Ford Motor Company Legal Office Patent Records


Scope and Content Note

The patent records of the Ford Motor Company Legal Office are divided into five series: Aircraft Patents, Artificial Limbs, Tractor Manufacturing, Magnesium Recovery and Development, and Trademarks. The collection spans from 1905-1951, but the bulk...

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The patent records of the Ford Motor Company Legal Office are divided into five series: Aircraft Patents, Artificial Limbs, Tractor Manufacturing, Magnesium Recovery and Development, and Trademarks. The collection spans from 1905-1951, but the bulk of materials dates between 1930 and 1945.

The patent material concerns a single lawsuit relating to an aircraft patent (Messrs Junker vs. Ford Motor Company), and the three countries involved in the suit: Czechoslovakia, Spain and Germany.

The material covering artificial limbs (one folder) contains blueprints of experimental prosthetics from a single year, 1945.

There is also one folder of material that relates to the manufacture of tractors, primarily in Britain, during the First World War.

The material on magnesium recovery includes blueprints, photographs and drawings of machinery used to obtain magnesium. The material also contains correspondence and drafts of agreements between executives at the Ford Motor Company and Dow Chemical of Midland, Michigan. Reports about the process of magnesium recovery are also included. Of special interest is a map dating from the 1930s detailing Michigan's rich mine deposits.

Finally, the collection contains information about trademark registration and applications relating to Ford Motor Company's products, including the trademark registration of Fordson, Ford's tractor, in foreign countries, and trademark and patent applications of Lincoln in Great Britain.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 93.1.296.0
Creator: Ford Motor Company 
Inclusive Dates: 1905-1951
Bulk Dates: 1930-1945
Size: 1 cubic ft. (1 box)
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The records are open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Digitized Artifacts From This Collection

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Blueprint, "Artificial Hand," 22 May 1945

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Blueprint, "Artificial Hand," 22 May 1945

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Blueprint (Reprographic copy)

Object ID

93.1.296.2

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From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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Blueprint, "Artificial Hand," 22 May 1945

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Blueprint, "Experimental Artificial Limb," 2Z12368, 21 June 1945

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Blueprint, "Experimental Artificial Limb," 2Z12368, 21 June 1945

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Artifact

Blueprint (Reprographic copy)

Object ID

93.1.296.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Blueprint, "Experimental Artificial Limb," 2Z12368, 21 June 1945

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