Research Databases

Browse the holdings of our research library and archive and discover specialized resources on specific collections.

The Henry Ford’s Digital Collections

Find, view, and share tens of thousands of digitized artifacts within our digital collections.


Library & Archival Collections

The Henry Ford houses a nationally significant collection of business records, automotive product literature and periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, prints, postcards, maps, trade catalogs, early American dictionaries, and other library and special collection material.

Archival Finding Aids

Search documents that catalog some of the collections at The Henry Ford, providing an overview, information about acquisition, and an inventory.

Additional Resources

Access a range of other digital resources.

Google Cultural Institute

Visit The Henry Ford on Google Cultural Institute to see artifacts & online exhibits or take a virtual tour.


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Ford Reminisces

More than 200 transcripts of oral histories compiled as part of Ford Motor Company’s 50th anniversary in 1951.

Film Source

Historical films illustrating the impact of the automobile, industrial manufacturing and design, and other aspects of American culture and life.

Benson Ford Research Center

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