Willis Franklyn Ward Papers

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.

Collection Details

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)
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Not Currently On Exhibit

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.


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