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The rich collections of The Henry Ford form an unparalleled resource documenting the American experience. These wide-ranging holdings document the industrial, social, and cultural history of the United States.
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Library and Archival Collections
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- THF Collections Online
Browse, collect and share objects from our digitized collection including selected museum objects and items from the Research Library, including photographs, documents, and drawings.
- The Henry Ford Blog
Connect with collections on The Henry Ford’s blog.
- Curators Choice
Our curators choose unique and interesting items from our collection to showcase.
- Digital Dress: The Henry Ford Historic Costume Collection
Historic clothing collections from Detroit-area cultural institutions are brought together in this resource, complete with richly detailed photography of each piece and descriptive text.
- Dymaxion House
Explore R. Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House - the only surviving prototype of Fuller’s vision for mass-produced, affordable housing.
- Herman Miller Consortium Collection
The Henry Ford is part of a consortium of museums holding furniture designed and manufactured by Herman Miller, Inc.
- Heroes of the Sky
Engage with people’s stories from the first forty years of aviation.
Learn the stories behind some of America’s greatest innovators including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Orville and Wilbur Wright.
- The Rosa Parks Bus
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded this Montgomery City bus to go home from work. On this bus on that day, she initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality.
- Showroom of Automotive History
This collection features significant automobiles of the American experience. Each vehicle has made a substantial contribution to the auto industry in design, production, or engineering.
View a selection of The Henry Ford’s enjoyable collection of over 10,000 toys and games dating from the early 1800s to the present.
- With Liberty and Justice for All
Experience the triumph of America’s enduring spirit of freedom.
- Your Place in Time: 20th Century America
Take a look back at this past century and our "everday" world. Reminisce with this exhibit spanning five generations.
Discover the rich research collections of The Henry Ford.
Images and Video
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- Collections on Flickr
View digitized images of photographs, prints, and objects in The Henry Ford’s collections.
- Detroit Publishing Company
Online exhibit of over 250 prints, photographs, and postcards including cityscapes, everyday life, nature, and work places from the 1890s to the early 20th century.
Acquire limited-edition art prints, magnets, note-cards and more.
- Film Source
Search and view historical films illustrating the impact of the automobile, industrial manufacturing and design, and many other aspects of American culture and everyday life.
Tap into history and innovation with our collection of oral history recordings and transcripts.
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- Automotive Design Oral Histories
Transcripts of interviews with automotive designers conducted in the late 1980s.
- Ford Reminiscences
Transcripts of over 200 interviews with Ford Motor Company employees and others associated with the company, conducted during 1951-1956.
Watch videos of interviews with innovators such as Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, Steve Wozniak, and Pierre Omidyar.
THF Collections Online
Browse, collect and share objects from our digitized collection