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Welcome. Henry Ford’s book collecting began in 1913 with McGuffey Readers that he remembered from his childhood. Later in the 1920s he focused on other early textbooks, trade catalogs and books associated with the buildings he acquired for Greenfield Village. In addition, the museum staff maintained files that documented many of the museum’s industrial and household acquisitions. These and other holdings became the museum’s library.

Today, the holdings of the Research Library of The Henry Ford include the historical records and photographs of Ford Motor Company and The Henry Ford, the Henry Austin Clark Jr. Automotive History Collection, and other major holdings in automotive, industrial, social and cultural American history. Among these collections are the Ford Motor Company records from 1903 to the mid-1950’s, including photographs, publications, product literature, and oral histories. Taken together, the Library’s collections form an unparalleled resource documenting the American experience.

Visit the Research Library in person or online to explore the rich resources of one of the world's most significant American history collections. When you visit our public reading room, you can view historic documents and photographs, read rare books, and explore a wealth of other materials. Browse our website to sign up for Behind-the-Scenes Tours and Special Access services into the heart of our collections. If you can't visit in person, you can still take advantage of our online collections and library catalog, which allow you to access selections from and information about the rich collections of The Henry Ford from anywhere in the world.