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 selection of material in this set represents the span of Norman Rockwell's entire working life, from the 1910s to the 1970s. While The Henry Ford's collections contain a few original illustrations -- created for Ford Motor Company's 50th anniversary in 1953 -- most of its holdings are works in reproduction, used for advertising, magazine and book covers, and greeting cards.
The Henry Ford marks its 90th anniversary in 2019. In celebration, The Henry Ford's curators have taken a decade-by-decade look at how our collections have grown -- through significant additions and evolving philosophies. This set looks at some of the objects and archives collected during the 1930s.
The Henry Ford marks its 90th anniversary in 2019. In celebration, The Henry Ford's curators have taken a decade-by-decade look at how our collections have grown -- through significant additions and evolving philosophies. This set looks at our beginnings -- the objects and archives that represent our earliest collection vision.
Bicycle races captivated Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Professional and amateur cyclists competed in speed and endurance events staged on indoor and outdoor tracks, public roads, and off-road courses. Some bicycle racers, notably Barney Oldfield, later moved into motorsports. The items in this set provide a glimpse into bicycle racing’s early years.
In 1927, Edwin Shoemaker and Edward Knabusch -- cousins with a shared interest in building things -- founded a furniture-making business. Their ambition to create new products (and to improve upon existing ones) became a defining characteristic of the company. This group of artifacts represents La-Z-Boy's history of innovation motivated by consumers' ever-changing tastes and demands.
La-Z-Boy co-founder Edward Knabusch concentrated his attention on marketing, through both traditional media and his unique approaches. Though the message evolved, advertising remained a central focus throughout the company’s history. These artifacts represent a range of La-Z-Boy's marketing strategies, including showroom displays, advertisements, and special promotions.
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?
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.
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.