W3Schools Collections & Research Library Catalog Finding Aids Find Item by Citation
The Finding Aid documents listed here (downloadable in PDF format) serve as guides to a portion of the collections held by the Benson Ford Research Center. Each finding aid provides a written description of the archival collection and typically includes the following: an overview of the collection and the material in it; information about its acquisition and use of the material; biographical or historical notes to place the collection in context; and an inventory that provides a folder, and in some cases an item, listing of the contents.

For additional information about the finding aids or our collections email the Benson Ford Research Center at research.center@thehenryford.org, or use our website contact page.

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1957 Ford Model 51A Testing and Development Records, 1953-1957 (bulk 1955-1956)


A. B. Dick Company Records, 1884-1998
A. J. Kloha records, 1955
A. M. Wibel Office papers subseries, 1903-1943
A. R. Welch papers, 1880-1913
Air Pollution Study subseries, 1961
Alvin A. Dunivent photographs and papers, 1904-1959
Alex Y. Malcomson scrapbook and clippings, 1903-1923
Alexis De Sakhnoffsky papers, 1901-1964 (bulk 1930-1955)
Almena Gray Wilde Collection, 1939-1949
Amberg Filing System series, 1930-1949
American Road marketing and publicity photographs series, 1903-1964 (bulk 1920-1950)
Ann Hood papers, 1940
Archives Reports subseries, 1958
Arthur Breuninger Papers, 1934-1937
Arthur M. Brown Papers, circa 1941-1945
Assembly Operations Manuals collection, 1959-1988
Audio Speeches series, 1938-1943
Augustus Degener papers, 1905-1926
Augustus Post papers, 1928-1944
Automobile Plant Construction Photographs, 1918, 1940-1941
Automobiles...Everybody's Transportation manuscript, circa 1956
Automotive (Non-Ford) Advertisements collection, circa 1900-circa 1991
Automotive Price Books Collection, 1930-2017
Automotive Related Programs collection, 1896-1991


Barry Taylor Racing Photographs, 1979-1993
Ben R. Donaldson papers, 1950-1955
Blair Nelson collection on "Lucky" Lee Lott, 1958-1990
Black Rock Foundry records, 1829-1839
Bobby Unser papers, 1930-2009
Boyne City, Gaylord and Alpena Railroad Company records, circa 1901-1975
Burt L. Burley papers, 1970-1978
Business and Personal Correspondence series and Addendum series, 1920


C. E. Wagner papers, 1901-1941
C. Harold Wills papers, 1899-1939
Cadillac Business Planning Records, circa 1989-1991
Carl (Charles) Cappel Papers, 1920-1970 (bulk 1930-1950)
Carl Edvard Johansson records, 1916-1927
Carol Giacoletto Papers, 1956-1961
Charles C. La Croix records, 1941-1956
Charles H. Carroll Papers, 1947-1955
Charles Mauch papers, 1948-1995
Charles P. Steinmetz papers, 1853-1921
Children's Letters to Santa Claus, 1985
Chronological Information Files subseries, 1863-1958 (bulk 1950-1956)
Clara Ford Estate records series, 1947-1955
Claude E. Ford papers, 1860-1965 (bulk 1930-1965)
Cogswell Brothers General Store records, 1882-1891
Collected Research Papers subgroup, 1935-1976
Collection on Barney Oldfield, 1895-1949
Collection on Frank Johnson, 1904-1957
Comet Automobile Company records, 1918-1920
Commercial Airplane Reliability collection,1925-1927
Connie Blomen Vice Presidential Campaign Collection, 1976-1977


Dan Rubin automotive photographs, 1952-1997
DARPA Urban Challenge Collection, 2007
Data Processing Equipment records, 1956-1968
Dave Friedman collection, 1946-2009
David Lewis papers, 1940-2003
Davis Family Photographs, 1900-1969
Dealer Sales Training audio-visual collection, 1930-1957
Dearborn Independent Aaron Sapiro V. Henry Ford lawsuit collection, 1919-1929
Dearborn Independent Financial Records, 1920-1921
Dearborn Independent Graphic Files, 1922-1926
Dearborn Independent records, 1919-1928
Detroit Publishing Company collection, 1880-1936
Detroit, Toledo, and Ironton Railroad Photographs subseries, 1922-1923
Detroit University School Yearbook “Helicon” Collection, 1906-1935
Disbursing Vouchers subseries, 1912-1952 and Statements series, 1918-1950
Dodge Brothers Collection, 1904-1920


E. A. Walters papers, 1901-1944
E. H. Lockwood Automobile Testing records, 1887-1940
E. M. Anderson records, 1929-1953
E-M-F, Flanders, and Studebaker photographs, circa 1910-1914
E. Paul du Pont papers, 1917-1972
Earl Newberry papers, 1921-1965
Edsel B. Ford office papers, 1903-1945 (bulk 1920-1940)
Edsel B. Ford office papers overview
Edsel B. Ford scrapbook, 1943
Edsel Ford Audit Papers subseries, 1941-1942
Edsel Ford Automotive Scrapbook, 1911-1925
Edsel Ford in Memoriam subseries, 1943
Egmont Arens Food Packaging Design Collection, 1935-1957
Edward S. Huff Records Subseries, 1906-1933
Edward Schlee and William Brock collection, 1923-1964
Elwood Paul Engel papers, 1942-1986
Emery L. Applegate records, 1923-1962
Engineering Data collection, 1948-1958
Engineering Library Vertical File for Henry Ford collection, 1870-1945 (bulk 1935-1944)
Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant records, 1952-1975
Eva Tanguay papers, 1892-1947
Evdokin Bartoshuk Papers, 1913-1958
Executive Records subgroup, 1946-1952


Facilities Department records, 1949-1976
Fair Lane papers subgroup, 1835-1950
Fayette and Karl Kendrick collection, 1913-1932
Fiftieth Anniversary Tributes subseries, 1953
Firestone Family papers, 1804-1991
Five Dollar Day collection, 1909-1919
Fletcher N. Platt papers, 1951-2004
Florence Monaghan papers, 1925-1966
Ford and Model T songs collection, 1910-1939
Ford Aircraft Literature, Blueprints, and Photographs, 1938-1945
Ford Aviation Activities Records subseries, 1925-1931
Ford Biographical Vertical File, 1939-2005
Ford Farms, Pequaming, and Fair Lane, 1914-1935
Ford Foundation collection, 1936-1969
Ford Foundation Subject File records, 1947-1977
Ford Foundation subseries, 1956
Ford Good Drivers' League subseries, 1940-1942
Ford Hydro-Electric Company records, 1917-1952
Ford International executive newsletters, 1950-1956
Ford Investment Plan subseries, 1966
Ford Listens records, 1970-1976
Ford Marketing Pre-Publication collection, 1974
Ford Motor Company 1962 Mustang Roadster Engineering Drawings, 1962
Ford Motor Company Advertising Research Records, 1974-1977
Ford Motor Company Central Accounting Office Ledgers, 1904-1970
Ford Motor Company Fiftieth Anniversary records, 1947-1952
Ford Motor Company Fiftieth Anniversary reports, 1953
Ford Motor Company Henry Ford Patent Records, 1923-1964
Ford Motor Company Highland Park Plant Controller Records, 1946-1948
Ford Motor Company Income Tax Records, 1909-1925
Ford Motor Company Iron Mountain Plant records, 1950-1951
Ford Motor Company, Ltd. collection, 1903-1990
Ford Motor Company Ltd. records subseries 1929-1935
Ford Motor Company Measurement Poster Collection, circa 1960
Ford Motor Company Northern Michigan Operations records, 1920-1954
Ford Motor Company production reports, 1919-1952
Ford Motor Company Property records collection, 1920-1971
Ford Motor Company property records, 1922-1978
Ford Motor Company Southeastern Michigan Atlases Collection, 1904-1950
Ford Motor Company Technical Service publications collection, 1919-1996
Ford Motor Company tokens, coins, medallions, and badges collection, 1915-2001
Ford Motor Company Vehicle Production Records, 1938-1948
Ford Motorsports records, 1957-1968
Ford R. Bryan papers, 1935-2004
Ford Rotunda Lantern Slides series, 1948-1962
Ford Tractor and Implement Literature collection, 1917-1986
Ford Tri-Motor Homecoming records, 1955-1958
Frank A. Bianchi Papers, 1948-1953
Frank Campsall records series, 1887-1991 (bulk 1920-1935)
Frank Ernest Hill papers, 1950-1966
Frank Hadas papers, 1905-1924
Frank Vivian papers, 1907-1950
Fred J. Thoms papers, circa 1910-1952
Fred L. Black “Century of Progress” Photograph Album, 1933-1934
Fred Lee Black records series, 1929-1948
Frederick E. Searle papers, 1919-1947
Frederick Strauss papers, 1902-1949
Frerer Family Photographs, 1952
Fruehauf Trailer Company Records, 1931-1969


Gary Motor Truck Company records, 1916-1918
Gaston Plantiff papers, 1905-1931
General Motors Proving Ground records, 1955-1969
General Personal Records series, 1823-1984 (bulk 1920-1947)
General Photographs series, 1913-1954
George B. Heliker papers, circa 1957
George E. Adams Papers, 1938-1945
Georgia Boyer Hobart papers, 1887-1976
Given Ankeny Brewer papers, 1942-1943


Hamid Durmisevich papers, 1930-1995
Harriet Pearson Steinke genealogy collection, 1819-1938
Henry and Clara Ford Financial Records series, 1912-1946 (bulk 1919-1942)
Henry and Clara Ford Memorials subseries, 1947,1950
Henry and Edsel Ford quotations collection, 1919-1944
Henry Austin Clark, Jr. papers, 1852-1990 (Bulk 1895-1979)
Henry Austin Clark, Jr. Photograph collection, 1853-1988
Henry Ford and Ford Family papers overview
Henry Ford Centennial subseries, 1963
Henry Ford Fair Lane Office Records series, 1895-1951
Henry Ford Farms records, 1909-1950
Henry Ford Hospital publications collection, 1925-1990
Henry Ford II and Cristina Ford Australia, Southeast Asia and East Asia Trip Photographs, 1971
Henry Ford II Awards and Tributes collection, 1943-1987 (bulk 1952-1959)
Henry Ford II Clippings series, 1987
Henry Ford II European Trip collection, 1948
Henry Ford II European Trip records, 1954
Henry Ford II World Center and Michigan Proving Ground Photographs, circa 1955
Henry Ford imprints and reprints collection, 1850-1950
Henry Ford In Repose Photographs, 1947
Henry Haga papers, 1951-1988
Henry Johnson Papers, circa 1950-1960
Herbert Morton papers, 1929-1951
Herman Miller collection, 1923-2006
Hewlett Packard 95 LX Manuals, 1991
Highland Park Plant Hourly Personnel Department records series, 1942-1948
Holton W. Diamond papers, 1933-1971
Howard Family papers, 1841-1901
Howard G. Allaway collection, 1953
Howard Woodworth Simpson papers, 1919-1956


In-house Name File with Subjects Filing System series, 1950-1952
In-house Subject and Name Filing System series, January - June, 1921
Industrial Arts Awards Records subseries, 1949-1962
Installation Manuals collection, 1951-1978
International Division Purchasing Office records, 1947-1962
Interviews for “Ford, The Men and the Machine”, 1984-1986
Irving Caesar papers, 1915-1974
Irving R. Bacon papers, 1913-1957 (bulk 1929-1945)


J. Jordan Humberstone Birth Announcement, 1929
J. Jordan Humberstone Papers, 1929-1945
J. W. Whitmore papers, 1926-1942
Jacque Passino Collection on Auto Racing Race Day Ephemera, 1962-1972
James Drake Photographs, circa 1967
James Humberstone papers, 1916-1952 (bulk 1928-1936)
James Snitgen collection, 1936-1940
Jan Kamienski Papers, 1922-1966
Jenny Young Chandler Photographs collection, 1890-1915
Jens Jensen Drawings series, 1914-1924
Jimmy Rooney papers, 1919-1956
John Arnold Conde papers, 1937-1948
John Burroughs papers, 1854-1915
John Clark racing photographs, 1994-2000
John F. Dodge Estate Trust Lawsuit, 1902-1928
John J. Long papers, 1919-1920
John M. Reinhart papers, 1965-1972
John Margolies Roadside America transparencies, 1973-2005
John Tjaarda papers, 1916-1962
Joseph C. Beh, Sr. papers, 1915-1928
Joseph C. Groff Papers, 1925-1927
Joseph Galamb papers, 1907-1919
Josephine H. Dibble Murphy papers, 1907-1961
Kathryn Emerson and Dr. James C. Buntin Papers
Kirby Vacuum Collection, 1914-1995 (bulk 1990-1995)


L.A. Weis Collection, 1950-1977
Larry Lankton (Assistant Curator) Records, 1973-1974
Laurence S. Sheldrick papers, 1932-1948
Lawrence E. Bachman Home Movies, circa 1955-1965
Lelia Mildred Gibson Photograph Album, 1919-1921
Leonard B. Willeke collection, 1916-1982 (bulk 1916-1924)
Lester Moore papers, 1933-1934
Lewis W. Simpson papers, 1918-1944
L.F. Donnell Automobile Dealership Records, circa 1913-1943
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company records, 1952-1993
Library Bureau Filing System series, July 1921-1929
Lincoln Continental Design Development Photographs, 1958-1961
Lincoln Memorial University records series, 1925-1933
Lincoln V-12 Sales Letters records, 1932
Loranger family papers, 1818-1931
Lyn St. James Papers, 1980-2010


Mack Truck Photograph Collection, 1905-1947
Marshall B. Johnson papers, 1920-1987
Martha-Mary Wedding Photographs subseries, 1940-circa 1945
Marvin Buckberry papers, 1944-1949
Mel Boldt and Associates records, 1950-1989
Merle N. Dolph Papers, 1908-circa 1930
Michigan Bell Telephone Company Manuals, 1934-1957
Michigan Inspection Bureau records, 1890-1964
Military Vehicles Service Manuals, 1940-1945
Mills, Edmunds and Nevins and Hill series, 1948-1977 (bulk 1950-1964)
Miscellaneous Ford Motor Company blueprints and drawings collection, 1906-1951
Model T part specification and machine operation sheets, 1915-1916
Morgan L. Gies Presidential Vehicle Photographs collection, 1939-1966


National Labor Relations Board Cases and Statements records series, 1940-1941
National Recovery Administration records subseries, 1933-1937
Nevin L. Bean papers, 1955
Nevins and Hill Interviews series, 1952-1960
New England Pie Company records, 1923-1924
New York World's Fair (1939-1940) photograph albums, 1939-1940
Norman L. Woodry papers, 1916-1919
Northern Michigan Operations Photographs, 1920-1951
Northern Michigan timber and land survey records, 1920-1953


Ocean to Ocean Race Re-enactment subseries, 1959
Office of Clara Ford records series, 1920-1950
Office of Henry Ford and Clara Ford Estate records series, 1832-1955 (bulk 1918-1951)
Office of the Treasurer records subseries, 1903-1932
Official Telegram file records, 1938-1948
O.H. Husen records, 1924-1934
Orville L. Willard papers, 1920-1932
Owen W. Bombard Interviews series, 1951-1961
Packard Motor Car Company Building Drawings, 1904-1959
Pantera production records, 1973-1974
P.E. Martin papers, 1880-1943 (bulk 1921-1942)
Phil Harms Collection, 1896-2003
Philco-Ford Corporation publications collection, 1940-1969
Philip Caldwell papers, 1980-1984
Philip Van Doren Stern papers, 1954-1955
Philippe Halsman photographs, circa 1964-1969
Photographic Library (Earle Harger) records series, 1938-1971
Photographic Vertical File series, 1860-1980 (bulk 1890-1955)
Photographs for Ford News Bureau album series, circa 1946-1948
P.J. Gaughan collection, 1952-1967
PJ-31-1 Intermittent Jet Engine records, 1945-1946
Plant Engineering Construction photographs series, 1913-1953
Plant Histories Background subseries, 1933-1961
Property records, 1934-1944
Public Reactions to Auto Contract Negotiations survey, 1961
Publications series, 1953-1964
Purchasing Agents records subgroup, 1911-1953


Racing Photographs collection, 1920-1988
Ralph Gregory Papers, 1963-1985
Raymond H. Berry papers, 1904-1940 (bulk 1921-1935)
Raymond H. Laird collection, 1776-1950
Raymond Loewy Collection, 1956-1974
Reconsolidation of foreign operations records, 1946-1955
Records Moved to Engineering Laboratory in 1919 series, 1911-1927, and Non-Automotive Interests and Activities Records series, 1916-1929
Records Stored in 1919 series, 1902-1923
Remittances, Henry Ford Office subseries, 1941-1946
Renovated Assembly Plants photographs series, 1920-1951 (bulk 1930-1950)
Reports of Management Meetings, 1947-1954
Research Center Archive Vertical File, circa 1929-2018
Research Center Bookplate Collection, circa 1890-1910
Research Center Drag Racing Photographs Collection, 1955-1963
Richmond Hill Plantation Photograph Albums, circa 1947
Richmond Hill Plantation records, 1773-1954
Robert A. Shaw papers, 1924-1951
Robert Rankin papers, 1940-1947
Robert Stuart Abbott papers, 1909-1982
Rosika Schwimmer collection, 1927
Ruddiman Family papers, 1933-1951
Ruth and Wolfgang Meyer Elfrieda Collection, 1922-1926


Selden patent lawsuit collection, 1891-1955 (bulk 1900-1925)
Ships Salvage Program Records subseries, 1925-1931
Sidney Olson papers, 1952-1963
Soybean Plant records, 1939-1946
Stella G. Slonina Photograph Album, 1933-1949
Stickley Family collection, 1879-1978
Subject Information Files subseries, 1863-1958 (bulk 1950-1956)
Suzanne Vanderbilt papers, 1958-1986


Theodore Delavigne papers, 1915-1916
Thomas A. Edison collection, 1860-1980 (bulk 1860-1950)
Tom Lilley papers, 1939-1964
Topical Albums for Henry Ford series, 1918-1930
Topical photographic prints in binders series, circa 1903-1960


Valentine Y. Tallberg Records subseries, 1944-1949
Victor J. Perini papers, 1918-1931
Viggo J. Thomsen photographs, 1925-1935
Virgil M. Exner papers, 1913-1986


W. Dorwin Teague papers, 1937-2001 (Bulk 1960-1999)
W. L. Reeves Blakeley Records, 1925-1928
Wabash Railroad Travel Literature collection, 1906-1959
Walter J. Bemb papers, 1901-1929
Ward Farms Records, 1954-1997
Warren Homer Martin papers, 1928-1939
Water Power and Real Estate Records series, 1918-1945
Wayside Inn records series, 1890-1945
William A. (Radio Jake) Jacoby Scrapbook Collection, 1918-1938
William C. Klann papers, 1918-1926
William Clay Ford Edison Institute records, 1950-1981
William Clay Ford records, 1913-1981
William Holmes McGuffey collection, 1836-1894
William J. Zechel Papers, 1937-1974
William M. Schmidt papers, 1950-1962
William W. Carswell papers, 1919-1926
Willis Franklyn Ward papers, 1941-1955
Winthrop Sears Records series, 1952-1974
Winton Motor Carriage Company records, 1897-1928
Wise Family Papers, circa 1875-1955
World's Fair Photographs series, 1933-1964
Wright Brothers collection, 1867-2006 (bulk 1903-1956)
Zinn's Diner Collection, 1970-1995

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