Photographic Vertical File Series


Scope and Content Note

This assembled collection consists of the most often used images relating to Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company. Started in the 1950s, these photoprints were gathered from larger photograph accessions (particularly Accessions 188, 189 and 833) and from...

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This assembled collection consists of the most often used images relating to Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company. Started in the 1950s, these photoprints were gathered from larger photograph accessions (particularly Accessions 188, 189 and 833) and from miscellaneous sources. In many ways this collection forms a synopsis of the larger Henry Ford / Ford Motor Company photographic accessions. This file contains vintage as well as copy photoprints.

Topics covered include an encyclopedic range of subjects concerning Henry Ford and his family from 1890 to 1955; a broad selection of Ford Motor Company products, buildings, activities, and subsidiaries from 1903 to 1955; and a sampling of automotive industry images other than Ford Motor Company (for views of automobiles other than Ford products see Accession 1671). This collection reflects Henry Ford's wide interests, and includes images of famous people such as actors, authors, kings, and scientists as well as his personal friends, John Burroughs, Harvey Firestone, and George Washington Carver (for Thomas Edison images see also Accession 1630). Henry Ford's interest in historic preservation at Botsford Inn and Wayside Inn also is covered (for images of Henry Ford Museum AND Greenfield Village see also Accession EI 1929).

Some cities and towns are documented in this collection, particularly where Henry Ford's Village Industries, farms and homes were located and the sites of Ford Motor Company plants and branches. Michigan is particularly well represented because of the company headquarters in Detroit and Dearborn. Reflecting the activity of the Ford Archives in the 1950s many views of automobiles on city streets, country roads, and camping from the early decades of this century are part of this collection, gathered for Ford Motor Company's 50th anniversary advertising campaign, "The American Road."

Additional topics include automobile exhibitions, Stout and Ford Tri-Motor airplanes, Ford Tractors and World War I and II defense production. Copy photoprints of graphics such as company advertisements and documents are also in the collection (for the original artifacts see Accession 19 for advertisements, and Accession 1, Accession 62, Accession 285, and other manuscript collections for the documents).

The original subject arrangement was based on an idiosyncratic set of subject headings developed for use with the Ford manuscript collections. Beginning in 1986, the subject terms were changed to reflect Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division standards for subject arrangement. In 1987, a large portion of the photoprints in this collection was cataloged in The Henry Ford's collection management system with a concomitant videodisc made of the images.

The accession was previously known as the Archives Print Collection, the Reference Photofile, the Aircraft Subject Boxes, the Automotive Addendum, and the A Series Prints by Subject.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 84.1.1660.0
Creator: Ford Motor Company. Archives 
Creator Notes: Created by Ford Motor Company Archives
Inclusive Dates: 1890-1980
Size: 53.33 linear ft.
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Keywords

United States, Georgia, Richmond Hill 

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

United States, Michigan, Charter Township of Ypsilanti 

United States, Michigan, Charter Township of Van Buren 

Aerial photographs 

Photographs 

Cityscapes 

Landscapes (Representations) 

Streetscapes 

Photographic prints 

Automobile industry 

Automobile industry workers 

Automobile racing drivers 

Assembly-line methods 

Automobile factories 

Racing cars 

Automobile racing 

Ford automobile 

Ford Model T automobile 

Lincoln automobile 

Mercury automobile 

Rubber industry and trade 

Tractors 

Trucks 

Camping 

Power plants 

Aircraft industry 

Airplanes 

Advertising 

Peace movement 

Military vehicles 

Women 

World War, 1914-1918 

World War, 1939-1945 

Transcontinental journeys 

Carriages (Vehicles) 

Actors and actresses 

Air pilots 

Airports 

Air shows 

Authors 

Automobiles 

Buses 

Exhibitions (Events) 

Hotels (Public accommodations) 

Taverns 

Kings and rulers 

Queens 

Politicians 

Politics 

Presidents 

Railroads 

Cars 

Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 

Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 

Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 

Ford, Eleanor Clay, 1896-1976 

Ford, Henry, II, 1917-1987 

Ford family 

Bryant family 

Litogot family 

Burroughs, John, 1837-1921 

Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943 

Disney, Walt, 1901-1966 

Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 

Firestone family 

Firestone, Harvey Samuel, 1868-1938 

Henry Ford (Organization) 

Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) 

Digitized Artifacts From This Collection

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Henry Ford Seated Outdoors, Holding a Newspaper, California, 1919

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Henry Ford Seated Outdoors, Holding a Newspaper, California, 1919

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Artifact

Photographic print

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.188.3365

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Henry Ford Seated Outdoors, Holding a Newspaper, California, 1919

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Henry Ford with Ford Motor Company Executives and Managers, Ardussey Road House, Detroit, Michigan, 1907

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Henry Ford with Ford Motor Company Executives and Managers, Ardussey Road House, Detroit, Michigan, 1907

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Edsel Ford at Balloon Races, Dearborn, Michigan, 1927

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Edsel Ford at Balloon Races, Dearborn, Michigan, 1927

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Edsel Ford is seen at the 1927 Gordon Bennett Cup balloon race. Participants in that year's contest started from Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. First held in 1906, the Gordon Bennett Cup is the world's oldest gas balloon race. The 1927 event was held in combination with the 1927 National Air Tour airplane competition.

Object ID

P.189.4738

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Edsel Ford at Balloon Races, Dearborn, Michigan, 1927

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Henry Ford in His Office at the Highland Park Plant, 1913

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Henry Ford in His Office at the Highland Park Plant, 1913

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Artifact

Photographic print

Object ID

P.833.259.A

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Henry Ford in His Office at the Highland Park Plant, 1913

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Ford Model T Assembly Line, Filling the Radiator and Starting the Engine, Highland Park Plant, 1914

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Ford Model T Assembly Line, Filling the Radiator and Starting the Engine, Highland Park Plant, 1914

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Artifact

Photographic print

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.833.1041

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Ford Model T Assembly Line, Filling the Radiator and Starting the Engine, Highland Park Plant, 1914

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Edsel Ford at the Helm, 1922

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Edsel Ford at the Helm, 1922

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Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

20 June 1922

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.833.32964

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Edsel Ford at the Helm, 1922

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Henry Ford, Ray Dahlinger, Frank Kulick, Jerry Wolfe, and A. B. Jewett at "The Bungalow," Dearborn, Michigan

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Henry Ford, Ray Dahlinger, Frank Kulick, Jerry Wolfe, and A. B. Jewett at "The Bungalow," Dearborn, Michigan

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Henry and Clara Ford lived in Detroit, but they preferred spending time in nature. Around 1910, the Fords built a small home west of the city on private farmland near the Rouge River in Dearborn. Here, at "the Bungalow," the Ford family could watch birds, entertain friends, and stay overnight. Soon, the Fords would select this secluded site for their Fair Lane estate.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

00.1334.174

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Henry Ford, Ray Dahlinger, Frank Kulick, Jerry Wolfe, and A. B. Jewett at "The Bungalow," Dearborn, Michigan

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George Washington Carver and Austin W. Curtis, Jr. at Tuskegee Institute with Sculpture by Steffen Thomas, circa 1938

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George Washington Carver and Austin W. Curtis, Jr. at Tuskegee Institute with Sculpture by Steffen Thomas, circa 1938

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

In Tuskegee, Alabama, agricultural and environmental scientist George Washington Carver and his assistant, chemist Austin Curtis, Jr., stand in front of a statue commemorating Carver's 40 years of service to the Tuskegee Institute.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

00.1334.160

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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George Washington Carver and Austin W. Curtis, Jr. at Tuskegee Institute with Sculpture by Steffen Thomas, circa 1938

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George Washington Carver Holding Fabric Made from Soybean Fiber, Soybean Lab, Greenfield Village, 1939

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George Washington Carver Holding Fabric Made from Soybean Fiber, Soybean Lab, Greenfield Village, 1939

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

A mutual interest in industrial products made from plants brought Henry Ford and the scientist George Washington Carver together as colleagues and friends. Ford developed plastics and fibers from soybeans. Here, on a 1939 visit to Dearborn, George Washington Carver is seated in the Soybean Laboratory in Greenfield Village, holding a piece of fabric made of soybean fiber.

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.188.26234

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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George Washington Carver Holding Fabric Made from Soybean Fiber, Soybean Lab, Greenfield Village, 1939

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What is The Henry Ford?

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