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Services and Programs

We are here to help! We offer many services and programs that allow everybody to personally access The Henry Ford’s rich collections. We are happy to help you find the information you need. No appointment is necessary. If you are visiting the area, you are welcome to drop by the public reading room, where you can browse original documents, rare books, and other materials of historical interest. If you can not visit in person, you can still take advantage of the wealth of resources that are available to you electronically through our website. For more information about how we can help you, please check out the variety of services and programs we offer.

Research Services
The Research Library reading room, located in the Benson Ford Research Center, is open to all Monday - Friday, 9:30am – 5:00pm. For more information about the Research Library, click here. If a visit is not possible, we also offer personal research services online.

Image Reproduction
  • Audio
    Includes digital reproduction of sound recordings.
    Information and order form

  • Images

  • Parts Drawings
    Includes digital reproduction of the original Ford Motor Company engineering parts drawing collection, 1903 – 1957.

  • Photocopies
    Black & white or color photocopying is available.
    Information and order form

  • Digital Camera
    Researchers who visit the Research Library are welcome to take digital photographs of collection materials for study and research.

Behind the Scenes Tours
Group tours can be arranged to view some of the treasures of The Henry Ford.
Schedule a Tour

Special Access
Individuals can schedule an appointment to view collection items which are not currently accessible to the public.
Schedule an Appointment

Artifact Loans
For information about the policies and procedures governing the loan of artifacts to other institutions, please contact us at loanprogram@thehenryford.org.


  • Caring for your Artifacts
    Conservation staff has developed Preservation Fact Sheets that provide basic information on the care, cleaning, and handling of various types of artifacts, as well as referral information to other conservation organizations, and a bibliography of authoritative works.

  • Preservation Services
    The Henry Ford provides assistance to nonprofit organizations seeking practical, cost-effective and high-quality solutions for the care of their collections. The Henry Ford is a leader in collections treatment, care and preventative conservation. Staff conservators collaborate with clients to create innovative and cost-effective solutions to conservation problems and general preservation needs.

Appraisal of Items
We are happy to refer you to an appraisal organization for determining the value of objects. Here are two options: