Willis Franklyn Ward Papers
Willis Franklyn Ward served as a supervisor of racial integration at Ford Motor Company in the 1930s and later became an assistant United States attorney and Wayne County judge. His papers include correspondence concerning discrimination at Ford Motor Company and requests for release from the military during World War II.
Biographical / Historical Note
After graduating from the University of Michigan, where he was an All-American football player and track star, Willis Franklyn Ward joined the Ford Motor Company in 1935 as supervisor of racial integration. Ward went on to become an assistant United States attorney, was appointed to the Michigan Public Service Commission, and was appointed a Wayne County, Michigan Probate Court judge.
Scope and Content Note
The Willis Franklyn Ward papers contain two letters regarding Ford Motor Company's request to release Ward from military service during World War II and three letters regarding African-American employment at Ford Motor Company.
Object ID: 64.167.527.0
Creator: Ward, Willis F. (Willis Franklyn), 1912-1983
Inclusive Dates: 1941-1955
Size: 0.1 cubic ft. (1 folder)
Collection Access & Use
Item Location: Not Currently On Exhibit
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
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