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 01.24.2016 | 9 artifacts

Browse selected artifacts recently added to The Henry Ford's digital collections. These are just a handful of the more than 800 new items digitized in December 2018.

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The Most Popular Digital Collections Artifacts of 2018

Created 12.26.2018 | 50 artifacts

During 2018, the artifacts in our Digital Collections were viewed well over a half a million times. The artifacts shown here--representing cars and buildings, photographs and documents, and more--are the most-viewed artifacts of the year. Are your favorites on the list?

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Jewish Innovators and Traditions from The Henry Ford's Collections

Created 11.29.2018 | 24 artifacts

In 2018, our curators looked at The Henry Ford’s rich collections from a Jewish lens and unveiled fascinating stories of innovation, design, entrepreneurship, and cultural traditions.

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Favorites from Our Archives

Created 11.20.2018 | 19 artifacts

The archives at The Henry Ford contain documents and photographs, audio and video recordings, and all manner of two-dimensional items. During American Archives Month 2018, staff and volunteers from our library and archives selected favorite items from our archives and explained why.

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Ford Motor Company and Norman Rockwell

Created 11.20.2018 | 16 artifacts

Henry Ford II, president of Ford Motor Company, commissioned a calendar from the celebrated American illustrator Norman Rockwell to commemorate the company's 50th anniversary in 1953.

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Digitization Team Favorites

Created 11.08.2018 | 7 artifacts

In October 2018, The Henry Ford reached 75,000 artifacts digitized. While this represents just a small fraction of our total collection, the vast majority of the material that has been digitized is not currently on exhibit--which gives you access to materials that might otherwise be hard or impossible to view. In honor of this milestone, members of the digitization team each selected a favorite artifact they have been involved with digitizing.

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Henry Ford and the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad

Created 10.29.2018 | 20 artifacts

Henry Ford bought the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad in 1920. He used its 378-mile mainline -- between Detroit and Ironton, Ohio -- as a giant conveyor belt, hauling coal from Ford-owned mines to the Rouge in Dearborn. Ford spent $15 million improving DT&I's track and equipment but grew tired of burdensome railroad regulations. He sold the line in 1929.

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Railroad Stations

Created 10.29.2018 | 14 artifacts

For more than a century, railroad stations were hubs of American life. In small towns, people visited the depot to catch up on news, send and receive packages, or share the latest gossip. In large cities, the station hosted a mix of daily commuters and long-distance travelers rushing to work or play. These lively buildings were as vibrant and varied as the communities they served.

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Exposed Collections—2017-2020 IMLS Grant Project

Created 10.29.2018 | 20 artifacts

Beginning in 2017, The Henry Ford began a multi-year project to catalog, conserve, rehouse, and relocate a group of some 2,500 objects. Long-hidden stories have come to light during this process--opening up new interpretative opportunities. This project, funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), continues The Henry Ford's commitment to collection stewardship, preservation, and key institutional priorities.

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On the Road with The Henry Ford

Created 10.26.2018 | 16 artifacts

Despite the vast acreage of exhibit space that comprises the campuses of The Henry Ford, most of our assets reside in storage. The Henry Ford's loan program allows audiences from around the world who may never be able to visit Dearborn to connect with our collections. We collaborate with local, national, and international institutions to provide artifacts that tell America's innovation story to inspire learners and doers everywhere.

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