Expert Sets

The experts at The Henry Ford have carefully created these sets. Explore a specific topic or use these as a foundation for building your own collection.

The experts at The Henry Ford have carefully created these sets. Explore a specific topic or use these as a foundation for building your own collection.

Just Added to Our Digital Collections

Created 07.10.2020 | 24 artifacts

Browse selected artifacts recently added to The Henry Ford's digital collections. These are just a handful of the 800 new items digitized in June 2020.

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Most Popular Artifacts during Our Pandemic Closure, 2020

Created 07.01.2020 | 50 artifacts

In 2020, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 sparked a worldwide pandemic. In response, The Henry Ford closed its doors on March 13 of that year and did not open them again until July 2. During that time, our Digital Collections was the most popular section of our website. Here are the artifacts virtual visitors were browsing most often during our closure, in order of popularity. Do you see patterns?

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Featured on The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Season 6

Created 04.20.2020 | 26 artifacts

These key artifacts appeared on the sixth season of The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation. For episode information, please visit https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/innovation-nation/episodes.

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American Arts and Crafts Movement

Created 07.01.2020 | 22 artifacts

The Arts and Crafts Movement emerged in the 1860s and 1870s in England, then the most industrialized country in the world. Theorists and designers promoted a return to an idealized past where artists and craftsmen collaborated to create beautiful and useful objects. Many of the Movement's ideas spread to the United States by 1900. Here is a representative group of objects from our collection, featuring high-end to mass-market examples.

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Recipe Booklets from the Early 20th Century

Created 06.10.2020 | 17 artifacts

Recipe booklets are a great resource for learning about the changing eating habits of Americans and discovering early products from some of the well-known companies in the food industry today. For many companies, recipe booklets were a method of marketing, where recipes offered creative ways to use that company's specific products. This set features booklets from entrepreneurial companies in our Recipe Booklet Collection.

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Agriculture and the Environment

Created 05.13.2020 | 50 artifacts

Raising livestock and growing crops requires year-round work and specialized knowledge and skills. Farm families used tools to reduce the physical strain of daily and seasonal work. The shift from animal to mechanical power further transformed farm life and raised questions about sustainable practices. Understanding changing relationships between humans, plants, animals, and the environment begins by exploring historic farming technologies.

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Taxicabs

Created 05.06.2020 | 16 artifacts

The taxicab is a fixture in American cities. Unlike buses, subways, and streetcars that run on pre-determined routes and schedules, the cab operates on the rider's terms -- it takes you where you want to go, when you want to go. From horse-drawn cabriolet carriages to specially-built sedans, the taxi itself has evolved. But its convenient point-to-point transportation remains unchanged, even as newer ridesharing services compete for customers.

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Mobility

Created 05.04.2020 | 50 artifacts

Americans are often described as a restless people on the move--crossing the vast continent, pursuing new opportunities, and reinventing themselves under new circumstances. They developed a range of transportation modes--carriages, locomotives, bicycles, automobiles, airplanes--to carry them forward. Here are some significant vehicles in The Henry Ford's collections.

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Communications and Information Technology

Created 05.04.2020 | 50 artifacts

The Henry Ford's communications and information technology collections, dating from the 17th-century to the present day, document how technologies and systems are used to provide access to knowledge and to move information at increased speeds. From the printing press to the Internet (and beyond), these collections document the physical hardware as well as the ephemeral ways we live through technology.

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