, Plymouth, Renault, Studebaker, and Volkswagen. Material is also available from automotive manufacturers in England, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, Belgium, Spain, Sweden and Czechoslovakia. The collection is arranged alphabetically by ... Read More
The Advertising records series consists of three subseries. The Correspondence subseries contains direct mail campaign records and foreign branch advertising records. The Direct Mail Campaign records, 1938-1940 (1 folder), Acc. 656, contain advertising correspondence about the 1940 direct mail advertising campaign for Ford, Mercury, and Continental cars and Ford trucks. The Foreign Branch Advertising records, 1938-1940 (0.8 cubic ft.), Acc. 1394, contain correspondence between the General Sales Department and Ford Motor Company branch operations in foreign countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, England, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Uruguay. Most of the letters are requests for promotional materials. The records also contain correspondence with McCann-Erickson, Inc. which took over export advertising in 1941. The Press Releases subseries contains news releases regarding Ford Motor Company events created by several independent ... Read More
Ford Motor Company. Sales and Advertising Division. Advertising Department.
The Henry Ford - Benson Ford Research Center
2.4 cubic ft.
The Financial records subseries includes general advertising estimates and schedules, 1940-1950; financial schedules for radio programs 1934-1943, including data for Ford Summer Hour and Ford Sunday Evening Hour; and summary financial data on billboards, publications, publicity and retail car sales.
The collection is almost wholly comprised of photographs and is arranged into two series. The Auto Show Photographs series constitutes the vast majority of the collection and consists of hundreds of photographs and a small number of reports originally held in eighteen loose-leaf binders. The material was utilized by the Ford Motor Company Car Product Planning Department to analyze the styling of competitor cars between 1951 and 1967. The photographs were taken at various auto shows including Chicago, Detroit, New York and the General Motors Motorama. Most of the photographs in the collection document "idea" cars, a contemporary term for experimental or concept cars. Also included is one collection of composite photographs showing several Ford and competitor models at similar angles on the same page for comparison. The series also includes some description and a small amount of analysis of the styling of competitor cars. The second series, 1958 Thunderbird Development, consists of one ... Read More
Ford Motor Company. International Division. Purchasing Department.
The Henry Ford - Benson Ford Research Center
20 cubic ft.
The Purchasing Department records series consists of two subseries. The Correspondence subseries, 1921-1948 (17.2 cubic ft.), Acc. 712, includes general letter files, correspondence with foreign markets, materials purchasing files, import and export licensing agreements, parts materials lists, and production reports from Ford overseas plants. Of special interest are the overseas ten-day sales and production reports for Lincoln automobiles from 1921 to 1927. The Central and South America records subseries, 1928-1948 (2.8 cubic ft.), Acc. 202, consists of department correspondence, exchange rate summary reports, employment applications, foreign branch employee records, managers quarterly and monthly summaries, materials cost reports, and production reports for Ford's plants in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Canal Zone, Brazil, and Argentina. The records also include pre-World War II Purchasing Department and Foreign Operations Department purchasing records.
This subgroup of the Greenfield Village Buildings collection contains available documents pertaining to structures in the Former Greenfield Village Buildings records subgroup district of Greenfield Village. Types of documents include affidavits, clippings, correspondence, family histories, general histories and research notes, inventories, maps, oral histories, and sometimes photographs. In some cases extensive interpretive guides used to help presenters offer visitors a robust background on the structure are included. The Greenfield Village Buildings records collection is organized alphabetically by building name. The records are updated as new information becomes available through research, and records of new building additions as well as reinstallations are sought.
The Ford Biographical Vertical File, arranged alphabetically by surname, is an intentionally assembled collection of predominately biographical information about executive level Ford Motor Company employees. Also included are some non-executive level Ford Motor Company employees, Henry Ford's personal employees, Ford family members, and other people whose papers are cataloged in the Benson Ford Research Center's online catalog. Sources of this biographical information include the Biography & Genealogy Master Index, Biography Resource Center index, Detroit Free Press and Detroit News obituaries from the 1970s, Ford Motor Company biographical press releases, Social Security Death Index, Who Was Who in America, Who's Who Among Automotive Executives, and various Ford Motor Company archival collections.